Church of England Diocese of Salisbury St. James, Southbroom

Encouragement as St James Centre progresses

17 May 2020, 4 p.m.

In the present circumstances, it is good to be able to share some good news: the SJC project is moving forward!

Work is continuing, thanks to individual volunteers, tradespeople and companies, so that SJC will be available for use as a community asset as soon as possible after the current restrictions are lifted. Of course, nothing is done without fully adhering to social distancing guidelines, often by having only one person working in any one room.

We have been encouraged by the response from donors to our appeals for funds.  During the winter we received grants from the Laing Family Trusts and from Devizes Area Board.  In April we received a grant from The Hills Group Limited through the Landfill Communities Fund and this month from the Crown Centre charity. These have been put towards the costs of installing a state-of-the-art platform lift to allow wheelchair users and others with mobility problems to access all parts of the building. The installation was completed in April following preparatory building work, some of which was done by volunteers. 

Further grants have been received this month from the Garfield Weston Foundation and most recently from the Joseph Rank Trust. Rev Keith says “Their Secretary visited SJC some weeks ago and appreciated what God is calling us to do, so winning this particular grant feels like a real endorsement of our vision for SJC”.