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Friday February 26th 2021

Bletchingley St Mary’s Church House Fundraising Appeal Launch

Bletchingley village launches major fundraising appeal

Situated in the heart of the village of Bletchingley is St Mary’s – a busy Church with a growing congregation. The community have used the facilities of Church House (which is adjacent to the Church) for over 100 years but the building is now ‘at risk’. This unique ‘Arts and Crafts style’ property in the centre of a conservation area is steeped in history and is now in desperate need of modification.

The fundraising programme is officially launched on Sunday 5th October 2008, after the Harvest service.

Church House has stood for over a century but now needs to conform to modern standards. The property is used by the whole community – not just by the church congregation – and it is felt that every visitor should feel safe, warm and welcome whilst using the building.

The fundraising project will raise money to carry out the essential redevelopment that has now become so urgent. The redeveloped Church House will provide a number of new or much improved facilities for the 21st century including:

Complying with all health and safety legislation
Creating access at ground level in line with disability regulations
Creating three instead of two floor levels
Introducing a lift to access all floors
Improving kitchen and toilet facilities
Carrying out a complete refurbishment and redevelopment
Creating new rooms for functions & meetings as well as smaller, more friendly rooms for counselling, surgeries and private meetings
Creating office space for parochial facilities and village archives
Creating more space for every user

The plan is to increase the reach into the community by offering a more ‘user friendly’ building, giving people a much improved ‘place to go’. Currently the building is used by Sunday Clubs, After-School Clubs, Church and community groups and “The Ark” for mothers and babies. Choir and music groups will all be able to make Church House their base and it will also be perfect for everything from birthday parties and private functions to baptism, wedding and funeral gatherings. The potential usage is almost limitless.

Every house in the village has received a leaflet detailing the project with an invitation to attend Harvest celebrations. It also invites everyone to come along to the open event on Sunday 5th October where people can visit the property to see its current state and to view plans showing how fundraising will change things.

The target amount to be raised is £700,000 [TBC] and regular updates will be posted on the website once it is launched.

For more information please contact the Reverend Peter Moseling on 01883 743 252 or Angela Price on 01883 743 298.

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