Project information

Rewiring and Lighting Scheme

We wish to rewire and relight our church. The electrical wiring is over 50 years old and requires replacement as highlighted in recent architectural and electrical reports. Whilst this work takes place we will additionally replace all the lighting fittings with new LED fittings.

3 months

Charity information: St Marys PCC Eccleston

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  • Need


    To provide safe and moden elecrical circuits for power and lighting. We will also provide energy efficient light bulbs that last longer and are easier to maintain.


    The current wiring is reaching the end of its life and often fails which is a safety and fire hazard, particularly as the building is not occupied throughout the day. The light fittings in particular are old and do not provide an adequate level of lighting for modern use. The fittings also fail intermittently causing bulbs to fail. Replacement of these two systems will provide a resilient and safe and flexible installation for the next generation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The new installation will give peace of mind with a warranty and electrical safety certificate.


    » The electrical contractor will provide three year warranty and electrical check on completion of the work.
    » A new distribution board will be provided which is future proofed for expansion of the system and increased supply requirements.

    The statutory quinquennial inspections will no longer highlight wiring and lighting as a risk to safety whilst electrical inspections will show reduced faults.

    Aim 2

    Operational expenditure and maintenance costs will be reduced due to latest technology LED lighting.


    » LED lighting technology uses less energy than traditional lighting to illumine the same space. Therefore running costs are reduced.
    » As LED light bulbs last many years (up to 50,000 hours use) maintenance visits, using special safety equipment is less frequent.

    We aim to reduce our electrical consumption costs by 30 percent over a five year period. Much of the electricity consumed in the church is related to lighting.

    Aim 3

    Lighting levels will be improved by better quality light to the appropriate parts of the building.


    » Current readings show light levels of around 90 lux which is not adequate. The new installation will provide 140 lux to all areas.
    » The areas of main activity have changed since the lights were commissioned. With 173 new LED lights the church will be appropriately lit.

    Light levels will be measured post installation so that an average lighting level of 140 lux is achieved in a range of 100 to 300 lux at specific points in the building.

    Aim 4

    We will attract new users to the building to use as a centre for arts and community activies.


    » By having modern, flexible lighting facilities in a building with a large seating capacity, the church will be the ideal venue for performers.
    » Scene setting controls will provide local control through and IP based system to individual lights making best use of the space.

    We wish to see at least two new arts groups using the building for performance in the first year and an increase of 20 per cent in community participants and guests.

  • Impact


    Completion of this project will ensure that we have a building fit for purpose as a worship centre and community facility for the 21st century with a lighting system that is flexible enough to meet the demands and changes of rapidly changing technology and patterns of worship and leisure activity.

    This will be demonstrated by numerical growth of users of the church for worship and social occasions and will help to maintain a community focus within this village.


    The major risk to the project is not being able to raise sufficient funds within the near future. This would mean that the scope of the project would have to be reduced, with the effect of reducing the potential benefits.

    Alternatively, given a longer time period to raise funds the cost of the project will increase as suppliers prices are reviewed. It is also possible that the current system will fail or require immediate repairs which will drain funds ring fenced for the main scheme.


    Donors will receive regular updates via the parish website and email news letters on the progress of the fund raising and installation. It is anticipated that the newsletters will be published every 6 to 8 weeks.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £46,303

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      Amount Heading Description
      £37,003 Lighting circuits Replace electical wiring and renew light fittings
      £3,000 Power circuits Replace power wiring and provide new sockets
      £2,600 Tower lighting New power and lighting in the tower and porch
      £3,700 Vestry and Emergencysupply New power and lighting in the vestry with emergency lighting

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Friends of St Marys £7,000 Guaranteed
    Parish Open Gardens Day £2,000 Guaranteed
    Miscellaneous Local Donations £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    St Mary the Virgin is the Parish Church of Eccleston, a village of about 6,000 within the Borough of Chorley. It is a Grade II* listed building dating back to the 14th century. A major renovation was carried out in the last 15 years Today the village is a commuter base ideally placed to serve local towns and cities of Chorley, Leyland, Southport, Preston and further to Bolton, Manchester and Liverpool. There are railway links in the next villages of Croston, Buckshaw and Euxton.


    We aim to promote village life and community cohesion. The village is designated a centre for growth by the Borough Council and this is currently leading to an increase in housing and an upgrade of shops and facilities. Eccleston is considered a good place to live and this is reflected in the cost of housing. A percentage of low cost housing is essential in any new development. Although we do not see the deprivation of many inner city parishes, personal finance is still a concern.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The PCC of St Mary the Virgin is the legal entity with responsibility for mission development and maintenance of the church fabric. We work with other agencies and bodies with an interest in maintaining and developing the building but have the ultimate responsibility and legal obligations for doing so. We know the building as we use it most days of the week and understand the limitations and opportunities presented by a 900 year old church. We also have direct access to church legal processes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The Revd. Andrew Brown

    Fr. Andrew has been Priest in Charge for two years. He is keen to position the church at the centre of community and spiritual revival.

    Brynley Dixon

    Brynley is one the churchwardens who has trustee responsibility for delivery of this project. He is a retired senior school teacher.

    Sharon Grayston

    Sharon is the second churchwarden who is currently working in programme management. She has qualifications in finance and audit.

St Mary the Virgin Eccleston

St Mary the Virgin Eccleston


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