All Saints – Church opening
All Saints will be open throughout the week thanks to a band of volunteers who will attend to the unlocking and locking up. It is expected that hours will be approximately 9.00am to 5.00pm although this may be flexible! Please be sure to use the visitor book if you do drop in.
Family Support Work (FSW)
Full details of the open gardens where FSW will be serving refreshments – scrumptious cakes with tea or coffee are on the FSW website→. For further information Sarah 01435 866419, Carolynn 01435 866750 and Christo 01435 812654
Sarah and Carollyn
St Bartholomew’s New Build Update
Our long-held aspiration to have some modern facilities at St. Bart’s is now becoming a reality thanks to the generous support of some individuals as well as a major contribution from Friends of Waldron Churches.
The project commenced on Monday 16th November and progress has been quite steady although the combined effects of the Covid situation and a spell of bad weather has affected the schedule somewhat.
The steel frame has arrived, and we now start to see something of how the finished building will look. We shall have toilets, kitchen and a meeting room etc enabling us to serve the congregation better and to reach out to the local community and our school.
Financing the project remains a challenge as the Covid 19 situation has meant that we have not been able to organise our usual fund-raising activities during 2020 and this will remain difficult in 2021.
Having said that, we have just launched a “Buy a Brick” campaign so that anyone can contribute, large or small and feel part of the project. Please see the separate page for details of how you can be involved as we seek to achieve our target of £5,000 from this source; at £5 per brick, it’s only 1000 bricks! April 2021
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Quinquennial Inspection – All Saints
This took place in October 2019 and a number of areas identified for attention have been addressed. However, we are aware that further action will be needed over the coming few years to ensure the church is maintained in good order.
Organ restoration – All Saints
Following the excellent response to the fund raising efforts during 2019, we have been able to have extensive restoration work carried out on our organ. We were able to celebrate the completion of the work by having an excellent recital in October 2019. As part of the regular tuning visits, we are seeing ongoing modest “upgrades” which should keep the instrument in good working order for some time to come. Thank you to all who supported this project.
Rather like the Chancellor, I have been reviewing our income and spending for 2020 and it will come as no surprise that our church collections look likely to be around 50% of what we would usually receive. Effectively, this means that we are some £3,500 short and, as a result, will probably end the year with a deficit for the first time in many years.
Naturally, much of this is due to the closure of churches and the lack of congregation added to restrictions on weddings etc.
If you have been in the habit of contributing when you come to church, I would ask you to consider whether you might be able to support us as we seek to deal with the shortfall. Any contributions, however, modest would be much appreciated and can be sent to me at Brambles, Dern Lane, Waldron, TN21 0PN or if you prefer, they can be paid directly to our bank account; Waldron PCC, (30-98-77 – Lloyds) Account No. 02677809.
Thank you in anticipation