The New Church Sign
Vin Harrop who was the instigator of the Basildon Heritage Trail has mangaed after two years to get the County Council to put up a sign at the bottom of Church Hill at the junction with St Nicholas Lane ‘St Nicholas Historic Church’. St Nicholas is one of only two buildings in the Borough that is Grade 1 listed so this sign is well over due. The sign was paid for out of the Heritage Trail funding, thank you Vin.
Why not take a visit, it is a beautiful spot and has 360 degree views of Basildon. Two years ago it received a conservation accredition and this year for the second year running came second in the ‘Essex Best Kept Church Yard competition’ organised by the Rural Community Council of Essex and sponsored by Lodger and Sons (Builders). They also organised the Essex Village of the year and Best Kept Village Competition (Sonsored by Essex and Suffolk Water).
Members of the Church went to the Essex Golf and Country Club, Earls Colne where their received they certificate and a cheque for £100. The churches aim next year is first place.
The church is normally open on a Saturday morning and there will be somebody more than willing to take you round and brief you on its history. If you cannot make a Saturday morning ring one of the church wardens who will be than happy to give you tour.