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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 or visit

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,


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
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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