Safe Access for All

Safe Access for All                                     

This project has created a path which opens up the churchyard so

  • People with walking aids, bikes, baby buggies and tired toddlers can park safely off road to visit the new annex with its café and meeting area, toilets and level entrance into St Wilfrid’s
  • People wanting quiet comfort and renewal can relax amongst the trees, flowers and birds in our churchyard, perhaps exploring a prayer trail or becoming a volunteer gardener
  • Young people and their families can enjoy activities at the Scout hut and campsite – appreciating the joys of nature and the excitement of camping and canoeing by the Bridgewater Canal, in this secluded haven  

What we plan to do

This path has a gentle incline from the track to the level of the churchyard, then will be flat through to a courtyard by the new annex, round the church tower and out onto Church Lane.  It will be smoothly surfaced and well drained, with lighting for the dark evenings when people want to go to meetings or events at St Wilfrid’s or the Scouts. 

The Courtyard will provide a place to rest and enjoy the fresh air and the greenery in the Churchyard, perhaps with a cup of tea from the annexe refreshment area.  We want to make the most of our Churchyard “God’s Little Acre”.  It is a precious stretch of greenery, which holds so many Grappenhall memories.  Carefully sited native trees can increase the range of habitats, increasing the range of biodiversity.  Bird boxes, feeders and watering stations will provide hours of fascination. Flowering plants can flourish undisturbed.   We need to fund the purchase of these bird boxes etc - could you help support wildlife in this special place?

The muddy, bumpy church track now has proper drains and a smooth surface.  We have made the “rough places plain”.

Grappenhall Conservation Area has a new attractive walkway for people who want to enjoy wildlife, find out more about their heritage or meditate quietly in what is still an English Country Churchyard.   

Why Now?

This project opens up access to the new facilities in the annexe whilst making the churchyard and all the other locations in the Grappenhall Conservation Area easier to access.  At this moment the church is open at least 3 days a week for services and individual visit, and we hope to open more frequently, once our volunteers are ready to help again after lockdown. 

This can be your way of ensuring that St Wilfrid's  meets the needs of current and future generations, your way  of making your contribution to the evolving heritage of Grappenhall.

You can donate now using your bank debit card or credit card.

 A donation by Bank Transfer is also welcome. Please send to Account number 97914460, Sort Code 01-09-17 and quote 'Safe Access'.

If you prefer to use a cheque please make it out to St Wilfrid’s Church, Grappenhall and send it to  Appeal, St Wilfrid’s Church, Grappenhall, WA4 3EP . 

UK Taxpayers, you can add an extra 25% to the value of your donation by completing a Gift Aid declaration. 




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