Can you help?

As always, we are forever grateful to all of those that support our Parish financially as without the generosity of you and your fellow parishioners the Parish would not exist.

Over the summer, the PCC had to make some difficult financial decisions regarding how the money that we receive from our parishioners is spent.   We have not been able to pay our part of the Common Mission Fund (the money that goes to pay for everything involved with Winchester Diocese supporting the individual parishes, providing clergy and training curates and Lay Ministers).

In part, this was down to increases in our underlying costs – increases in costs of utilities and the introduction of workplace pensions. However, the primary reason was that a small number of donors, for a number of reasons, are no longer able to able to support our Parish – they have either moved away or are, sadly, no longer with us.

We have been working in the background to identify high priority work that needs to be done on/in our buildings and are asking you whether you would consider helping us raise the necessary funds to start the tasks that we need to complete.

Some are more urgent than others and depending on the funds raised we will target the work appropriately.

For each Church Building, we are targeting £7000.

 

What would a donation of £5 help provide?

Both our church buildings are heavily used by both parishioners and community groups.  A donation of £5 towards either of these projects will help us to maintain the buildings so that, for example, we can ensure that St. Leonard’s can be used for many more weddings and that we can ensure that the Acorn’s coffee lounge (at St. Paul’s) is available to support the Lunch Club – ensuring that our outreach into the community is maintained.

 

St. Leonard’s

So far, we have identified the following work to be prioritised –

  • repair to the Nave walls (North & South) due to damp ingress (the ingress has been resolved – this is to repair the damaged caused by it)
  • replacement of Soffit tile on the main roof, between main roof & covered walkway, it has broken in two and slipped, exposing the structure beyond.

Please note, that due to the age of the building, we may need to change the priority of the work.  It is expected that this work would be started in the New Year when the weather begins to improve as the stonework may already be too cold to work on.

If you would like to support this work, please follow contact the office for details, or you can donate directly via the following website.

As of the 25th November 2017, we have raised £840 towards our £7,000 target

 

St. Paul’s

So far, we have identified the following work to be prioritised –

  • repairs to the roof area above the main entrance (and surrounding area) and  repairs to the sign to prevent further water ingress into the roof space
  • investigation of damp patches on external walls and repair
  • repointing external walls as required
  • replacement of Projector for the auditorium, including replacement of the projection screen

It is expected that this work will be carried out as soon as funds are available as the lack of projector is causing issues with building hire and we are experiencing water ingress when the prevailing wind is in a certain direction.

We are extremely grateful for the donation and fitting of a new projector for the Auditorium (24th November 2017).  For this reason, we have reprioritised the work on the roof area above the the other identified projects.

The process of obtaining pricing and permissions for the roof work is underway and as soon as the level of funding has been received we will start the work.

If you would like to support this work, please contact the office for details, or you can donate directly via the following website

As of the 25th November 2017, we have raised £1300 towards our £7,000 target

 

If you have any questions about the work, please contact us through the office or leave a comment here.  We will keep this page updated with latest news and information.