Funding approved for accessible, adaptable community space at St Helen’s Church Trowell.
The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to transform the inside of the church to allow level floor access and adaptable space that is suitable for a variety of community events. Alongside the £53,000 raised by the congregations a new heating system will be installed and a more welcoming entrance porch.
Andy Lord, Vicar of St Helens, believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area. He says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Trowell. It’s great that WREN has awarded us this money and we are really looking forward to seeing the church building transformed through this year and more people brought together in community.”
Currently the front, chancel, area is not usable because of step up and because existing pews were designed for a children’s choir. The floor will be levelled, with a new oak floor. The visible heating pipes will be removed and the pews replaced with comfortable seating. The Victorian look will be retained through wood round the edge and the lower screen being converted into movable lecterns.
In the main body of the church the pews will be replaced with movable seating. This will allow greater use for our weekly meeting for older people, for coffee mornings, charity events, and children’s activities. The new seating can be arranged in a similar way to existing pews for weddings. The heating system which currently struggles in the winter will be replaced with a modern system.
The outer porch railings will be replaced with a wood framed glass door. The porch will be cleaned and heating installed. This will enable the heavy inner door to remain open when the building is in use thus providing a more open, welcoming and warm entrance to the building.