Jan 27 2017

£120,000 roof fundraising target reached!

There has been a flurry of roof appeal excitement here at St Stephen’s Church in Tivoli recently!  We are feeling joyful having been funded three heavenly grants – one for £20,000 from The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, which allocates grants from the Landfill Communities Fund provided by Cory Environmental, £5,000 from The Garfield Weston Foundation and £1,000 from The Alan Evans Memorial Trust.  These grants, accompanied by a variety of fundraising events and community donations, have enabled us to reach our grand target of £120,000.

Everyone at St Stephen’s Church hs been working tremendously hard, since June 2015, to raise the funds needed to repair our much-loved building and we had the ambitious aim of trying to raise all the funds by Christmas 2016.  We are now dancing from the roof tops as this has now been delightfully achieved, bringing all at St Stephen’s Church joy.  The recent grant awards and donations really have made a significant difference to the Church and will ensure that Phase two of the repair works can absolutely commence this May 2017.

St Stephen’s Church would like to thank everyone for making this possible.

The roof appeal was set up to raise vital funds to repair and safeguard the fine Middleton building, following a five-year building inspection report which identified urgent works.  Phase one of the repair project was completed in October 2016.  The remaining, and final phase, of the repairs will take place to the North elevation of the Church and will include the replacement of thousands of roof tiles, a complete overhaul of the rainwater system, and seriously damaged downpipe, re-pointing and much more.

Team Rector Father Nick Davies speaks of the pure delight he and the congregation feels from the recent achievement: “It is without doubt one of the most wonderful feelings to have raised the funds needed to repair our beautiful Grade II* listed Church.  We have raised so much in such a short space of time and we are so very grateful to everyone who has supported the appeal.  The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation and The Alan Evans Memorial Trust have made our dreams come true and we really couldn’t have done it without them and all the other grant funders.  We would also like to whole-heartedly thank the community and congregation for all their incredible support and hard-work with helping us to reach our goal so quickly.”

Father Nick continues “To have raised such a brilliant amount since last June 2015 is a real testimonial to just how special St Stephen’s Church is.  We have seen a whole host of fundraising events taking place over the last 18 months, and most recently, we have benefitted from a delicious fundraising dinner held at The Spice Lodge on 21st November, kindly organised by Councillor Tim Harman raising £525 for our appeal.  An amazing concert with James Hill and Anne Janelle was held on 24th November with over 100 guests and £1,157.70 was raised.  This was organised by Friends Uke-nited who were an amazing support to the appeal.  Finally, on the 4th December a Christmas concert ‘Sing, Good Company, Glad and True’ was held in Church!  We are so lucky and thank everyone for fully supporting the appeal and guaranteeing that St Stephen’s Church can continue to stand with pride at the heart of the local community and be a safe place for people to visit for many years to come.”

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