£1k boost to roof repair fund at St Anne’s Church in Chasetown

A local fundraising campaign is under way to raise thousands of pounds for repair work to an historic Chasetown church.

St Anne's church has served the parish of Chasetown since 1986 when it was built by a local mine owner, John Robinson McLean MP, for the local colliery workers and their families. 

Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), the operators of the M6toll have kindly donated £1,000 to phase 2 of the church repair project.

Tom Fanning, MEL CEO said: "The church's fundraising campaign was bought to my attention by one of my members of staff; Burntwood resident David Chalaye.

David Chalaye detailed the £183,000 project to my Social Committee and it was agreed to make a donation towards the remaining £30,000 which was still needed to be raised.  The church is a very important part of our heritage and it is vital that it is kept in good repair." 

Rev David Brook added:  "the campaign for the repair work to the church received an English Heritage pledge of £151,000, leaving the congregation and community to raise the remaining amount needed through various fund-raising activities.  We are extremely grateful to MEL's Social Committee for their generous donation."

The repairs to St Anne's commenced in April and are estimated to be completed by October in time to celebrate the church's 150th year.

MEL's Social Committee will be working closely with members of staff to choose those community projects close to their hearts which will benefit from a donation from the remaining £20,000 Drive for Charity fund over the next 12 months.

MEL's Social Committee is always on the lookout for local charities and community projects to support. To register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support now or in the future visit www.m6toll.co.uk for further information or telephone 0870 850 6222.

St Annes Church