Major lottery grant to refresh local community base

London Journalism CentreBy Julia Rank

De Beauvoir Town’s St Peter’s Church has been awarded a £262,000 Big Lottery grant, which will allow a complete refurbishment of their Crypt.

Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Reaching Communities’ scheme is designed to support projects they deem to be of real value to the local community. Work will begin this summer and aims to be completed by January 2013.

Fundraising Co-ordinator Amanda Davies says, “They loved what we are doing at St Peter’s and want to help us expand our activities, reaching deeper into the community and addressing identified needs.

“We have been working hard for the past three years to raise the total needed to refurbish our Crypt, and the local community should be very proud at having raised £50,000 of that figure from their various fundraising activities. We’re looking forward to providing the many organisations and individuals who use the Crypt with a modern, welcoming and fully accessible space in which to conduct their activities and plan to transform St Peter’s into a real community asset.”

St Peter’s has also received a further £50,000 from The Veolia Environmental Trust, an organisation that supports environmental projects around the UK.

The renovated Crypt will feature a new kitchen, hall, community café and meeting rooms, as well as a refurbished heating system and toilets. A number of new services will be introduced, including a parent and toddler group, a homework and youth club and exercise classes.

The Crypt has been a community hub used for many different purposes since 1841, including a soup kitchen, community school and a shelter for refugees. It is part of the Cold Weather Shelter project, which provides a hot supper and bed and breakfast for up to 15 homeless people every Monday night from January to March.