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New facilities will help Ford End church meet modern expectations

St John the Evangelist Church in Ford End will soon have a new servery and a toilet thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Friends of Essex Churches Trust.

The new facilities will end years of reliance on Ford End village hall.

It is the Friends of Essex Churches Trust's first improvement grant since the charity started more than 60 years ago.

Revd Rose Braisby, the Assistant Curate, said:

"It's wonderful that the Friends of Essex Churches are so supportive of our Parochial Church Council's attempts to make our little church more of a community asset by putting in a toilet and small servery. We are so grateful, and proud to be the first church to benefit from their new policy."

Years of hauling water for refreshments into the church, and washing up out of the church, will soon be over.

Churchwarden, Mrs Sheila Bearman, commented:

"We have a team of such willing helpers who at the moment carry water into the church and then after we have had an event or service wash up what may be over 100 glasses or cups in a washing up bowl heated by countless numbers of kettles.

"We held a recent family event when the church was full. It was linked to the popular Frozen film and we had countless numbers of little girls dressed in Elsa outfits having to be escorted to the village hall toilets next door. Actually we can only hold events when the village hall is free so this is a challenge too as the hall is booked almost always in the week and very often at weekends. This makes it terrible for any funerals in particular that take place in the week but now we will be able to offer everyone decent modern day facilities for every function or service.

"We have not been deterred by the lack of facilities but with them it will be so much better and easier and it will allow us to make even more use of the church. We hope to open the church to other groups such as mothers and toddlers which we obviously cannot do at the moment."

Dr James Bettley, the Chairman of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust, added:

"We are delighted to award our first improvement grant of £10,000 to St John the Evangelist Church, Ford End.

"This year sees a big change in our grant-making policy. We are now offering grants for church improvements as well as repairs. We have set aside £100,000 for this purpose in addition to £170,000 for repairs in this first year.

"The improvements that we will be funding are those which help to meet 21st century expectations."

Recent repair grants from the Friends of Essex Churches Trust

St Paul Great Baddow - Re-roofing: £8,000

St Michael Aveley - Work to rainwater goods and other general repairs: £5,000

Sts. James & Paul Colchester - General repairs: £1,000

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lecture on May 13

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams (Lord Williams of Oystermouth) will give the Gepp Lecture ‘How buildings tell a story’ on 13 May 2015 at Chelmsford Cathedral. This will be at 8.15 pm, following the Annual General Meeting at 7.15 pm with refreshments from 7.45 pm. Please email events@foect.org.uk if you are aiming to attend.

Dawn of a new era: Architect's plans will be f?ulfilled for Revd Rose Braisby left and churchwarden Sheila Bearman Dawn of a new era: Architect's plans will be f?ulfilled for Revd Rose Braisby left and churchwarden Sheila Bearman

 

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