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.
The work of erecting scaffolding at All Saints goes on. The ‘Top Hat’ temporary roof will go on very shortly.
We have now compiled a very comprehensive list of architects who will be invited to register an interest in the rebuilding work. Our vision statement will be going out to them very soon.
Year 5 at All Saints school are currently doing a project about the rebuilding. They will be visiting the site of the church on Wednesday, and will be conducting research amongst the public about the future use of the church.
Don’t forget the special Meeting on Saturday March 12th at 10.00am at P&J. Please note that this is not a consultation meeting like we had before, but an opportunity to ask questions and to hear in more detail how the project is proceeding.
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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Claire Holt (email@example.com) or the Parish Office.
Work has started on the removal of headstones from the churchyard. This is necessary to facilitate the erection of scaffolding and access by heavy vehicles. The work is being done by experienced stone masons and every care will be taken with both the removal and storage of headstones. Not all stones will be removed, but an area near the walls needs to be cleared to provide access and prevent damage to the stones themselves. If you know of anyone who has relatives buried in the churchyard, please let them know what we are doing and why. There is more information elsewhere on the website.
Very shortly a number of gravestones will be removed from All Saints churchyard. This will be done to facilitate the erection of scaffolding for the next stage of the restoration process, and in order to protect the headstones themselves. The work will be carried out by professional stone masons, who will store them safely and securely for the duration of the rebuilding work. Before stones are removed, they will be photographed and details kept of their correct location.
The garden of remembrance will not be affected by this work, and no remains, buried or cremated will be removed.
We apologise for any inconvenience or distress caused by this essential work, and assure everyone that this will be done with due care and reverence.
We will make every effort to let loved ones and descendants of those buried here know what we are doing and why. A full list of the gravestones and memorials is available on the parish website at http://www.parishoffleet.org.uk/gravestones/
If you would like further information about this process, or any other aspect of our rebuilding programme, please call
It may appear that there is very little happening right now but that’s not the case!
Behind the scenes there is much work going on in terms of arranging for the temporary roof, permission to move gravestones and provision for vehicular access – when these are all in place we will publish more info.
Our PCC meet on 18th January to further consider the vision for the future and we will circulate a document to our congregations and community following this meeting.
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.
The PCC met on Saturday 28 November to consider the many responses (56 pages of A4) to our consultation exercise. This was a very successful meeting, led by the Holy Spirit, and a fairly clear way forward was agreed upon. A detailed report of this will be published in the near future.
The young man who pleaded guilty of starting the fire was sentenced on Friday 27 November. He was sentenced to 4 years in a youth offender institution followed by 3 years of supervision. Please continue praying for him, his family, and all who have been affected by the fire.
Work has started on the scaffolding to protect the church over the winter. The first stage completed is to protect the mural painting on the chancel arch (known as “noly, noly noly” due to the font shape of the h!)