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Project Black Jack

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Project Black Jack

Project Black Jack

Project Black Jack By Project Black Jack

The project will replace two statues in the church tower; the originals were "lost" in the 1960s. The Parish Church is a Grade 1building in an iconic location and the new statues will be in bronze

Cirencester Delivery stage

pledged of £46,849

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

The project aims to place two bronze statues in the Parish Church Tower, and to celebrate the arrival of  new works of art in the town by a community event. The tower statues have been awarded to Rodney Munday after a national design competition.  They replace two 15th century statues which were taken down in the mid 1960s (as they were unsafe) and subsequently lost. The statues represent St John the Baptist (after whom the church is named) and the Virgin. St Johns statue is particularly iconic as its nickname "Black Jack" is alleged to have given the name to a local street. The project has been underway for some time and has already completed and funded several steps. These include a research and feasibility stage, a national design competition prior to commissioning the sculptor. We have had maquettes made and the full size (2.2m) clay models are now ready for casting. This is what we are seeking to fund. Once installed we will hold a community celebration event in September.

What we'll deliver:

  • Casting two bronze statues in the church tower.

Why it's a great idea:

Cirencester is a wonderful town, rich in heritage and community spirit. The project capitalises on both, through bringing new art to the town, recognising the links to an iconic nearby street (Black Jack Street). The bronze statues have been designed to enhance the area around the Market Place and to "look down" into the street to engage with people rather than stand aloofly on high. They will have local, regional and national significance, enhancing the Parish Church which is the most iconic buildinng in the Market Place and in the town (Grade 1 listed). They can help to contribute to building the town as a place people want to live in and to visit. The celebratory event is hoped to capture the imagination of the town, and at the end of a difficult period allow people to come together informally, recognising the like the "Human Poppy" event that our community is strong and vibrant. The statues will enhance Cirencester's reputation as a tourist destination, celebrating the Cotswolds

Steps to get it done:

  • May 2021- casting of the statues, prior to patination
  • June 2021 - work will commence on restoring the niches
  • end of July 2021 - restoration of niches completed
  • August 2021 - both statures are installed
  • 5th September 2021 - blessing of statues by Bishop Rachel
  • 5th September - community event to celebrate the statues

Follow the project on Facebook, and through our website . Here you can see the statues being moulded by the sculptor, Rodney Munday. Watch them being cast in bronze in the foundry. And learn more about the history of our town through the story of the statues and Black Jack. We give talks to local groups and are hoping to engage more widely with schools once Covid restrictions permit. However, there is now a guided walk available explaining the history of the tower, and how it links to Cirencester's rich history (the Epiphany plot). Due to Covid, no more than five people can be part of any guided tour. The maquettes are on display in the Parish church along with a lot of information about their design and production, plus a short video explaining the significance of the statues to the town. The Civic Society endorses this project as a significant addition to our local heritage infrastructure.


Location Cirencester

About the space

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Cotswold District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £46,848

Casting of Virgin and Child - £23,700 (51%)
Casting of John the Baptist - £22,000 (47%)
Other - £1,148 (2%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Casting of Virgin and Child
Casting of John the Baptist
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Work with schools to help them learn more about the statues
  • celebration event with the community
  • patination and lacquering to reduce maintenance

Total £46,848

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • We are hoping for some volunteers to help with our celebratory event on 5th September. Help with promotion and publicity is always welcome Would you be willing to learn more about the statues and help explain our exhibition?

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