Church loo cleans up at awards ceremony

Paul Sanders and Dave Drowley of Press 2 Play. EMN-150323-121435001
Paul Sanders and Dave Drowley of Press 2 Play. EMN-150323-121435001

Sleaford and District Civic Trust held its annual awards evening last Wednesday when the town’s parish church received the one accolade given out this year.

The Civic Trust Award was bestowed upon the team behind the project to install toilets within St Denys’ Church, at the Trust’s annual meeting.

The Mess of the Year, the former Pizza Hit takeaway, judged by Sleaford and District Civic Trust. EMN-150323-121416001

The Mess of the Year, the former Pizza Hit takeaway, judged by Sleaford and District Civic Trust. EMN-150323-121416001

The awards acknowledge and encourage high standards of imaginative and creative building projects that enhance the townscape.

The Civic Trust had said the toilet design, completed last spring by Carre Heritage, is discreet and appropriate for its setting and constructed to a high standard, making a splendid addition to the church 
and town,

The Rev Philip Johnson said: “We were delighted to receive this award from the Civic Trust which is recognition of all the work that so many people in this church have been doing over the last few years to improve the facilities we offer in our community role.”

Maggie Carr, from Carre Heritage, said the sweeping oak timber design of the toilet block was drawn up by Buttress, Allsopp and Williams architects of Manchester. She said: “It was a lovely job as we could really take our time to get it right. A few grave stones had to be moved aside and it was a sensitive job because they have services every morning.”

Celebrating their award, from left - Maggie Carr, churchwarden Anne Smillie-Pearson, Rev Philip Johnson and churchwarden Richard Clash. EMN-150323-121354001

Celebrating their award, from left - Maggie Carr, churchwarden Anne Smillie-Pearson, Rev Philip Johnson and churchwarden Richard Clash. EMN-150323-121354001

The Trust also recognised two other projects by giving letters of commendation. One was the refurbished former Blockbusters shop, now Press 2 Play, having previously been a contender for Mess of the Year.

Paul Sanders, partner in the business with Dave Drowley, said it was pleasing after putting such hard work in.

He said: “It is good to have the recognition and it makes the town centre look better. The business has taken off and has got nearly 1,300 members.”

Another letter of commendation went to the developer of the former Waggon and Horses, now 13 Eastgate, Sleaford. Another contender for the Mess of the Year Award which has been greatly improved.

Meanwhile, the Mess of the Year award went to the former Pizza Hot takeaway, in Southgate. The Standard was unsuccessful in locating its owners to comment.