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Farleigh Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling

Bakers of Danbury were very proud to be the main sponsor for the 2019/ 2020 Farleigh Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling Campaign which raised a massive £37,500.

2019 was the sixth year that Farleigh Hospice has organised their Christmas Tree Recycling campaign. Growing in popularity every year, the Christmas Tree Recycling campaign raised a over £10,000 more than last year.

Without the help of all of the volunteers who collect the trees over the first weekend in January, it wouldn't have been possible. The volunteers collect the trees and drive them back to chipped and recycled - some are used in local parks and some to make fuel.

Farleigh Hospice asked Bakers of Danbury in 2018 if we would like to be the first ever sponsor of their Christmas Tree Recycling event, as they had seen we actively support local charities. We have been proud to be the main sponsor for the campaign over the last couple of years, and look forward to doing the same this year. To date Farleigh Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling events have raised the following;

  • 2015 - £3,700 collecting 450 trees
  • 2016 - £5,000 collecting 613 trees
  • 2017 - £12,000 collecting 1,400 trees
  • 2018 - £20,000 collecting 2,100 trees
  • 2019 - £27,000 collecting 2,800 trees
  • 2020 - £37,500 collecting 3,500 trees
  • Debbie de Boltz, Fundraising Manager for Farleigh Hospice wrote:

    A huge thank you for sponsoring our Christmas Tree Recycling Campaign again this year. I am delighted to tell you that we collected in excess of 3,500 trees and raised over £37,500, which is a truly fantastic amount of money.



    You are helping us to continue providing hospice care and support to anyone affected by a life-limiting illness or bereavement across mid Essex. Thanks to you we can help people to live as actively as possible from the point of diagnosis to the end of their lives, by providing physical and emotional care, free of charge. We can support people in their own homes and provide bereavement services to anyone who needs them within our community.



    We rely on your support to help us raise the £6 million we need every year (over £16,000 a day). With the number of people needing specialised palliative care and bereavement support growing every year, your generosity is more important now than ever. It is because you care that we can.

    To find out more about the services Farleigh Hospice provides visit www.farleighhospice.org

    BBC Essex interview

    Bakers’ Contracts Manager for the Church Works Department Adrian Ward, was interviewed by June Woolerton on the BBC Essex Sunday breakfast on Sunday 19th January 2020.

    Click here to listen to the interview on BBC Essex

    The interview began with BBC Essex's June Woolerton asking Adrian about Bakers of Danbury's history, in particular about William Baker who set up the company over 140 years ago. Adrian and June discussed the similarities between the business William set up in 1878 and Bakers of Danbury today, which include the company culture and work ethic, as well as the type of work carried out and the need to move with the times, in order to maintain the company.

    Adrian explained that essentially, moving with the times is how Bakers became involved in the specialist conservation and repair of churches. William Baker was a “Millwright, wheelwright and carpenter”, but with the demise of mills, there were few mill jobs after the 1890’s. At which point William Baker concentrated on general repairs and construction of local properties, as well as church works.

    In the interview Adrian tells June about the works Bakers of Danbury has carried out to some of London's landmarks, which include St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St Brides church, as well as works carried out within Essex which include working on Chelmsford Cathedral and local churches.

    June told Adrian she had seen Bakers’ vans around the county looking after churches, and asked Adrian about the works Bakers carry out to churches. They discuss the typical works necessary to conserve and restore local churches, as well as alteration works which are sometimes carried out to help ensure a village church remains the centre of the community, in addition to worship.

    A Christmas Tree for Danbury

    Bakers of Danbury donated a large Christmas Tree to the village of Danbury again, and at the beginning of December Danbury Parish Council invited the whole community to an event to switch the Christmas Tree lights on.

    After Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex had switched the lights on, everyone enjoyed singing Christmas Carols together then enjoyed warm refreshments and mince pies in the local Sports and Social Centre where Father Christmas had parked his sleigh to meet local children. Baker's Contracts Directors Mark Holland and Ron Lowe were introduced to Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, who thanked them for all that the company does for the local community, mentioning the new duck house Bakers made for the village earlier in the year.

    You can keep up-to-date with other initiatives within Baker's Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, which we set up to help support both our local community and the communities in which we work by visiting our Corporate Social Responsibility Page or by liking our Facebook page!

    The Danbury Focus Magazine featured an article in their January Edition about the village Christmas Tree Lights Switch on. The article read;

    The community of Danbury enjoyed a Christmas event hosted by Danbury Parish Council for the whole village to enjoy, on the evening of Thursday 5th December. The event was attended by record numbers this year, according to the Parish Council Chairman Stuart Berlyn. After everyone had counted down, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex switched on the lights, to illuminate the Christmas tree which had been generously donated by a local building company Bakers of Danbury Ltd. Everyone enjoyed singing along to traditional Christmas carols around the Christmas tree, accompanied by the wonderful Salvation Army Band.

    After the carols were sung everyone enjoyed warm refreshments and treats at Danbury Sports and Social Centre, and the children of Danbury were delighted to meet Father Christmas who had landed his sleigh and reindeer in the Sports and Social Centre car park.

    Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex said;

    “It was an honour to be invited to switch on the Christmas tree lights for Danbury tonight. It is wonderful to see such a tremendous sense of community, with so many local residents enjoying tonight together. I would like to thank all involved; Danbury Parish Council, Danbury Society, Bakers of Danbury, The Salvation Army Band, The Rotary Club, Danbury Mission, St Johns Church and other members of the community, who have all played a part in making tonight possible. With so many people doing great things for their village, it’s a great way to start Christmas Festivities!”

    Newsletter (Winter 2019)

    Although we are Principal Contractors in Essex we have projects across the East of England and London. Our Winter 2019 newsletter looks at a selection of projects recently undertaken by Bakers of Danbury as well as our sister companies Collins and Curtis Masonry and Pickford Builders.

    The Winter Newsletter looks at recent projects which include a grade II Listed barn conversion (to provide an entertainment suite, kitchen and bar area and gymnasium), recent repair work to the spire of St Mary's Church in Shoebury, a new build extension to Westminster School (to provide a presentation/ reception room, four new offices, new stairwell, lift and a new block of visitor w/c), enabling works recently completed to Chelmsford High School for Girls, a new build extension to Grays Convent School as well as many projects our onsite joinery workshop are working on.

    The Winter Newsletter also looks at recently completed and current works carried out by our sister companies Collins and Curtis Masonry Ltd which is based in Ipswich and Pickford Builders Ltd which is based in Dunmow. Collins and Curtis has been busy supplying masonry to many projects which include stone products for private houses, a number of churches and memorials. Pickford Builders has been busy carrying out insurance repair works for a number of national insurance companies, as well as other general building projects which include the current conversion of a former industrial building into eight residential apartments in Braintree.

    Click here to open our latest Newsletter. You can also keep up-to-date with Baker’s latest news by visiting our latest news page and our Facebook page!