A LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GREAT BUDWORTH CHURCH RESTORATION COMMITTEE
As I’m sure most readers will be aware, the Committee is responsible for raising funds for the restoration and repair of the church fabric including monuments, ornaments, furnishings and organ. An inspection is undertaken every five years by an architect with detailed knowledge of historic buildings and his report, completed in October 2014 forms the basis of our fundraising over the next three years.
As would be expected in a Grade 1 listed building which is more than 600 years old the architect’s report refers to work needed on the steady erosion of the soft red sandstone, pointing, replacing gutters and gullies, roof tiles and flashings as well as relevelling floors and pathways. In addition to items in his report, there are usually other costs to incur and the most significant this time is the replacement and enhancement of our gas central heating which is old, inefficient and has high maintenance costs. Finally, there is always a contingency needed to cover the cost of unexpected problems, sometimes major as in the damage to the south porch roof in the 1980’s as well as minor items such as the loss of our flag pole in the recent high winds of a year or two ago.
How much is all of this going to cost I can hear you ask? Well, the total estimated cost is £90,000 which may seem a lot but it’s the lowest bill we have had to face in recent memory and of course we have three years to raise the money. One of the reasons for this lower than expected figure is that we are benefiting from investments made to the building of more than £800,000 since 1983, as whenever repairs were needed the Parish has somehow found the money to have the jobs done.
The Church sits at the heart of the Parish, and feelings about it will be personal to each of us, from those who are committed and regular attenders to others who appreciate its beauty and its significance in the community. Whatever our reason, I feel sure you will agree that a properly maintained church is important to all of us now, and crucial for the next generations.
Raising money should be fun and a way of bringing people in the Parish and surrounding areas together. Fundraising has already started with the Burns Night Dinner held on the 25th January which, thanks to the generosity of the George and Dragon, the skills of auctioneer Nick Hopkinson and the generosity of many people, raised over £4,000! There is to be a Murder, Mystery evening to be held at some point in the future and Lord Ashbrook has kindly offered facilities at Arley for a musical evening as well as a lunch which will include a top class speaker. There are also thoughts of holding a sponsored walk up Snowdon, a cycle ride and Lesley Anderson (tel 891354 ) has kindly agreed to run the scarecrow competition again this year – all the details and dates will follow soon. Lesley and Nick Hopkinson will open their garden for a summer auction of promises in the afternoon on Monday 29th August – this is a “not to be missed” event so let’s all put it in our diaries now.
This is an impressive start but we will need many more ideas and help from you all if we are to reach our target. If you would like to organize something with your friends and neighbours just let us know when and what you have in mind so wherever possible we can avoid any clashes of dates. Don’t imagine that fundraising is just about raising large amounts of money as we would prefer as many people to be involved as possible, so a coffee morning, bring and buy sale or perhaps a ladies or gents lunch will work perfectly and be very much appreciated.
I hope you have a successful and enjoyable fundraising campaign for our magnificent Parish Church
With best wishes.
Jim Martin, Chairman
Coach House, Great Budworth CW9 6HB tel : 01606 891436 firstname.lastname@example.org