NATIONAL LOTTERY SUPPORT FOR
CHURCH ROOF REPAIRS
St. Mary’s Church in Atherstone has received a confirmed grant of £236,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players the Church can now repair its roof, replace failed rainwater goods and make good some water damaged masonry.
The total cost of the urgent repairs is £320,000 because of the vast size of the roof. The church family and townsfolk of Atherstone are working very hard raising funds to meet the repair costs. The Revd. Michael Brandsma said, “This is a project that is uniting the community in the efforts that have been required to raise the money. St Mary’s Church building has been a landmark in Atherstone for over 800 years and has been a place of worship, fellowship and solace for many over the years. The support of Heritage Lottery Fund, the residents and civic authorities especially our town mayor; Councillor Ray Jarvis will allow St Mary’s to continue with this tradition.”
Townsfolk and visitors should soon see the scaffolding going up as the repairs are expected to start at the beginning of April 2017 and go on for around 35 weeks. The roof repairs project is a first important step to revitalise St Mary’s as a major community focus with comfortable, attractive facilities, not just for the Christian community, but for the whole town. The vision is to give Atherstone a quality centre for the performing arts, concerts and exhibitions, hosting a wide variety of events and activities which would attract people from a wider area into Atherstone throughout the week, around the year.
Please continue to give generously to this project as there is still much work to do in preserving this heritage building, the focal point of the town’s Market Place, for future generations.
The Church will remain open to all throughout the period of the repair works. In fact, St. Mary’s are looking to open its Community Café, currently open just Tuesday & Friday market days, on other weekdays too to encourage townsfolk to come inside, have a tea or coffee and explore the interesting heritage of this building by taking a Heritage Trail tour. The Heritage Trail tours are being developed to engage young, old, families and school children as part of this Heritage Lottery supported project.
MAYORS CHARITY WINTER WALK
In Aid of Mayors Charity 2016/7
St Marys Church Market Square Atherstone CV9 1EX
Join me for a WINTER SPONSORED WALK through the beautiful grounds of MEREVALE HALL on
Sunday 5th February 2017 10.15 for 10.30 start
(Meet at Lodge near Kings Head)
Returning to St Marys Church after walk for Hot Soup and Roll
Atherstone Town Mayor Cllr. Ray Jarvis has chosen St Mary's Church Building Fund as his Mayor's charity for 2016/17.
The appeal was launched on Saturday night during a concert at the church by Atherstone Choral Society.
Cllr Jarvis said "St Mary's is located in Atherstone's historic market square taking pride of place at its head and features on the Atherstone Town Council Mayors Chain of Office which shows the importance of this building to our town. It is now in need of extensive repairs to keep it for future generations and I believe it is vital for the mayor's charity assist in this enormous task". The listed church building was recently placed on the English Heritage at risk register. The church is raising funds to repair and upgrade the historic building and eventually create a church and community resource fit for use in the 21st century by all the people of Atherstone and the surrounding district. Heritage Lottery Funding of up to £250,000 has been promised for the first phase of works and the church needs to raise another £50,000 matched funding. Throughout the next twelve months there will be a series events to raise funds. Already arranged is a concert in St Mary's by the prize winning Jaguar Land Rover Brass Band on 22nd October 2016. The vicar of St Mary's, Rev Michael Brandsma commented "This is vital support by the local council and community of our dream to make St Mary's a integral and vibrant part of the community in an up to date building whilst retaining its historic features and traditional character". Photo (left to right) Mayor's Consort Mrs Carol Jarvis, Town Mayor Cllr Ray Jarvis, Curate of St Mary's Rev Michael Brandsma and Mrs Sybil Brandsma.
Excellent News - Heritage Lottery Fund Success
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have awarded our Building Repairs Project a First Round Pass, of up to £250,000, which represents 66% of total Repairs Project costs. The first round pass means that HLF believe that our project has potential to deliver high-quality outcomes and value for Lottery Money.
We now need to develop our project proposals further and submit a fully worked up bid and gain a pass at round 2, in order to secure the £250,000. We have to raise around £60,000 of our own money as match funding in order to secure the second round pass. You can read more about our Building Project here.
Fresh Look at St. Mary's - Our Vision for the Future
We have a bold new plan for the radical redevelopment of the building. We would like to invite you to get involved in this project which is about the People, the Community, and the Heritage of our town. Our vision for the building is to see it develop into a community asset, embracing partnerships with all sections and individuals across the town, working together to put Atherstone on the map, to showcase what a rich heritage we have, and what a great town this is, and work to enhance community life. We would like to invite you to offer your support by volunteering some time, or perhaps by making a donation towards the costs. Find out more....
Messy Church event is held on the first Sunday of the month, from 3:45pm to 5:45pm.
HOPE to see YOU THERE.
Please come and join us.
Messy Church is always on the First Sunday of each Month.
Food Bank Appeal
Please continue to support our local Food Bank. All church members are asked to consider donating at least one item per fortnight for the Food Bank. There is a box at the back of the church for your donations. Here is the Shopping List; Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g), Fruit Juice (carton), Soup, Pasta Sauces, Sponge Pudding (tinned), Tomatoes (tinned), Cereals, Rice Pudding (tinned), Tea Bags & Instant Coffee, Instant Mashed Potato, Rice & Pasta, Tinned Meat & Fish, Tinned Vegetables, Tinned Fruit, Jam, Biscuits & Snack Bars. Many thanks in advance.