THE CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS - ULCEBY
Improved Lighting and Electrical Facilities
Work begins on improved lighting and electrical facilities in St. Nicholas Church, Ulceby.
Building work is underway to create modern and improved lighting for people of all ages using the church premises in Ulceby for various community-based projects.
The project which is being funded by a £43,434 grant from FCC Communities Foundation will provide much needed improved lighting when it is finished in February 2020.
Liz Brown of ‘The Friends of St Nicholas Church’ is excited that the project is starting to take shape. She says: “It’s great to see our vision for this vital community facility moving closer to reality. We are extremely grateful for the funding FCC Communities Foundation has given us and we’re looking forward to opening it to the public. The long-term goal of the ‘Friends’ has always been to get our community working to make the building fit for purpose in the 21st century. It’s not just for worship on a Sunday, we want people to use it regularly in a comfortable, safe and welcoming environment; we have so many exciting ideas of what can be done once the restoration work is complete.”
FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Penny Horne, FCC Communities Foundation grant manager for Humber, says: “It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to it benefitting people within Ulceby and the surrounding villages shortly”
The ‘Friends of St Nicholas Church’ in Ulceby was formed in 2012 when the church was in real danger of closing because of the poor state of repair of the building. Our group is made up of both church attendees and non-attendees with a common purpose of working with our community to restore the building and make it fit for use in the 21st century. Our goal is to make the building available for all the community to use both for religious services and festivals and for other and varied secular activities.
FCC Communities Foundation 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 and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, FCC Communities Foundation has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of an FCC Environment landfill site. For more information please visit www.fcccommunitiesfoundation.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 landfill tax credits that are generated by its operations to FCC Communities Foundation, 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 and Scottish 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 to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs). The SLCF is regulated by SEPA on behalf of Revenue Scotland and projects are delivered by Approved Bodies (ABs).
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The Parish Church of St Nicholas Ulceby dates from the 13th Century and is a Grade I listed building. This beautiful building is set in an attractive churchyard in the village.
The church is supported by its parishioners, the Church Council and the Friends of St Nicholas. Throughout the year there are events and special services to not only try to raise funds for the church but to ensure the church remains the focal point of the community.
“People may not attend regular services but turn to the Church on the happiest and saddest occasions in their lives. It is here for all and open for all. It speaks to us of Faith and we owe it to future generations to preserve and pass on this heritage” – Margaret Thompson – Parishioner and former Church Warden of St Nicholas.
Message from the Parochial Church Council
As our restoration works continue into 2019, I thought that you would appreciate a progress report.
It’s taken us 800 years, but I am pleased to report that we now have hot and cold running water, disabled toilet facilities, a cleaner’s cupboard and a servery all fully installed and operational. Not to mention the wonderful watertight and draught free roof and the eradication of the ever-present damp smell. I can’t begin to explain how super it is not to have to run down the path to the standpipe on a cold January morning for water, or to explain that we do not have any toilet facilities to those in need.
It’s not all been plain sailing though, the enormity of the exercise we are undertaking has been very difficult at times. Many lessons have been learned along the way; the legal processes of applying for the appropriate permissions, the actual technicalities of the work, the balancing of the books and the length of time to complete some simple tasks has been challenging. Not to mention the unforeseen closure of the building for many months due to the complexity of the internal and external roof repairs and the problems this posed for health and safety. (Thanks to Mark & Teresa at Tea@6 Tearooms for their fantastic community spirit by allowing us to worship there for the full period of closure.)
Without the essential advice of our architect, the Diocese, North Lincolnshire Council and The Heritage Lottery Fund we would have fallen by the wayside well before the work started. However, I know that now we are starting to see some real progress, none of us regret the project or would have had it any other way.
We’ve still got some way to go before we complete the project, so our work is not yet done. We still await the legal permissions to begin the overhaul of the heating because it remains too cold to open our doors to many community projects and we still must explore sources of funding for upgraded lighting. We are aiming to complete works this year when every member of the community, those with faith and those without will be welcome to use our facilities and get involved with our planned community projects.
Thank you, all our supporters throughout the community and beyond who have helped in many different ways and who have given us such wonderful encouragement to get to this stage.
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