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RESTORATION & REORDERING OF ST PETER & ST PAUL'S CHURCH
BLANDFORD FORUM

WHY "THE CUPOLA PROJECT"?

The Cupola Project involves far more than the Cupola, which is regarded as a visible symbol of the church building.

As a well known local landmark, the use of poor materials in past repairs has meant that the serious decay of the cupola has been the focus of considerable attention. In recent months the weather vane had to be removed for safety reasons.

The PCC has ensured that the cupola continues to be a safe structure. It was originally envisioned that restoration of the cupola to its full glory should be the final act of the project named after it. However, following full investigation of the fabric of the building by the architect in 2013, it was realised that the worst water ingress to the church was through the cupola. So the first priority of the project is the restoration of the cupola and tower, together with improvements to the west entrance to the church.

The full reach of the project over the next 7-10 years is to restore the entire church building to its former glory whilst seeking to regenerate it as a fully functioning community resource for both the Church and the Town in line with the vision statement:

Vision Statement

To revive the building of St Peter and St Paul, Blandford Forum in such a way as to reflect the aims of its builders and the needs of the 21st century community it seeks to serve, all to the Glory of God.