welcomed all present, thanked Louise for allowing us to use her home and
thanked Tony Thompson for his help and advice which has enabled many of
St Mary’s projects to reach fruition. She
invited Father Richard to start the meeting with a short prayer.
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Report: A copy attached.
Chairman: Bernadette stood down as Chairman and Father Richard asked for
nominations for the office. Bernadette
was prepared to stand again and was nominated by Fr. Richard and
seconded by Gerry Dudley. Bernadette
was duly elected as Chairman.
Sean O’Connell was nominated by Bernadette and seconded by
Gerry Dudley. Sean was duly
elected as Vice Chairman .
Tony Doyle was nominated by Bernadette and seconded by Sean
O’Connell. Tony was duly
elected as Treasurer.
Gerry Dudley was nominated by Bernadette and seconded by Ray
Tetlow. Gerry was duly
elected as Secretary.
Edmund Lee was nominated by Bernadette and seconded by Pam
Woodley. Edmund was duly
elected as Conservation Officer.
Elected Committee Members:
Seymour Aitken; Peter Baister; Philippa Hunter; Pat Prendergast
and Robin Williams, all agreed to serve for a further term.
Bernadette asked if anyone else present would like to
serve on the Committee. Robin Bourne is prepared to help in any capacity when needed,
but did not wish to be a Committee Member.
North Chapel and associated works.
Grilles : All windows
needing the protection of metal grilles have been
covered. There are three
windows in the process of restoration and
these should be completed by Friday 15th November. This completes repair
b. Our Lady’s Shrine
Since moving the altar from Our Lady’s corner, it is now
apparent that some painting and tidying up needs to be done. It is hoped that this will be completed by Christmas.
It was felt that the painting could be done by parishioners. The work should not prove difficult. Mr Terry Klee has been
approached by Bernadette, and is willing to
do the work. Peter Baister
offered to help him.
(2) The wooden kneeler which is in front of Our Lady’s statue is in
need of stripping and restoring. Tony Thompson considered that it was a simple
job and could be done by a parishioner, saving money on a professional restorer. This
is in hand.
(3) The carpet is to be removed, eliminating the risk of fire from
stand. The floor could then be repaired/restored completing the
work in that area.
Fr. Richard introduced Tony Thompson, the Architect
for St Mary’s, who gave an outline of the work already undertaken and the
remaining work on the North Chapel, the Chapel Arch and the subsidence
on the North Aisle.
Tony thanked The Friends for the invitation to attend
our AGM, and proceeded to inform those present.
The Faculty (permission) for the repair work to the
damaged North Wall is due to expire on 8th August 2003.
The work should therefore be completed by then, or we have to
repeat the process of gaining a further Faculty.
It was agreed that we should strive to get this
outside work completed as soon as possible. Tony thought that the cost of this should not be too great.
The most expensive item would, he felt, be the re-plastering inside,
must be done by an expert recommended by English Heritage.
The plan is that the structure will be supported
internally with metal tubes and an injected resin. This means that the existing wooden support
can be removed, giving a much better look to the entrance to the
chapel from the main body of the church. After this is done, the chapel would need to be re-pointed and
decorated. Tony estimated
the cost of this as £8,500.
The matter will be going before the Trustees on 13th
November 2002, and a Faculty meeting in March 2003.
Tony estimated that the total cost of the work on the
North Wall and Chapel Arch will be £20,000. The Friends have currently, £10,000 in their funds,
and so felt that the prospect is not too daunting.
The cost of restoring the ceiling in the chapel, and
the possible replacing of the lead on the roof of the chapel is not
included in this estimate.
Before leaving, Tony made a suggestion regarding fund
raising. He mentioned that
at St Peter’s Grange in Prinknash, a Sponsored Reading of the Bible is
planned to raise funds. The
same sponsored event in another parish had raised £22,000. The members felt it was a suggestion to be considered.
Fr. Richard thanked Tony for his time and
contribution to our meeting and Tony left to return to Gloucester.
Fr. Richard continued with his outline of matters to
be dealt with.
The matter of maintenance was raised. Fr Richard to ascertain whether it is the
responsibility of The Town Council or St Mary’s. Edmund thought it would be a high profile matter for grants from English Heritage.
It was last repaired in 1928 with public subscription. Fr. Richard to try to find out who maintains the cross at St
Sampson’s as both crosses should be subject to similar responsibility for care.
– Edmund Lee
Edmund Lee gave a report to those present, outlining
actions taken to obtain grants etc. to assist with the work at St
The Friends intend to register, at the cost of £100,
with Entrust which is the charitable arm of the Landfill Tax Credit
Scheme. We shall then
proceed to apply for a grant to assist with the North Chapel and North
Aisle repairs. It is hoped
that we will have a prompt reply to our application, so that we will
know how best to proceed with our fundraising plans.
The registration draft has gone before Lawrence
Payne, our Diocesan Surveyor who raised two points:
1. That we should ensure that it is demonstrated that our financial
resources are kept separate from the Diocesan funds. It should be made clear that we are unable to “tap into”
2. We should demonstrate clearly how relevant St Mary’s is to the
community in Cricklade.
is to make the necessary alterations to the proposed registration and
application to strengthen our case.
will continue to take advantage of local charities such as Waylands
Trust and the Esme Fairbairn Trust who have been very generous to us in
Fundraising – Sean O’Connell
felt that it was essential to have a plan for the whole year for our
fundraising events. He
expressed doubt as to whether single, small events were the right way to
idea of a single Appeal might raise awareness as with The Three Spires
Appeal at St Sampson’s.
Phillips commented that Wootton Bassett church did this when they were
in need of a new church and people held independent events under the
umbrella of their single appeal.
commented that most of the major structural work on St Mary’s is
nearing completion and therefore an appeal of this nature would perhaps
be an overkill move.
possibility of an appeal which emphasized a particular aspect, e.g. The
North Aisle Appeal might be the correct approach, or a phased appeal
itemizing projects within each phase. Much discussion took place and many ideas were put forward.
These ideas will be discussed further at the next meeting of the
Committee who will be planning the fund raising year at a meeting in
January. The result of this
will be published in the next Friends’ Newsletter.
amount of money to be raised, and
the extent of our fundraising activities will depend on the amount of
money we receive from our grant applications.
matter of help with fundraising was raised. There is always a consistent but narrow group of helpers.
Sean stated that we should extend this as much as possible ,
including younger members of our congregation as well.
was suggested that Eileen Joyce should be approached to find out if any
of her Youth Group would like to be included in our fundraising plans.
was also thought that rather than asking for volunteers, people should
be personally approached to do specific tasks when needed.
reported that organizers of The Cricklade Festival have asked if we
would like to organize a fundraising event to coincide with their plans.
again Seymour and Louise Aitken have been kind enough to offer their
garden for a summer fete during the Festival and the date of 21st
June has been agreed. Sean will
liaise with the Festival organizers with this information.
7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Puskas suggested that in order to reduce costs, perhaps a list of
smaller items needed e.g. Altar furniture, linen etc, could be made
available for parishioners who would like to make a donation of a
particular item. Father
Richard to consider this suggestion.
Baister informed the meeting that the Altar Servers raised £240 from
the Sponsored Cycle Ride for Wiltshire Historic Churches. St Mary’s will get half this amount for their funds.
meeting closed at approximately 9.30 p.m
next meeting of the Friends’ Committee will be on Tuesday 14th
January 2003 at Gerry’s house, 4