St Mary's Church Westwood Wiltshire



News from the Churchwardens

 Church Fabric

 Mark Rawlins, the stonemason, started work on the second and hopefully the final phase of the repairs to the external stonework of the church at the beginning of November.

 Parish Room Fundraising

 At the beginning of November grants, donations and pledges have reached a total of about £123,000 (including £25,000 from the National Trust and £10,000 as a Landfill grant to be paid when particular conditions are met). Additionally a local Charitable Trust has very generously offered to make up the total to £150,000 if we can raise £125,000 so we have about £2,000 to go. There are still a few Trusts to meet and decide on our grant applications so we are very positive about the outcome.

Progress on the Parish Room Building Work

 As £10,000 of the grants is donated specifically for disabled access and which has to be spent within 12 months, the immediate priority is to undertake the construction and excavation of the disabled access ramp through the churchyard gate. We will shortly be inviting quotations for that work but costs relating to archaeology are an important consideration.  As far as possible we would like to maintain this as a local project so any local contractor who is interested in doing the construction works should contact us or the architect and project manager, Nigel Honer, at Quarry Wood Cottage in Upper Westwood.

 Transfer of Ownership

 For the next 99 years the Parish Room will be owned by the separate registered charity: The Westwood Parish Room Charity  The documents required for the 99 year lease of the property to the charity have now been agreed by all parties and we expect them to be signed shortly.

 David Chalmers

Jonathan Azis

Churchwardens

 


Article published: 17 Nov 2015

News from the Churchwardens

  

Church Fete

 

The Church Fête in July was a very enjoyable day with more to do and more delicious cakes.  It was an outstanding financial success making a net profit of £2,540.  The experience and enthusiasm of the organisers and supporters made a real difference.  Our thanks go to all of them and to the generosity of the visitors. 

 

Parish Room Fundraising

 

As of the beginning of September grants and donations from Trusts and Public Bodies totalling £79,250 have been made, of which £44,250 has been banked and the remainder, including £25,000 from The National Trust, will be payable when we reach the right stage in the project. Individual donations mainly from Parish residents come to a very generous £23,154 with more to come under standing orders.  Such gifts can be increased by collecting Gift Aid back from HMRC a process we do regularly.  We are very grateful for the Parish support which is hugely important. 

 

In total we have raised a total of £106, 039 but fortunately a local Charitable Trust has very generously offered to make up the total to £150,000 if we can raise £125,000 so we have about £19,000 to go. There are still a few Trusts to meet and decide on our grant applications so we are very positive about the outcome.

 

Progress on the Building Work

 

As £10,000 of the grants is donated specifically for disabled access and which has to be spent within 12 months, the immediate priority is to undertake the construction and excavation of the disabled access ramp through the churchyard gate. We will shortly be inviting quotations for that work but costs relating to archaeology are an important consideration.  As far as possible we would like to maintain this as a local project so any local contractor who is interested in doing the construction works should contact us or the project manager, Nigel Honer, at Quarry Wood Cottage in Upper Westwood.   Of course there are very strict planning conditions applied to workmanship and materials for a Conservation Area adjacent to a Grade I listed building but it would be best if we had the skills and expertise here in the village.

 

 David Chalmers

Jonathan Azis

Churchwardens

 


Article published: 14 Sep 2015

News from the Churchwardens

 

Church Fabric

 

We still await a report from the church architect on the priorities for the repairs to the north and west end of the church so that the stonemason can complete as much as possible of the work before the winter.

 

Parish Room Transformation

 

The Charities Commission has accepted the draft constitution for the Parish Room Charitable Incorporated Organisation and we are now a registered charity. The CIO does not yet have the draft of the lease of the property from the Diocese through the PCC but we expect to get that shortly.

 

The Steering Group to work with Nigel Honer as Architect and Project Manager will meet for the first time on July 17th at which point it is expected that a detailed plan will be agreed for obtaining estimates for the work.

 

Churchyard

 

Mowing the grass in the churchyard now seems to be happening regularly about every three weeks, and the “meadow area” beneath the lime trees has also been strimmed for the first time.

 

The green wheelie bin that has been procured for the churchyard and flower arrangers' waste is now being emptied regularly following the PCC's payment of the £40 fee, agreed at the last meeting.

 

David Chalmers Jonathan Azis Churchwardens


Article published: 18 Jul 2015

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