The Restoration of Brighton Unitarian Church
In 2016 this beautiful church was put on the English Heritage At Risk Register because of corrosion and damage to the four iconic pillars at the front of the building. With support from the National Churches Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund we were able to secure funding to repair the pillars, however when the scaffolding was put up and the carpenters went up onto the roof to inspect the portico, they found terrible erosion and decay. The repair bill for a new portico sky rocketed and we began fundraising fast.
Thankfully, with help from the generous people of Brighton & Hove and the Heritage Lottery Fund, including many large and small donations from friends, relatives and the congregation we were able to instruct the contractors to repair the portico and secure the building's future for the city.
To learn more about the restoration of this beautiful building including the pillars and the rescue of the portico please watch this mini documentary below. Filmed by a local documentary filmmaker behind the hoarding and up on the scaffolding, it follows the craftsmen and their work to restore this 200 year old building back to her full glory. Thank you to everyone who has supported this enormous challenge, we are very grateful for your friendship and support.
The building was originally designed by Amon Henry Wilds and built in 1820, and next year we will be celebrating our 200 year anniversary, please join us at one of our special events.
If you would like to support the continued maintenance and restoration of this beautiful
building you can contribute by attending one of
our Friday Lunchtime Concerts.
Friday Lunchtime Concerts
Our Friday lunchtime concerts are an electric mix of musicians who support the building appeal, often donating their time and energy. Ticket prices are reasonable and allow the audience to enjoy the music and at the same time donate to the restoration of this magnificent building.
The July to December 2019 programme is available here. Come and join us, we are easily accessible via the train, bus routes and NCP car parks are within a few minutes walk. The concerts are diverse, mostly classically, but also jazz and folk. The performers are very talented and most importantly, enjoy what they do; they engage with the audience and always aim to make their concerts a special event for everyone. It is a great way to spend a Friday lunchtime, among friendly people, enjoying lovely music.
Do come along and see for yourself.
Join us for coffee before the concert and get to know your fellow concert goers. Turn our lovely Friday lunchtime concerts into one of your regular social engagements.
Brighton Unitarian mugs are on sale at the church for £5. Please contact us to purchase one (or more!)
Brighton Unitarian Church is delighted to have received a generous grant of £10,000 from the National Churches Trust to support Portico Rescue Fund.
Brighton Bike Tours
If you have visitors to Brighton and are looking for a different way to see the sights why not book a bike tour with Brighton Bike Tours.
If you use the promotional code: https://bookeo.com/brightonbiketours/?promotion=brightonunitarianchurch the church's building appeal fund will receive £2.50 per person.
It's a great way to help raisemoney for the church and have fun at the same time!
Every ticket includes a contribution made by organisers, £2.50 per person booking a bike tour.