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The Diocese of Chelmsford has set up a scheme to enable churches to make big savings in repair costs by having their gutters and downpipes regularly serviced by accredited contractors.

The Diocese has set up a scheme to enable churches to make big savings in repair costs by having their gutters and downpipes regularly serviced by accredited contractors.

The scheme is entirely voluntary and parishes can adopt it or not as they wish.  Churches deal directly with their chosen contractor.

The scheme works by:

  1. the church contacting one or more of the accredited contractors and asking for a quotation;
  2. deciding whether to accept the quotation and if so,
  3. arranging the visit and paying the contractor.

What the Contractor does:

The contractor will:

  • clear out and test all gutters and downpipes
  • take before and after digital photos for you
  • complete a checklist detailing what he has done
  • remove the debris.

Costs and Benefits

The contractor’s quotation is unique to each church, reflecting its size and complexity and what access method he will use.

We expect most quotations to be between £250 and £500 plus VAT. Listed churches can count the VAT towards the VAT recoverable (on bills over £500 a year) under the Listed Places of Worship Scheme: for further information go to:

The benefits include:

  • savings in repair costs
  • peace of mind
  • savings on other work that could be co-ordinated with a gutter scheme visit (eg high-level electrical work).


The Friends of Essex Churches Trust will give an automatic grant of £50 to the first 100 churches to commission a visit under the scheme.

Details can be found on its web site here

Further Information

A leaflet describing the Scheme can be downloaded below.

Friends of Essex Churches Gutter Clearance leaflet

There is also a comprehensive Information Pack which can be downloaded here.

Download the information pack.

This deals with:

  • why the Scheme was set up
  • how the Scheme works
  • what the contractor does
  • how much will it cost – and save?
  • similar schemes in other dioceses
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Standard Terms & Conditions & Specification for a Gutter Scheme Visit

For any other queries, please contact:
Malcolm Woods, a member of the Diocesan Advisory Committee, via email or on 07721 768750

Accredited Contractors

The following contractors are accredited on the basis of their experience working with historic buildings, insurance arrangements and health & safety procedures. 

Contact any or all of them direct to arrange a quotation.



Contact details

Lodge and Sons (Builders) Ltd

Town Farm
High Street
Stebbing, Dunmow
Essex CM6 3SG

01371 856666

Michael Newman t/a
Platinum Property Care

26 Oak Street
Essex RM7 7BS

Office  01708 742234
Mobile 07933 681619

MBS Grounds Maintenance Ltd

16 Boars Tye Road,
Silver End,
Witham, Essex CM8 3QA

Tel. 01376 583967

M Y Group

Fen Lane Farm,
Watton Road
Larling  Norfolk NR16 2AJ

Tel: (01953) 497177


332 Cressing Road

Tel: 01376 344145
Mobile: 07815 316080

Jason Clohessy 

Clohessy Rope Access Ltd 

Clohessy Rope Access Ltd
6 Medway Avenue

Tel: 01376 512779  

Mobile: 07737 440991


Dendale Construction Ltd

Dendale Construction Ltd
418 Hale End Road, London E4 9PB.

Tel: 020 8527 5777
Fax: 020 8926 4621

If you are a contractor who would like to be accredited, or know of a suitable contractor, please contact:

For more information please contact Nathan Whitehead.

For more information please contact Nathan Whitehead
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