Mid Wyedean Montage 1
27 August 2019
Cicely Barnett

MaintenanceBooker not only enables users to book maintenance services at a single building, it also allows users to book a contract for a group of buildings.

The National Churches Trust now awards Foundation Grants to help pay for the cost of multi-church contracts, and we have just awarded our first such grant to five churches in the Diocese of Gloucester, all part of the Mid-Wyedean PCC.

These churches have benefited from one Foundation Grant of £2,405 to help pay for the cost of a gutter clearance contract booked through MaintenanceBooker, which will be carried out by local contractor D A Cook Builders Ltd.  From just one grant application, five churches are being maintained with the help of our funds.

As part of the service, D A Cook will also reporting on issues identified at high level. This will enable the churches participating to request quotes for any maintenance and repairs needed, and apply to the National Churches Trust for further funding to help pay for the cost.

Enabling a contractor to carry out work at a group of churches in one visit can help save time and money. This could be a group of Anglican churches that forms a Benefice and perhaps has one PCC, or a group of churches overseen by a Roman Catholic Archdiocese.  Whatever the group of churches, this type of batch-approach can not only save them money, but it might also be more appealing for contractors who would be reluctant to consider a single building gutter clearance job.

Churches of the Mid-Wyedean PCC

The Mid-Wyedean group is located in the Forest South Deanery in west Gloucestershire, close to the England-Wales border and the historic market town of Monmouth.  As the name ‘Mid-Wyedean’ suggests, three of the five churches are set within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

The gutter clearance contract has been booked for the following five churches in the PCC: St Peter, Clearwell; St Saviour, Redbrook; The Good Shepherd, Broadwell; All Saints, Staunton; All Saints, Newland.  The gutter clearances are needed as items of standard regular maintenance, and the PCC, who manage the maintenance for all the churches, is committed to improving their maintenance plan to ensure that these churches are kept in good condition.

The churches vary in age and style; St Peter’s, Clearwell is a Grade I listed Victorian church in a “French gothic” style, with an elegant spire and some fine carvings. The Good Shepherd, Broadwell is a modest, early 20th Century Unlisted building, whilst the two All Saints’ - Staunton and Newland -  are Grade I listed buildings that date back to the early 1200s. The Grade II listed St Saviour, Redbrook sits close to the bank of the Wye and was built in 1873 by JP Seddon. St Saviour’s is on the Historic England At Risk Register due to severe erosion of the stone, and the poor condition of areas of the tiled roof.

Apply for a Foundation Grant today

If you are responsible for a benefice, mission area, parish that contains more than one church, or other type of church building group, you can book your multi-building service on MaintenanceBooker here. Plus, you too might be able to benefit from a Foundation Grant for the work. You can read more about our Foundation Programme on the National Churches Trust website.  

Contractors and MaintenanceBooker

If you are a contractor and are interested in partnering with MaintenanceBooker, please contact Michael Murray, Executive Director of NCT Heritage Services Limited:

Email – michael.murray@nationalchurchestrust.org

Tel - 020 7227 1934

Mob - 07860 958858