In 2022 we started on a project to carry out some much needed refurbishment at Holy Cross to ensure that this beautiful historic building will continue to serve the community of Fryerns and the rest of Basildon for many years into the future.
Phase 1 – the outside
Firstly we needed to do some work to maintain the stonework, the guttering and other exterior parts of the building. This was essential to make sure that the building can deal with all the wind, rain and other weather and keep the inside of the building dry. There are some pictures of some of the work completed here.
Latest update – the work on the outside of the building has now completed ! Do come and see what has been done at any of our services.
The work ended up costing around £37,600 plus VAT including some additional brick work to the chancel plinth which was identified once the work started.. We have been building up funds over the last few years towards this work, and with some support from the listed places of worship scheme, which will allow us to claim back the VAT, this work has been paid for from the specific fund we have for the restoration work at Holy Cross, and from our more general Buildings Fund. This work has significantly deplete the Buildings Fund, so we are still seeking your financial support for this work. If you feel able to support this work financially, please go to https://standrewholycross.org/support-us/ to find a link to our secure on-line giving page for the restoration. Alternatively please do speak to one of the churchwardens or contact our treasurer who will be able to tell you more.
Please see here for information about the second Phase of this project….