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The Departure of Barry Wilson

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Our former Rector, Barry Wilson was installed as a Residentiary Canon and Vice-Dean at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 3 September. Here we look back at some of the projects that have been completed successfully under Barry’s leadership.

It was a little under four and a half years ago when Barry Wilson became Rector of St Mary’s Nantwich having previously been Vicar at Madeley and Betley. It didn’t take us very long to find out that Barry was a motivator who liked to lead by example.  Always passionately tidy it was not too long before the inside of the church was tidied, deep cleaned and all the central heating pipework was painted with Barry leading by example.  He tidied up the outside of the church by shovelling tons of gravel to clean up the edges of the building and by painting the railings and the shed.

The first inside project was the cleaning and restoration of the misericords and canopies funded by the Preservation Trust.  This work went on to achieve second place in the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings John Betjeman awards in 2015 (where we were highly commended.)  The Preservation Trust also paid for the cleaning and re-oiling of all the external doors of the church.

Barry gave us the confidence to re-examine the proposals for providing toilet facilities in church, to replace the lift for the less able and to provide glass sliding doors at the West End which meant that the wooden doors could be left open during the day making the church more welcoming.  Once the plans had been approved the work took some six months to complete and we have received many compliments on the scheme.  Other churches have come to see if this scheme could be a model for their own church.  It has to be said that the re-installation of the Jubilee Curtains provided the finishing touch.  The funding for this project came from our own resources, donations and legacies together with grants which were master minded by Barry!

Some of the other projects which have been completed during Barry’s time with us were:

  • New seat pads in the South porch and the pews (funded by a most successful Flower Festival in 2016)
  • Six new commemoration banners hung in the nave
  • Removal of pews to increase space for musical events and to provide space for a grand piano
  • New hymn books and hymn book stands
  • New lighting
  • New choir robes
  • New nave altar
  • New stacking chairs.

Barry certainly lived up to his nickname of ‘Whirlwind Wilson!’

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