Wonderful news! We have just been awarded a very generous grant of £15,000 by the Congregational and General Charitable Trust for our refurbishment project, for which we are very grateful indeed. This is a great start to our fund-raising. With the money already raised by the church, this leaves £66,000 still to raise.Read more “Grant Awarded by Congregational And General Trust”
We have just heard that our grant application to the Garfield Weston Anniversary Fund was not successful. So it is time to start working hard on finding other sources of funding. We are putting together a list of bodies that provide grants of various sizes for this kind of work.
Making grant applications seems to be a bit of an art-form. We have to consider which funds we have the most chance of securing, and also to apply in the right order because some will only supply matched funding, others like to provide the final top-up to get a project off the ground, etc.
At our new year’s day service, Judith challenged us to read Colossians 3:1-4, 12-17 every month for a year. Following our leaders’ vision day last week, where we felt God was calling us to “go deeper”, this scripture seems to take on a renewed significance for us.Read more “Living the New Life”
Last Saturday (21 July) the leaders spent an away day at the Holy Cross Convent in Bunny to think about our church vision. We’ve been there before for leaders’ away days and it’s a lovely venue.
But we weren’t there just to enjoy the peace and quiet (even if that was one benefit of being away from the kids!) We began with Helen and Jamie Culy guiding us through thinking about what vision is and why we need it.Read more ““Going Deeper””
Today we received our Certificate of Authorisation! Praise God! It has been a long and bumpy road to this point, so it is a matter of great relief that we now have our plans approved and can get on with the next stage, which is put the work out to tender and get some quotations.Read more “Certificate of Authorisation Received!”
We have been thinking hard about how to respond to the objections to our refurbishment scheme and what we can do to move forwards. We have reluctantly come to the conclusion that if we do not agree to retain the rearmost three rows of pews then the refurbishment simply will not happen.Read more “Pressing On Towards Refurbishment”
The formal application to the Listed Buildings Advisory Committee went off today, including a full 25 copies on CD ROM! The next stage is the 28 day public consultation period, which they will kick off as soon as they process our application.Read more “Refurbishment Application Submitted”
It’s been a quiet few months, but we’ve finally heard back from the BU Listed Buildings Committee. There are a few details that they want added to our application, but once we have done that they are happy for us to make the formal application.
So we’re getting there. One final push and we should have the application submitted – finally!