Fundraising Progress to April 30th 2012
To April 30th 2012, 99% of the cost of all works/fees to the end of the Project and 94% of all costs including fittings/furnishings, administration etc. has been raised
Fundraising is undertaken by volunteers ~ no professional fundraiser is employed.
St Stephen’s Project: Bimonthly Progress Report 43
During this period the fitting out of St Stephen’s has commenced in earnest. The following activities have taken place:
● An extension of the time the contractor is on site was agreed. Completion is now expected mid-May.
● The oak ‘side station’ (where hymn books etc. are to be stored) was completed.
● Changes to the servery layout were negotiated and agreed.
● The oak staircase to the gallery was completed – with rails and a security gate to come.
● The gallery room was decorated ready for the specially designed box seats.
● The Bow steps are in place and awaiting oiling and sealing.
● The glass panelling on the balcony, and in the porch and tower room was completed.
● The wording engraved on the porch steps (Be welcoming to strangers/you may be entertaining angels unawares) was completed and the stone steps replaced.
● Arrangements were made for new stonework to the lower half of the High Street door surround.
● A new design for the flower cupboard was agreed.
● The refurbished external notice boards were returned and left ready for fitting
● The internal notice board refurbishment was completed and awaits fitting in the porch.
● The long table stored in the garage was returned to St Stephen’s for repair and TLC.
● The two flower stands were collected for repair, cleaning and re-painting.
● The tapestry was carefully measured for replacement in the Bow and the communion table frontal made available for repair.
● The Bow room and gallery room box seats were commissioned.
● Work was started on the new communion table.
● 80 chairs (similar to those in Canterbury Cathedral) and the tables for use in the body of the church were ordered.
● New carpets were selected and laid on the dais, in the Bow room, gallery and tower rooms.
● The servery flooring was laid.
● Six banners were chosen from the 14 designs submitted.
● The stone floor of the porch and ramp was laid.
● After some uncertainty the third arch revealed at the east end was covered over.
● The sight lines of the west end large window were cleared.
● The cleaning of the coats of arms was completed and both await replacement.
● the new heating and lighting facilities were installed.
● Work of the history volunteers was completed and reports submitted for analysis/ publication.
● Agreement was reached with the heritage interpretation specialists to produce 6 portfolios, 6 leaflets, 5 static information panels, an interactive panel and an education pack at key stage 3 level describing the history of St Stephen’s in the city centre.
● A piano and stool were purchased.
● The public opening of St Stephen’s on July 19th was agreed and plans were commenced for a major community event on that day.
● A total of £14,129 was raised during the two-month period – £10,500 as Parish donations; £662 Parish fundraising; £2,200 public donations, and £767 appeal box collections.
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The Co-ordinating Committee is currently meeting bi-monthly. Committee secretary: Richard Skinner.