All Saints’ Church is a Grade 1 listed thirteenth century church standing at the outset of Brightlingsea, one and a half miles from the town centre – where there is a second parish church. This project is about making our living heritage sustainable and bringing benefit to our local community and is led by the Brightlingsea Parochial Church Council (PCC) with the help of Friends of All Saints’ (FOAS, a registered charity).
We will combine urgent repairs to the ancient Tower (two parapets on the tower need replacing as well as other remedial work to stop the Tower from collapsing, a danger causing insurance difficulties and putting the building on Historic England’s At Risk Register for 2019), with a new-build extension to provide WC and small kitchenette, so that the church and churchyard can be safely available for wider use.
The first stage of the project (Development phase) has already been successful in being awarded a Development Grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), and plans are progressing to apply for a full NLHF grant in July 2021. Preliminary architectural plans have already been drawn up and planning permission obtained to provide the basis for the capital budget.
Activities & Community Engagement
Aspirations are for the community to become significantly more involved with the local heritage of an ancient church building and its extensive churchyard, thus raising awareness of the heritage and promoting a sense of belonging and general well-being. We would expect to expand the current pool of custodian and churchyard volunteers (older people and community ‘payback’ schemes) to recruit more all-age volunteers.
Currently we are exploring three heritage themes as a basis for activities:
- Maritime Stories (linked to Memorial Tiles)
- Nature in the churchyard
- Brightlingsea People
We are aiming to use these themes to reach a more inclusive and diverse audience, whether through shared reminiscences, listening to others, taking part in a hands-on activity such as print-making or discovering wildlife.
A safe building with modern facilities will enable us to be more inclusive and ambitious, being able to offer hospitality, refreshments, comfort-breaks, when hosting activities and events.
We expect a doubling of the number of casual visitors in the summer months (May – Sept.) and (by arrangement throughout the year) in groups, who will come to see the building’s remarkable heritage plus accessible Tower. Accessible guides, digital information and eye-catching publicity are planned to induce tourists and visitors to the town to stop for information.
Efforts will be made to encourage visits from groups from within the local Tendring District, where there are many living at a disadvantage.
The Activity Plan will cover interpretation, community engagement, formal and informal learning, volunteering and training and will be written according the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Activity Planning Guidelines (October 2012).
Interviews will be held at All Saints’ Brightlingsea or via Zoom w/c 3rd August with a view to commencing in accordance with the timescale outlined in the Tender Document.
It is the policy of the PCC to treat all employees, visitors, contractors and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, disability or union membership status.
This role is funded through the NLHF.
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