Summer Newsletter 2021                   

 Dear Friends

Review of 2020

Sadly, all our planned fundraising events had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions. However, an open air production of Romeo and Juliet was held on the bank behind the Manor in September and a donation of £500 made to FoStA.

2021 Events

On the assumption that lockdown restrictions are lifted, the following events are planned for this year:-

Summer Drinks Party and light refreshments and Raffle
Sunday 15th August at 12pm in Chedworth Manor Garden by kind permission of Tim and Jeannie Hamilton

 Bonzo Productions will be presenting “The Sound of Music”
12th-15th and 19th-22nd August on the bank at Chedworth Manor
Although this is not a FoStA initiative , we support the production and through the good offices of Jeannie and Tim Hamilton,  a donation is made to FoStA.

Bertie Pearce – Magician – Member of the Magic Circle
7.30pm Saturday 13th November at Chedworth Village Hall
Bertie gave a marvellous performance in 2016 to a packed house in the Village Hall, who thoroughly enjoyed his humour and magic.

Full details of these events will be circulated nearer the time.

Finance

The account balance as at 1st January 2021 was £20,312.The Gift Aid on FoStA donations is credited to the Church account.

 Income in 2020

Donations                                                  £98
Gift Aided Donations                               £4626
Shakespeare at Manor                            £500
Christmas cards                                        £335

Total Income                                            £5559

Expenditure 2020 

Grant to PCC                                            £794
Village Hall                                                £72

Total Expenditure                                   £866  

Grants

A grant was made to the PCC towards the restoration of the peel board in the church tower.

The PCC are undertaking a project for the restoration of eleven Listed Churchyard Memorials, which the Diocesan Building Office have recommended should be repaired. As the monuments are Listed, the church has the legal obligation for their upkeep. A Conservation Report has been prepared by Mark Hancock of Centreline Architectural of Painswick and a structural engineers report obtained from James Birdwood on Monument 3, which is built over a vault and will require additional support.

The tombs are from the 18th and 19th centuries and are fine examples of the skill and craftsmanship of Cotswold masons, particularly the carvings on the chest tombs nearest to the church.  They are also an important part of the social history of the parish. Michael Tovey from Middle Chedworth, is researching the family histories of those buried in the tombs, and plans to publish a booklet on the subject later this year.

The restoration work will require a faculty from the Church of England, this may take some time! It is hoped to start work later this year.  The FoStA Trustees have agreed to make a substantial grant towards the cost of the restoration, the balance will be met by the Churchlands Charity.

The FoStA Trustees have agreed to pay the cost of the plaque recording the Rectors of Chedworth from 1287 which will be displayed in the Church.

The Church’s architect, Nicholas Joyce carried out the 2021 Quinquennial Inspection on the 15th April. His Inspection Report will set out the maintenance work required over the next five years. Doubtless, there will be requests to FoStA for grants!

Your Views and Suggestions

Covid was very disruptive to our 2020 programme. However, FoStA has a strong membership and financial base and we hope that this year’s fundraising events will be able to go ahead and enable us to re-engage with the community and raise additional funds.

Do please contact the FoStA Committee if you have any suggestions for future events or if you would like to help etc: (all code 01285)

Richard Isaac 720276, Jeannie Hamilton 720233 (Treasurer), Sue Callard 720468, Sue Nashe 720254, Sue Sharman 720408, Heather Brown 720280, Daisy Poole 720363, Bryan Bowley 720369, Ken Minshull 720425, Julie and Robert Young 720398.