Project St. Mary’s has kicked off with some informal conversations with experts in the fields of church renovation, wall paintings, stained glass windows and Grade 1 listed buildings. This has lead to a list of possible renovation and rejuvenation sub-projects:
meeting room and facilities on the south side between the Forster Chapel and Vestry
replacement of external pebble-dash cladding
restoration of wall-paintings
restoration of other areas of wall plaster
new heating system
The next steps require formal engagement with experts, in particular with an architect well versed in church restoration and Grade 1 Listed buildings. To this end the team has applied for Funding from West Berkshire charitable trusts via their collective online funding website Find-Me-A -Grant. Out application has been granted which means that any donation from an individual or organisation will be doubled by the charitable trusts. Also, individuals can claim Gift Aid to enable us to claim back tax to help fund the project.
To make a donation type Find me a Grant into your internet search engine, or click the links on this page, and when you access the site select ‘Live Application’. Then type Aldermaston Church into the search box. Our bid will then appear. Please note you can opt to be anonymous if you wish.
We are pleased to announce the winning suggestion for the project to restore and rejuvenate St Mary’s Church Aldermaston. As you can see above we have decided to use Project St Mary’s. Many thanks to all who entered the competition. We are now looking at incorporating this into a logo and using it for a project website and other publicity media. Recently Reverend Becky and Ian Cave met up at St Mary’s with the editor of a Thames Valley monthly news magazine called Xn. Here they were able to explain the details of the project which will be included in the next edition (of the Parish Magazine). A number of photographs were taken and the interviews with Becky and Ian were even recorded on video!
The project team has approached a number of experts in church restoration and buildings. For example we need to obtain a Topographical Survey of the area around the church where the new building is proposed to be built; this will give us an accurate plan that we can use in subsequent phases of the project and we hope to get this completed during July. We have been advised by English Heritage that we will need thorough details of the number, location and type of graves in the area. Hence we have engaged a grave digger who will be able to
provide that information from above ground.
Thanks to all those that contributed at the recent Red Garden Party and at other times. We are progressing well towards our target to fund the Initial Planning and Approvals stage but we still need about E6000 more. As a reminder, donations can be made via ‘Find Me a Grant’ which means any donation you make will be matched by a local charitable funding.
Type Find me a Grant into your internet search engine and when you access the site select `Live Application’. Then type Aldermaston Church into the search box. Our bid will appear and you can read all about what we are trying to do and make a clon.ation. Please note you can opt to be anonymous if you wish. For those not on the Internet, please send donations c/o Revd Becky Bevan at The Rectory, Wasing Lane, Aldermaston, RG7 4LX. Find Me A Grant link