Have you heard about St Barnabas’ exciting project?
We have a plan to improve the usability of our Church buildings for a wider range of users. This involves lifting/lowering areas of flooring to allow level access between major sections of the building. We also wish to improve accessibility from the exterior to the interior of the building with a new entrance porch and we intend to refurbish the Pastoral Centre.
We are delighted that we have received a legacy of £55,000 towards the work plus a £10,000 donation from a parishioner.
Thanks also to those grant-making bodies who are supporting us:
The Big Lottery Community Fund £10,000
Garfield Weston Foundation £10,000
The Co-op Charities £6,300
Bernard Sunley Foundation £5,000
The Gatwick Foundation Fund/Sussex Community Foundation £5,000
Allchurches Trust £3,000
Beatrice Laing Family Trust £2,500
Gatwick Airport Community Trust £2,500
Our project will cost £215,000 so we still need lots more funding. Can you help? You can donate using our bank details which are: Worth PCC, Sort Code: 40-18-22 Account Number: 61223372. Please use the reference: “St B project”.
To most people, this photo is probably really rather dull; an empty field and a wooden fence. So what? However, there are those who remember that in 1994 the parish bought this land – next to St Nicholas’ churchyard on the south and east side and once part of the Bishop’s Lodge kitchen garden – with a most generous donation from John Hillsley. This new fence replaces one put up at the time, as a condition of the purchase.
Since then, the land has remained unused and undeveloped and yet the original intention, that of creating a new addition to the churchyard for the interment of cremated remains, has never been lost nor forgotten. It was earlier this year that the old and rotten fence was replaced; likewise, the decrepit brick wall on the opposite side of the field has recently been spruced up and cleared of the ivy that had been damaging it including, in the winter storms, the ivy lifting off and bringing down two or three rows of loose bricks!
Along with some careful tree maintenance, preparations for the new Garden of Remembrance/Memorial Garden have been quietly progressing and, as we now have the support of both the local Crawley planners and the Diocesan authorities, we are all set to complete the garden. There will be a permeable resin bound path, 1.2 metres wide x 80 metres long, creating an enclosed space in the middle of the garden where unmarked interments will be and along the outer edge of the path, provision will be made for burial plots with granite tablets for other interments. Some curved, two-seater oak benches will be placed along the path at suitable intervals and these, as well as a very few, carefully-selected mature trees will be available for people to purchase in memory of a loved one. Speak to Father Michael if you are interested in this – details are yet to be confirmed but the cost would probably be in the region of £400-£500.
A St Nicholas’ parishioner adds: “At the time of land purchase, there was a lot of parishioner participation even including clearing the ground and people also gave financially over some years for this project. In 2000, the Millennium Brass Band performed a concert on the designated land with money raised going into the pot as well. However, other things took priority and the land remained undeveloped. The Churchyard Maintenance team have been mowing the grass there in recent years and both they, and all who have contributed to this project in the past, will be very pleased to see this project coming to fruition.”
Scaffolding is being erected for urgent repairs to the spire and roof at St Nicholas’. Therefore, the churchyard is closed between 7.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday for the next two weeks.
At St Barnabas’
We are pleased to say that the Narthex (the area separate from the main church) at St Barnabas’ is now open for private prayer from 10am – 4pm every day except Tuesdays when it will be open 11am – 4pm after our service on Facebook.
As you may know, we are undertaking a sizeable building project encompassing work at both St Nicholas’ and St Barnabas’. A visit from the Crawley Planning Officer to St Barnabas’ in January advised us that the proposed size and position of our new porch were acceptable to the planning officers, but the material was a concern. Having revised our drawings and changed to a ‘brick and tiles’ porch, the work has gone out to tender with four contractors: Valley Builders, Corniche Construction Ltd, Dane Elliot Construction and Copperstones Projects Ltd.
Robin of Dane Elliot Construction and Darren of Corniche Construction Ltd were able to visit the church prior to the lockdown, with the remaining firms saying they would view the exterior as soon as possible, and see the interior at a later date.
It is with huge thanks to Phyl who has made several grant applications that we are delighted to announce:
The Beatrice Laing Family Trust have made a conditional offer of £2500 (once we have a project start date, and all other funding is in place)
The National Lottery Community Fund has granted us £10,000
The Gatwick Foundation Fund at Sussex Community Foundation has awarded us £5000
Of course, more funding is still needed and with the current situation, all our fundraising is on hold. Therefore, if you would like to support this project, all donations would be very gratefully received. Our bank details are: Worth PCC, Sort Code: 40-18-22 Account Number: 61223372 and please use the reference: “St B project”.