Delivering the Project


The Reshaping Our Resources project work is being carried out in six distinct phases:

Phase 1:
Improved catering and toilet facilities and café area in the north aisle

Phase 2:
New car park and level access for wheelchairs.

Phase 3:
The construction of a new single-story annexe with meeting rooms, office and training facilities.

Phase 4:
Redesign and improvement of the church

Phase 5:
Improving access to the church porch and providing a connecting glass corridor between the Nave and the single-storey annexe.

Phase 6:
New Pilgrim chapel, vestry, meeting
room and completion of kitchen.

Entering the churchyard via the main gate

Looking across from the church path towards the ‘pod’

Entering St. Matthew’s

Looking towards the meeting room

Standing in the meeting room with opened doors

Inside the meeting room with the doors closed for privacy

Emerging from the church into the glass corridor

Leaving the ‘pod’

Kath and David Spashett with Gisele Hepper and Eileen Jackson in the newly-installed kitchen.

A CHURCH took a further step along its ambitious journey towards being a community hub fit for purpose.
St Matthew’s Church in Leyburn moved much further towards converting its traditional interior into a flexible and more functional space. Following completion of its car park in November, visitors can access the building much easier. Now with the installation of a refurbished kitchen area and a toilet, the church’s aim of becoming capable of hosting a wide range of community events and activities has gone closer to reaching fruition.
Whilst church funds paid for the cost of the kitchen and toilet; the Rev Chris Lawton who served as curate until last year along with his family made a poignant financial gesture, twinning the toilet with a village in Guatemala. A donation of £60 via the Tear Fund ensures those in desperate poverty have access to a proper latrine and clean water.
Led by the hard-working Vicar of St Matthew’s, Rev Hepper, his team of volunteers still have much work to do ensuring the full range of internal modifications and exterior additions are completed.
He said: “We are delighted that the new kitchen and toilet will make us a place of hospitality.
“We intend to do all we can towards ensuring St. Matthew’s church is open and welcoming to the whole community.”

This article appeared in the Darlington & Stockton Times, 2nd February 2018

DSA Landscaping started the construction of our car park on the 1st August 2017.

The finished result!

“Leyburn has many great amenities and services to offer its residents and visitors. The work being planned for St Matthew’s will only enhance and complement them, which I fully support.”
Ian Pace
Chairman of the Steering Group for Leyburn Town-led Plan