THE GREAT BADMINTON CHURCH RESTORATION FUND
The Great Badminton Church Restoration Fund was established in 2014 by Badminton PCC to raise funds for and manage a major restoration project to bring the Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Great Badminton back to its full glory. Great Badminton Church is a Georgian church built in 1785 at the order of the 5th Duke of Beaufort. It replaced an earlier mediaeval church, which stood a few yards to the west of the current building.
Great Badminton is one of the finest examples of a Georgian church outside of London and retains all of its original fittings, including the tall box pews. It is attached to the south-eastern corner of His Grace The Duke of Beaufort's seat, Badminton House and is the burial place of the Dukes and Duchesses of Beaufort.
Within the church you can see numerous elaborate monuments and memorials to the Dukes and their families. Prominent amongst these are the huge Grinling Gibbons monument to the 1st Duke, the two Rysbrack monuments to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Dukes, and the memorial to Field Marshal Baron Raglan, the commander of the British Forces in the Crimean War.
The New Website
In 2017 it was decided to rebuild The Great Badminton Church Restoration Fund's website to bring in more dynamic and visually exciting features. The new website was created using WordPress and makes great use of parallax image scrolling, dynamic picture galleries, as well as an easy-to-use online shop to sell cards and leaflets through, and take donations.
The Great Badminton Church Restoration Fund's was intended to be a resource to both help promote the Restoration Fund to help bring in donations, as well as to show off the glories of the church.
The homepage immediately immerses the visitor into the grandeur of the interior of the church through the full screen parallax image, inviting them to explore the rest of the website. The text is intended to to take the visitor on a walk through the church, pointing out the main features, before taking them to the PayPal donation button.
Once again, like all main pages on this website, the page is introduced with a full screen parallax image of the electricians removing the chandelier chains in the church's roofspace. The page is clean and easy to read.
The text outlines the two most recent restoration projects before going on to outline the exact work which is planned to be undertaken during the restoration project. There is another opportunity for donations to be made with a PayPal button link.
Events and News
Whenever there is news of a grant, Faculty application, works progress, or an event has taken place, a new blog post is created to document the news.
In the example above, there is a report of the very successful fundraising evening when four Grand National winning jockeys came to Badminton House for a question and answer session in front of an audience of some hundred supporters.
The page starts with a brief report of the evening, followed by a slideshow of pictures taken throughout the talk, before displaying the original advertising poster for the event. Being a post, it is categorised under the Events category, for good SEO and housekeeping purposes and is tagged with appropriate tags to also help the page be better found. There is also the opportunity for guests to leave a comment on the content of the post.
The Church pages of the website are designed to be a gallery, each page concentrating on a specific aspect or area of the church. Some pages show the great monuments, memorials and highlights of the church, whilst others concentrate on the problem areas of the building where restoration work in badly needed.
The images are placed in a masonry gallery, which self-organises and loads as the page is scrolled down. This gives the impression of the page working with the visitor to provide an extra little surprise and treat at each scroll of the mouse.
Although there are various links to PayPal, to make donations, throughout the website, it was obviously necessary to have a dedicated Donations page for visitors to navigate to and make a donation.
The page give all possible opportunities to make a donation, as best suits the visitor - PayPal, bank transfer, or by post. The page is deliberately plain so the text can be concentrated upon.
The Great Badminton Church Restoration Fund has a small range of products which it sells - a booklet on the history of the church, and a selection of cards.
Although most of these products are sold during tours of the church and Badminton House, they wanted the opportunity of being able to sell them to people who live further afield and are unable to visit Badminton. Therefore an online was a necessity. The shop is fully scaleable and handles the order process, delivery option as you would expect from any good website. The payment processing is done off-site through PayPal, which gives the customer and the vendor the safety and security of a well-respected payment processor handling the transaction.
In the back-end, all steps of the order processing are managed, through to delivery and the automated sending of receipts and notifications. This means that managing online orders is a simple and painless process.
The Links page has a lovely full screen background image of the interior of the church. Overlaying the picture is a semi-opaque background which holds the list of links, which are all to do with the Badminton Estate or the creation of the church.
The Contact page of The Great Badminton Church Restoration Fund gives details of how to contact the Restoration Fund and includes a contact form through which e-mails can be safely sent. The form includes reCaptcha, which helps avoid spammers and bots.
A full width Google map displays the location of the church. The map is zoomable, as you would expect.
The page gives all necessary information to be able to easily contact The Great Badminton Church Restoration Fund, to find out how to visit the church, and where it is located.