Project information

Building the vision

Nearly four centuries ago, the founding members of Stony Stratford Baptist Church committed to raising a building to glorify God and announce His Kingdom to the community of Stony Stratford. We believe that God has now called us to build a church fit for the community in the 21st century and beyond.

September 2012 - September 2017

Charity information: Stony Stratford Community Church, (member Of The Baptist Union)

Stony Stratford Community Church, (member Of The Baptist Union) logo
  • Need


    We have changed our name to “Stony Stratford Community Church” to better reflect who we are. As our mission has developed over the years our buildings have not been able to provide what we now require. Movement from one end of the building to the other is not possible without passing through either the sanctuary or church hall, which disrupts any activities that are running and limits what we can use the building for and when. Our toilets and our disabled facilities are old and inadequate.


    We believe that God has now called us to build a church fit for the community in the 21st century and beyond—to create an outworking of our vision that places community at the heart of the church and the church at the heart of the community it exists to serve. We have worked hard with our architects and we now believe we have a scheme that will provide what we and the community needs, that is both sensitive to our existing buildings and i in-keeping with the local environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a community church that can be used 7 days a week.
    To grow our community connections


    » Develop the existing building to create a resource for the community for the next 350 years, and more deeply engage the church with the community.

    What success will look like

    by growing community activities beyond the night shelter, creche,'souper saturdays', and drop-in sessions we run currently, and by engaging with new groups in the community.

  • Impact


    Our church will once again be at the centre of community life as it was 350 years ago. We are active in the community, but are restricted in what we can offer. By developing the building we can work with more community groups, engage more of our congregation in volunteering to support community facing work and extend our support for vital work such as the Winter Night Shelter, mums and toddlers sessions and support arts and cultural events in the town more effectively.


    The building development is sensitive to the listed building at the heart of the facility and we have LBAC planning consent. We have worked hard to ensure that our development doesn't negatively impact our neighbour's environment or quality of life and they are very supportive of the project. The church members are fully behind the project and fundraising hard to make it a reality. We are engaging with the wider community to ensure their needs are met by the project.


    An annual report will outline progress and show how donations are being used to take the project forward. Donors are welcome to visit the church and see the progress for themselves (during the buidling phase this will need to be by appointment).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,603,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £980,000 Building materials quantity surveyor estimate of build costs and furnishing
      £121,000 Fees,and relocation costs Fees and costs are calculated as a percentage of the build costs (12%)
      £110,000 Contingency Overrun cost allocation
      £125,000 inflation impact of inflation of 2.5% over fundraising period
      £267,200 VAT VAT at 20% - we will aim to reclaim this through the govt scheme for church building projects

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Stony Stratford Community Church £450,000 Guaranteed
    Baptist Union £720,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Our church is in the centre of the town of Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire. Originally built to face the market or 'horsefair green' the town has developed over the last 100 years so that the focus of community life is now at the rear of the church, in Cofferidge close. The building project will create a new entranceway to the church from Cofferidge close, as well as improving the facilities of the building so that it can be used by all groups in the community.


    The population of Stony Stratford in 2011 was 12,150. The average age was 39. 15.1% of the population were aged 65+ . 19.4% of the population were from a black and minority ethnic group. 14.5% of the population were born outside of the UK. There was a fall from 52.8% to 44.7% between 2001 and 2011 in the percentage of 16-74 year old population working as full time employees. 1,150 residents in Stony Stratford provided some unpaid care a week.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As a church we have served the community for nearly 400 years. In recent years we have become more active in the community, providing much needed support services for mums and toddlers, homeless, elderly and low wage members of our community. We have had a lot of interest from local groups who want to use our building, but the configuration of the facility, which has grown organically over the last 100 years limits its use. We want to do more for the community hence the development project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ross Dilnot- Associate Pastor

    Ross is the project leader, and before his career as a pastor was trained and worked as an architect.

    Doug Gardner - Building Project Treasurer

    Doug is FD for VSO, and is volunteering his finance skills to the project to ensure funds are managed in line with charity law.

    Matt Wenham - Fundraising Coordinator

    Matt is Head of Fundraising at Practical Action and is volunteering his fundraising skills to coordinate the fundraising effort for the project.