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CotH Gospel Choir – 18 July

Church on the Heath Gospel Choir are performing at Church on The Heath on Saturday, 18th July at 7.30pm in support of All Saints Fund.

Tickets £5 adults, £3 children available on the door or can be reserved by emailing cothgospel@gmail.com

Pumpkin Patch Jumble Sale – 14 July

Pumpkin Patch Day Nursery are holding a jumble sale today between 10am and 4pm. All proceeds go to All Saints Fund.

Secure On-line Donations

We can now receive donations  for the All Saints Fund with secure online payments at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/fleetpcc

We are also gratefully accepting donations by cheque.

  • To the Parish office (open 9.30 am – 1.00 pm Monday to Friday in the Parish Community Centre next to All Saints Church) or
  • or by post to Parish Office, FPCC, Church Rd, GU51 4NB
  • Cheques should be made payable to Fleet PCC.
  • If you can complete the attached Gift Aid Declaration this will allow us to reclaim 25p of tax on every £1.

Launch of All Saints Fund

The PCC and community of All Saints have been heartened by the support we have received from the community of Fleet following the fire last Monday. We are hugely grateful for all the offers of help and support, both financial and otherwise.

The building works and re-roofing costs of All Saints church will be met by our insurance company. However, there will be many other costs involved before we can become a fully operational church again.

In view of all the many donations and offers to fund-raise on our behalf we have set up an ‘All Saints Fund’ to receive financial gifts. It would be a great help to us if you could use this title when fundraising for us, as mention of ‘rebuilding the roof’ will greatly restrict the way we are able to use your gift.

For More details see “How Can I Help?

Thank you again for all your continued help and support.

All Saints Church- Update 5 July

Our immediate priority, once the church site had been handed back to us by the police and fire authorities, was to ensure public safety. Because the building is currently in a dangerous state our insurers quickly arranged for high fencing and a 24hr guard to be put in place.

The next priority has been to make the building secure and safe, and to remove the debris. To this end, on Tuesday this week, 30 June, our churchwardens had a lengthy meeting on site with our insurers, loss adjusters, a structural engineer and our Inspecting Architect plus conservator. Our architect has been appointed to oversee the clearance process working with a specialist site clearance company recommended by our insurers. His job is to ensure that the work is carried out expeditiously, but with due regard to protecting and saving any materials which may be required for any future restoration. Once detailed Method Statements have been prepared we will be seeking an open Faculty from the Diocese of Guildford to allow the clearance process to start.

The initial report from the structural engineer indicates that the main brick structures are sound, but some work may be needed to protect them from further damage. The clearance work will start with the high level structure – removing unstable roof beams and tiles for example. Once this is done it will be safe for a team to move in and start work on the debris at ground level. Clearly we all want this to happen as quickly as possible, but this is difficult and specialised work and we need to ensure both the safety of those involved and that due care is taken not to damage the structure further or to lose any fragments which can be salvaged.

As part of the meeting on Tuesday we were able to gain brief access to the interior of the church and have taken a number of photographs which can be viewed below.

At this time we are a long way from making any decisions about how best to restore the building. We recognise that there are already many different opinions on this subject and it is our intention to conduct a timely but wide consultation process involving both our Church family and the broader community of Fleet, so that everyone has an opportunity to express their views. Meanwhile we remain immensely grateful for all the love and support we have received from so many people at this difficult time.

How can I Help?

Fire Diary – June 22nd 2015

June 22nd 2015, shortly after 5.30pm. A mother taking her young daughter to Ballet class in the Fleet Parish community Centre, adjacent to All Saints Church, notices smoke coming from the Church. Ballet staff summon the Fire brigade and inform the Hall manager who rings the Vicar and Churchwardens. The young Ballet students evacuate the Community Centre.

5.40, the Fire Brigade arrive to find the Church burning fiercely. They bring in more engines and a high turntable ladder to fight the flames from above. Their job is hampered by the frequent cascades of red hot tiles avalanching off the steeply pitched roof.

429120-1012x5566.30 pm, dense smoke envelops the Church and drifts across the High Street 50 yards away. Crowds gather, raising phones and cameras high. Many of them are remembering weddings, funerals and christenings attended in this place. The media arrive with radio vans and cameras. Our new Bishop, Andrew, and retiring Bishop Ian, who knows us well, both come to give their support. We hear that, even as our Church burns, members of another Fleet Church are already praying for us.

10.10pm the fire is being damped down but the east end is still flickering. An exhausted Fireman is sitting slumped outside the FPCC, while others keep a watching brief. The Police will be here all night. Many others who loved this building find sleep impossible.