Over many years the Trust has given grants in excess of £34,000 to St Anne’s Church on Canvey Island.
The last grant of £17,057, was used to purchase new bi-fold doors.
The existing fire and external doors were no longer fit for purpose and required replacement to modern health & safety standards. The fire doors have been replaced with recycled oak doors from the original church, new frames have been built and the internal doors replaced with high quality oak.
“The process of releasing the funds to us was seamless, and your kindness in advancing the monies required for the bi-fold doors in advance was immensely helpful, and meant we did not have to borrow from anyone”.Father Peter Mallinson - St Anne’s Church Canvey Island
The folding doors, which are drawn to separate the church end of the building from the area commonly used by local groups and organisations, were dangerous and no longer fit for purpose, and their replacement was a high priority. In particular they were concerned that the doors in their former state could cause injury. These have been replaced by bright cream bi-fold doors with safety glass tops, which have vastly improved the inside of the building.
The lighting was outdated and restricted the use that could be made of the building by local groups and organisations, and the range of worship services that could be offered to the local community. The original intention was to install some dimmable lights, but as an addition to the project, the strip-lights have been replaced with LED low energy lights, to decrease the carbon footprint, and extra dimmable lights and spotlights have also been installed.
The vertical window blinds along the south side of the building were damaged beyond economic repair and have been replaced with roller blinds.
St Anne’s was badly affected by the flash floods on 20th July 2014, and one of the few things to come out of the flooding unscathed were the new doors, as they were built by a shipwright and are completely waterproof.