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Little Paxton Has Bell Appeal…. lift off 22 days!

After a great deal of hard work, planning and  fund raising part one of our Church For Tomorrow Project ( CHUFT) now has a start date – June 20th. Part one involves anything to do with the tower – the four existing bells will be taken away to Taylors Bell Foundry in Loughborough for refurbishment,  one reconditioned bell will be added to the peal and a new bell cast to give us a peal of 6. There will be a new frame introduced into the tower, a new ringer’s floor, new screen across the tower arch and much work done to the tower structure inside to make sure it can with stand the new additions.  Our old tower clock will also be fully refurbished by Smiths of Derby – taken away and brought back in good working order.

All this was made possible by the offer of the £50K when we won the Peoples Millions Competition back in November.

The anticipated completion date is early November…with a dedication service near to Christmas ( obviously we shall have to sing Ding Dong Merrily on High!)

It will be business nearly as usual in St James during this time… although there will be a large screen across the arch to keep out dust etc.

Lots of people have contributed to our appeal – and the good news is that our fundraising continues… as we need to raise c £80,000 to be able to start phase 2 of CHUFTin 2012. We are still inviting people to sponsor one of our new oak chairs which will be replacing the very tired and inflexible late Victorian pewing and phase 2 also includes a new floor with under floor heating, a new gas fired boiler and redecorating and replastering along with improved disabled access.

Its a brave project…….and now I must get ready to go to Great Paxton where the new Diocesan Churches Support Officer, Scilla Latham, is coming out to talk to other brave people from our Deanery who are thinking about similar projects and how to fund them.

May 28, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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