SPRING NEWSLETTER 2017

Dear Friends of St Andrew’s

Summary of 2016.

2016 was an exciting and fulfilling year for FoStA with three excellent fund raising community events :-

Peter Juggins  fascinating and informative illustrated talk on “Cotswold Churches” on 18th March in the village hall was  very well attended and raised £680.

Queen’s College Choir Oxford  sang Evensong in St Andrew’s Church on Sunday 1st May , the quality of the music and singing was first class. The retiring collection was £316.

Bertie  Pearce’s “A Magical Evening” in the village hall on Saturday 19th November was a sell out and proved to be very entertaining and enjoyable. This raised £1552 net of expenses.

The Church in 2016/2017

The Quinquennial Inspection Report was carried out by architect, Nick Joyce on 5th April 2016. This commented that “the general condition of the church is very good”. Inevitably, with a building that is over a thousand years old , some maintenance work  has been recommended. In the last few months, work have been carried out to windows, down pipes, and the fitting of a new tower roof hatch. This year, repairs will be carried out to some  of the external stonework( especially the  replacement  of damaged coping stones to the chancel and vestry), replacing loose/slipped roof slates and the repointing of the open joints in the nave floor .

In addition, the Parochial Church Council are researching the restoration of the sun dial on the south of the chancel wall.

Reordering  – The PCC are  investigating  a scheme for the provision of a mains water supply, a servery and a toilet (in a wooden shed) adjacent to the mower shed on the north side of the church..  As the plans evolve, further details will be announced.

Membership and Finance.

Membership now comprises 75 households made up of 118 individual members.

Balance  at the start of 2016 £7440
Income 2016 – Donations £4160, fund raising events £2548 and profit on the sale of the Christmas Cards of St Andrew’s Church £240 total £6948
The Trustee’s have approved  grants for  :-

50% of the cost of window repairs and a new window guard for the south chancel window

 

 

£1585

The cost of materials for the new tower roof hatch (Thank you to Malcolm Fisk and Friends for generously carrying out the work) £391
The cost of heating oil, boiler repairs and servicing for 2015 and 2016 £2575
The purchase of Church Christmas cards and printing welcome letters £592
Total Grant
£5123
Balance at 15th March 2017 £9265

 The Trustees have to decided to retain this balance in hand as there are several major repairs and projects on the horizon.


Events 2017.

7.30pm Friday 24th  March in Chedworth Village Hall- an illustrated talk by Peter Juggins on “Chedworth in the Past” Tickets £5  from Sue Callard 01285 720468, Sue Sharman 01285 720- and Robert Young 01285 720398.

 Church Flower Festival ( The theme of “Celebrations”) and Village Open Gardens in conjunction with the Chedworth Horticultural Society  over the weekend of  24th and 25th June .

This has been arranged to tie in with  Chedworth Drama’s open air  production of The Merchant of Venice in the grounds of Chedworth Manor from 20th to 24th June. Chedworth Drama and Jeannie and Tim Hamilton have generously agreed that the profit from the play will be split equally between Winston’s Wish and FoStA.

We would very much welcome offers of help with the combined events, please contact Sue Callard 720468 and Heather Brown 720280.

Publicity.

Further details will appear in Hill and Valley, the village website, Face book and e mail updates.

Your Views and Suggestions.

As ever, we would welcome your feedback and suggestions for future events, publicity and fund raising. Please contact the FoStA Committee (all code 01285)- Richard Isaac- Chairman of the Trustees 720276, Sue Callard 720468, Jeannie Hamilton 720233, Sue Nashe 720254, Sue Sharman 720408, Paul Deamer 720525, Heather Brown 720280Julie and Robert Young 720398.

Thank you to Irene Catton.

Irene was a founder member of the FoStA  Committee in 2012 and has worked tirelessly with her usual enthusiasm and good ideas  for  fund raising and the work of FoStA. We are very grateful for her contribution and wish her and Harry well on their move to Lincolnshire.