Giving in Lent
Although this year Covid prevented our usual charity lunches, the Churchwardens of the Benefice selected ACORN CHILDREN'S HOSPICE as this year's Lent Charity and encouraged those in the parish to support the work of 'Acorns' via a donation.
Donations can still be made online at https://www.acorns.org.uk/get-involved/donate. Cheques should be made payable to Acorns Children’s Hospice and may be posted direct to Acorns Children’s Hospice, Drakes Court, Alcester Road, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6JR. All donations should bear the donor code of DN136322.
In 2019 Cradley Church PCC made major repairs to the tower and north aisle floor, updated the church kitchen and carried out some re-ordering to make more flexible use of the building for other purposes as well as worship. This project was generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as well as by a number of other grant making trusts. Our thanks go to National Lottery players who made this important and urgent work possible.
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On 16 April the link between Nuremberg and Herefordshire was strengthened. From the oldest parish church in Nuremberg Bishop Ark live-streamed a message in which he prays for the people of Hereford Diocese during this challenging time of Covid-19. The introductory words are in German, but then Bishop Ark prays for the people of Herefordshire in English.
Now that our major repairs project is complete we need to focus on ongoing maintenance, and have put in place a detailed planning and monitoring programme supported by a database devised by Sue Bailey and detailed photographs taken by Peter Warner.
The Good Guardianship Awards, introduced in 2019 and run by the National Churches Trust in partnership with The Pilgrim Trust, celebrate excellence in maintenance planning, helping church buildings to become more sustainable. Good maintenance practice, including annual maintenance plans, regular inspections and small preventative repairs stop many minor problems from escalating into large, expensive repairs that can threaten the future of a building.
We are delighted that Cradley church has been chosen as the first winner of this prestigious prize. At the awards presentation at the Mercers' Hall in the City of London, Georgina Nayler, Director of the Pilgrim Trust said "I am very impressed by the commitment and professionalism of this small church congregation. They have shown real initiative and implemented what they have learnt. The use of photography is a really easy, yet really useful tool in monitoring the condition of the building.".
The church received a prize of £5,000 towards the ongoing care of our place of worship.