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.
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.
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, email@example.com or the Parish Office on 812114.
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.
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.
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.
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.