Like many old buildings, repairs and maintenance are a constant challenge, hence there is an ongoing emphasis on fundraising to keep the church building in good order. In 2015 we were fortunate to be awarded a Listed Places of Worship Roof Repairs grant in excess of £60,000 towards the cost of making the roof safe, secure and watertight. By the time the work was completed in 2016 the final cost had more than doubled so, whilst the LPOW significantly increased their contribution, our reserves were severely drained at the same time as ensuring effective water drainage!
St Andrew’s is at the heart of Great Finborough, and at the heart of village life, so we rely heavily on donations from those who worship here, tend graves, visit, or support the various fundraising social events we organise throughout the year.
In 2017 running water, a toilet and kitchenette facilities were installed at a cost in excess of £50,000. This sum was raised through donations, fundraising events and grants. We recognise that the current heating system requires improvement/ replacement, so our focus is currently on fundraising to make our church building more comfortable and inviting in the cold winter months! The ideal system is likely to cost approximately £60,000…..but we may be forced to review and modify our plans, accepting that a cheaper version might be ‘adequate’ to ensure that our congregations don’t diminish due to the cold environment! However, a warm welcome is always guaranteed!!
If you would like to make a donation, please send it to Reverend Chris . Cheques should be made payable to St Andrew’s Church Great Finborough. Any donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. And if you’re a taxpayer, please complete a Gift Aid Notification. Gift Aid increases your contribution by 25%, which means that a contribution of £10.00 is worth £12.50 to the church. Alternatively you may wish to consider remembering the church in your will; contact Rev Chris for more information.
There has been a place of worship here for over 1000 years; it is our hope that St Andrew’s will remain as a central focus of the community for many, many more years to come……