Update March 2017

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The great news is that we have raise or pledged over £53,000 and have received fantastic charity funding from WREN for our Renewal Project that takes our total up to nearly £100,000. This allows us to start planning the first two phases of the work to be done this year:

Phase 1: Improving the accessibility of the building by levelling the floor. This involves removing the pews, lowering the chancel floor and installing a slightly raised oak floor. The front porch will also be changed to provide a glass front door and new lighting.

Phase 2: The heating system will be replaced with a modern system and new sea ng provided throughout. The aim is to keep some of the Victorian look of the church through sensitive reuse of the woodwork in the chancel. The reredos will be lowered so we can see the East Window better and movable leaders desks made out of the rood screen.

Phases 3 & 4: We are also applying for finance to enable the renewal of the lighting, electrics and audio-visual systems. Also to repoint the walls and treat surfaces.

So please do con nue to pray for the renewal project as much needs to be done to confirm the charity grant and cost and plan all the work. Thank you so much for all you have contributed. Let us also commit ourselves to renewing our lives with Jesus in all we do.

Andy Lord, Rector

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WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.



Exciting News

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Funding approved for accessible, adaptable community space at St Helen’s Church Trowell.

The community of Trowell are set to get an improved church thanks to a £43,369 grant from funding body WREN. 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.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire says: “We are delighted to be supporting the St Helen’s Church Renewal project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for the local community in Trowell and the surrounding area. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”


For more information about WREN funding contact Cheryl Raynor at cheryl.raynor@wren.org.uk or visit http://www.wren.org.uk/

Andy Lord hopes the renewed building will be ready to use by December 2017.


Media information: For further press information please contact Revd Dr Andy Lord, 0115 849 5195, revandylord@gmail.com


Notes to editors:

  • St Helen’s Trowell is a Church of England church serving the parish of Trowell. It seeks to put Christian faith into practice, following the example and lead of Jesus, in renewing community life.
  • WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, WREN has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site. For more information please visit www.wren.org.uk
  • FCC Environment is the leading UK waste and resource management company and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Its vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. It employs 2,400 people and operates 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. www.fccenvironment.co.uk
  • The Landfill Communities Fund – any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage the re-use, recycle and recovery of more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill. Landfill Operators (LOs) are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs). Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax or


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.

October 2016 Update

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St Helen’s Renewal Project Update

The good news on our renewal project is that six of the small grants trusts have given money towards the work – a great encouragement! In addition, the funds raised or promised by people at St Helen’s has risen to £46,600 which is brilliant. A real testimony to God at work in our midst. We are waiting to hear from the three larger grant bodies whose funding is vital to the project – please do keep praying about meetings of these during October and November. We will need the larger funding for many aspects of the project to go ahead. However, we can make a start with the work on the porch. This will provide a better welcome for people coming into St Helen’s with a glass outer door, better lighting and redone paintwork. Quotes for this work are being sought, having already got the required planning permissions. Thank you so much for your support and prayers as we move forwards together in renewing our buildings (and our Christian lives!).  Andy.

This last year has seen significant progress on our renewal project to re-order St Helen’s church building. We were granted Faculty (planning permission) for the work last April which allowed us to move towards raising the money to undertake the work.

  • We obtained a more detailed quotation for the work from our Architect in liaison with a local Quantity Surveyor, which totals £200,000.
  • We have then broken this figure down into different categories and stages of work. This is important in order to better apply to charities for support, and to enable us to consider completing the work in a number of stages.
  • The congregations at St Helen’s have been asked for support, both personally and through congregational and wider community fundraising events. Initial support and pledges with money from events since have raised over £41,000 which is a terrific total.
  • Sue Baxter has put significant time into exploring the best ways of funding the outstanding balance with Tony Brown, the Diocesan advisor on fund raising.
  • Applications have been put in for a number of charities, based on a four page summary of the project. The larger charities require more detailed submissions which we are currently putting together. This requires letters of support from community groups and a community survey.
  • The hope is to obtain funds that allow an initial stage of work to be done between November and April.

Alongside this focus on renewing our buildings to serve the community and church, we also keep a desire to renew our faith in Christ through the gracious power of the Holy Spirit.

Many thanks for all your support and generosity,

Andy Lord, Rector

Search for Funding

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A Big Thank You to all have pledged so far

Pledges so far total over £40,000 which is amazing.  The Renewal Project team are now looking for external funders for the first stage of the project. You can still Donate or Pledge towards the project as well a checking out the up and coming fund raising events on our Events Calendar