Church of England Diocese of Bath & Wells Curry Rivel

St. Andrew's Church non-fete (!) - 4th July 2020

22 Jun 2020, 9 a.m.

This year’s St. Andrew’s non-Church Fete!

An open letter from the Rector…

Dear supporters of St. Andrew’s church,

Recently the Parochial Church Council (PCC) regrettably had to come to the conclusion that, due to the continuing uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation, it was right to cancel this year’s summer fete. We had been considering a postponement until September, but given that social distancing will likely remain key to public health, we concluded that a social-distanced fete was impractical – especially in case of bad weather and having to go indoors.

I’m therefore writing to ask for your support in an alternative plan. Year by year our church fete raises a significant sum (about £3,000) that contributes to the upkeep and ministry of our village church. In order to try to address this worrying additional short-fall to our already tightly-squeezed finances, this year our alternative plan is simply a ‘GIVING DAY’. Can you help?

We do, of course, fully recognise that the last three months have had a significant impact on many personal and family budgets, and that the uncertainty continues, so please be assured that I’m addressing only those in a position to help. Here’s the plan:

When? = Saturday the 4th of July (the original date for our fete)

At what time? = 2pm to 4pm

Where? = At St. Andrew’s church

What will you find when you come?

• On the Green - 2 free games of ‘Skee-Ball’ per person (hand sanitizer before and after!) with the highest scores for children and adults winning a hamper.

• At the church – (hand sanitizer in and out) a florally decorated route with the opportunity to deposit your financial gift on the way through. Our organist Patrick Rendell will be playing his favourite organ pieces.

What will you get as you leave? = a free (hermetically sealed) scone for you to enjoy as you like.

What if I can’t make it? = If you can’t come, or would prefer to give electronically then here are the church’s bank account details: Bank = NatWest, Sort Code 60-12-34, Account no. 50649620. Please include ‘ref fete’.

What about giftaid? = If you are a UK income tax payer then you can giftaid your gift which adds a further 25% of its value to the church, at no extra cost to you. Envelopes will be available on the day for this purpose, or you could make a declaration to our treasurer, Colin Graves, on 01458 251080.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter. If you’re able to come, the PCC and I look forward to welcoming you to St. Andrew’s on the 4th.

With warm regards,

Revd. Scott Patterson.