WREN helps Saltaire United Reformed Church open to schools, scouts and bells
23rd October 2014
Saltaire United Reformed Church, with vital grant funding from Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN), has completed the renewal of its steps and tower just in time for the new school year as well as another season of bell-ringing. The new school curriculum seems to be bringing more school groups than ever to visit the World Heritage village and the downstairs church rooms and washroom facilities are an important space for these young groups. The work on the damaged steps and leaking tower stonework has been essential to making these visits safe. The dry tower has also allowed the bell-ringers to return for another season and they continue to mark Sundays, weddings, celebrations and funerals with appropriate rings or peals.
The downstairs rooms and washroom facilities are also used by the thriving Beaver, Cubs and Scout groups every Wednesday; the free Toddler and Parent Group on Mondays and local community and self-help groups at other times during the week.
Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK. We’re delighted to support Saltaire United Reformed Church and their valuable work with a wide range of groups”.
The church building is Grade 1 listed. The main contractor for the tower was M. Hird & Sons Ltd of Keighley and the steps were repaired by Enoch Harrison & Son of Cononley. Overton Architects of Skipton oversaw the work. Total cost to date is £6,045, out of a total project of £28,740 and WREN agreed a £5,000 grant to cover this part of the work. Further work is progressing on the church vestibule, where historic paint analysis has been completed, and community room office.
FCC Environment are the leading UK waste and resource management company and are part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Their vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. They employ 2,400 people and operate more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales.
FCC Environment donates the LCF tax credits that are generated by its operations to WREN, in order to add value to the environmental and social infrastructure of the communities around landfill sites.
The recently completed improvements are being marked by a short ceremony of thanks on Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 12 noon, following the Sunday service. Cutting the tape will be Dorothy and Geoff Mawson, two church members who have helped for decades to keep the church buildings open, tidy and welcoming. Councillor Kevin Warnes, a local councillor and leader of the Green party in Bradford, is lending his support to the project. David O’Loan, the church treasurer says, “Building a truly local community is a key part of a more sustainable environment. The more we can enjoy useful creative opportunities with our neighbours, the less pressure there is to consume and expend resources. We are happy to see these tax credits being used to improve local facilities for the church, community and local schools.”
Len Morris, an Elder in the church responsible for the building, said “We are very grateful for support from WREN, FCC Environment, our excellent contractors and our architect. This is turn helps us welcome more visitors and community groups to this unique village and church.”