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Fundraising Progress to April 30th 2012

Estimated costs (1)


Works/fees to end of Project(2): 1,361,223
Fittings/furnishings: 40,329
Heritage Centre(3): 35,000
Administration: 14,002
Grant contributions(4): 76,452
Miscellaneous: 6,694
Loan return: 80,000

Total estimated cost:


Funds raised


Parish donations/fundraising events: 195,326
Public donations/collections: 162,819
Grants received: 846,836
Grant promised(5): 141,747
Gift Aid, VAT return; bank interest: 107,150
Temporary loan(6): 80,000
Estimated additional income(7): 60,000

Total funds raised




Less estimated sale income(7):


Sum currently needed:



  1. Based on sums paid plus estimated balance owed.

  2. Repair and safety work to the roof and tower was completed in 2009; low level external and internal plaster repair was completed in 2011. Internal works including an internal mobility ramp, new access lobby, floor level changes, a servery, a gallery, community meeting rooms; heating, lighting and communication systems and the refurbishment of the old sanctuary as an heritage information centre are in the last stage of completion. All internal works have been designed to provide appropriate support facilities for those experiencing mobility, hearing or sight difficulty. This sum also includes the cost of smaller items discovered as work progressed.

  3. This sum is additional to the works on the access and refurbishment of the old sanctuary (included in works cost).

  4. Grants received under the Landfill Community Fund scheme required a local contribution of !0.2%

  5. The balance of promised grants under the Landfill Community Fund scheme, by other Trusts and by promised personal donations.

  6. In order to meet contracted costs, an interest-free loan was secured against the auction of Parish assets which is due to take place shortly before the Project is completed.

  7. The Parish has been given permission to auction some of its surplus silver plate.

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.

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Activities during April, May 2012

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.
The Events and Users Committees meet as needed. Contact persons: Bridget Davies and Liz Snowden.
The Design Team & Access Advisory Group meet as needed. Bob Snowden is the Project Director.