St. John’s Restoration & Renewal Plan Update – Apr 2021

Please have your say about what faith and non-faith activities you would like to see being held at St. John’s as the building is restored to a warm and friendly resource for all villagers. If you live in Ryhall or Belmesthorpe, you should have found a Consultation Survey inside your newsletter. Please help us to learn more about our community needs and how we as a church can better provide for our community. The information will be used for the next phase of our planning and future grant applications. Thanks to Miranda, completed forms can be returned to the Ryhall Village Stores, or by email to thesandrachapman@gmail.com by the end of April 2021. Let me know, if you did not get a consultation document and would like one to complete. Many thanks for your time and thoughts. 

The project to restore and replace the old, cracked, iron drainpipes and gutters of the church is now complete, made possible by a grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund in partnership with Historic England. Thanks to all those who stopped by to say hello to Tom and James as they worked through very cold weather conditions in January and February – remember the snow? 

By the time you read this, Betty Edwards should have completed her final walk to raise money for the roof appeal. We are so grateful for Betty’s determination to raise funds in all weathers which has raised over £3,500. A huge thanks to Betty and to her back-up team Jordane. 

We still have 4 of the 10 beautiful Harrods collectible teddy bears kindly donated to St. John’s to raise funds for the roof appeal. They are incredibly cuddly and I know we’re all missing hugs right now, so if you’d like to buy one for yourself or a friend, please visit our Facebook page for details or contact Sandra at thesandrachapman@gmail.com

Our Restoration & Renewal funds secured/pledged now total £126,936, with £7,000 specified for the re-laying of the paths, leaving a shortfall of £10,000 to cover the costs of roof replacement, estimated as £130,000. We are incredibly grateful for almost £22,000 of the funds raised coming from donations. Our relatively small community has exceeded what we hoped for and been most generous. Do you have any good fund-raising ideas to secure the last £10,000 for the roof replacement? We would love to hear them. Keep up to date with all our news on the St. John’s Church Ryhall Facebook page. 

Thank you to all those who have supported fundraising activities or sent donations to save our church. If you would still like to, then please go to our GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/manage/church-restoration-campaign or send a do-nation to Rev Jo Saunders revjosaunders@live.co.uk. We are very grateful for your support. 

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