Since the start of the Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festivals in 2003 much of the funds raised (nearly £80,000) has gone towards repairing stonework and planning to install amenities at All Saints’ Church. Currently we have great plans to share the church’s exceptional heritage among a wider audience and make the church a safe and welcoming place.
Under the project called “Tower of Strength” we have outlined what needs to be repaired and what needs to be installed (an equal-access WC and a kitchenette), then applied for grants to help make these plans happen - we need at least £600,000. So far, we have had help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and All Churches Trust as well as other organisations, with more hoped for, but this has allowed us to make a good start in getting professional advice on board.
Creating enthusiasm and recruiting volunteers has seen the setting up of “All Saints’ Angels” as a catalyst group to provide and capture local interest. Much more work, fund-raising and action is needed to make our dreams come true – if you want to be involved in any way, contact Elizabeth Foss Smith on [email protected]