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St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden

Summary: The re-ordering of St Mary's Church in Saffron Walden involved our specialist joinery workshop manufacturing and installing English Oak bespoke DDA and Dementia friendly toilet, storage cupboards, children's library and a pew storage area.

Location: St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden

Architect: Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects

Challenge: Attention to detail was important in this project as it was all made of English Oak then stained and fitted on site.

Solution: One of the largest parish churches in Essex, the building dates mainly from the fifteenth century.

The west main entrance was re-ordered to incorporate new storage units in bespoke manufactured in English Oak by Bakers of Danbury’s Specialist Joinery department. We also manufactured and installed a bespoke all-person DDA / Dementia friendly WC, with baby change area in English Oak. In the North Aisle we introduced a pew storage area, bespoke servery facilities, flower arranger’s sink and storage area. All were crafted by our Joiners from English Oak in our joinery workshop, it was then taken apart and wrapped flat pack for transit, before being fitted by our onsite carpenters.

Great attention was paid to the highest spec soundproofing, with all panels either insulated with a solid block board or infilled with bricks to eliminate noise. The WC door alone weighed over 100kg.

Every post included a hand carved crocus detail to the top. To watch a film of our skilled Joiner hand carving a crocus detail click here.

The complete project was very detailed and complex with hand carved designs, modern sliding doors and bespoke detailed cornice which ran around the top of the complete project.

The re-ordering project to St Mary the Virgin in Saffron Walden was Highly Commended in the Diocese of Chelmsford, Design Awards in 2019.

Take a look at our short film on woodcarving

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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.

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