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Jul 13 2016

Guests raised a delicious amount in aid of St Stephen’s Church

On Wednesday 13th July 2016 30 guests dined with wine at The Royal Union in Tivoli, Cheltenham and raised an outstanding £1,352 in aid of our Church.  The lunch was held in order to raise vital funds towards the ‘St Stephen’s Roof Appeal’ which was launched in June 2015 to raise £120,000 to repair the church.13706149_10154233590321211_271105040_n

The appeal was set up last summer in order to raise money to repair and safeguard the fine grade II* listed Middleton building, following a five-year building inspection report which identified urgent works.  The works are in two phases and include the replacement of thousands of roof tiles, a complete overhaul of the rainwater system, and seriously damaged downpipe, re-pointing and much more.

Guests were welcomed to a delicious two-course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine.  A splendid raffle was also held with prizes including two club enclosure tickets to The Showcase at the Cheltenham Racecourse, family day passes to the Cheltenham Lido, stunning jewellery, a voucher from Tivoli Butchers, luxury truffles donated by Waitrose and much more.  £5 from each lunch went towards the roof appeal.  Guests also had the opportunity to write a special message on a roof tile in return for a donation to the appeal.  Many tiles were written in memory of a loved one and will be placed upon the roof this summer, for at least one hundred years to come.

Natalie Norman, Appeal Administrator, said:  “We were delighted to welcome so many people to our fundraising lunch in support of the ‘St Stephen’s Roof appeal’.  A huge thank you goes to The Royal Union for all of their support and for providing a wonderful venue and lunch. Since the appeal began in June last year, we have raised over £84,000, with thanks to the support of so many, including the congregation, local community and trust and grant funders.   The money we have raised to date is more than enough to commence Phase one repairs to the Church, which are now in progress and we are working really hard to raise a further £36,000 to carry out Phase two of the repairs in April 2017.”

Natalie said “We are continuing to apply to further trust and grant funders and have a variety of fundraising events planned throughout the year.  We have achieved so much, but still have a long way to go to reach our total, and are praying that we can restore our Church to its full glory with the support of many.”

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