The plan is to provide new seating, lighting and heating and improved disabled access. In addition there will be new toilet and serving facilities. Solar panels will be installed on the roof, concealed behind stone parapets. The font will be moved to its original position, recalling Newton’s baptism and creating more space in the nave.
Heritage Outreach Worker
A heritage outreach worker will be appointed to promote aspects of Newton’s faith and science within the church for the benefit of visitors and in partnership with local primary and secondary schools and other interested parties.
The costs of the reordering of the chapel and associated works have been estimated at over £750,000, to include the appointment of an outreach worker and the provision of educational materials. An application for funding will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are required to raise a significant portion of this money ourselves.
Advice, information and cooperation will be sought from local bodies, such as South Kesteven District Council, National Trust, Gravity Fields Festival, Grantham Museum, Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, Lincoln Diocese, English Heritage, Victorian Society, Church Buildings Council, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Trinity College Cambridge, Royal Society, Lincolnshire archives, Colsterworth and District Parish Council, Colsterworth archive group and the Newton family.
“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
Portrait of Isaac Newton in 1689 (age 46) by Godfrey Kneller