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​All Saints Rebuilding Update – 28 July 2017

This week has been a much more encouraging one for the rebuilding project.
• The Chair of the DAC has passed details of our project to the Chancellor of the Diocese in quite positive terms.

• The Archbishop has received and read our letter to him, expressed sympathy with our plight, and has passed our letter on to the director of the ‘Renewal and Reform’ process (The person trying to bring about change at a national level).

• Our own Bishop has agreed to lend his support to our project.

• I spoke to members of the Rotary club on Monday night, and they are very interested in, and very supportive of, our attempts to improve the inside of All Saints.

• None of this necessarily means that we will get what we want, but it is all helpful and encouraging.

All Saints Update – July 17

  • The rebuilding group have decided to approach the Chancellor of the diocese – a judge who has the final say over how we are allowed to rebuild – for an opinion on whether or not he would grant us a faculty to remove pillars from the church.
  • We are also writing to the Archbishop and Bishop hoping to get their support.
  • We are working with the architects on more detailed plans for all our options so that we can move ahead as quickly as possible.

This was published in the Weekly Newssheet of 9 July.  The newsheet is available each Friday afternoon on the parish website . If you would like it to be emailed to you on Friday please contact the Parish Office

The Rebuilding of All Saints, the story so far….

All Saints church was gutted by fire on 22nd June 2015, so we have just marked the 2nd anniversary of this terrible event.

In the aftermath of the fire it took many months to clear away the debris and make the church safe and secure.

Immediately after the fire the parish received overwhelming support from people in our community and far afield.

Despite our never having launched an appeal, over £75,000 has so far been donated to the ‘All Saints Fund’.

An appeal has not been launched because All Saints was thankfully fully insured, and a ‘like for like’ rebuild of the church would be covered by insurance.

However, from the beginning the parish decided not simply to rebuild, but to build in a way that will ‘Honour the past and build for the future’.  We therefore set about asking the community what they would want from their church in future. Their responses formed a 56 page document.

It was quite clear from this response that people loved All Saints church but would want it to be a more flexible building in future, accessible to all, usable by a wide range of community groups and activities, and with improved site lines.

We then set about the task of appointing a firm of architects who could help us realise our vision for the rebuilding of All Saints. We eventually appointed Acanthus Clews Architects of Banbury.
Acanthus Clews drew up plans for five different ways we might meet our needs going forward:

  1. Rebuild exactly as the church was before the fire.
  2. Rebuild as was but with improved porches, significant internal improvements, and some new buildings attached to the church by a cloister and built in the church yard on the north side.
  3. All of the above, but with 2 internal piers removed in order to make more space and facilitate a nave altar.
  4. The removal of all internal piers in order to create an open space for worship, concerts, drama and a range of community activities.
  5. Rebuild the church, but then use it as a community space. In addition demolish the parish centre next door and build a new church in its place with all the facilities we are looking for.

After wide consultation and costing, the PCC agreed to pursue option 4 as its preferred option.

The Diocesan Advisory Committee, English Heritage, Victorian society, and others were then consulted about whether permission would be granted to go ahead with option 4.

It is clear that there would be significant opposition to the removal of piers from the nave of the church. Other options were more favourably received.

In the light of this the PCC now have to decide whether to continue with their preferred option, or modify their plans.

It is still our hope to provide Fleet with a church that will serve God and its people for generations to come.

  • This article was published in the July Parish Magazine

All Saints Fire 2nd Anniversary

Our day of prayer to mark the 2nd anniversary of All Saints fire is now underway. It would be great to see lots of people here to pray today for the rebuild but if you’re not able to make it you can still join us from home by using the attached prayer booklet.

If you come to the church you will find a number of different prayer stations with prompts for prayer – tactile things like sweets, bubbles and string, and also verses for meditation and space for reflection. The presentation of the plans for the building will be running continually in the hall and there will be refreshments in the coffee bar through until 3.30pm. The presentation of the plans for the building is also available online.

Some of the Crew who responded to the fire  from Fleet Fire Station joined us for a coffee and photo.

2 Years on from the All Saints fire, the crew from Fleet Fire Station join us for a coffee and photo.

All Saints Prayer Day, Thursday 22 June

PRAYER DAY – Thursday 22nd June, 9am-4pm.

All are invited to join in prayer for a short time on this day, the 2nd anniversary of the fire in All Saints Church. Prayer stations will be set up around the outside of the church and in the FPCC and sheets will be available for people to use if staying at home to pray. Please consider signing up to commit to a 15min slot during the day so that we can be sure that we have prayer cover for the whole time. The day will start with praying together at 9am and the rest of the day will be self-guided with materials provided.

All Saints Church – Trinity Sunday 2017

All Saints Update – June 2017

• Following widespread consultation, the PCC have agreed to rebuild All Saints in a way that will both honour our heritage, and provide a building that will resource the congregations and community of the future.
• With this in mind they have submitted draft plans to the DAC  (Diocesan Advisory Committee) and are waiting for a response as to
whether these plans are likely be permitted under ‘Faculty regulations’ (i.e. Church Planning law.)
• The DAC have up to this point been very supportive and encouraging, but are currently waiting for a response from English Heritage before they give us their formal advice.
• Meanwhile, the rebuilding group are working with Architects, Quantity surveyors, Conservators, and our insurers, to ensure that we are in a position to move forward quickly with the rebuilding project.

Artwork by our Junior Church brightens the fences around All Saints

Please continue to pray that in all this God’s will be done.

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.

Options presented to Open Meeting 11 March

Click on the video below to view the presentation from the open meeting of 11 March 2017 or click here to view the video full screen

To summarise the main options presented:

Option 0  – Rebuilding All Saints with no changes

other than bringing building standards up to date

Option 1 Many additions and changes

to incorporate many of the improvements suggested by the Parish

Option 2 As Option 1 but with two columns removed

to increase seating capacity around a central altar

Option 3 As Option 1 but removing all the columns in the nave

to create a large and flexible space

Option 4 An entirely new Church

Our new hat is complete!

The work on the  “Tin Hat” is now in place. This will  protect the fabric of the church until the rebuilding is complete.

All Saints with the Tin Hat

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!