St. John’s Church West End Build Community Project
The outer shell is complete! Work is about to begin on the interior – last lap!
Sunday 30th June 2019 What an amazing time!
In the past few weeks events have moved at an astonishing rate. The decision was taken to move ahead to complete the building in the shortest possible time. Consultations are in progress with the diocese for a loan to cope with our cash shortfall, at an affordable rate, and with no obligation to use all or any of it unless we have to. Then there was the £3,600 donation from ALLCHURCHES TRUST.
After much soul searching and consultation the decision has been taken to use the land on which the Hall is built as collateral. When all is completed and the new building is up and running we will sell the land to pay off any outstanding debt which we had been unable to cover by fundraising and grants.
And then, as if to signal that the right course had been laid, since the grant from AllChurches Trust a further three significant donations totalling £45,000 have been received. One of £10,000 is from the Garfield Weston Foundation. This was a real bonus as it was a donation of £20,000 from them eight years ago that enabled the work on phase one to get started. Have a look at their site and say thank you! www.garfieldweston.org
We are always hoping for further donations and fundraising continues relentlessly.
Since the start of the whole project this fundraising has raised over £60,000 and we have now received over £80,000 in grants.
We are most grateful for everything we have been given and all the names (unless donors request otherwise) along with their gifts and donations, are entered in our Book of Gifts.
We are still working hard to raise money. Progress is recorded on the display near the entrance to the church. It now looks possible, still a huge task but with prayer, effort and good will, doable!