Murston All Saints Trust (MAST) is creating a new future for the Old Church at Murston.
We are organising excavations, workshops, talks, family events, and partnerships with local organisations to bring people together and rescue this beautiful medieval building and churchyard for generations to come. See the What’s On page for forthcoming events.
Following several years of discussion with local organisations as to how best to establish a sustainable use which would break the persisting problems of vandalism and fly-tipping, a group of local artists proposed the idea of establishing an arts and heritage centre on the site with artists’ workshops, a community meeting space and café.
A detailed options appraisal and consultation completed in 2015 by the Tom Fleming Partnership (see below) established that such a centre would fulfil an important need in the area and could provide the income needed to sustain the Old Church and site.
The proposals have been welcomed by Swale Borough Council, the local MP Gordon Henderson, and the Church Commissioners.
Detailed plans have been prepared by the architects Sell Wade Consultants to restore the Old Church as an open space for exhibitions and to provide artists’ studios, education room and café in a sensitively designed building in the north-east corner of the churchyard. Excavations funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund have confirmed that this could be built without damaging the archaeological heritage of the site and an application has now been submitted to Historic England for scheduled monument consent.
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