Timber and thatch – bringing heritage and communities together

17 MAY 2020

Allchurches’ grants support 70 churches and Christian charities with a total of £192,250 funding – providing a welcome boost in these uncertain times. These four projects with a focus on regeneration – whether within the community or local heritage – are among those to receive a funding fillip this month.

New Life Wood, Essex 
New Life Wood (NLW) take the lives and goods that others are quick discard and helps to renew them, enabling ex-offenders to become a valued part of the community.
Research shows that ex-offenders have a 90% rate of unemployment. NLW are helping to reduce this statistic by offering employment and volunteering opportunities. They reach out to ex-offenders, who may be in debt, suffering from mental health problems and social isolation, and plant the seed of hope.
Their work helps to save as much wood waste as possible from landfill, to be sold on as kindling and firewood, and they also use their craftsmanship to regenerate wood into beautiful handmade products. 
To develop their programme and continue to offer rehabilitation opportunities, NLW need to build a wood store to create additional storage, enabling the charity to become self-sufficient. 
Allchurches Trust have granted the charity £4,500 towards the construction, which, in turn, will help many vulnerable people to blossom.
Christ Church, Norris Green, Liverpool  
Christ Church is building a portacabin to break down barriers and help the community to flourish. The additional space will allow the church to expand their existing activities and provide another place to worship for an ever growing congregation.
The cabin will house a play area, foodbank, kitchen and toilets; facilities which are lacking in the existing community centre. The space will improve lives and help the church to focus on responding to local needs and priorities. 
Allchurches Trust is proud to support this positive project with a grant of £10,000.
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Greek Orthodox Community of St John Chrysostom, Gloucester
Let the bells ring again! An Allchurches’ grant of £2,000 will enable Greek Orthodox Community Church to make urgent repairs to the triple foil bells and bell tower, bringing them back into regular use as a key part of Christian worship and outreach for the community.
The church takes pride in preserving the Grade II listed building, which is a beautiful asset to the heritage of the region. The bells are an important part of this heritage and the church understands its duty to pass this on to subsequent generations.
They plan to carry out the repair work as soon as possible to ensure the safety of their visitors.
St Edmund’s Church, Norfolk 
Allchurches Trust has awarded St Edmund’s Church - a 13th Century church in a chocolate box village - a grant of £1,500 towards the re-thatching of the Grade I listed roof. The re-thatching of the North Slope was last attempted around 50 years ago, so it has become an urgent matter.
The church is at the heart of the village community. It is the focal point of this Broadland village, and thatched from Norfolk reed, which makes it important to local, cultural heritage, as well as providing opportunities for traditional craft and employment.
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