Church dug out of tight parking spot


    Category
    News from Parishes
    Date
    19 Apr 2017
    Author
    Pete Bate
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    Generous donations from JCB and a local farmer have dug an East Staffordshire church out of a tight parking spot.

    JCB came to the aid of St Giles’ Church in Croxden by donating £6,000 to help provide a car park for worshippers and visitors. The contribution from the Bamford Charitable Foundation is towards a £20,000 project for off-road parking for 24 vehicles at the church near JCB’s World HQ at Rocester.

    The 19th Century Grade 2 listed church is situated off a narrow country lane close to a tight bend with no provision for off-road parking. This has meant churchgoers - and local groups using the community room within the church – having to park on the road or in nearby gateways, which was unsafe and caused congestion, especially with passing farm traffic.

    PCC Secretary Stephanie Shevlin said: “I come to services at St Giles’ Church every Sunday. The new car park will make things much easier, particularly for families and older parishioners. As it’s a small church, finances are always tight, so we’re very grateful for JCB’s donation.”

    Alf Hawksworth, who co-ordinated the construction project on behalf of St Giles’ Church said: “I have lived in Croxden for over ten years and have seen many times how difficult it can be for parishioners to park safely outside the church without causing a hazard or congestion. The new car park adjacent to the churchyard will make a huge difference to churchgoers and visitors.”

    The construction of the car park was initially made possible following the donation of a 620 square metre plot of land by local farmer David Rowley, who acquired the field to the north of the churchyard two years ago.

    Church Warden Michael Gent said: “The donation of a plot of land adjacent to St Giles’ Church was a turning point. It meant that we could get the project underway after many years of looking for a solution. JCB’s generous donation goes a long way towards meeting the cost of the project.”

    The local community has also made ‘in kind’ donations (e.g. site clearance, weed killer, fencing) and the project’s main contractor is a local firm, Whitley Groundworks Ltd, based in Hollington.

    Alf Hawksworth, who co-ordinated the construction project on behalf of St Giles’ Church said: “I have lived in Croxden for over ten years and have seen many times how difficult it can be for parishioners to park safely outside the church without causing a hazard or congestion. The new car park adjacent to the churchyard will make a huge difference to churchgoers and visitors.”

    The construction of the car park was initially made possible following the donation of a 620 square metre plot of land by local farmer David Rowley, who acquired the field to the north of the churchyard two years ago.

    Church Warden Michael Gent said: “The donation of a plot of land adjacent to St Giles’ Church was a turning point. It meant that we could get the project underway after many years of looking for a solution. The Bamford Foundation's generous donation goes a long way towards meeting the cost of the project.”

    The local community has also made ‘in kind’ donations (e.g. site clearance, weed killer, fencing) and the project’s main contractor is a local firm, Whitley Groundworks Ltd, based in Hollington.

    Pictured: JCB Attachments Director and General Manager Peter Jowett (left) presents the £6,000 cheque to Michael Gent, Stephanie Shevlin and Alf Hawksworth. Watching from the cab of a mini excavator being used on the project is The Venerable John B Hall.