In October 2018, a new heating system was installed in the church building. This consisted of a new, more powerful gas boiler, new and bigger pipework to the underfloor system, and an electric water heater for the kitchen and toilets taps. The previous system was put in around 10 years ago, but had become unreliable in recent years, frequently breaking down, and it was expensive to maintain and repair. It had not worked at all from around Easter, so the Parochial Church Council decided that it was time to replace it.
Fund raising for the cost of this project was vital because church funds could contribute less than half of the total costs of just over £11,000. Successful applications were made to a number of grant-giving charities, including the Beatrice Laing Family Trust, and the Sheffield Diocesan Board.
A grant of £1,150 was made by Allchurches Trust Limited, which is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities and which gave £15.6 million to churches, charities and communities in 2017. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.
Everyone at St Mary’s is very grateful for the generosity of all the charities and trusts that have contributed to our replacement boiler. An improved heating system will benefit all the people using the church building, not just church members but everyone attending services and the various community groups which visit the church. Properly heating the church building will also save on energy bills, help to prevent damage to the building fabric, and provide a more comfortable and inviting environment.