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Holy Trinity Church Extension

We are now confident that building work on our new extension will start in February 2011.

During November a potential contractor was appointed as "preferred contractor"; at the time of writing we are not quite in a position to sign a contract as we still have to work on some final cost savings in order to get the price closer to budget and the Church Council has to pass a resolution approving the go ahead. However, everything does now seem to be falling into place.

Fundraising over the last three years has gone very well and we are in the process of having a conditional contract for the sale of the Church Rooms drawn up by our solicitors. Grant applications continue and we are hopeful that by the end of the year we will have secured sufficient funding to allow us to sign a contract with our preferred contractor so that the building work can get under way in February.

Part of the funding includes a loan from the diocese at preferential rates and, as this will, of course, have to be paid off eventually so our fundraising and grant applications will have to continue for a little while yet.

So, after years of planning, a few setbacks and much activity over the last couple of months, it looks as though we are about to enter the really exciting stage of the project when our efforts will begin to turn into reality and we will actually see some action. Please do continue to support continuing fundraising efforts and to consider making a donation to the project even if you have already done so at an earlier stage.

Many people have contributed to the project so far and I would like to express my thanks to all of them but at this point in time I would like to identify one person for special mention and that is our priestin- charge, John Whittaker. He was instrumental in helping to get the whole project underway and he has been a tremendous support to the Development Group and an inspiration to me personally as the chairman of the project.

We are extremely sad that he is leaving and will not see it through to completion but we will be eternally grateful for all he has done which will have a lasting impact on Holy Trinity Church and the village community for many years to come.

THANK YOU JOHN!


Mike Neale, Chairman Holy Trinity Church Development Group