What a blessed few weeks we have had since Easter with regards to the building project.
Work started on phase one of the project, being the building of the offices in the Memorial Hall in April and has raced along. As the builders peeled back the building to reveal its shell we were given an opportunity to see what the halls had looked like when they were first built and how they had been modified and adapted over the intervening 120 years. I have more photos showing high plastered ceilings, a long blocked up window, large chunky joinery, the like of which we don’t see these days.
As I write this article the major demolition work is completed and the shape and feel of the new rooms are emerging with the roof windows in place, new floor and internal walls completed and the plumbing and wiring underway. The new windows are being built which will make the memorial hall and offices light, bright and airy.
The good news is that the project is currently on time and on budget and we look forward to welcoming you to the new offices at the end of the summer.
I know that a lot of prayer was offered whilst we submitted our faculty application to the diocese to undertake the works within the church. After a nervous wait whilst the legal consultations where carried out, we were delighted to be granted the faculty permission at the start of June to enable the works to church to start.
Having all of the legal permissions in place enables the building committee to progress the designs to the detailed level in readiness for obtaining tenders for the works. This design work will include deciding on colours of fabrics and furnishings, planning where all of the lights, plug sockets and so will be needed, selecting floor finishes, thinking about how we can make the building feel welcoming whilst also retaining its feel of connecting to the past, present and future. They will certainly need your prayers during the next six months or more.
We have also engaged the services of the professionals who will aid us and guide us in ensuring that the project will physically stand the test of time and that it will be managed within the agreed budgets.
Our fundraising team are rising to the challenge of raising the money that we need. The granting of planning permission and faculty enables us to start applying for grants to support all of your generous giving of money and of using your talents in running fundraising events. Please do read their article on page 12 of this magazine and offer to help them. The applications can take a long while to fill in so many hands does spread the load.
We are so grateful to God for leading us to the point in the journey. We know that we have a long road to travel, with many mountains to climb but are also sure that if we stay in step with God he will continue to bless us and the generations to come, just as he has faithfully done so to past generations.
If you would like to know more or get involved by offering your time, talents of supporting us financially please do speak to Martin Dudley – firstname.lastname@example.orgTags: Building Project, Magazine