Why do we need an appeal? Quite simply, our roofs are leaking and the rain is coming in. We need to raise funds to keep our Church and Hall buildings available for the benefit of the whole community.
There is a lot of work ahead of us, so we are splitting it into 2 phases.
Phase 1 is the most urgent work; the replacement of the roofs where the rain is coming in now.
Phase 2 is the work which must be completed in the next few years to keep the rain out and prevent the buildings deteriorating.
Phase 1 - The work and how much it will cost
The work in Phase 1 includes:
The replacement of the leaking flat roofs and guttering above the Small Hall, Hall toilets, corridors and kitchen
The replacement of the leaking flat roofs and guttering above the Church Foyer and Susan Old Lounge
Tenders were received and the cost was £116,000 including VAT. Since then, due to a section of collapsed ceiling and rising prices across the construction sector the new phase 1total is £130,000 including VAT.
We have managed to raise £107,000 with over £53,000 raised since we launched Raise the Roof in August 2020. The other money was raised thanks to previous fundraising efforts, promised donations and grants and by reassigning existing unrestricted church funds.
The remaining amount to be raised for Phase 1 is £20,000. When this is raised, work can be started and we hope this will be possible early in 2022.
Phase 2 - What, when and how much?
Phase 2 includes work which must be completed in the next few years. This includes:
The replacement of the Hall and Lady Chapel tiled pitched roofs and guttering
The replacement of the flat roofs above the Church vestries and guttering
The replacement of the leaking cascading roofs above the Lady Chapel altar
Concrete repairs around windows
Safety rail for the Church carpark
A budget estimate has been received and the cost is approximately £230,000 including VAT.
We already have £17,000 thanks to previous fundraising efforts.
Our remaining fundraising target for Phase 2 is £213,000 and we will be applying for grants alongside other fundraising activities to help us reach this goal.
What can I do?
If you are able, please consider making a donation to help directly towards the £50,000 Phase 1 target so the most urgent work can be started.
Consider raising money with your family and friends in our 5K Challenge
Support St Edmund’s Fundraising Events over the coming months.
We will provide regular updates on the progress of this Appeal in Church, here on the website and in newsletters and social media.
Please keep in touch with us
E-mail RaiseTheRoof@saintedmundschurch.org.uk and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Appeal, the work involved and its progress.
A final thought...
St Edmund’s was originally built through the generosity of the people of this Parish (many giving a Shilling a Week!). In this generation’s hour of need, we are appealing once again to the people of the whole Parish and beyond to join us in preserving our buildings, for the benefit of all our local community, those who watch our services online and for the Christian mission of this Church serving generations to come.
Thank you – we are grateful for your support