Recently we caught up with Pat Grimwood-Taylor from St Giles Church to find out how the award of £17,400 from the Coastal Community Fund has been put to use.

St Giles Church is situated in a small rural village and the church itself has received band aid maintenance for the last 100 years. With no local amenities in the village it was important that the Church could be made more usable to the local and surrounding communities.

There is a phased approach to this project, the first supported by other grants saw the exterior roof leading and guttering repaired to ensure that the building was made water tight.

The next stage which is where the Coastal Community Fund was put to use was to replace the existing lighting and heating.

Heating has now been switched over to a more energy efficient system including 5 storage heaters to keep the building warm when not in use, keeping potential damp at bay. In addition, under pew heating has been installed to improve the overall environment for visitors.

The previous lighting was very poor, so much so the old bar heaters would be used to provide additional light! This has now been replaced with LED lighting which brings the building to life, creates a real ambience and helps showcase the beautiful original artwork on some of the walls.

When asked of the impact this work has had Pat said;

“We are just part of the way through our renovation journey at St Giles, the new lighting and heating have immediately made it a far more inviting and accessible place for the local community. The next stage is to add a servery, install toilet facilities and create some open space. We hope that these additions will make St Giles more attractive to local groups and increase its use even further.” 

Find out more about the overall St Giles renovations

Find out more about the Coastal Community Fund