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All Saints Update Q&A – December 2017

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

2017 Annual Parish Report and All Saints Fund

The Annual Parish Report is available on the Parish Website.

The document includes a report from the All Saints Rebuilding Group on Page 10.

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 – Saturday 13 May

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, william.wickenden@ntlworld.com 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
http://www.englishpianotrio.co.uk/pal-banda/
http://www.banberduo.com/

Congratulations to runners in the Fleet Half Marathon

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!

Runner pounding the pavements for a 19th century church in Fleet

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.

http://www.964eagle.co.uk/news/local-news/1922871/runner-pounding-the-pavements-for-a-19th-century-church-in-fleet/

Arise & run the Fleet Half Marathon – 20th March 2016

On the 20th March 2016, the annual Fleet Half Marathon will take place and it is celebrating a very special birthday – 35 years of the event.

The run is the biggest sporting event in Fleet and over the years hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised for both National and Local charities by the runners taking part. It is organised by Fleet & Crookham AC who are themselves a registered charity, raising funds to help develop running and athletics in the town.

But the organising committee of the 2016 event also wanted to support the Arise All Saints campaign after the tragic fire in the summer of 2015. Race Director Penny Abbott said “… it seemed most appropriate in 2016 to support the efforts of Arise All Saints to restore the church to its former state but also support the development of All Saints as a community building to be used for other things as well as religious worship. Our running event is at the heart of the community and the future varied uses of All Saints will also be at the heart of the community.”

We are, of course, very pleased that Arise All Saints has been chosen in this way, and grateful to Penny and her team for all the support they have already given us. We will have a team of 12 runners who are directly raising money for us through sponsorship – any of them would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to support their individual efforts:

Amy Diver https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/amydiver1
Bethan Holt
Caroline Leppard
Chris Jones https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/christopherjones1
Clare Burchett
Dave Hart https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/davidhart3
Linda Tyler https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lindatyler2
Lindsay Blackburn https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lindsaystuartsarah
Nick Cole https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/nickcole2
Nick Doran https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/nickdoran
Philip Terry
Richard Howard https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/richardhoward2
Richard Sanderson
Sarah Williamson https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lindsaystuartsarah
Stuart Williamson https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lindsaystuartsarah

Many other runners in the event have also expressed interest and have been sent information about All Saints.

On race day we will have a stand in Calthorpe Park where people can find out more about our progress and plans for All Saints and, hopefully, make donations too. We will also be helping the organisers by manning a water station in Elvetham Road. This is Palm Sunday, but it is also a unique opportunity to raise our profile at a major community event and we really need volunteers to assist both in Calthorpe Park and Elvetham Road. It will be a fun day whatever the weather, so if you would like to help please contact either Nick Doran (nick.doran@btinternet.com) or Claire Holt (clholt@ntlworld.com) or the Parish Office.

Nick Doran

All Saints Fundraising – Bridge Luncheon

Wednesday 17th February, 10.00am for 10.30am start, lunch with wine, in aid of All Saints Fund, held in Fleet Parish Community Centre.  For booking contact details please see the Bridge Luncheon Poster .

Christmas Cards Update

Thank you to everyone who bought the Christmas Cards sold in aid of All Saints Fund – almost £3,200 was raised.

For those of you who buy cards ready for next Christmas, we still have a few packs remaining of the “Virgin and Child” design with the pink background – please contact our Parish Office for details.

Christmas Card Design C (Statue of Virgin & Child)
Christmas Card Design C (Statue of Virgin & Child)

Our thanks to Shan Healey & Richard Wigram for all their efforts.

Fleet Half Marathon links up with Arise All Saints

On the 20th March 2016, the annual Fleet Half Marathon will take place and is celebrating a very special birthday – 35 years of the event.  The run is the biggest sporting event in Fleet and over the years hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised for both National and Local charities by the runners taking part.

The run, organised by Fleet & Crookham AC, who themselves are a registered charity, also raises vital funds to help develop running and athletics in the town. But the organising committee of the 2016 event also wanted to support the Arise All Saints campaign after the tragic fire in the summer of 2015.

Race Director Penny Abbott says “The race has always supported the national charity Bloodwise (formally Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) since it started in 1982, but the last few years we have also been associated to a local charity as well as supporting  all of the community groups which help with volunteers on the day. It seemed most appropriate in 2016 to support the efforts of Arise All Saints to restore the church to it former state but also support the development of All Saints as a community building to be used for other things as well as religious worship.  Our running event is at the heart of the community and the future varied uses of All Saints will also be at the heart of the community.
10 places were donated to the church to give to supporters to run for sponsorship and also all runners are given the option to tick for more information on how they could get involved in the campaign/raise sponsor monies.

All Saints will also have a presence on the day within Calthorpe Park where residents can find out more about the plans and donate to the cause should they wish to.

The Fleet Half Marathon has always brought the residents of Fleet and the surrounding villages out in support.  It is a fantastic day when the town can really come together and this year there will be another local reason to support it.  So many communities have lost the ability to come together for annual events, but Fleet still does and long may it continue”.

For more information and to enter the race, visit the  Fleet Half Marathon website but don’t leave it too long, places are filling up very fast.

All Saints fund reaches £19,000

‘All Saints will rise again’ says reverend as Fleet church fund reaches £19,000

The community is being asked what sort of building they want for the future, as church leaders say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support.

Link to article in Fleet News & Mail:

http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/local-news/all-saints-rise-again-says-10048660