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.
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/
As Martha and Roy Woodhams are not able to do the concert on Thursday they have decided to do a slightly extended (1 hour) performance of their planned programme at St Nicolas, Cranleigh next Sunday afternoon 5th July at 3pm as a fundraiser for All Saints Fund. A Poster is attached If anybody would like to come they will be made very welcome!
On Thursday 2nd of July Fleet & District Carnival will be holding a Quiz Night from 8pm at the Crookham Memorial Hall in Sandy Lane. Tickets are £2 and all proceeds will go to the All Saints Fund. We will also be holding a small raffle and will have collection buckets.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are coming. Please feel free to bring your own drinks & snacks too