Every church exists and thrives with the support of its congregation, its friends and community. The Minster is no exception. We aim to improve the lives of everyone on the Isle of Wight, but can only do so with your help.
The aim is for the Minster to be both a vibrant house of worship and a cultural magnet for Newport at the heart of the island.
The daily work of the Minster provides a vibrant programme of worship, daily prayer, a coffee shop for visitors, a listening ear for those in need, and outreach to our schools, uniformed organisations and community groups. It provides a focus for our Civic life and celebrates significant occasions in the life of the Island. It acts as a venue of historic interest bringing visitors from all parts of the country as well as many from overseas. On our own, we struggle to meet the financial pressures of simply running the building. Your donation would significantly help our annual need of raising £85,000.
The Minster relies upon volunteers for its daily life to flourish. We urgently need more volunteers to:
- Welcome visitors daily.
- To act as Guides for individuals and organized parties.
- To serve in our Coffee Shop and make this a venue of choice.
- To work with schools and organisations.
- To help preserve our historic collections of artefacts.
- To keep our building clean and tidy.
- A host of small but important tasks, from flower arranging to dusting.
Become a Friend
The Friends of Newport Minster raise funds to meet the cost of The Project, and further PCC funds as and when requested. At the moment, the priority is to ensure The Project succeeds.
Friends pay a small annual subscription and benefit from:
- Specially arranged social and cultural outings
- An annual Newsletter
- Invitation to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Friends
- Regular updates on The Project
- Early access to ticketed Events and Screenings
- Previews of Exhibitions
Find out more about joining the Friends here.
With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we have an opportunity to restore the church’s historic structure and contents, and reorder the internal space. A new floor and lighting, improved accessibility and visitor facilities, and conservation of the Minster’s heritage treasures such as the Horsey Monument and the Princess Elizabeth Memorial will create a venue fit for all events – from community meetings and school visits to concerts, exhibitions and plays.
Over recent years the Friends have raised £1,500,000 towards the restoration and refurbishment of the Minster. This work has been conducted in phases, with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and generous donors and grant-makers. We are nearing the end of the programme with the current Project, which includes:-
- Reflooring and reordering the Church making it more suitable for cultural and celebratory events
- Installing toilets and improving accessibility
- Creating a mezzanine which, at a later stage, will be served by a lift
- Completing the restoration of the exterior stonework
- Conserving the Minster’s heritage treasures such as the Horsey Monument and the Princess Elizabeth Memorial
- Repairing the West Door and the remaining stained glass windows
- Installing new lighting
- Creating a dedicated space for school and community groups
Donate to The Project
Our priority is to complete the funding of The Project. Every donation brings us closer to our target for the current phase of work.
You can give in a number of ways:
- A single one-off donation (click on the button opposite to download the form);
- A repeating, monthly donation (click on the button opposite to download the form);
- By text with the message NPNM01£25 (or any other amount), sent to 70070
- You are able also to donate to the PCC for the welfare of the Minster here.
More about The Project
The Project will establish Newport Minster as a vibrant religious and cultural centre at the heart of the Island.
The project, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will share the Minster’s long and fascinating heritage with local people and visitors to the Island of all faiths and none.
New learning and wellbeing activities will provide exciting opportunities for the local community and encourage regeneration of the area.
The total cost of the current project is £2,500,000 ex VAT. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is offering a major grant of up to £1,350,000 providing the Friends can raise the rest of the money from other sources. We have received a fantastic pledge of a further £900k from a very generous donor, so we are seeking the remaining £250,000.
The Friends are applying to grant-making trusts and foundations for contributions to this target, but the project will be dependent on the generosity and support of the island community and diaspora.