As a result of lead thefts from the side aisles of the Church we have to re-roof these and other areas of the Church that were not repaired during the Landmark Appeal a few years ago. In one respect, we are fortunate because we have been given permission to use glass-reinforced polyester rather than lead, making no visible difference, lasting at least as long and costing much less than lead.
The pipework taking gas to the overhead heaters in the Church was extensively corroded and leaked so that we could not use the heaters and the Church was very cold. We are restoring some temporary, partial heating but we shall have to install a completely new heating system — not yet specified, but certainly eco-friendly.
We need to find nearly £100,000 for the urgent work we have had to do and then probably a similar amount for the definitive heating system.
While the Church is a fine historic Building and is English Heritage grade 1 Listed, its maintenance is a burden that distracts us from the important work that we need to do for the congregation and the community we serve.
If you can help us overcome these difficulties, you will have helped us
• to continue providing a loving home for those who want to belong to our fellowship of faith
• to provide an attractive venue for marriages, baptisms and funerals
• to be a place of celebration of Christmas, Easter, Harvest, Remembrance, etc.
• to be a venue for performances, including our summer and Bromsgrove festival concerts
Everyone can benefit from these.
I know that times are hard, but please help us if you can—’every little helps’, as someone once said ! In addition to helping us, it will give you a stake in your church.
We shall also be applying for grants from charitable trusts and other bodies to minimise the burden on local people.
The Landmark II appeal will be launched on Sunday 8th January 2012 at a special service at 10.45 a.m. Please come to this if you can with your family. There will be an exhibition about the appeal and the work that has been done and is to be done.