Renewing and restoring the Minster

Maintaining a building like the Minster is a never-ending task. However, in recent years we have made huge strides to restore crumbling stonework, conserve wonderful stained glass windows and lay new flooring. We are hugely grateful to all those organisations and individuals who have helped get us this far: You have made a wonderful contribution to the church.

National Churches Trust
National Lottery Heritage Fund
Hampshire & the Islands Historical Churches Trust
Garfield Weston Foundation
Allchurches Trust

We’re now embarking on a further phase of work, this time focusing on completing restoration of the exterior stonework and reflooring, conserving two of the Minster’s great heritage treasures – the Horsey Monument and the Princess Elizabeth Memorial, repairing the West Door and remaining stained glass windows and installing improvements to all our internal accessibility and visitor facilities.

The Project will establish Newport Minster as a vibrant religious and cultural centre at the heart of the Island. It will share the Minster’s long and fascinating heritage with local people and visitors to the island of all faiths and none. Not only will the church be in much better order, but it will become a cultural magnet for the island with all the facilities required to stage exhibitions, concerts, meetings and plays. Locally, it will become a centre for learning and wellbeing activities.

The National Heritage Lottery Fund and a very generous donor have shown confidence in our programme and offered grants totalling c£2.25million. We now need to raise the final £250,000 to enable the work to proceed. We 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.

Could you help us reach this target? Your donation would make such a difference to the future of the Minster and the communities it serves.

You can give in a number of ways:

  • A single one-off donation online (click on the button below to download the form);
  • A repeating, monthly donation online (click on the button below to download the form);
  • By text with the message NPNM01£25( or any other amount), sent to 70070.

All donations received will be allocated automatically to the Renewal Project. Please let us know if you would prefer to support a different activity by contacting us at campaign@newportminster.org.

For more information please contact the Chair of the Friends of Newport Minster Fundraising Committee, Hector Kier, at campaign@newportminster.org.

The gifts of UK taxpayers will be eligible for Gift Aid, making them 25% more valuable to the Minster and tax-efficient for the donor.

Pictures from Phase 5 of the restoration

Phase 5 of the restoration of Newport Minster was completed in June 2017. The work restored the east end of the church including the kitchen and Horsey Chapel. The large east window and main lights of the Horsey Chapel window were removed and repaired in a specialist workshop.

Inside the west door, the pews beneath the organ gallery were removed and a new stone floor laid to create a light, open space to welcome people into the church. A new interpretation board installed there helps visitors have an overview of the History of the Minster.

You can download and read the evaluation report on the project by clicking the button below.

AT-A-GLANCE GUIDE TO THE
IMPROVEMENTS BEING MADE
Phase 5