We are delighted and grateful to have been informed recently by the Francis Coales Charitable Foundation that they are awarding us a grant of £4,000 towards the cost of restoring our tower.

The Francis Coales Charitable Foundation was established in 1975 to provide grants predominantly for the structural repair of ecclesiastical buildings built before 1875. 

 

Source: Patricia Goulding (Churchwarden)

Date: 17/04/2018

All Churches TrustWe are delighted to announce that All Churches Trust have awarded us a grant of £3,500 towards the restoration of our historic tower.

All Churches Trust is the owner of Ecclesiastical Insurance, our insurers of choice for many years who have enormous expertise in the often complex issues surrounding the upkeep and insurance of historical church buildings.

We are very grateful to The Steel Charitable Trust for a generous grant of £5,000 that they have made to us towards the restoration of our Tower.

The Trust was created in 1976 by Mr Walter Steel and Mrs Marjorie Steel, and offers support via grants in five key areas:

  • Arts and Heritage
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social or economic disadvantage

 

Source: Jennifer Forrester (Treasurer)

Date: 27/03/2018

John Harper training for London MarathonMany of you will remember with affection our former Vicar, John Harper.

You may also remember his passion for running.

I've had an amazing message from John (see below) telling me that he is hoping to run the London Marathon to raise money for Christian Aid.

He needs to raise at least £2,000 in sponsorship, so please do what you can to help him, either by making a donation, or simply by spreading the word.

"This may be  a little crazy now I’ve reached my 8th decade, but I’m excited at the prospect of joining  the Christian Aid team running the London Marathon in April. 2018, with the aim of raising at least £2000. This is a charity close to my heart and I thought I would  take on the challenge to raise £2000  by getting my legs working round the London sights along with the other 30,000 idiots!

I realise that my fundraising task is quite a challenge, so I would really appreciate your help in spreading the word as much as you can, as publicity is key to attracting sponsorship donations. Christian Aid makes such good use of funds raised. For example, £8 will provide a new pair of boots to protect a Syrian child refugee through the winter;  £20  - a deliver kit with everything  a Kenyan mother and baby need to survive in the critical 24 hours after birth; £25 – a life-saving  temporary shelter, food and clean water kit for families devastated by conflict in South Sudan. And all is provided in the service of the Servant King.

If you would kindly  consider donating online my ‘Just Giving’ page can be found at:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-harper10

 -or else texting  £1,2,3,4,5 or £10 to 70070 with the code HGVA53.  I will also be glad to provide the more conventional sponsorship sheets if preferred. In each of these ways if donors are also taxpayers gifts can be Gift Aided, which means an extra 25% goes straight to Christian Aid.
I would also be grateful  if you would consider ‘liking’ or sharing this.
 I also have a Facebook page which I will update with my  training progress – or otherwise!

Many thanks for any support you can give,
John Harper (Rev) voluntary speaker in Cambs"

Date: 21st January 2018

Source: Stephen Lines

Heritage Lottery FundThanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund Development Grant, we have finally been able to take the first visible step in the long-awaited restoration of Shefford's oldest structure - St Michael's tower.

This massive project needs careful, considered and detailed planning, so a scaffold has been erected on the west face of the tower to allow loose masonry to be removed and emergency patching to be carried out as necessary.

West face of St Michael's tower shrouded in scaffoldingThe scaffold will also give access for a survey by our architect and stonemason, allowing them to produce a detailed plan and costings for the full restoration.

This is just the first phase, and is likely to result in things actually looking worse for a while.

The scaffold will only be there for a short time though - the full restoration will follow later, once the planning, costing, and funding have been confirmed, but we are looking to have the tower fully restored by late summer/autumn 2018.

Your prayers and continued support will be most gratefully received over the coming months...

Diary Date!

On Saturday 10th June we will have a display of information about the tower restoration as part of the annual Shefford Prince and Princess event. Everyone is welcome to come along - 11am - 1pm - for lots of fun events (including a free teddy bear zip wire - bring your brave bears!), and to find out how this challenging and exciting project has become a catalyst to finding opportunities to open our church even wider, and to shape the future Shefford as a heritage venue.

Date: 7th June 2017

Source: Webmaster

In March, St Michael and All Angel’s Church received the wonderful news that the Heritage Lottery Fund are supporting the development phase of a project to restore St Michael and All Angels’ historic tower with a £19,300 grant.

St Michael’s would also like to thank the residents of Shefford for their generous support for the project so far.

If all goes to plan, the tower should be restored by late summer/autumn 2018, provided the application for full grant funding which will follow the development phase, goes through.

St Michael's Tower with Safety FencingTwo months on, and work is about to start on the development phase. Tuesday 6th June should see a scaffold erected against the west face of the tower to allow loose masonry to be removed and emergency patching to be carried out as necessary.

The scaffold will also give access for a survey by our architect and stonemason, allowing them to produce a detailed plan and costings for the full restoration.

This is likely to leave some areas of the render patched and somewhat unsightly; we will still be a long way from the finished article!

The Heritage Lottery money will go a long way but the church still needs the community’s help – financially and in other ways too, so that St Michael’s can continue to serve and contribute to the life of our community.

Find Out More...

On Saturday 10th June we are hosting the Shefford Prince & Princess event.

We will have a display of information about the tower restoration so that you can find out more about the project.

We will also be running the Teddy Bear Zip Wire which we have decided to make a free event this time, as a small "thank you" to everyone in Shefford. Bring your bear (if it's brave enough).

The Shefford History Society will also be launching a new book about the history of Shefford - all profits are generously being donated to the tower fund.

See you there!!

Date: 4th June 2017

Source: Patricia Goulding