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St John’s Church Spire and Tower Restoration update
In May, the PCC submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to help repair our spire and tower. We have now been officially informed that the application was not successful.
Though the project was considered worthy of support, it was rejected due to insufficient funds in a highly competitive round.
We will meet next month with the HLF, to discuss the application and to seek the best way forward to possibly secure any further funding. However, the HLF are not releasing funds for any major projects during 2019. We are also seeking a meeting with our architect to assess whether the works can be ‘phased’.
Meanwhile we are confident that due to the £20,000 of safety work carried out earlier this year, the corrosion of the ironwork around the upper spire windows has been ‘stopped. This is being monitored regularly by close steeplejack inspection.
However, the ‘splinting and strapping’ which is keeping the top 2 metres of the spire in place will likely need to be renewed in the next two to three years.
We would value your ongoing prayers for God to guide us in our journey of ensuring that we can continue to keep our church building a safe and welcome place.
For more information about the repair work or the content of the HLF application, or have any ideas for raising the necessary funds to complete the project, please talk to us at any time. Or come to the Open Church Event this Thursday (12 noon- 3pm) where members of the church development group will try and answer your questions.
Pastoral Care – if you or someone you know needs help or support, please contact the Church Office on firstname.lastname@example.org
Used Stamps please hand in your used postage stamps and we can pass them to Lepra, please give to Jim Cockett at St Mary’s or to the Church office thanks.
Remember !!! That the latest St John’s history books are on sale in St John’s Church and the Church office, small copy £5 and large copy £10.
Wednesday 12th December 10.30am in St Mary’s Church. Mothers’ Union Christmas Carol Service, anyone welcome to come along, mince pies and hot drinks served after this service.
Wednesday 12th December 1.30pm in St Mary’s Church, the funeral of Anne Bristow a long standing member of both our churches will be taking place.
Thursday 13th December After the 9.30am Holy Communion Service, cakes will be taken to businesses around Ladybrook, cakes/mince pies needed please, see Chris Frith for more details.
Saturday 15th December Carols in Ladybrook Square from 10am. Singers wanted.!
Monday 17th December 3.30pm Ladybrook Lighthouse in St Mary’s Church, 2.45pm for helpers. This is the last session for 2018, so come along for Christingle & Christmas celebrations, games fun and food and much more.
Tuesday 18th December 7pm Beer & Carols in the Ladybrook Pub on Ladybrook Lane, everyone welcome to come along for this annual event.
Wednesday 19th December, 10am from St John’s Centre. Wish our local businesses a Happy and Peaceful Christmas. Come along and join in taking Christmas cards and cakes to local businesses around St John’s Church. Also—Cakes and mince pies very welcome. Please bake or buy and take along to St John’s Centre. Thank you.
Monday and Tuesday this week – as Schools Christmas Workshops in St Mary’s Church come to an end, we pray for all those children who have attended them.
December prayer diaries are available in both Churches.
Read the whole bible during 2019. We’d love to hear from anyone who would like to join us in reading the whole Bible during 2019. If you are interested we have details of a scheme which we have found particularly helpful in the past. See us at St John’s Church or contact us on 01623 371741. We might set up a Whatsapp group to share encouragement and help us through the more demanding chapters! Simon and Steph Cole.
2019 Saturday 26th January there will be a Barn Dance /Supper 6.30pm start in the Centre. More details to follow nearer to the date, put the date in your di
What’s on in December? Lots to come along to and bring family, friends and neighbours
Wed12th Dec 10.30am MU Carol Service in St Mary’s Church
Saturday15th Dec 10.00am Carols in Ladybrook Square
Sunday 16th Dec 8.30am Morning Prayer in St John’s Church
10.00am Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church
10.30am All Age/Nativity in St John’s Church
6.00pm Carols by Candlelight in St John’s Church
Tuesday 18th Dec 7.00pm Carols & Beers in Ladybrook Pub
Sunday 23rd Dec 8.30am Holy Communion in St John’s Church
10.00am Morning Worship in St Mary’s Church
6.00pm Christingle Service in St John’s Church
Monday 24th Dec 3.30pm Meet the donkey in Ladybrook Square
4.00pm Crib Service in St Mary’s Church
11.15pm Midnight Communion in St John’s Church
Sunday 25th Dec 10.00am All Age Holy Communion St Mary’s Church
Sunday 30th Dec 8.30am Holy Communion in St John’s Church
10.30am All Age Morning Praise in St John’s Church