THE FUTURE looks bright for a church in Barbourne which has been given a bumper grant to install new energy efficient lights.
Members of the Friends of St George’s Church are beaming after securing £6,000 which has allowed them to complete work to illuminate the chancel and sanctuary.
It was the second grant the group had received from the Severn Waste Management Fund as they aimed to improve the church’s lighting and enhance its energy efficiency for worship.
Rev Jo Musson, parish priest, said it would also help the church host concerts, meetings and exhibitions as well as other community events.
“We are delighted with this grant which has enabled us to really brighten up the whole chancel area,” he said.
“As well as being eco-friendly, which is a good thing for the planet and being a huge plus for St George’s as a venue for concerts and productions, the new lights also serve to illuminate the past and the future. It shows up both the exquisite arts and crafts organ casing installed in 1902 and the Children’s Frieze which was painted by children at St George’s CE School in 2011.
“We are most grateful to Severn Waste for their support and I am grateful to our fabulous Friends of St George’s for all their hard work in obtaining the funding.”
Michael Silvey, chairman of Friends of St George’s, added: “This grant from Severn Waste has enabled us to use eco-friendly, 21st century technology to highlight the beauty of the architect Aston Webb’s arts and crafts interior.
“It has made St George’s an even more welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy.”