This grant will fund a community audit and business plan for four churches within one parish. One of these is St Andrews, Grade II listed and constructed in 1852-1854 to the competition-winning designs of Francis B Newman and John Johnson. The building is of Snecked Kentish Ragstone, with bath stone dressings and an ashlar spire. The roof is slate with fish-scale patterning. Another is Holy Trinity, now known as the Cloudesley Centre. The church is Grade II* listed and was built in 1829 by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament. The building has a strong Tudor-Gothic architectural style, one of the best early examples, with grey brick, stone dressings and slate roof. It is an iconic building of national significance.
The grant will help fund their Combined Churches Project, which is seeking to undertake essential feasibility and consultation work including a Community Audit and Business Plan. Following this, the church can pilot community activities across all of the churches. The Community Audit of the parish will help to establish a demographic profile; identify current provision of facilities and services provided by local community groups and venues; and to help us to identify any gaps in provision leading to any unmet community needs. The production of a Business Plan will test the assumptions and findings from the Community Audit and develop a 5-10 year business model for the PCC.