With a welcome improvement in the weather this last month work on the rebuilding of the porch is now progressing well. The masons should complete the stonework by the middle of this month and the roofers and glaziers will soon move in to put the zinc covering on the roof and install the new clerestory windows and refix the Victorian stained glass. The contractors will then put in the 4 disabled toilet and small kitchen. If all goes well the porch should be ready by the end of June or early July.
With the major part of our ambitious restoration project completed we hope to move inside to begin Phase 3 of the work this summer. This will include the installation of new lighting system, a screen at the base of the tower, the redecoration of the south aisle and the cleaning of the internal bathstone walls.
At the moment we are £30,000 - £40,000 short of the funds we need for this [depending on the final price for the work]. Though we hope that much of this will come in through grants further donations will be a great help.
Restoring our Church to serve the community of Mumbles
Appeal Update April 2016
Work on Phase 2 of our restoration project, the rebuilding of the Church porch, is now progressing well after being delayed by the atrocious winter weather and the archaeological study. The likely completion date is now the end of June.
Roger Beynon [Project. Leader] and the architects are putting the final specification together for Phase 3 of the project - which includes the installation Of a new lighting and electrical system, the placing of a partition screen at the base of the tower, the redecoration of the south aisle and cleaning of the internal bath stone.
Nigel Morgan [Campaign Manager] is also busily applying for grants to complete all the work we need to do. If he is successful we could see Phase 3 beginning in the summer and the restoration project completed by the end of 2016.
A lot depends on final costings and the repayment of VAT on the work we have already done - but we estimate that we are now just
E30,000 - E40,OOO
short of what we need to be able to complete Phase 3. Hopefully most of this will come in through grants - but a final fundraising push could be a great boost for us.
If you haven't yet supported the campaign we encourage you to do so. You can use the gift aid envelopes at the back of Church. Every donation, large or small, is a great help.
We thank the Dunvant Male Choir for raising El,000 for the appeal at last month's St David's Day concert at All Saints. Almost E500 was also raised at a retiring collection at the door on the night. They plan to put on another fundraising concert for us next St David's Day as well.
Our biggest thank you goes to Church members who have given an amazing El 59,949 to the Appeal so far. Without your wonderful generosity we would not have been able to do the work we have already completed. Thank you all so very much!
Restoring our Church to serve the community of Mumbles
The Appeal Fund was officially launched on Thursday 29th November at a special event in All Saints Church attended by our Campaign Managers Dean Michael Bunker and Nigel Morgan, an audience of over 100 and several local and county dignatories. Canon Keith explained the importance and urgency of the Appeal which was supported by a video slide show created by Assistant Curate Rev'd Steven Bunting. Our Appeal Chairman Tyrone O'Sullivan OBE introduced the event, Organ Scholar Sean Rees played an opening fanfare and four of our young Choral Scholars sang. The evening was also the official opening of the ninth International Christmas Crib exhibition in the Church.
We are especially delighted to report that Tyrone O’Sullivan OBE has agreed to be Chairman of the Appeal. Tyrone is a modern Welsh hero and is greatly respected in the wider community, locally, nationally and internationally. He has a wonderful way with people, a reputation for ‘telling it as it is’ and of seeing a job through. He has already chaired the first meeting of the Appeal Executive, which he did with characteristic efficiency and humour. Tyrone will be the public face of our campaign.
We can also report that the team leaders, who will oversee the different aspects of the project, are;
CHURCH LEADERS Team: Les Harris
CHURCH Team: Alan Evans
WIDER COMMUNITY Team: John Isaac
PROJECT Team: Roger Beynon
GRANTS & TRUSTS Team: Dean Michael Bunker & Nigel Morgan
MAJOR GIFTS Team: Fr David & Merlys Watkins
Each team will look at different ways of raising the large amount of money we need.
The Church Leaders Group will be led by Les Harris [Subwarden at Norton] and will oversee the task of asking the clergy, Church officers and members of the Parochial Church Council to be amongst the first to donate to the project.
The Church Team leader is Alan Evans [who worships at the 10 o’clock Choral Eucharist service]. This will be the largest group because it will ask every Church member to give what they can. If we are to go out into the wider community for help then we must show that we are giving generously too!
John Isaac [who also worships at the 10 o’clock service] will oversee the Wider Community Team which will try to get financial support from local individuals and businesses in Mumbles and beyond.
Dean Michael Bunker and Nigel Morgan will be our two manGrants & Trusts Team. They will make applications for funding from the many hundreds of heritage and charitable trusts.
Fr David and Merlys Watkins will lead the Major Gifts team which will approach wealthy business people and celebrities who have a connection with Mumbles.
The Project Team is led by Roger Beynon [who usually worships at the 8 o’clock Eucharist]. This group will oversee the application to the Diocese for permission to do all the work we hope to do. It will then supervise the several phases involved in completing the restoration of our Church over the next few years. In effect, this group will determine how much money we will need to raise and be responsible for spending it.
Last, but by no means least, the Events Team will plan the special promotional and fundraising events we will need to put on, such as the official launch of the Appeal last November.
Below: the architect’s design of the new porch
- which will complete our historic Church
Some of the young choristers
Dean Michael has also suggested that we look into the possibility of establishing a Music Endowment for the Parish. This would run alongside the Restoration Appeal and be open for a few years. The Endowment will be launched if we are confident that it will attract grant funding. If successful it will help secure the future of Church music making at All Saints.