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Church maintenance scheme launches in Suffolk.

Plants growing in a church gutter


17 November 2009

What is Elix?

Elix is a ground-breaking maintenance scheme open to all the churches and chapels in Suffolk. For five years, starting in winter 2009/10, places of worship joining the scheme will have a contractor:

  • Clean all guttering, eaves, and parapets
  • Check all gutters are secure and free from leaks
  • Clean all down-pipes and check for leaks
  • Clean out all above ground gulleys
  • Check the condition of the manholes
  • Rod the drains and ensure they are clear
  • Remove any waste from site
  • Advise on any defects/works that should be considered
  • Take photographs of any defect found, as well as photographs of the completed work

The Elix scheme is being run by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich and is supported by Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and MY Group.  The Elix scheme costs just £260 a year plus VAT and the first 300 places of worship to join the scheme will qualify for an annual £130 grant towards the cost.

To find out more write to Elix, St Nicholas Centre, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich IP1 1UQ or email

You can also download the Elix brochure.

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