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St Mary's building fund fundrasing update

posted 3 Apr 2018, 05:07 by Simon Talbot

I am pleased to be able to tell you that we have been making good progress with our fundraising for the Church Building Restoration Fund. It is an ever changing picture with donations coming in from various sources, but we have managed to raise over £21, 500! We still have some big applications we are working on, and more fundraising events in the near future. A more formal report is included below, which is also displayed in our church notice boards. For all those who have contributed towards our fundraising, whether with money, ideas or helping organise events... please accept our sincere thanks.

St. Mary’s Restoration Appeal – The First Steps

Jonathan Rhind’s 2016 Quinquennial Report was centred on the potential risk to the south wall of the church that stemmed from the collapse of the Victorian drainage system and from the roots of the Cypress tree in front of the east window. Repairs were also required to the tracery and parts of the roof structure. Towards the end of last year we were provided with the estimated costings of these Q1 items, those requiring action within two years, which amounted to £108,400, including VAT of £18,000.  The PCC elected to tackle this on three fronts; local fund-raising events, coupled with the production of a leaflet to appeal to our congregation for donations, writing to every household in the village via our church magazine front page article and a series of applications to trusts and grant making bodies for funds to cover the cost, which was way beyond the capability of this village parish to raise on its own.

I am pleased to report our success, though we still have a long way to go.  The PCC was able to transfer £4,447 from its Fabric Fund and set itself the aim of raising at least 10% (£10,840) in addition, a target that we have already achieved (£11,125).  We also have been blessed with donations from the Sir John and Lady Amory Trust, the Viscount Amory Trust, the Willand Moor Plot Trust and the Devon Historic Churches Trust totalling a further £6,000. This brings our total funding to £21,572.  Our next target is to reach 30% of the net cost, when we will be eligible to apply for a grant from the Ecclesiastical Insurance Company’s Allchurches Trust.

Any restoration work on our Grade 1 Listed church has to be approved by the Diocesan Advisory Council (DAC) and Chancellor, which is being considered now and tender documents, based on this submission have recently been dispatched.  We are also preparing our submission to Viridor Credits for a grant from the Landfill Tax, for which our application has just passed their Stage 1 process.  Stage 2 cannot be completed until copies of three tenders can be included.   Hopefully we can meet their deadline for a submission in July.  We are also pleased that our campaign is receiving written letters of support from our elected Parish, District and County Council representatives.

On behalf of the PCC I can only express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has contributed, however large or small, for their generosity in our efforts to preserve this focal point of our village life for future generations.

Rev.d Simon Talbot

Rector, St Mary’s Willand