Vestry@50 – The Thomas Field Hall

Vestry@50 Appeal

Just over 50 years ago the Vicar, Churchwardens and people of this parish had a vision and took the bold step of building a separate extension on the north side of our wonderful church, to provide a vestry, meeting room, kitchen and toilet and joining it to the main building with an Ambulatory. The good news is that it is still standing and serving a purpose—but to a limited extent! Its facilities are now well below modern standards, and, most of all, it is just not big enough for our purposes of developing the church as a community building as well as a place of worship. Now, 50 years on, the Vicar and Churchwardens and the Parochial Church Council have a new vision to upgrade, modernise and enlarge the extension.

We Need…

  • Warmer rooms
  • Disabled access
  • A functional kitchen
  • A larger main room
  • A larger Ambulatory
  • Wider access from the church into the Ambulatory
Photo of existing vestry
Existing vestry
West elevation of the church and proposed vestry as altered
West elevation of the church and proposed vestry as altered. Click for larger image.
North elevation of the church and proposed vestry as altered.

North elevation of the church and proposed vestry as altered. Click for larger image.

We propose:

  • To lay insulation on the floor and the walls of the existing building.
  • To replace the windows with double glazed units.
  • To re-order the toilet and sacristy kitchen to make a disabled access toilet.
  • To convert the priest’s vestry into a kitchen.
  • To increase the size of the choir vestry to make a small hall with a vaulted ceiling. The new hall will be called The Thomas Field Hall.
  • To extend and re-roof the Ambulatory using state-of –the-art glazing techniques to form a glazed lobby to the hall.
  • To enlarge the doorway from the church into the Ambulatory and remove the step down.
Perspective view of the proposed ambulatory.
Perspective view of the proposed ambulatory. Click for larger image.
See a short video demonstrating the need.

This means that there will be more space for:

  • Coffee mornings
  • Sunday School
  • Messy Church
  • Holiday club
  • Lent Lunches
  • Receptions after funerals
  • Concerts and rehearsals
  • Meetings and film nights
  • Workshops and keep fit

These facilities will be accessible separately from the main church and will be available for use by anyone in the village or wider community.

We have achieved:

  • Planning Approval
  • DAC Approval from the Diocese

Cost

The original vestry building was constructed in a traditional style and cost the sum of £3,750, an amount which then would buy a small house.  The total cost of the proposed refurbishment and extension, with VAT,  is estimated at about £400,000 of which the church has just over a third in its fund. We therefore need to raise about £250,000 to cover the estimated costs and any unforeseen problems which might arise.

Plan of the proposed vestry alterations
Plan of the proposed vestry alterations. Click for larger image.
  • Appointing an Architect
  • Appointing a Structural Engineer

The Church Heating

In the cold winter of 2017-18 no-one could question that the church always felt cold. We therefore wish to take this opportunity to replace the boiler with a new one, which will be more economical to run, and to replace the heaters with more efficient ones. The cost of all this is included in the above estimate.

Plan of the church showing the proposed vestry alterations
Plan of the church showing the proposed vestry alterations. Click for larger image.

How to help

Donations

The most important way to help!  Each and every donation will be valued and gratefully received.  Each will be anonymous unless requested otherwise.  There is a separate page detailing the different ways in which donations can be made – and see the link below – but essentially they are:

  • A One Off Donation
  • A Donation given in regular instalments
  • A Legacy

If given with Gift Aid the value of the Donation is increased by 25% which makes a big difference.

Support

Be enthusiastic about the project Talk about it to others.  Think of Fund Raising ideas.  Imagine the activities which could go on in the new hall.

Time

Give of your time to help:

  • At fund raising events and other times.
  • To follow up grant applications.  

Principal Contacts

If you wish to donate to the Vestry@50 Appeal, please make this purpose clear when making your gift.
However you choose to help, your support will be very welcome – and will be appreciated by this and future generations

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