All Saints' Project


A long-term ambitious project (expected ending 2024) which has included capital works as well as the introduction of an exciting heritage programme with wide audience appeal.

This has seen the conservation and repair of the Church Tower, by replacement of the parapets and pinnacles, extensive unforeseen replacement of the rotten ridge beam, re-leading of the tower roof & ringing chamber windows, repairs to buttress, lower plinth, belfry louvre & lattice, with upgrades to the flagpole and lightning conductor. The new north side extension includes the provision of an entrance lobby, kitchenette, accessible WC and access improvements to the north side of the Churchyard.

We are sharing the ancient heritage with many more of the local community in a carefully crafted programme of arts & crafts, enjoying the natural heritage outside in the largest churchyard in Southern England and appreciating the built heritage and treasures inside the church. Since the church re-opened in September 2023, over 1000 people of all ages have taken part in activities, trails & events connected to our heritage with a focus on the maritime history.

The overall cost of the project is around £830,000 which has been covered by the generosity of local people and other funds (Friends of Essex Churches Trust, Essex Heritage Trust, Benefact Trust, National Churches Trust, Garfield Weston & others) with the remaining two thirds of project costs supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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