Church Wardens' Messages
Message from the Church Wardens - 27th April 2017
We would start by wishing you all a Happy Easter and a long, warm and enjoyable summer for 2017.
We have now completed the initial area in the Church graveyard for re-use, with graves stones over 100 years old removed, and appropriately placed along the west boundary. Please note that we have now posted on the noticeboard, a shortened version of the revised Graveyard Policy.
We have started to update the church website, to give more information and history about the church. This can be found at www.stnicholassouthfleet.org.uk
The screen at the back of the Lady Chapel which will hide the staging and chairs area, is progressing well and should be completed during the summer. This has been made possible by three kind donations.
1. We have heard from the Heritage Lottery Fund that we have been unsuccessful with our bid for a Delivery Phase grant and whilst we have been granted funds from other foundations and Charities, we now have to review what repair and improvement work we can undertake.
2. We have received notification from the Heritage Lottery Fund that they have awarded us the original grant of £134,900 towards the fabric repairs, conservation work and heating improvements. We are also pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from Friends of Kent Church’s. This means that we have to raise a further £7,000 for the work we have agreed to undertake with the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are, however, still applying for grants from other sources to make up the difference and carry out the repair work originally specified.
3. We are delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded us a grant of £139,900 to towards the fabric repairs, conservation work and heating improvements. We are also delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant £10,000 from Friends of Kent Church’s. This means that we have the majority of the funds to carry out the revised schedule of works, detailed within the Heritage Lottery Fund application. We are, however, still applying for grants from other sources to make up the difference and carry out all the repair and conservation work.
Whilst we have funds for the fabric works due to the nature of the grant from Heritage Lottery Fund we are restricted in the funds available for heating improvements, although as previously reported we have some funds from the Marshall Charities towards heating. These funds will only permit us to install new boilers and a gas supply to the Church and in order to install a complete modern heating system we will need to raise a further £40,000. The existing system is 100 years old, so has done very well. We will be distributing further details about an appeal for funds in the near future.
We have several events taking place this year associated with raising funds for the church and we hope to see many of you for some fun and enjoyment over the coming months.
Joanna and Mike
- St Nicholas Church
- Church Street
- DA13 9NR