Dear Village Friends
UPDATE ON CHURCH PROJECTS
I am submitting this article so that the village is kept fully informed as to progress on a number of projects and events.
<v:shape id="Picture_x0020_1" o:spid="_x0000_s1028" type="#_x0000_t75"><v:imagedata o:title="" src="file://localhost/private/var/folders/0n/bjrb4m4s1sjc2ycp3mj40dg00000gn/T/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png"><w:wrap anchorx="margin" type="square"></w:wrap></v:imagedata></v:shape>Unfortunately, under regulations imposed by Natural England, work on the historic bell frame and belfry is on hold because of bat activity. Following a recent exchange of emails with the Bat Conservation Trust we have now been informed that work cannot start until mid-September and we have been given a window of about 9 weeks to complete it. Our timber contractor has confirmed availability to start in September.
<v:shape id="Picture_x0020_2" o:spid="_x0000_s1027" type="#_x0000_t75"><v:imagedata o:title="" src="file://localhost/private/var/folders/0n/bjrb4m4s1sjc2ycp3mj40dg00000gn/T/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image003.jpg"><w:wrap anchorx="margin" type="square"></w:wrap></v:imagedata></v:shape>Refurbishment of our ancient bells in the workshops of John Taylor & Co, Loughborough has been virtually completed at least as far as they can pending rehanging them in the bellframes. Meanwhile, they are being stored at their works in Loughborough free-of-charge.
So, this further delay is very frustrating but there is nothing we can do. Hopefully, all the work will be completed towards the end of November in time for our Christmas celebrations. However, we are again able to hold services in our beautiful church. We would love to see you at the Sunday service held 9.30 -10.30am each week.
As part of this project and subject to gaining approval from church authorities, we plan to instal new tea and coffee-making facilities adjacent to the prayer boards on the north wall. It will be like a large wardrobe so can be closed off when not in use. That position makes provision of utilities much easier e.g. water, electricity and drainage. We’re now preparing detailed plans to submit to church authorities for Faculty approval.
Now that restrictions are at last beginning to be relaxed, we earnestly hope that your involvement in our various activities from bell ringing to photography, film making, carpentry, trench digging etc. can happen. So, if you’re interested do please get in touch with myself (see below) or our church warden Ann Usher ([email protected]) or by telephone (01245 400532).
Meanwhile, on behalf of the PCC, I’d like to express my sincere thanks to all those who have supported our appeal to keep the church functioning financially. So far, excluding any applicable Gift Aid recoverable, over £3000 has been raised up to the end of March. If you haven’t already supported our appeal, you can do so by:
a. Providing a cheque made payable to West Hanningfield Parochial Church Council and passing it on to Ann Usher: Applegate House, Church Lane or,
b. Arranging a bank transfer using the following details:
West Hanningfield Parochial Church Council<s></s>
Sort code 20-19-95
Account no 404898883
c. Getting in touch with either Ann or Simon Usher (contact details above) to make a donation by card using our SumUp Giving facility, or
d. Clicking the link on our home page
I very much hope you can continue to support this important appeal.
David Gibson CA
PCC member and
St Mary & St Edward’s Parish Church.
Email: [email protected]