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Heritage- 'Beauty Shines Brighter'

'Beauty Shines Brighter'

Thanks to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) we are now developing an ambitious project to restore the church building and create new facilities that will benefit our community in Becontree. 

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This scheme builds on the successful project, “St Mary’s at the heart of Becontree”, which ran for nearly a year from March 2015. Among the results of that project were several exhibitions focussing on the heritage of the church and the stories of our community.  The Heritage Café was another really popular and successful outcome!

The ‘Beauty Shines Brighter Project’ is currently being funded with a Development Grant from HLF of over £50,000.  This funding is allowing us to employ architects and specialists to develop the plans.  It has also has enabled the church to employ a part-time Heritage Programme Manager to develop the heritage aspects of the project and to canvas community opinion on the exciting developments that are planned.

The project will is an ambitious scheme with several elements.  Firstly, we will repair and restore the fabric of the church, which was designed by the architect Nugent Cachemaille-Day in the early 1930s.  We will also build a new community hall linked to the church building, which will be used for all sorts of events and community activities.  Another important aspect of the scheme is social housing and a nursery for pre-school children.

We have had a series of consultation events and discussions that are helping us to develop a project that will be really relevant to, and valued, by our community.  

The next stage is to put forward our final scheme to the Heritage Lottery Fund in the summer.  If successful we could secure a HLF grant of over £500,000!

If you would like to know more about the project do pop in and talk to us -or email us on this website or at heartofbecontree@gmailcom  We would also love to see you at the Heritage Cafe on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon between 1.30 and 4.30. and one of our volunteers will be happy to show you around! Also look n the main page of this website for any up-coming events.



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