You may all be aware of the major renovation work that is being carried out in St Matthews Church.


The original work was planned for the main church floor and our fundraising efforts over the past 9 years were allocated to this. Unfortunately, after construction work started, it was found that the chancel floor was in a very poor state and started to collapse once excavation work reached the front of the church.


The chancel floor is suffering from collapse over the crypt archways and the ingress of tree roots.


As an interim measure, the concrete base for the main floor has been poured and set but our efforts must now be concentrated on repairing the chancel floor before completing the main floor works.


We need to overcome several hurdles for this. Firstly all work needs to be approved by the Diocese Advisory Committee. We have had two visits by the DAC and they have given their agreement with certain stipulations.


Secondly, the chancel floor needs to be preserved in its original design and layout. The floor consists of Victorian encaustic tiles which will need  to be lifted and then replaced once the main construction work is done.


Thirdly, the chancel also has several stone blocks, including the pulpit, which will need moving and relaying. Allied to this is the movement of the choir stalls, altar rail and altar.


An added complication is the church organ which is very delicate. We may get away with not having to move it but that will need to be confirmed.


All our fundraising efforts must now be directed to the chancel floor. So, how will we achieve this?


• Our Reverend John Reeve has run the Valencia marathon to raise funds and will be doing the Nice marathon
• We are holding fundraising activities such as fayres, cake sales, jumble sales
• We are holding social events in the church hall. First one is an American Supper on May 18th with a 10 piece band The Soul Catchers. Bring your own food and drink, £10/ticket. Email
• We have been in contact with the local media. John did an interview on 21st April with Radio Solent, BBC South News Website has a feature on our renovation, Southampton Echo ran a large article on April 23rd and The New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times will be running an article
• We now have a Justgiving page. Go to and type in ST MATTHEWS CHURCH NETLEY MARSH



We will be running regular updates on the renovation. Keep checking our website.


We can only return St Matthews to its rightful condition with help from YOU, our local community.


Please help us by donating, attending our fayres and fetes and also any of the social evenings we are planning.



We look forward to working with you.