After a delay of almost six months the new porch is now usable and was open just in time for last month's Mumbles Festival of Music and the Arts.
The contractors have some minor finishing touches to do; sealing the stone floor, completing the electrical fittings and giving the new building a thorough and commercial clean. They will also install a new wood and glass screen at the base of the Norman tower.
The new porch has been much admired by our regular worshippers and by our many visitors. We even had a visit from a group of parishioners from Hereford who came to have a look at the porch before they embark on a similar venture.
We are very grateful to the Diocese Mission Fund which gave us a grant of £6,000 towards the installation of the kitchen and toilet. It will be a big help.
By the time you read this Phase Three of our ambitious project to restore All Saints' will have already started. Engineers from Gloucester will begin the task or rewiring the building and installing a state of the art lighting system. This will include several 'scenes' to reflect the different ways we use the building. There will be full lighting, a setting for concerts, lectures and candlelit services. The engineers will also install external lighting around the Church. They hope to complete the work in time for Advent.
During Phase Three the midweek celebration of the Holy Eucharist will be in the 'Upper Room'.
In September our central heating boiler finally breathed its last! Faced with a large bill to fix a system originally installed in the 1960s the P.C.C. decided that it was time to replace it with a new and more energy efficient boiler. The cost of this will be £18,000.
This makes things financially very tight for us as we come to the end of the appeal. We had set £20,000 aside in reserve for a rainy day - and it looks as if that day has come. Spending such an amount puts us in a rather precarious financial position and will impact on our ability to meet this year's quota.
The PCC has decided to hold a Gift Day for our Patronal Festival to try and raise some funds to help towards this unexpected cost. Please give it your support.
RESTORATION APPEAL UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2016
Pase Two - New Porch
By the time you read this the new porch will be usable, if not entirely finished.
Now that the glass doors have been fixed and the roadway relayed we can see the porch in all its glory.
It was designed by the architect overseeing the restoration project, Dewi Evans. He was given the brief to design a light and welcoming porch to replace the old and somewhat dilapidated entrance. The structure also preserves the medieval stone heads, holy water stoop and some of the Victorian features [including the lovely stained glass window depicting Jesus blessing the little children]
It's hoped that the new kitchen and toilet facilities will be usable just in time for the Mumbles Music Festival later this month - when we will welcome lots of concert goers through the Church doors.
Much of the cost of the magnificent new porch was met by the generosity of our Church members who have contributed over £170,000 to the appeal. We thank you for your continued generosity.
Phase Three - Let there be light!
The next major phase of the restoration work at All Saints will begin on Monday 26th September. Specialist ecclesiastical electrical engineers will move in to install a state of the art lighting system for the Church.
It will give us different settings for services, concerts and community events and will also see the installation of external lighting around the Church building. The contractors are Smiths of Gloucester who have worked on several cathedrals and major Churches in the UK.
It's hoped that the installation work will take around eight weeks to complete. During this time some of our midweek services will be held in the Upper Churchrooms once again.
The appeal total raised so far is a very respectable £704,000.
Our target is now £750,000 which will enable us to complete Phase 4 of the project [the installation of a screen at the entrance to the tower, cleaning of the interior stone walls and decoration]. We would also like to replace the central heating boiler and to have money in reserve for future maintenance work.
For a number of us our monthly payments towards the pledge we made have now stopped - as we are now three years into the appeal.
We thank you for your incredible generosity to date - without which we would not have been able to complete Phases Two.
If your three year pledge payments have now stopped - we ask you to consider taking on another pledge for a further 12 months.
If a hundred of us gave £10 a month, this coming year, we could raise a further £12,000 for the appeal - which would help us to complete all the work we set out to do.
Pledge forms are available at the back of Church - or from Nigel Morgan [Campaign Director] in the Appeal Office [Upper Churchroom] on Thursdays from lam - 4pm].
All Saints Appeal
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.