Building our Future together
We’re delighted that this historic land mark will be restored and become a hub for all kinds of community driven activities. It will offer a significant interface between the church and town fulfilling an important aspect of our vision which states that, ‘We are a church that seeks to connect with our communities, sharing the love and compassion of God’ Following our town and church audit in 2012 it was possible to identify particular community needs that exist enabling us to develop an action plan that fits with the church’s vision. This became a part of our submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and they too recognised just how a building of such historical merit could be used to develop community cohesion and well being. They liked what the school house could become and we were successful with our bid. This was a fabulous achievement which means that over 75% of the cost of the project is met by the HLF.
A renovated, restored Church School house will provide a centre where it will be possible to promote learning about, participation in and conservation of our heritage, amongst the many other activities planned for the building. The three key aims of this plan are:
- To conserve a historically significantly building; discovering more about its past and giving new hope for its future.
- To enable the parishioners, the diocese and the wider community to engage with the Church through an education programme designed to open the doors of the Old School to a much greater audience.
- To provide a neutral space for all the community where the, soon to be established, ‘Parish Caring Association’ can deliver its planned activities.
In order to carry out planned activities within the refurbished building the Vestry has approved the establishment of ‘A Parish Caring Association’ which will be eligible for charitable status. The company will be owned and operated by the Church and will be able to attract grants from various sources that would not ordinarily be available to the Church itself. With grant funding the church plans to begin a range of programmes to reach out, in love, to the wider community.
We need your help
Our commitment to the project is to raise approximately 25% of the cost of the restoration which works out at £160,000.
How can you help
- Make a financial commitment/pledge
A one off capital gift
A regular monthly amount
An interest free loan
- Pray for the project – that God will sustain us and encourage the church family to engage and commit themselves to our vision and give generously on the gift day.
- Support the fund raising events – we have a wonderful team of fund raisers who are planning a range of activities over the coming months and years to repay our overdraft. They forth-coming events are:
A Burns Night
Auction of Promises
Please commit yourselves to getting involved.
This is an exciting time in the history of our Parish and the restored school house is a project of which we can all be proud. Through the vision of those who have gone before us we have been given a unique opportunity to be a force for good in our local community.