Why reorder? - the vision

Vision for an Evolving Building

Our Vision is to give our beautiful building a stronger focus for both Christian worship and community use by making the wonderful space we have more flexible and welcoming. Both the church family and the local community will benefit; worship will be enhanced and the historic building will be well-used throughout the week. 

Currently, the fixed pews and narrow aisles limit the number of different activities that can take place in the church and restrict accessibility. Sight lines are poor.  The interior feels neglected.

What we are endeavouring to achieve

  • A building where there is a feeling of welcome, that is well lit and whose beauty is enhanced.
  • A building with easy access and with space to move around.
  • A building where the configuration of seating can be varied to suit the occasion and with good sight lines.
  • A clear open space for community events and display of local heritage.
  • A historic building with easy access to the heritage in the church and which builds on the strong links between the church and the people and history of Twickenham.


Architect, Richard Griffiths, has drawn up initial plans giving expression to St Mary’s vision for its building.  Following discussion and consultation, approval has been obtained to:

  • Remove the fixed pews from the nave and replace them with high quality wooden benches and some stacking chairs.
  • Relay the floor where the pews were, incorporating the ledgerstones from the existing floor, and install under-floor heating.
  • Make improvements to the lighting and install multi-media outlets while the floor is being re-laid.
  • Create a children's area under the tower.
  • Carry out works to the vestry to install catering facilities so that refreshments can be served in church.
  • Provide for heritage interpretation and display space for our material relating to our archives and for materials from Twickenham Museum.
  • Redecorate the church.

Download the full Reordering Vision adopted by the PCC.

Download the fundraising Case for Development.

Download the Heritage Lottery Fund Application.


Where will the money come from? 

While it is hoped that some of the money needed will come from grants and trusts, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, much will need to be raised locally.  

When will fundraising begin? 

Formal fundraising was launched on 10 May 2015, on the day when St Mary’s marked the 300th anniversary of the nave being rebuilt. The real fundraising will take place throughout 2016.

Donor recognition 

All donors will have the opportunity to have their name recorded in a special Donations Book. Depending on the size of donation, donors may be able to call themselves Friends, Benefactors or Patrons.

Fundraising events

Building on the concert series put on during 2015, there will be a wide variety of fundraising events and activities to support and be involved in, from further musical events and talent shows to fresh bread, wine tasting to dinners.  See Fundraising Events and Fundraising Programmes for more details.

Details of how to give can be found on our Giving Money page.

For further information

For details of the project: contact the Chairman of the Delivery Group Kevin Foley email kevinfoley076@gmail.com 

For information relating to fundraising or donating: Fundraising Chairman Tony Dempsey email sandtony@btinternet.com or on 020 8898 2860


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