Friends of St George's Church in Heybridge Basin, near Maldon in Essex, secured a £25,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The Community Meeting Room project, awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, along with other grants and donations from Essex Environment Trust, Essex County Council ‘Big Society’, Essex Charitable Foundation ‘Yellow Car Charitable Fund’, the Fowler Smith and Jones Trust and also from the community including ‘Row for a Reason’ has enabled the church to build a fully fitted extension connected to the main church building for community activities in the rural hamlet.
The charming church building, a hut from the 1914-18 war and on the site since 1920, has been used for many community events over the years, but was limited in space and had no toilets or kitchen facilities. The grant has enabled an extension which complements the original building. The new community meeting room has also been fitted with kitchen and toilets and the building has disabled access throughout.
Now the project is completed a formal opening by the Rt. Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford was held on 30 June 2015 and residents will now be able to use the facility for various activities.
Mrs Pauline Abbott, Treasurer, said:
“The Friends of St George’s Church, Heybridge Basin, are extremely grateful to all who generously supported and donated to the community room project.“
Mary Rudin, Friend of St George’s, said:
“As one of the many local residents who will benefit greatly from the facilities offered by the Community Room, I feel it will be a focal point for numerous clubs/groups to meet within the hub on the village.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”