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We recently received a very positive response to our plans from the Diocesan Advisory Committee.
We are awaiting a response from the Hart District Council planning department.
A newly formed Fundraising group have exciting plans for a fundraising appeal to be launched very soon.
Rev Mark Hayton usually takes just a short stroll from home to All Saints Church but this Saturday (28th April) he did an 8.2 mile loop round Fleet to lead the way in fundraising for the rebuild of All Saints Church which was destroyed by fire in 2015.
Rev Hayton said before the event “We’ve just started publicising the plans for the rebuild and this is the perfect time to start the fundraising in earnest. Vicars are known for talking the talk but this time I’m going to walk the walk and encourage everyone to do their bit to bring this building back to life. These few steps are only part of the long journey we’ve already been on to get to this point and we look forward to making more visible progress in the coming months.”
Hundreds of pounds have already been raised through sponsorship (online & offline) but you can still donate for this event until 10th May through the button below.
There are more details of the walk available here on the Arise All Saints Web site.
If you have skills that you’d like to share with our fundraising team we would love to hear from you – please contact us via our Parish Office or email@example.com.
The walk organised by Fleet Rotary is 8.2 miles around Fleet’s nature reserves and the Basingstoke Canal.
If you would like to sponsor him, click on the button below to go to Mark’s sponsorship page:
If the button doesn’t work, click on this link or copy the link into your browser: http://mydonate.bt.com/donation/v4/donate.html?event=224137 Thank you for your support.
If you’d like to join Mark on the Fun Walk see the details here. If you want to set up your own sponsorship page for All Saints Fund click here.
Join Fleet Fun Walk (FFW 2018) organised by Fleet Rotary
on Saturday 28th April 2018.
100% of all your sponsor funds will go to All Saints Fund
Our Vicar, Revd Mark Hayton, will be walking in aid of All Saints Fund – please join him on the walk if you can! You can also sposor hime here: http://ariseallsaints.uk/sponsor-marks-walk-for-all-saints
The walk is around Fleet for 8.2 miles over flat paths with an opt-out at 4.5 miles
Visit Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve, Ancell’s Farm, Fleet Pond, Basingstoke Canal Towpath
How about a Parish Lunch at Sandy Bay?
Start/Finish: Calthorpe Park
Start 0900-1200 hours
Route, registration, sponsor forms www.fleetrotary.org.uk
If you would like to set up your own Sponsorship page for All Saints Fund you can start here: https://mydonate.bt.com/event/start.html .
Email Chris Johnson if you have any questions.
Photo credit: Fleet Rotary
QUESTION – Will All Saints Church be rebuilt?
ANSWER – Yes it most certainly will, and it will be better than ever.
QUESTION – Will it look like it did before?
ANSWER – Yes it will. From Church Road it will look much as it always did. Inside, the structure of the church will be substantially as it always was.
QUESTION – What will look different?
ANSWER – On the north side (Behind the church, where the churchyard is) we hope to build a new lady chapel, vestry, meeting rooms, and other facilities, with a cloister and separate entrance in order to provide facilities for prayer, reflection, small meetings – even some larger gatherings, which will we hope honour God and serve our community. We also plan to improve access to the church by restoring the west end entrance and porch that were there when the church was first built.
QUESTION – What about the font, pulpit, monuments, etc
ANSWER – The new All Saints will have all of these things. The old font was so badly damaged it will need to be replaced. The pulpit and monument can be repaired. Decisions will have to be made about when and how to repair these in a way that means the new church is fit for purpose for many years to come, rather than simply reproducing what was there before. –
QUESTION – How long will all this take?
ANSWER – It will probably not be completed until the latter half of 2020.
QUESTION – Why is it taking so long?
ANSWER – From the beginning we were determined to bring something positive and good out of the tragedy that was the fire. We want the church to serve God and our community for many years to come and we want the new church to be the best it can be. None of us anticipated that it would take so long to clear, make safe, make plans, consult, appoint architects and other experts, produce a mountain of necessary paperwork and obtain the necessary permissions – all before a brick is placed! Others who have been through this experience tell us that actually we are moving quite quickly!
QUESTION – What is happening now?
ANSWER – We are working with our architects and the church community on the fine detail of the plans for rebuilding. We are working with our insurers on how much it will cost and how much they will give us to pay for it. We are making plans for fund raising, which will almost certainly be necessary if we are to get the building we need. We are working with the diocese and others to get the permissions we will need to embark on the project. Things are now moving very quickly.
QUESTION – How much will it cost?
ANSWER – We don’t know, because we still don’t have the final plans and costings. The church was fully insured and so most of the money will be paid for by insurance. The extra features we want to build will have to be paid for by making savings elsewhere, and/or from fundraising. The community of Fleet and others have already donated over £70,000 to the project without our having asked, so we are confident that money will be there to complete the project.
QUESTION – When can we see the plans?
ANSWER – The options we have been exploring up to now have been published on our website. New, more detailed plans will be available by the Spring, and will be widely publicised then.
Revd Mark Hayton, Vicar
The 2016 Accounts for the Parish (Registered Charity 1129190) are also available. The All Saints Fund is a restricted fund of the Charity – all donations to the All Saints Fund will be used for the purposes of the Fund.
Although we have not officially launched an appeal, the All Saints Fund continued to grow thanks to the activities and contributions of many people whose efforts and generosity are very much appreciated. The Fund now stands (end 2016) at over £64K.
To date our insurers have paid out over £400K towards the rebuilding costs (e.g. for clearance, scaffolding, architects, security, quantity surveyors, structural engineers, conservators etc. etc.). So far the Buildings Group has had to engage with and supervise well over 20 different companies covering a wide range of disciplines, an enormous amount of time and effort.
FUNDRAISING CONCERT – Hungarian ‘Cellist Pal Banda will be performing in St Mary’s Church, Winchfield, on Saturday 13th May, 5.00pm, in aid of All Saints Fund. Tickets £10, numbers are limited so be sure to buy yours early! Contact Kate Wickenden, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Parish Office on 812114.
Pal Banda and his wife Zsuzsa Berenyi are very well known musicians who like to give charity concerts in aid of churches in need of restoration.
You can find more about them at
Congratulations to all the runners in the Fleet Half Marathon. Arise All Saints was proud to be nominated as the local charity for the 35th annual event.
Our particular thanks must go to our team of runners who were raising sponsorship for All Saints Fund, and the team of parishioners manning our stand in Calthorpe Park, rattling collection buckets and manning the refreshment points. The runners’ sponsorship pages are still open or you can make donations to All Saints Fund on our My Donate webpage.
More pictures to come!
Here are (almost) all the runners!
From Eagle Radio News: A Farnham runner returns to his childhood town today – to help raise funds for repairs to a burnt out church in Fleet.
Stuart Williamson is one of a group of people who will be pounding the pavements for the All Saints Church in Church Road.