It goes without saying that this has been a strange and unsettling few months for everybody. During all of this, work has continued with respect to the rebuilding and restoration of our church building.
It is wonderful that “casual”, generous donations have now reached approximately £50,000. The PCC Fundraising subcommittee have been working hard, preparing various projects and applications, in order to ensure that significant money is available, in addition to that covered by insurance, in order that the building itself can be suitable as a multi-purpose facility in today’s world, and a central part of the Royston community.
Here are some updates of one or two things to expect in the very near future:
Many people may already be aware that the “Howe” chair has now been chosen for us to use when the church reopens. This is a tremendously popular, comfortable, lightweight but strong chair, and is to be found in numerous church buildings throughout the world, including Canterbury, Salisbury and St Paul’s Cathedrals. When these are purchased, it is expected that 10% will have arms. It is of great benefit that these chairs can be stacked efficiently, when necessary, allowing the adaptable and flexible use of the church space. There will be the opportunity for people to sponsor one or more of these chairs, at a cost of £250 per chair. Each chair sponsored can have a plaque in memory of a loved one, or to denote an individual or community group who have sponsored the purchase of the chair. We are confident that these chairs will be an exciting, aesthetically attractive and practical feature of our church building.
To express your interest in sponsoring a chair, please email: <span style="font-size: 1rem;">[email protected]</span>
We are excited to announce that “Thoroughly Modern Beeton”, a new book of recipes, is in the final stages of preparation, and will go on sale very soon, priced at £10, in aid of the church refurbishment fund. The book contains more than 100 recipes, for a wide variety of dishes, provided by the people of Royston, and containing special contributions from Paul Hollywood, Carrie Grant, Sir Oliver Heald and The Bishop of St Alban’s.
Bags, mugs, tea towels, notelets etc ……..
We have recently been working with local artist, Nicky Paton, who grew up in the town and, as well as his work as an artist, is currently manager of Royston Cave. Nicky has worked hard and given generously of his time, to come up with a modern new design of the church, which we will be able to use on items such as reusable bags and other gift items, in order to raise funds for the church. We hope that these will be available very soon.
We also plan to sell a Christmas card in aid of the church refurbishment fund. It is hoped that this and other items will be available on a St John the Baptist Stall on Royston Market, later this Autumn – the first date being 24th October and 5th December. So don’t buy from anyone else but us!
More to follow soon!