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Landfill Communities Fund for the benefit of Gloucestershire

New facilities at St Mary's to benefit the Lydney community

Press Releases - 03/04/2017

St Mary's Church Lydney has received a grant of £46, 581 from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust towards the development of its community facilities.

A new servery kitchen facility, disabled and additional toilets, flexible seating, and new lighting and sound systems, will all be added in the first phase of works, to help ensure St Mary's is better equipped to serve all sectors of the people of Lydney town.

Works by local contractor Ernest Heal and Sons, are due to be completed at the end of May.

Revd Sarah Fenby, Priest-in-Charge, said: "The parochial church council are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £46,581 towards the completion of our community facilities at St Mary's.

"This grant will enable the church to complete phase one of our works, which will greatly enhance the community use of St Mary's and all the many school, concert, festival, pastoral and community gatherings held at St Mary's.

"The facilities, using local builders and local materials, are on target for completion at the end of May 2017 and will be available for Lydney Festival, school and community use shortly after. We are already booked in the summer months for weddings, christenings, concerts, a Dean Academy school awards evening and primary school Cluster Leaver's Assembly. We will be looking to use a Cinnamon Trust award to work with a disadvantaged sector of the community making sure that the community gets maximum benefit from these works, ensuring in addition that there are lots of opportunities for any who wish to use St Mary's on a casual basis.

"Thanks to The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust we are one step closer to making this long anticipated project a reality."

The church has raised nearly £57,000 towards the project, as well as securing grants from a range of national, Gloucester diocese and local trusts totaling £200, 000, including the Clara Watts Trust which is funding a complete renewal of the lighting in the church and has also awarded the project a £25,000 enabling grant.

Revd Sarah Fenby says: "The church has been delighted to work with a number of local schools and community groups in fundraising initiatives. One of our foundational commitments is that St Mary's is everybody's church; here for everybody.

"St Mary's has been a guiding landmark serving the whole town of Lydney for over 800 years, and these facilities will help ensure that we can continue to make an important contribution to our town for many generations still to come."

Over the last 12 months, close to £1.5 million has been awarded to community projects in Gloucestershire by the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.