Trowell church renovation project gets £43,369 grant

St Helens Church in Trowell is to be brought into the 21st century with refurbishments costing nearly �100,000.
St Helens Church in Trowell is to be brought into the 21st century with refurbishments costing nearly �100,000.

An ancient Trowell church is to get some modern touches after securing a £43,369 grant to refurbish the building for improved community use.

The interiors of St Helen’s Church on Nottingham Road are to be transformed into an adaptable space better suited to hosting community events.

In 1180 the present chancel was built in stone and would have been the whole church.

In 1180 the present chancel was built in stone and would have been the whole church.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be added to £53,000 raised by the congregation and used to install level floor access, a new heating system and a more welcoming entrance porch.

St Helen’s vicar Andy Lord said: “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 of the church is not usable because of step up, installed in 1891, and because its pews only fit a children’s choir.

Since 1180 there has never been a gap of more than 150 years without some major alteration or addition in response to the contemporary requirements.

Since 1180 there has never been a gap of more than 150 years without some major alteration or addition in response to the contemporary requirements.

The floor will be levelled with a new oak surface, visible heating pipes will be removed and Victorian pews replaced with comfortable seating which can be reconfigured to suit particular events.

The outer porch railings will be replaced with a wood framed glass door. The porch will be cleaned and heating installed, allowing the heavy inner door to remain open when the building is in use.

It is hoped that the work will be completed in time for Christmas 2017.

WREN awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from the Landfill Communities Fund.

Regional grant manager Cheryl Raynor said: “We are delighted to be supporting the St Helen’s renewal project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for the community in Trowell and the surrounding area.

“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape.”

To find out more about the refurbishment plans, visit www.trowellchurch.com.