Latest update 03/02/18


© Nick Berry


The Tenpenny Villages Benefice of Alresford, Elmstead and Frating with Thorrington

New Horizons - Details of the project

Why do we need an extension anyway?

The requirements of a public building continue to change, as do visitors’ expectations.  We now have an accessible (disabled) toilet as well as separate office space so that the photocopier is no longer in the worship area.  Young children now have a crèche room with a glass door so that they can feel part of the service.

Our mid-week activities for adults and children will now be held in the Hub which is a better suited space for small groups and can be heated separately in winter. Previously, storage was limited, leading to tables being stored in the main worship area and many items needing to be stored in the loft area which is only accessible via a ladder.  We now have two large stores, one in the church and one in the Hub.

There was nowhere to take someone for prayer or for someone to find a private space for prayer outside of the main worship area.  We now have a prayer room, called the Sanctuary, for this purpose.

Because the welcome table was inside the building it detracted from creating a sense of expectancy for worship at the beginning of services.  We now have a entrance with a large space to welcome people, and a cloakroom.

The children have always needed to go across to the village hall for Discoverers and Pathfinders in all weathers. They now only need to walk into the Hub for their groups.  Younger children will feel more secure knowing their parents are very close by.

And finally, we felt that we needed to symbolically reach out into the village, by improving the entrance to the church, and in reality by working with children, young people and families and disadvantaged groups within our community.  Our dream is to provide a place of sanctuary where members of the community can find support, a listening ear and someone to pray with them if they so choose.  The extension will provide the space for various support groups and drop in sessions to happen.

A cutaway view of the new buildings

Can I still give to the project?

As we still have a shortfall, there are still opportunities to give to the project or to help purchase furniture for the new buildings. Cheques (payable to Alresford PCC) can be given to Nick Wright or Catherine Berry who also have gift aid forms and standing order forms for your bank to organise a monthly gift to the project.  Otherwise you can use the links below or contact the Rector Pauline Scott. 

Click on the link on the left to find out how you can support New Horizons every time you shop at

You can now give online with using your credit card. Just click on the button on the left.  

Final project figures

Grants awarded £81 450 including £5 000 from Essex Big Society, £10 000 from Tendring Big Society & £10 000 from the Essex Environment Trust.

Total raised including gift aid & pledges (mostly through gifts from church members) = £315 564

Grand Total Raised    £397 014

Costs including VAT & professional fees  £422 975

Shortfall (to be met by a Diocesan loan)   £25 965