17 August 2016
Funding approved for improvements to Peterborough Quaker Meeting House
Peterborough Quaker Meeting has supported a wide range of community groups over the last 80 years, but now the facilities we offer are set to undergo a major renovation thanks to a £47,000 grant from funding body WREN.
The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to bring our kitchen up to professional standards, replace our doors and windows with energy-efficient double-glazing and insulate the building that has stood on River Lane since 1936. This work means not only improved facilities, but also a reduction in our carbon footprint as well as in our running costs, leading to savings that will be channelled back into our programmes.
She says “This project will provide a real boost to the service we can offer the people of Peterborough. It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our new improved building taking shape over the autumn.”
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Kerry Talbot, WREN's grant manager for Cambridgeshire/Norfolk, says: "We're delighted to be supporting the Peterborough Quaker Meeting House project and pleased our funding will make such a difference to so many groups of people across the area. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we're looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon.
Dorothy Ball hopes the new facilities will be ready by the end of the year. “Whilst we hope our visitors will notice the improved warmth of the building and admire our new windows, we are really excited about the new kitchen, which should be in place by Christmas. We have seen a very pleasing increase in the use of our Meeting House by a wide range of community groups, many of which support the more vulnerable members of our community, but also include faith groups, theological societies and even amateur dramatics. Many of our users have told us they feel that our Meeting House provides them with a ‘home’ and that the kitchen is very much the heart of that home, but we have become aware that the domestic scale of both the space and the facilities are now really not up to the demands placed on them and we are very grateful that WREN has granted us the funding to address this.
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Notes to editors
Quakers are members of the Religious Society of Friends, a faith that emerged as a new Christian denomination in England during a period of religious turmoil in the mid-1600's and is practised today in a variety of forms around the world. Quakers originally referred to themselves as 'Friends' , but, over time, have come to use the term 'Quakers' as much as 'Friends'. Quakers are an active, involved faith-based community living in the modern world. We continue our traditional testimonies of pacifism, social equality, integrity, and simplicity, which we interpret and express in a variety of ways.
A Quaker Meeting has existed in Peterborough for over 100 years, but our current Meeting House was built in 1936 when the move of Baker Perkins’ works from Willesden to Peterborough brought many more Quakers to the city.
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, WREN has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site. For more information please visit www.wren.org.uk
FCC Environment is the leading UK waste and resource management company and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Its vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. It employs 2,400 people and operates more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales. FCC Environment donates the LCF tax credits that are generated by its operations to WREN, in order to add value to the environmental and social infrastructure of the communities around landfill sites. www.fccenvironment.co.uk
The Landfill Communities Fund - any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage the re-use, recycle and recovery of more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill. Landfill Operators (LOs) are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs). Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax.
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