St Mary’s Church Appeal
2018 is going to be an exciting time for St Mary’s Church. In July we launched our appeal for funds to build much needed toilet facilities. Several fund-raising events also took place, culminating in a concert by a Welsh Male Voice Choir just before Christmas. This was very generously organised for us and was a sell-out. Thanks to sponsors we were loaned a block of very luxurious toilets as well as two large plasma screens so that our audience could see the choir wherever they were seated in the church. The concert alone raised just over £4,000 for our appeal which was a magnificent result.
Although we have yet to raise all the money needed we have been so encouraged by people’s generosity that it has been possible to give our preferred contractor the go ahead. They are now preparing the facing stone off site and have a provisional date of late in March to begin construction. Inside the church the last months of the year were also busy as we began to prepare for the arrival of the Faculty which will allow us to merge two
chapels and thus provide extra space for our fortnightly Storytelling Service and other church activities. A team of volunteers lifted, cleaned and re-laid some 1200 wooden blocks of the parquet floor that had become detached. It was hard and very dirty work, but completed in time to provide valuable extra seating for the concert. In the new year we will install a chair lift into the new space.
Our fund raising is set to continue in 2018. The first event will be a Quiz Night with Meal in the Egerton Hall on the evening of the 16th February. Tickets are
available from the Vicarage and at church services priced very reasonably at £10.00. Bring your own drinks.
We continue to welcome donations to the appeal so please join those who have already supported us and help reach our target.
St Mary’s Churchyard
On another matter, you may have noticed a small piece about a change to the provision for the disposal of waste in last month’s magazine. Over the years we have been blessed in that several of our local farmers have undertaken to remove the ‘green’ waste from the cage at the top car park. For some time fly tipping of other than green materials into that cage has made disposal problematic, and now legislative changes have added further difficulties. Thus we took the difficult decision to remove the cage and request visitors to the churchyard to take dead flowers and grass clippings away with them and dispose of them in their own green bins. A black bin remains as before for non-green materials such as cellophane wrappings, plant pots etc. So far this new arrangement is working well and I would like to thank everyone who visits the churchyard for their forbearance.