Cathy Merry writes:
With funds raised so far totalling £225,000, we are well on our way to reaching our target and providing much needed facilities in St. Margaret’s church. Thank you to all who have donated so far.
Work on the project continues behind the scenes. Discussions are ongoing with our architect and the Diocesan Advisory Committee. We need a formal acceptance of our proposals from the DAC in order to be able to make further grant applications. In the meantime, informal consultations with potential building contractors are taking place to look at costings and areas of cost savings that might be achievable.
An exciting and varied programme of fundraising events is planned for the year ahead starting with an hour long Recital of Organ Favourites by Michael Heighway in the church on Sunday 18th March at 3.00pm with a high tea served afterwards. Tickets at £10 to include the tea available from Derek Shurvell on 01342 810780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We are greatly looking forward to welcoming Michael, whose credentials include chorister at St. George’s , Windsor, Eton Music Scholar, 1st class degree in Music from Oxford University and grandson-in-law of Janet Slater! Michael has played in cathedrals around the World including Westminster Abbey, St. Thomas’, New York, St.Paul’s, Melbourne and many others. You will be in for a treat!
We follow this with an Illustrated Talk by Tom Coward, Head Gardener at Gravetye Manor, entitled ‘Developing an Historic Garden’ on Wednesday 11th April at 7.30pm at St. Margaret’s Church. Tickets £10, to include wine & nibbles, from Derek Shurvell 01342 810780 or email email@example.com Tom has now been Head Gardener at Gravetye for 7 years after 3 years as Assistant Head Gardener at Great Dixter, another of England’s premier gardens.
Later in the spring, we look forward to welcoming our local Inchoir with their lively programme of popular songs, date to be confirmed.
If you would like to donate to the extension fund, please visit click here for details of how to make online payments and for Gift Aid forms. Cheques, payable to West Hoathly St. Margaret’s PCC, can be sent to Tina Allen, Church Treasurer, at West Hoathly School. All donations are most gratefully received.