£70,000 target raised in Steyning church campaign for new lighting system

A church in Steyning is celebrating after reaching the fundraising target needed to replace and update the lighting and electrical systems within the building.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 3:30 pm

A small team has worked hard as part of the ‘Let There be Light’ campaign, raising more than £70,000 from members of the congregation at St Andrew’s and St Cuthman’s, and those in the local community.

This sum includes a generous donation from the Friends of Steyning Parish Church, and these contributions match a sizeable sum provided by the Parochial Church Council (PCC).

The church’s appeal was established to provide more effective, controllable and energy-efficient illumination

Jeremy Tomlinson, chairman of the Friends of Steyning Church, and Father Mark Heather, the vicar of Steyning SUS-200610-141357003

The Vicar of Steyning, Father Mark Heather, who helped to coordinate the fundraising effort, said: “We are so thankful to all the people who gave their time and made donations to this appeal to ensure the new lighting installation can go ahead which will enable the church to be used by the entire community.

“By switching to controllable, low energy lighting, this will make a huge contribution to our ongoing plans to reduce our carbon footprint.

“Work is set to be finished by Easter which really gives a focus. The success of this fundraising has given us all a great lift to actually be able to get it started, and now our thoughts can move on to the next stage.”

The upgrading work will last for around three months and will mean that St Andrew’s & St Cuthman’s will need to be closed every week from January 11 until the Friday before Palm Sunday.

‘Let There Be Light’ is the first stage of a much bigger plans for the church to make it future-proof and accessible for the community.

An architect has been commissioned to provide ideas of what the church could do to make it the best it can be for the community. In January consultation groups will take place, initially with members of the church, and then to receive feedback from the wider community.