Workington Stella Maris Project
The Workington Stella Maris Project Group was Established in 2016 under the Authority of Canon Paul Swarbrick, now bishop of Lancaster, to prepare and deliver a restoration/repair plan for the church of Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Michael (OLSM), Banklands on behalf of the Parish of the Good Shepherd. The Objective is to strengthen spiritual, emotional and cultural relationships between the church and the wider community.
The group is made up of volunteers who are passionate that the church should not go into decline but be restored to it’s former glory for future generations to enjoy. This group is Chaired by John Garner , Ann Diamond as secretary, together with Canon John Watson and 4 other Parishioners, all people from not only catholic community but from the wider community who also share a passion that this beautiful church should not fall into decline and forms part of the heritage of Workington Town.
The Group is supported by Conservation Architect, Elaine Blackett-Ord MA (Cons)DipArc IHBC RIBA
The church is now officially on the “At Risk “ register https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/heritage-at-risk/search-register/list-entry/18969
Challenges are expected with grant applications as the group and the parishioners ( following a recent public consultation questionnaire where priorities where established) are determined to maintain the sacred space.