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 .
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.
Our thanks to Shan Healey & Richard Wigram for all their efforts.
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 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:
We are now taking orders for Christmas Cards in aid of the All Saints Fund. The three designs are all special in some way to All Saints at Christmas;
The first design has a stained glass window designed by the pre-raphaelite painter Henry Holiday, who often worked for William Burges, the architect of All Saints.
The second features a wintery view of the west of All Saints Church with the rose window.
The third card is of the wooden carving of the Virgin and Child that was in the Lady Chapel at All Saints. Sadly it suffered smoke damage in the fire.
The three different designs are offered, each in packs of 10. The price is £3.50 for 10 (i.e. 35p each). Each card is printed on good card, is blank on the inside for your own greeting and message, comes ready folded to A6 (15 x 10.5 cm) and is supplied with envelope.
Many thanks to Richard Wigram, for the design, and Shan Healey who thought up, and is organising the sale of the cards.
We will be holding three open meetings to consult with congregations and with the community about the future of All Saints Church.
The questions we will be asking are:
What purposes do we want the new All Saints to serve?
How do we best rebuild All Saints to meet these needs?
The meetings will be on:
- Saturday 19th September at 10 am
- Thursday 24th September at 7.30 pm
- Saturday 10th October at 10 am.
They will all be held in the Fleet Parish Community Centre (beside All Saints Church).
Please do come along to one of these meetings and have your say!
It will be possible to submit written responses, but attending the meeting, and hearing all the facts, will be the best way to make an informed contribution.
Please pray for this process, and for the clearance team as they continue their work.
There has been a phenomenal response of community support since the fire that gutted All Saints Church, Fleet on 22nd June. In a little over a month – and in under four weeks since the launch of the All Saints Fund – £10,000 has been raised by the end of July.
Traditionally, on the last Friday afternoon of the school year, the year 6 children from All Saints Junior School would walk to All Saints Church for their leavers’ assembly. But this year, due to the fire that swept through the 153-year-old building, the service was held at the Church on the Heath on the Elvetham Heath estate. There was a presentation of £273.20 to the Vicar of Fleet, the Rev Mark Hayton of money that had been raised from the School’s Summer Fair.
Rev. Roy Woodhams, a former Vicar of Fleet and now Rector of Cranleigh and his daughter Martha had been due to perform in the popular mid-week lunchtime concert at All Saints Church at the start of July. The concert had to be rearranged after the fire and was held at St Nicolas, Cranleigh on 5 July. The audience of more than 150 people responded generously, adding more than £2,000 to the church appeal.
Amongst the other donations to the fund were Alison and Becky who raised £80 with a bake sale and the staff from NatWest Fleet branch have collected £715 pounds from customers.
The building works and re-roofing costs of All Saints church will be met by the insurance company. However, there will be many other costs involved before the church can become a fully operational part of the community in Fleet again. When launching the All Saints Fund, Rev. Mark Hayton said “The PCC and community of All Saints have been heartened by the support we have received from the community of Fleet following the fire. We are hugely grateful for all the offers of help and support, both financial and otherwise.”
A new website has been launched – http://ariseallsaints.uk/ – dedicated to the efforts to restore the church to its place at the centre of the community in Fleet. This will be providing regular updates on the progress being made, as well as details of fundraising events. The site has already received over one hundred offers of help and can now receive donations by secure online payment, as well as cheque and cash donations.
All Saints School have raised £270 for the All Saints Fund:
Ashworth Vets are holding a Pets & Parasites Information evening on Weds 22nd July at Elvetham Community Centre. They will be collecting for All Saints Church and all the proceeds from their raffle will be going to the fund. To support their event please call 01252 542121. Everyone will receive a goodie bag and there will be lots of information & activities. children welcome. http://www.ashworthvetgroup.co.uk/
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 email@example.com