Property Grants 2016/17


This project is vital for the future of the Methodist church in Swaffham. Ours is one of the hubs for the Central Norfolk Circuit and while churches in outlying villages are struggling to the point of closure, Swaffham Church is showing signs of new growth. We are greatly impeded by our largest space being dominated by fixed pews and fixed pulpit and prevented from developing means of contemporary worship and versatile outreach. The building has a great high street location and we can see the potential for the type of services we have outlined in our Mission and Vision. Without the regeneration of the sanctuary space our options are severely limited and our future becomes more uncertain. Swaffham is expanding with the building of several new housing estates. This is the opportune and prime moment to meet the needs of the growing community and to serve the gospel.

Grant awarded: £80,000


It is felt that the church building at Hollingworth has become a little old fashioned and tired with very little work carried out over the last 25 years. It is felt that it is in need of modernising and bringing up to date. The catering facilities are currently not good enough to serve the church's requirements; they are insufficient for serving meals rather than just teas and coffees and cannot be an 'inspected catering facility'. It is therefore proposed to extend the kitchen and improve these facilities to bring them up to the hygiene standards. The lighting is very old fashioned and dim by modern expectations. It needs bringing up to date, making it more efficient. It is also hoped that this will improve the feel of the building making it more attractive and improving the worship. Improved carpet and chairs will make the building more attractive to community groups making the church feel warmer and more welcoming. A new glass front door will make the church less intimidating and more welcoming and open to the outside community.

Grant awarded: £5,000


In 1998 proposals were put to Manchester for the complete modernisation of the whole of the property. Fundraising continued and by 2006 sufficient funds were available to carry out all the work with the exception of that to the Chapel itself. This work (herein referred to as "Stage 1") was completed in 2007. The present project is to carry out Stage 2 to complete the original scheme.

The Chapel was built in 1884 and is a sound brick and tile structure. It has softwood pews that were not made to the highest standards. The windows have been replaced but the low level wall panelling and the remaining joinery is of mediocre quality. Pews and all the joinery have been subjected some form of rot treatment and treacly varnish. About 25% of the flooring has been replaced, presumably precipitating the aforementioned rot treatment. However, there is evidence that some of the remaining joist ends have partially rotted. Additional air vents were installed during Stage 1. The walls have been lined with fibreboard, joints taped and then painted. In recent years the overall decoration standard has been adequately maintained. Solid walls and an uninsulated ceiling mean that heat losses are high. The large stone window facing the road needs internal restoration. Parts of the internal faces are flaking away due to it having been painted. External restoration was carried out during Stage 1. The existing entrance porch has walls lined with 1960s Formica type panels and there are hazardous polystyrene ceiling tiles. There have been various heating systems installed since 1884, the last being local gas fired heat exchangers. These eventually corroded and in recent years heating has been by electric convector heaters which are very expensive to run.

STAGE 2 The Church has an excellent reputation within the village for its outreach and service to the community. The Wesley Hall, fully refurbished in Stage 1, provides a safe, welcoming facility that is fully used by people and groups of all ages, both Christian and secular, with potential users currently being turned away due to a lack of space within the weekly schedule. The proposed Stage 2 works will - Greatly improve the Chapel as a worship area, making it usable throughout the year. Due to the excessive heating costs, it is currently only used for about six months of the year and then only for one hour a week. Provide additional space for further church and non-church related activities. The works will include: Entirely stripping out the Chapel back to the masonry and roof; Retiling the roof to modern standards, together with full insulation and a new ceiling; Adding insulated plasterboard and a cavity to the existing walls; Replacement of the old low-level wall panels with new oak-finish panelling; Repair of the floor joists; A new door into the small Meeting Room; Refurbishment of the existing entrance porch to convert it into a new Vestry; Converting the existing exit door from the new Vestry to the road into a fire exit; A new, moveable dais with lectern and Communion table; New lighting and local power supplies; Extension of the existing fire alarm system; Full audio/visual facilities.

Grant awarded: £46,000

Elworth, Cheshire

This is part 3 of a 3 stage project. To link together the room on London Road with the rest of the church buildings allowing it to be used for a coffee lounge. To provide an indoor corridor from this entrance to the main church entrance in place of the present outdoor passageway which is both unpleasant and unsightly. To improve access to all the rooms on this part of the site. To improve the front appearance on London Road.

Grant awarded: £15,000


We have been advised that the ground floor electrical installation is reaching the end of its serviceable life, and consideration should be given to its replacement. Additionally because technical standards have changed with time the fire detection and warning system in the ground floor may be considered inadequate, and does not meet current standards. (The upper floor was fully remodelled ten years ago incorporating new electrical and fire systems, and this would be unaffected by the proposed works now under consideration) The project is being undertaken to update the community space on the ground floor to modern standards and to create a more inviting ambience. We wish to upgrade the ground floor meeting space to modernise the layout and create a lighter and brighter environment, thus providing a more inviting ambience. The expected outcomes are as follows: - an increase in community involvement from local groups, schools, and other organisations, also the use of the church for regular and one-off events - increased attendance at either formal or informal church worship events, not only regular Sunday worship, but daily prayer meetings, informal 'Sip & See' gatherings, and children's/disabled persons activity groups - introduction of tailored activities to meet the needs of new residents and families - an increase in the number of people to whom pastoral care is given.

Grant awarded: £15,000


Phase 2. 1/ Removal of small cloakroom to provide easier access to new lounge/ meeting area. 2/ Present rooms (1&2) to be merged 3/ The construction of new partition wall between existing hall to include storage cupboards and new doorways 4/ Modification of heating and lighting as required. 5/ New floor covering and re-decoration of area 6/ Drinks dispensing area with main water supply 7/ IT equipment and Wifi 8/ Glass doors to link reception area with new room 9/ Soundproofing between new room and hall We are trying to achieve a more modern environment which will be welcoming to all social groups in the Hedon area. There are limited venues in the town where people / organisations can meet in relative comfort and security. 

Grant awarded: £15,000

Bethel Bridgtown

The first priority is to create a fit for purpose community space (there is nothing in the town presently), a safe space for young and old to use, and an inspiring place of worship. The Church members aim to engage with the wider community by building on the Saturday Club youth initiative, which involves the local primary school children and their parents. A number of the parents are single parents. A future initiative is to develop the relationship with these parents by offering a safe welcoming environment for socialising after dropping children off at school, and possibly offer a similar "service" for after school. The church has the resources to do this via the people already involved with the Saturday Club and the connections due to that. In the town there is a home for adults with learning disabilities. Once we have the improved facilities, to offer opportunity for them to attend special mid-week services on specific Christian festivals, as well as offering a safe space to socialise outside of their residency. This would be something the Church would want to offer the elderly as well. Age Concern has already approached the Church for use of facilities. There are a number of new housing development. The church would want to circulate invitations/information flyers to new residents, inviting them to attend worship in a welcoming premises.

Grant awarded: £16,000

Marlborough Road, St Albans

The limitations of the church building are the fixed pews, the less-than-perfect sound system and the forbidding, closed doors. However, the users like the architecture of the space. We want improved comfort, improved lighting and sound and flexible layout for worship. An audience is sitting for much longer than a congregation. We want improved comfort, lighting and sound and flexible layout so that the space is attractive for other uses such as lectures and performances. A significant limitation is that the solid front doors are unwelcoming. Many people pass by and do not realise that there is an active church based here. There is no sight into the worship space from the street or from the corridor running between the hall and the church. Many people use our hall but have no idea they are next to a church. We want glazed front doors and a glazed door between the church and the corridor so that the Cross is visible to passers-by and hall users. We want people to have sight of a sacred space. Regrettably, the reduced project scope means that underfloor heating, an IT installation and redecoration are not included in the current project.

Grant awarded: £20,000


Winterley, Cheshire

The shared use by the pre-school and Brass Band is a major problem. If nothing is done, the pre-school may not be able to continue into the future; it is becoming ever more unworkable. There are days when the pre-school can not operate, such as when there are funerals, or on polling days. The congregation is small, but very forward thinking and keen to explore new possibilities. Loss of the church would also mean loss of the base of the great asset we hold in the Brass Band. There is a great deal of local support for the project. Since initiating plans the current user groups have grown closer and enthusiasm for the scheme has led to sharing of ideas. There is emerging evidence that the Church and Community Centre can grow into a valuable Christ based community.

Grant awarded: £20,000


Whilst we have a variety of rooms in our premises on one level, still our building inhibits our current activities and thwarts exciting new mission possibilities. The redevelopment of the Sanctuary will enable more flexibility for a variety of worship and activities, furthering our existing links with local schools, uniformed organisations and other community groups. Proposed alterations to the exterior entrance and re-modelling of the floor levels will enable improved accessibility for those with mobility issues. Opening up of the entrance will enable us to offer a more visible and welcoming aspect to our building as we are well placed geographically to be a church within our local community. Recently we have increased our liaisons with our Ecumenical partners within Hasland to facilitate joint working offering regular Messy Church sessions in our rooms. However, our current building does not allow us to open up new opportunities for mission in line with our mission statement. Our aim is to create an open church with new ideas providing fellowship, and encouragement for Christian living for both the present and future generations.

Grant awarded: £26,000


The Vision and Mission of our church: Our Vision To be a loving, outward facing Christian presence serving in the heart of our community Our Mission We will achieve our vision: • By worshipping and travelling together into a deeper understanding of what it means to follow Jesus • By encouraging others to join us in the journey of faith • By sharing God’s love in word and action within our church family, with the local community, and through our hospitality with our many visitors from across the world • By actively responding as a good neighbour to the needs of our community, local and global The church is the community building closest to the area of the town with the highest levels of social deprivation. The congregation, the vast majority of whom are retired, are very active both in the Church and the community. Since 2002 the membership numbers at Keswick Methodist Church have remained remarkably stable at around 65. This is mainly due to new members retiring to the area as described above balancing out the inevitable losses through death and through people moving into residential accommodation. This also adds to the continued renewal of our energy, vision and spiritual life. This stability is all the more relevant and encouraging within the context of declining church attendance in the wider region and nationally. Weekly attendance was also stable over that time but in recent years there has been a significant growth in our congregation (based on monthly average attendance figures compared to the same period a year before) Increase in previous year: 2013/14 +7.8% 2014/15 +20.7%

Shared congregations: Keswick Methodist Church is not just a Church for its immediate community. In addition to many regular individual visitors, there is a significant sharing of our premises and our worship with other partners – including visiting congregations from other churches and groups such as the Boys’ Brigade Mountaineering Club. Our building struggles to manage the huge congregations that attend for a significant number of Sundays each year. Keswick is in a very distinctive context which affects attendance numbers for the positive. First: our location and role as a major centre for tourism brings many visitors to our church every year. A key part of our mission is that of hospitality for visitors to the area. A good example of this is our annual Jazz Service during the Keswick Jazz Festival. Second: For three weeks of the year our church continues to be a major partner in the “Keswick Convention”, an evangelical Christian conference which has been held in the town annually since 1875. During this time, our premises are regularly and completely in use every day. Sunday Worship attendance is overwhelming and overflowing at these times and we cannot fit more people in – despite the demand. Current Use The current church building consists of a large, very traditional worship space which bears witness to its Victorian roots. A partition can be folded down (with some difficulty) at the rear of the church to enlarge the worship area for special services with every large congregation such as those held during Keswick Convention or the town’s Jazz Festival. This area is served by a small kitchenette situated in the second, mostly unused, front entrance to the church. The 1909 extension provided the large schoolroom at the rear which is now used as the main hall, plus a room known as ‘The Parlour’ which can be used as a meeting room, but its use is limited as it provides access to the hall. There is a large kitchen, utilised mostly for the provision of refreshments for meetings. This is vastly underused due to its condition and poor location. The Gents’ and Disabled toilet facilities are provided off the main hall and the Ladies’ off the parlour. Access to these from the main church is via several steps or by exiting the building and coming back in again via the parlour or ramped fire door into the main hall. The layout is clearly extremely inconvenient and also severely limits the use of the building and its appeal to prospective users. In a town with an increasingly elderly population this is a significant problem both for our regular worshippers and for other users.

Our building is conveniently situated for the town centre and has the benefit of a car park – something highly valued by user groups as parking in the town is restricted and expensive. However, we regularly turn away prospective users as, despite the size of the building, it is really not possible to accommodate more than one group at a time. Despite the considerable attention which has been given to maintenance, the whole building is now looking very dated and it is increasingly expensive to heat and to maintain. Regular worship takes place every Sunday morning and in the evening of the second Sunday of each month when a quiet, reflective service is held. There are other smaller church meetings during the week. The buildings are in regular demand. Regular users include Keswick Youth Club, community choir, Keswick youth theatre, yoga classes, the beekeeping association, art society, photographic society, Keswick carers’ forum and horticultural society. The church hosts occasional concerts and the hall has one-off bookings such as those for children’s parties. It is also used as the counting point for Christian Aid week, a collecting point for the local Foodbank and as a polling station for the town. Our aspirations to live out our mission are severely restricted by the building. As a result, our SWOT analysis and consultation with our congregation, users and community led us to form "Vision 21".

Grant awarded: £40,000

Brunswick, Newcastle

Repair needed to damaged roof truss and associated beams as the truss has sustained water damage and requires a section taking out and being replaced. The associated beams have slipped from position due to the movement on the truss and so need to be repositioned. The movement caused on the church ceiling has impacted on the plaster work causing significant cracking to the plaster mouldings which are now at risk of falling down. Timber specialist have advised how much of the truss needs to be replaced and have also identified other areas for repair (see documents tab for report). Temporary support will be fitted until contractors make the repairs. External roof works required to stop any further water ingress and therefore protect the timbers. Architect, Structural Engineer, Roofing Contractor and Timber Specialist are to be used with architect providing specification and he will take us through the tendering process. This is an emergency and has been reported to the connexional conservation officer with whom the architect is consulting. If this work is not completed the premises will have to be closed.

Grant awarded: £48,090

The Pathway, Middleton-in-Teesdale

This is phase 2 of 3 seeking to provide flexible, accessible premises suitable for church and community use. A more eco friendly building needing less maintenance therefore releasing human and financial resources for more mission focussed activities. A welcoming building which can be used for outreach not only by ourselves but also Churches Together and other community groups. In the 9 months after Phase 1 was completed there were 3 occasions (2 funerals and Village Christmas) where people had to stand in the entrance showing that for larger events the remaining part of the original hall needs to be brought back into use. The village lacks an activities hall this phase will provide.

Grant awarded: £50,000


We want our church to be seen as a venue in the city that can be used for many different activities, including Scotland-wide Methodist meetings. Perth is a lively, cultural centre and Perth Festival (now ‘Perform in Perth’) includes classical music, opera, rock, folk, drama and visual art. The acoustics within the building are good; couple this with more comfortable seating and lighter, more cheerful surroundings and we would hope to attract cultural bookings of various genres throughout the year and, in particular, at ‘Perform in Perth’ time. Meetings, conferences and dancing would also find a place here. We aim to maximise our city centre location to make our church into a centre for community and cultural activities to benefit people with a range of interests. We are not only considering the present but looking to the future. The current sanctuary is restrictive in its layout both for worship and for community activities and events. The associated amenities need upgrading if we are to develop as a viable option well into the 21st century. A questionnaire and face-to-face conversations with current user groups indicate an appreciation of both our city centre location and the support we as a church have offered, and a desire to remain beyond the refurbishment. We are waiting to restart a Community Lunch Club run, this time, by our own members; the community interest group which ran it last year had to withdraw due to their lack of funds. Better facilities are an essential prerequisite. The creation of an adaptable space will enable varied forms of worship to take place and encourage other groups of people to come into a Christian environment. In short: when more attractive and more functional - greater appeal to the local community and Scottish Methodists and an increase in usage with renewed pride - extend invitations, including to local schools. if more folk enter - greater appreciation of the heritage, history and architecture.

Grant awarded: £50,000

The King's Cross Church, Hexthorpe

We have basically a late 19th century hall (some enhancements have been made over the years); it stands in stark contrast alongside our new church building. All our premises need to say that the church is relevant to the Hexthorpe community in the 21st century. The buildings are not the message, but we use them as a vehicle to tell the Gospel message of Jesus. Why do we want to undertake this project? 1 We want see people of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicity coming to a faith in Jesus as their Saviour and Lord and becoming his disciples. 2 We want see additional young adults, along with their families, joining the church and leaders emerging from their ranks 3 We want see positive changes being made in the community - e.g. less crime and fear of crime, motivated youngsters, improvement in the physical environment of a run down area.

Grant awarded: £50,000

Hanging Heaton

Area made safe, church building repaired, retaining and boundary walls repaired, drainage system renewed. Since 2011, the church has had no kitchen facilities in the main building therefore its use for church social and fundraising activities plus for loan/hire to other community groups has been severely affected. All users want the building and outside put right so that the church can continue and so that our nearest neighbours will no longer be in dispute with us.

Grant awarded: £50,000

Histon, Cambridge

The project is: to refurbish and extend the present worship and activity areas in order to create a modern, welcoming, flexible, integrated facility for both Christian and community use.

Histon Methodist Church is located right in the heart of the growing villages of Histon and Impington (pop approx 9000) near Cambridge and is keen to capitalise on its central location in order to provide an expanding variety of services to the community in line with its stated mission and purpose. It also wishes to build up a strong Methodist centre in the north of the circuit, where some small churches have recently closed. A survey (2010) was carried out by the church to every home in the villages through the local free newspaper to determine the needs of the area. This has led to the development of plans to improve the church premises in order to respond to this community feedback. The idea of a contemporary community café was the most supported concept and in April 2012 we opened a community coffee shop (9 am to 5 pm) one day a week in our current premises. Currently we have up to 100 people of all ages through our doors each week on a Wednesday, from young mums with pre-school children to older people, many on their own.These include people with physical and learning disabilities. Prices are kept low and most of the food is donated. We provide light refreshments, and opportunities for table tennis, Scrabble, and other games. We seek to develop and upgrade our premises to expand on this.

We plan to completely refurbish the worship area to provide a multi-purpose space which can be used for both worship and community events, as well as further enhancing the flexibility of the facilities mentioned above. Already, through interactions with people using the cafe, the church is meeting the needs of those within our villages, and further afield we are seeking to expand on this. This has already started with monthly debt counselling and related services.. In the survey (above) we also contacted local businesses and community groups who strongly supported our plans. We currently offer prayer boxes each Wednesday and these are well used. In addition, the minister and others take discreet opportunities to listen, talk and counsel with people about spiritual and other issues of concern. There is currently a thriving FX ministry in the neighbouring village of Cottenham and the minister there has responsibility for Histon too. Our proposed plans include fully glazed entrances which will make our refurbished worship area more visible, welcoming and a fully integrated part of the site.

Grant awarded: £70,000

Freshwater, Isle of Wight)

We plan to develop the upper floor area at the back of the new building by installing stairs for access to first floor, a disabled platform and then making 2/3 smaller rooms, including a small meeting room, an office, shower, pantry and disabled toilet upstairs. We need more accommodation as presently the building is extremely well used for church work and community outreach. On average over 200 people of all ages pass through our doors weekly for various activities, which are mostly run by our church family members. All the services eg electricity, water and drains are pre - installed in Phase 1 and it is ready for everything to be fitted out and completed.

Grant awarded: £70,000


The project includes a significant refurbishment of this small rural church to make it into a space that can be accessed by and used for mission to the thousands of visitors to this honeypot tourist village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This involves: 1) Removal of fixed furniture and fittings, i.e. pews, pulpit and attached furniture, organ and dark wooden lobby. 2) Reroofing the property to weatherproof building and prevent internal damp 3) Creating disabled access to the building by constructing level access footpath, widening internal doorways and installing disabled toilet (currently no toilet in building) 4) Installing basic kitchen facilities 5) Replacing windows and rear entrance door in keeping with planning requirements in this premium conservation area within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Main entrance door to be retained and refurbished. 6) Levelling the floor and installing custom-designed hardwearing muddy-boot-friendly floor covering bearing labyrinth-type representational artwork of the local area to fill the majority of the floor space of the chapel. 7) Installing glazed oak lobby area 8) Removing false ceiling to expose original rafters and installing discreet roof insulation. 9) Installing modern far infrared electric heating to replace ineffective night storage heaters. 10) Making good internal plaster and decoration 11) Electrical works as required to include appropriate lighting 12) Installing furnishings (chairs & refurbished pews), AV equipment (to be fixed / locked in place) and displays / artwork (focusing on mission and heritage).

Grant awarded: £70,000

Four Oaks

To increase parking provision without having a detrimental impact on the listed setting of the Church, and provide additional accessible bays close to the main entrance. To draw people into the Church building via a new entrance, that is clearly signposted, into a welcoming reception area next to the relocated office. To improve access into and throughout the existing building by increasing the width of the corridor, and providing a straight ramp as well as steps. Visual links from the welcome area to other areas of the building, including the Church itself, will be greatly improved. To provide improved sanitary facilities, located centrally in the building, including an accessible WC and Baby Change. To rationalise storage generally throughout the premises, increasing storage capacity, and providing permanent storage for the uniformed organisations. To provide welcoming, inspiring and uplifting meeting spaces filled with daylight, that are flexible to be used by different groups. The layout of the Church has become disjointed following various alterations over the years. Study of the original design and layout of the Church has helped rationalise proposed changes so that they respect the original design and restore features where possible that help to meet the needs of the Church now. All of these changes are proposed in order to support and strengthen the Church’s mission in the community.

Grant awarded: £80,000


We intend to build a new church hall and demolish the existing church hall. Other elements will involve the refurbishment and upgrade of the existing church, creation of a new worship/social space which will be used to link the new build hall and the existing church, by knocking through the (north) church wall into the new space. The objectives are to provide increased capacity for worship, plus additional, enhanced capabilities and facilities for social, mission, outreach and administrative activities, tasks & functions.

We considered and evaluated two broad schemes/options - namely to demolish both the hall and the church and replace with a New Build, OR to replace the hall, refurbish the existing church and then join the two buildings together. After a number of iterations (see previous Project 38273 which was withdrawn) and extensive consultation with both the congregation and the local community it has been decided (by an overwhelming majority of our members), that the latter (New Build Hall and Linkage) option is preferred. The LEP trustees have, therefore, authorised and initiated the various actions required to progress this scheme. The construction work will involve 2 separate and discrete build phases: (1) Build new hall and demolish the existing church hall (40 week build plan) (2A) Create new space between the new hall and existing church (2B) Refurbish and renovate the existing church and knock through the wall to join it to the new hall building Phase 2 (A and B) will be done as a single phase of construction, and the plan is for an 8 week build schedule. To date we have achieved the following: (1) Obtained LA planning permission (in August 2016), and Building Regulations approval (in January 2017). (2) Completed/progressed various necessary legal developments: (i) Set up a Community Interest Company (CIC), known as The Eldwick Church CIC - company number 10205017). This was done in May 2016. The purpose of this is to provide a limited liability vehicle through which to let building project contracts.

Phase 1 works will be scheduled to: (a) Begin in September 2017 (b) Be 40 weeks in duration (c) Complete in June 2018 - hopefully in time to permit a 125th anniversary (of the opening of the church building in 1893) celebration and thanksgiving Build Phase 2 will follow as soon as fundraising efforts permit.

Following the submission of bids in response to the tender, the total project costs are now estimated and budgeted at £909k, plus a contingency amount of £33k (approximately 4% of variable cost elements), giving a total project cost of £942k. In phasing terms this splits as follows: - Phase 1 - £764k - Phase 2 - £178k Some £57.6 of this has already been committed and expended to reach this point. This has been covered and met by a combination of utilising our own historical reserves (£19.9k), denominational grants (£25k - Circuit £15k & Diocese £10k) and the remainder from the cash generated by our own fundraising efforts. Fundraising began in earnest in September 2016, with a formal launch. To date this has generated funds (pledged and/or received) of £204k plus a further £11k from local fundraising events (in the 10 months to June 2017). A full programme of more such events/activities is planned and in progress for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. Both of these figures include appropriate amounts of tax recoveries. It is hoped that a significant amount of the remainder of the funding may be obtained from various Methodist Church sources (just under £315k). The majority (circa £235k) of this represents the residue of the net proceeds of the sale of Eldwick Methodist Chapel (EMC), including CPF Levy Refund monies. Permission has already been granted for the latter to remain available to us post the usual 5 year limit. The balance of £80k is from the recent award of a Connexional Property grant.

Grant awarded: £80,000


To enable a welcome to all, access for all and increased opportunities for church and community activities for all in the town. Entrance: to relocate main entrance and provide level access. Create a welcome area with full access to all spaces within the building Internal: to create two more spaces and arrange access so that several groups can operate at the same time To raise the floor level in the church to provide level access within the whole building To refurbish the worship area as a multi-purpose space To create a small meeting space in the area previously taken up by the organ To rebuild the area linking church and hall, creating a welcome area and relocating and upgrading toilets and kitchen To provide more storage space in the Community Hall for all users. External: to improve the aesthetics and make the church premises more inviting to the local community and demonstrate the church's mission to welcome all. This will involve the removal of items such as the iron fence-work on the perimeter of the church's land. General: to reduce our carbon footprint and running costs. To maintain the best of original features and design, and to integrate with contemporary additions.

Grant awarded: £100,000


This is the second phase of our 3 phase C21st Project. The purpose of the C21st Project is to provide Gravesend Methodist Church & Community Centre with the premise it needs to fulfil its mission to be, "Your local Town Centre Church bringing God's love to the heart of the community." This second phase involves the complete refurbishment of the town centre front of the church to make it more inviting and accessible for the local community and to create community facilities such as a new glazed foyer, community café/meeting venue, kitchen, easy access toilets counselling facilities and storage space. The outcome will be a church building brought into the 21st Century that is open and welcoming to all members of the local community and will enhance the already very successful C21st Phase 1 works which have now been completed using locally raised funds and grants from Circuit and District. Phase one involved the creation of a community entrance and reception area, shower and laundry facilities for the homeless and refurbishment of the main hall and smaller rooms. This has led to a huge increase in the use of the premises, mainly by the disadvantaged and ethnic community, e.g. includes a very successful winter night shelter for homeless people, and we now ready to grow this town centre mission to include the whole community. Throughout this project we have relied on local volunteers from our own church and from other local churches of all denominations and currently have over 140 volunteers on our books.

Grant awarded: £100,000

Haxby & Wigginton, York

Property changes: Removal of the current porch. Build a ramp, steps, raise floor level of vestibule, add new porch with automatic doors. Create new side entrance with ramp and automatic doors. Change ground floor configuration to create hub. Build 2 new upstairs rooms accessed by stairs and disabled lift. Solar panels Achieving mission goals: At the moment the church can be a barrier to faith as a result of our current entrances, with the Sanctuary invisible behind wooden doors. Our desire is to make the church buildings more obviously a place of worship, putting our welcome at the heart of what we do and enabling our ‘sacred space’ to be visible and accessible to all who set foot on our premises. This will encourage anyone from the community to receive an invitation to worship or to pray, doing so equally and with dignity, able to move wherever they wish with ease, experiencing the love and acceptance of Christ. Glass doors will enable people to see the Sanctuary. The side entrance will become much more important in the life of our church. The re-organisation of the building will provide the volunteers on duty an opportunity to share conversations about faith, inviting people to use the Sanctuary for personal prayer. Signage, including digital and a light box, will point out the Sanctuary. For the first time, whenever the building is open the heating and lighting in the sanctuary will be on. In addition we hope to decorate the building so that it is not only dementia friendly but will have appropriate scripture verses and pictures in each room (including the Sanctuary) to point to the faith of those who manage the building. In February we appointed a Children’s Family Worker explicitly to coordinate outreach among families which is already bearing fruit through ‘Who let the dads out’. We have seen an increase in the number of new families joining us in worship as a result. Mission is at the heart of everything we do in the church, over 100 members of house groups studying and learning how we can be better examples of Christ’s teaching within the whole community. It is fundamental to everything we do. The solar panels added to the roof to produce electricity will not just cut costs but witness to the community our desire to protect God's world.

Grant awarded: £100,000

Acomb, York

Jubilee Development Scheme at Acomb Methodist Church, which comprises:- Phase 0: Design, Drawings and Planning Consents Phase 1 : Carbon Footprint Reduction (Completed) Phase 1 of the scheme (formerly Element 5) aimed to reduce our carbon footprint, and allow us to make more flexible use of all spaces within the building. Initially hoped to use Ground Source Heat Pump technology, because of salts in the ground water, and prohibitive cost of borehole technology, we opted instead for a very high efficiency, condenser boiler capable of ramping seamlessly from 2-200kW as required. This part of the scheme also comprised installation of individually controlled thermostats, on a wifi enabled control system, to allow very fine control of the heat used in each space, and double glazed window replacements in Room 2,3,4 and 5. In addition, we installed patio doors and a ramp in room 5 to allow access to the previously unused lawn space of the side garden. This has since been securely fenced and is a useful expansion for many groups.

Phase 2: Retreat Garden Phase of the scheme enables us to recover an overgrown unused and substantial rear garden at the church, to landscape it and install log cabins to create the beginnings of a community garden and retreat space that will be completed in Phase 4. This phase includes a heated and lit, insulated log cabin suitable for 12-15 people to meet. This will create an initial space for community groups partnering in the garden to socialise, and a venue for day retreats and general letting. A smaller summerhouse will provide a small breakout venue, space for spiritual direction, one to one, or individual retreat space. It will also be a venue for an already growing Northumbrian prayer group, which will offer a regular prayer meeting through the week. Finally an open sided potting shed will provide space for young children, adult groups and community users to prepare plants for the garden, as well as offering a demonstration space. The garden will be divided into a food producing area, which will be processed, donated or sold for the local foodbank, a raise beds, sensory garden with disabled and partially sighted users in mind, a wildflower and nature encouraging area. This phase also includes a vehicular and pedestrian ramp to allow access to all users to the garden.

Phase 3 Storage / Worship and Toilet for Garden This phase sees the provision of acoustic damping between Room 4 & 5 which will increase our ability use both rooms at the same time. In addition, this phase now includes the construction of an accessible WC which will serve the newly created garden and allow for the development of the scheme.

Phase 4 A Community Building Welcoming Foyer Develop a more visible, welcoming, hospitable new entrance foyer/cafe area within which all building users can mix , relax and build relationships (a facility presently lacking in our building). This includes development of the front garden, focussing attention on a new outdoor welcome space surrounding the new more prominent side entrance. It also provides a new wide/glassed access to the sanctuary creating a sense of being within the church, but also more flexible use of the space for other purposes. In simple terms we will remove the annexe of the church sanctuary comprising the choir stalls, and this space encompassed into a widened and extended foyer. This particular space will house a coffee serving area. The side entrance of the church will be moved toward the road approximately 3m along the whole width, and its height increased. As well as psychologically improving welcome, it will also create a much larger space in which people can socialise and mix at tables and chairs. It will also be a space where we can promote activities and within the community. It will also include an automatic door to improve our disabled accessibility. This new facade would include extensive glazing to create a light space, that can be seen into prior to entry, to lower the fear factor. To further increase the size of this space, and allow visibility further down the corridor, one corner of Room3 and Room 2 would be chamfered, and glass doors placed on the new angled sections to promote visibility into these 'engagement spaces'. The present office would also be halved in size and glazed to produce a welcome desk style office. The disabled loo would be rotated to increase space. Finally outside the new foyer a new outside courtyard area with seats would be created to add a further liminal low risk threshold for engagement, and the front garden landscaped to promote the clarity of this new entrance. The new facade outside would allow for a new logo clearly promoting the church and its mission. Within the new foyer area, the entrance to the church would be widened significantly using folding glass partitions to allow for the church to be included in this entrance area, but also to lower the threshold between the welcome and sanctuary spaces if closed.

Phase 5 Garden Room - Retreat Garden Completion (This phase has now been separated from this master scheme, but is enclosed here for completeness.) To complete the facilities for our retreat space, we will develop the existing space occupied by the stage in Room 4 to create a mezzanine storage level which can be accessed by stairs from Room 4, and then by extending the building on the to create a garden facing room, which uses some of this release space adequate for 30-40 people to gather. A large patio with tables and chairs will also be created, and the room will have large patio doors, to create a much larger space in summer. A disabled toilet (built in Phase 3), and kitchenette will be incorporated, accessible from outside, to complete the retreat center, and offer an additional training or letting space. The new storage area in Room 4 will allow us to rationalise existing free standing cupboards in Room 4 and create a more flexible, room, suitable for letting, and worship. This phase will also integrate the portable AV facilities used by the newly developed community cinema.

Grant awarded: £100,000

Hillsborough Trinity

The whole re-development scheme (Phases 1, 2 and 3) is to transform the usability and flexibility of Trinity to enable a wider variety of activities, by the church, associated organizations, and community activities, additional spaces, improved access, and improved modern facilities. This request is for formal support and a grant towards Phase 3 of the Trinity Re-development. The whole scheme was approved in full by Circuit, District and Connexion in 2014, under Property Consent code 34028. Overview of the complete Re-development It is being delivered in three main phases, with some preliminary and associated minor works: Preliminary works : Minor works to facilitate the re-development (Complete) Phase 1 Re-ordering of the main worship area (Complete) Phase 2 Building an extension with new entrance, toilets, office and meeting rooms. (Completion September 2016) Phase 3 Bring currently un-used upstairs rooms which are semi-derelict, into use for church and community activities. The integration of the three floors and the two sides of the premises to improve usability, allow con-current uses, control flow of users. (Commencement on funding package delivery) Please note first the basic details of the Preliminary Works and Phases 1 and 2. Preliminary and ancillary Works This included the removal of some asbestos in the cellars around boiler pipes, sound deadening in one space, re-decoration of five rooms to accommodate the Sunday School, a general meeting room and a new disability charity use, upgrades to fire and lighting systems, new external fire doors, minor equipment and installation of a security system, minor decorations and repairs, re-routing of main electrical supply boards, and other items. The preliminary works have been conducted before and during Phases 1 and 2, and have been funded from Trinity’s Development Account, supported by events, donations and a variety of small gifts. Phase 1 This was the re-ordering of the main worship space to create a flexible worship, church activity and community use space. This included removing the pews, levelling the floor, laying carpet, installing stacking seats, new underfloor heating, new electrical systems, re-commissioning the defunct gallery, re-siting the organ, installing new sound system, creating a new entrance lobby and refreshment galley, and closing off the old chancel to provide circulation space for phase 3. Phase 1 cost £143,874. This was funded entirely from Trinity’s resources, by the previous sale of a former caretaker’s house, the proceeds of the church’s Development Fund, raised by local activity, and a small grant from the Joseph Ward Charity. Phase 1 was completed in November 2014. Phase 2 This is an extension building that creates a new level access entrance, with accessible minibus loading area. There is a new meeting room and private interview space. There is a new and light-filled entrance lobby that integrates communications between the hall, the church and the new entrance, new church office and new modern toilets. The toilets include an extra-capacity disabled toilet with treatment bed and hoist for the disability charity that is booked to start operating in Trinity from September 2016. Phase 2 will cost approximately £272,464 on current bills and provisions. This has been funded by a grant of £235,000 from the Joseph Ward Charity, and local fund-raising by Trinity. Phase 2 will be completed by September 2016 ready for occupation in September and the move of Good Days into Trinity in September 2016. No calls for funding were made for phases 1 and 2. Phase 3 This new project number 40461 is for the phase 3 element, as it is slightly amended, reduced in scope and includes requests to the Circuit, District and Connexion for grants. As such is differently structured from the original application. This grant application is for Phase 3, which will be the final set of works and which will increase the gains from the two previous phases. The purposes of Phase 3 are to • provide more activity space by bringing back into use the currently semi-derelict upper floor to create a new activities and meetings suite upstairs, • create a welcoming circulation space at the heart of the multiple facilities, with access to facilities, phone, refreshments information point, toilets, office, • improve the usability of the church and hall, • provide better integration and separation so that multiple functions or activities can take place simultaneously in the church or the hall and other meeting rooms, • remove the internal confusion and fire risk issues about access routes to various parts of the building, • create new storage pods in the cellar space, for user groups, and • install a lift and new stairs enabling better transition between new storage spaces in the cellar for activity groups, the main church and hall spaces on the ground floor and the reclaimed new meeting room suite on the first floor. Phase 3 will create more usable space which we now urgently need. Phase 3 is not a scheme which creates images of exciting new build. Rather it is the element of the re-development which brings the two previous phases together and completes the re-development. Its cost is in the services and re-alignment of spaces to improve the ability of the church to host flexible uses, and use the building for flexible events, providing a new events space for small and large community activities and church events. (We had originally envisaged that Phase 3 would also incorporate a new glazed entrance on the main Middlewood Road elevation. However, the cost and risk of this part of the original proposals has now been agreed by the church as being too high. Therefore the church has reduced the scope of Phase 3, to concentrate on the provision of new or upgraded usable spaces, and the ability to use them con-currently. This will meet the demand for space without incurring cost or staffing requirements for another entrance. See Risk Evaluation for more detail of this change.) A drawing by our architect showing the work on three levels is enclosed with this application. Phase 3 Costings We have commissioned a quantity surveyor firm in Sheffield (Mascot) to provide a detailed costing. Their detailed report for costing for Phase 3 is attached. A summary shows the following elements (inc VAT): Construction Costs 161,929 Contingency 18,000 Inflation 4,800 Design Fees 16,800 Building Control fees 3,000 Total 204,529 In addition to the main costings above there are some minor additions: • The costings are based on a two floor lift and we believe that we will need the lift to serve all three floors. With founding and installation this will add approximately £10,000. • To make the upper floor capable of functioning as a self-contained suite for regular or casual uses, we intend to insert an accessible toilet, costing around £3,000, and a refreshment galley costing around £2,000. • Revised landscaping to front elevation to reduce the fortress impact, re-surface poor paths, and create user-friendly landscaping with a provision of £15,000. This will make the complete cost of Phase 3 £234,529. We intend to create a fund for phase 3 of £250,000 to give further contingency and allow for tender variations. Phase 3 Funding Our initial Funding Plan for Phase 3 is as follows: Final grant from Joseph Ward Charity £ 50,000 Grant application to Connexional Property Fund £125,000 Grant request to Sheffield Circuit £ 25,000 Grant request to Sheffield District £ 25,000 Local fund-raising and church events £ 25,000 £250,000 We also intend to apply to other funders and to the Landfill Trusts, and if we are successful that will reduce the demand on the primary funders’ generosity. We will work with the Landfill advisor. However, the landfill funds are greatly reduced and more restricted, and we are not confident that Phase 3 will seem an attractive community benefit, though we are convinced it will be. We have set the requests to the Circuit at 10% of the Phase 3 costs as we were clear with them from the outset of phases 1 and 2 that we would not be asking them for a contribution to those phases. We felt it would be unreasonable to ask for 10% of the total scheme costs of approximately £680,000. However, we are now asking the District if it would consider a generous grant towards the scheme. We could have put in £68,000, being 10% of the whole scheme. We are aware that the whole scheme was given approval in the first place without a request at that stage for funding for Phases 1 and 2. We will understand if the District feels it is only able to offer a grant of 10% of Phase 3, being £25,000. However, given the scale of the project, and the radical transformation of this significant set of premises, we would be grateful if the District could consider a grant part-way between the two levels. This would reduce our reliance on the as yet untested landfill and other local charities and fund-raising. It is also possible that the Connexion will not grant the whole grant requested of it. We have drained the Joseph Ward Charity of all its capacity to support the re-development of Trinity. We have only left sufficient to service its obligation towards funding the church community worker. We are asking the Connexional Fund for a generous grant of £125,000 to ensure the achievement of the project and the finalization of the three phases of work.

Grant awarded: £125,000

Hall Green

PHASE 1 - refurbishment, rewiring of rear first floor rooms to provide rooms to let + toilets and drinks station. Levelling of internal floor surfaces to allow greater access to 90% of ground floor as opposed to just 60% being fully accessible at the moment. Works include both sub-surface excavation and infilling works but removal of numerous steps and stairs does allow a more efficient reconfiguration of rooms, corridors and storage space as well as the re-siting of toilets and kitchen. Additional works will be the reconfiguration of entrances to make the building more welcoming and accessible. Refurbishment to existing areas will include installing a sliding dividing wall in the existing main hall to allow multi-group usage together with permanent storage cupboards; bringing the kitchen forward and down to the centre of the ground floor from the extreme rear to more easily service all areas; converting the old kitchen into a new meeting room; increase in the number of both male and female WCs via a new toilet block again sited centrally; provision of two disability accessible WCs, one with the main WC block and the other near the main entrance; re-site stairs to upper floor.

Grant awarded: £150,000


We are applying to you for funding to enable us to replace a fifty-year old single storey temporary building (Marley Hut) which has an asbestos roof and has outlived its ten-year design life, with a two storey PassivHaus structure. This new "Community and Worship Centre" will be used for community development, exploration of alternative worship styles, additional worship opportunities and outreach and will be available for 7 days per week. The new structure will effectively have no heating requirement compared to the present use of 17000KWh of electricity annually. (see Passivhaus Rationale in Docs tab) This new, two storey, iconic structure will enable us to fulfil an essential part of our church mission to meet the identified needs of the local community, this includes the development of appropriate provision for the youth of the town.The new build will enable us to further develop our range of worship provision - family, cafe, and messy church etc. it will provide a long-needed space for us to run a boys uniformed group in addition to the present full range of girls’ uniformed organisations and enhance the provision for Baildon Village PreSchool. For thirty years, the Preschool has provided a safe and secure start in life for local toddlers. Although this is a separate organisation, most of the members of the management committee are church members. We have a proven need for additional, multi-use, flexible space directly increasing the capacity for mission and community support of the church itself. This directly links to our mission goals of becoming a growing church, meeting the needs of our congregation, providing activities for people of all ages and developing our image of being at the very heart of Baildon.

The Passivhaus structure itself, through its significant eco advantages, will support other key mission objectives, in particular our wish to respect God’s world, using as little energy as possible and creating little waste. (Please see breakdown of Benefits of Passivhaus Document uploaded in document section) Ecumenical links are already well established in Baildon and this project has received full support, providing the exciting opportunity for further links to be developed, in particular with the further development of uniformed organisations, youth work and additional activities for the elderly.Whilst we work very closely with the three other churches in the village on a range of provision, none of them have capacity for expansion to meet the growing need. The new facility will be managed on a day to day basis by a newly formed company, Wesleys Community Board Ltd, (see New Build Management in docs tab )this company is owned by the Church Council, who elect all of its board members. This company will be responsible for the oversight of the Centre, room hiring, health and safety etc and will report regularly and directly to the Church Council on progress and development of the Centre.

Grant awarded: £150,000

Wesley Memorial, Oxford

a. Provide an atrium with a fully glazed entrance with automatic doors adjoining New Inn Hall Street, between the sanctuary and the ancillary buildings. The atrium will have electronic displays showing how our Methodist heritage informs our current mission. The atrium will have a stone floor.and a heating and cooling system for ventilation. b. Provide new ground floor toilet facilities for women, and refurbish the men’s toilets. c. Convert the current storage room and adjoining Flower Store to an additional meeting room of 18 sq m with adjoining WC designed to ambulant standards. d. In submitting the scheme for Building Regulations approval to Oxford City Council (October 2019) we have had to make additional detailed design changes to satisfy current fire regulations and escape routes. The project presented on this property consents form is part of an integrated proposal to present Oxford's Methodist heritage as a tool of mission to spread the message of Jesus. This is described in the Project Purpose below. Importantly, we received funding through a Mission and Ministry bid to the CGC, for a staff member to harness our enthusiasm and develop the proposal fully. This appointment has been made and is working well. This project would follow two "Open Doors" projects renewing the ancillary buildings to the Church.

Grant awarded: £180,000

Trinity, Great Harwood

The refurbishment of Trinity URC and Methodist Church Great Harwood. The building is 130 years old (1885) and needs refurbishment and uplift to enable disabled access to all parts of the building. This will create extra rooms for meetings and socialising, new and more toilet facilities on both main floors with designated disabled toilets and baby changing rooms. Zoned heating will enable specific areas of the new building to be independently heated. A new larger passenger lift will enable disabled access to all rooms in the building. A main staircase, which does not conform to modern health and safety regulations will be removed and replaced with a 'low tread' staircase for the friends who use our building. Modern lighting and electrical power will be provided using modern technology low energy systems where possible. To enable disabled access and the raising of the floor levels into some areas of the first floor, the flat roof will need to be raised to have the head height available. The front double porch area will be removed and new 'glass' doors provided to give more light into the foyer and enable passers-by to see in and take part in the activities.

Grant awarded: £200,000


Demolish existing Victorian multi-floor building that was modified in the 1960s. Replacement building to be on one level for all public rooms, incorporating sustainable energy features. Status of existing building is "...building of significance in a conservation area...". The LPA have demanded the replacement building be a substantial replacement, so the design and size submitted for Planning Consent is not a variable.

Grant awarded: £200,000

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