Porch Lobby Project

“Is it alright to come in?”

As a church, we seek to provide a welcome to all – regular worshippers, occasional worshipers attending the festivals, baptisms, weddings or funerals and the casual passers-by.  It’s clear that our Georgian lobby with its obscured glass and heavy doors is a barrier to stepping into the church to discover the peace and tranquillity that (usually!) lies within. There can be confusion about how and when to enter and there are numerous examples of the shadow outside moving on without trying the door. 

We intend creating an entrance that offers easier and obvious access for all, especially the disabled and those with children. Those looking in from outside will have a clearer view of the interior. Churchgoers looking out will be reminded of the wider community they serve. Illuminating the rose window will create an external beacon of light. In making these changes we are conscious of the need to respect the much-loved heritage of the building.

What are we planning to do?

We are seeking permission from the Gloucester Diocese to renovate the main entrance lobby at the west end of the church. 

What specific changes are we proposing?

  • Removing redundant mechanical and electrical fittings
  • Replacing the obscured glass and associated leading with clear laminated glass panes on all the doors, including their lower panels
  • Retaining the curved tracery over new laminated glass, adding new draught excluders and repairing any damaged wooden edges to the doors
  • Fully sanding and resealing the woodwork that faces into the lobby and making good the woodwork that faces into the church
  • Regilding the current memorial dedication and adding a second dedication
  • Re-hanging the doors, easing and overhauling ironmongery so that they open and close freely 
  • Providing power assisted opening to north door, to include push pads and movement sensor. 
  • Fitting high efficiency LED lighting within the lobby and above the side doors
  • Illuminating from within the rose window (on a time switch) 
  • Investigating options make visible the brass plaque currently fixed above the lobby below the rose window
  • Provide new barrier matting

The images below provide an indication of the appearance of the re-glazed lobby (but not of the refurbishments to the signage, brasswork and woodwork).

Isn’t the existing Lobby a memorial?

Yes, it is. The lobby and inner doors were installed in 1934 in memory of Georgiana Helen Heber-Cook who died December 11 1932 donated by her step-daughter, Miss Elsie Frances Heber-Cook.  

Georgiana Heber-Cook was buried in Minchinhampton with the funeral service conducted by the vicar of St Mary’s.  Miss Heber-Cook died in Hastings in 1956.  Both ladies died intestate with appeals for possible heirs going out from solicitors in Gloucester and Chester.  The Diocese has accepted that a search for possible heirs would to be nugatory work as the family’s link to Charlton Kings and the church was obviously not long-lasting.  The underlying form and structure of the memorial is not being altered.

When will work commence?

We hope to complete the work this year, if the plans are approved and building work on churches is permitted,  before the winter sets in.

How will this work be funded?

Two generous donations, for which we are very grateful, will cover the cost. 

Didn’t the PCC decide on a different design?

We considered a design that had all-glass panels with stainless steel supports. This turned out to be very expensive and unaffordable.

How will the changes help those in wheelchairs and adults with children in buggies?

We recognise that independent access is very important  and so the left hand door (when viewed from the outside) will be power assisted with a pressure pad. 

Where can I find more information?

This link will allow you to download the architect’s drawings and more details of the project.

Why is this webpage here?

This is part of the Church of England’s ‘Planning Consent’.  It is a legal requirement to give people in Charlton Kings, not just churchgoers, the opportunity to understand the proposed changes and, if they so wish, formally object.  The Official notice can be viewed here.

How do I raise an objection?

The official notice can be viewed here with details. If you wish to object to any of the works or proposals you should send a letter, or preferably email, stating the grounds of your objection to The Diocesan Registrar at

Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP,
Narrow Quay House,
Narrow Quay,

0117 925 2020 


Your letter/email needs to reach the registrar not later than 9/7/2020. An objection must include your name and address and state whether you live in the parish of Charlton Kings and/or your name is entered on the church electoral roll of the parish or any other basis on which you have an interest in the matter.