New boiler funding prayers answered

Users of a Northumberland church will be saving both time and money on heating their church for years to come, following a four-figure grant from a regional employer.

Friday, 15th April 2016, 7:55 am
From left, parish treasurer John Reid, Fr Lee Barrett and Jeannie Kielty of The Banks Group are pictured next to the new boiler. Picture by Keith Taylor.

The existing boiler at St Paul’s RC Church in Cramlington had been in place for over 40 years and it took more than two hours from it being switched on before it began to start warming up the 46 year-old building.

But now, thanks to a £5,000 grant from The Banks Group via its Banks Community Fund, a new boiler has been installed which does the same job in just 17 minutes.

It was fitted by North East firm CMS Ltd and the church management committee is expecting to see a big fall in its energy bills as a result.

The parish is headed by Father Lee Barrett, who is supported by a 12-strong council and many other volunteers.

Parish treasurer John Reid said: “The inefficiency of the old boiler was becoming more and more obvious.

“The new system has made an immediate difference and we’re very grateful for the help we’ve had from The Banks Group in putting it in place.

“Our congregation and other users have given us lots of positive feedback and with the time it takes to warm up the building being cut so significantly, we expect future energy bills to be much lower than they’ve been up until now.”

St Paul’s RC Church is used by around 220 people and is home to a range of different community groups.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, said: “This is a great example of how grants from our community fund can make a positive impact and we hope all the users of St Paul’s are now able to enjoy their time in their warmer church that bit more.”

For more information about the fund and the application process, call James Eaglesham on 0191 3786342.