Report below from Yvette, church warden:
Yvonne has now retired as warden after 25 years. Her hard work, dedication and wealth of knowledge have been invaluable, and the mainstay of our church in Barnby. Yvonne has been on the PCC for over 50 years, and fortunately for us all, will still be a PCC member to guide and advise us.
The last eighteen months have been particularly difficult because of the theft of lead, and Yvonne has spent many hours on the internet, trawling through grant application sites and writing letters. Through her efforts, we have received £25,850 in grant aid – almost a third of the total money that was needed. We are pleased to be able to relieve Yvonne of some of the practical duties of being Church Warden, but also very glad that she will still be there in a “consultancy” role to keep us on track, so that we can try to maintain the same high standards and smooth running of All Saints that Yvonne has always been so dedicated to.
The roof is finished at last. The total cost has been just over £80,000 (excluding VAT which we are able to reclaim), made up of:
- Temporary repairs and sheeting £ 1,440
- Architect, planning and surveyors’ fees £ 2,837
- Timber, masonry repairs and roofing £ 65,471
- New guttering and downpipes £11,000
The support to enable us to achieve this has been phenomenal for a small community. People have been extremely generous in their support to make sure that this centuries old building lives on at the heart of the village. Here’s how the money was raised:
- Fund Raising £ 3,488
- Grants £25,850
- Donations £24,556
- Insurance claims £12,850
- Gift Aid on donations £ 2,606
- Church funds and reserves £15,000
Funds are still needed for repairs to the inside of the church and for ongoing maintenance as the church funds have been used up. There are some ideas for future fundraising currently under discussion, but in the meantime the next coffee morning fundraiser is at Barnby House on 5th July from 10am to 11.30am, see the events calendar for more information.