We are delighted to be able to say that the building work for PHASE ONE has begun. Batchelors Builders, a local Rugby firm began on site week beginning 23rd Oct. The work is scheduled to finish by mid February 2018.
PHASE ONE will give us a single story extension on to the side of church that is furthest from St Peter's Road, just in front of the present kitchen. Inside this extension there will be three new toilets and an small community room.
This is essential ground work because we cannot do anything to the bricked up front door whilst the toilets are situated in the porch behind the door.
We are so grateful to everyone who has donated to help us get this far, THANK YOU!
However we continue fund-raising for PHASE TWO and beyond: the next step would be the internal rearrangements: creating a door between the church and the church hall in the centre of the room and blocking off the far door into church from the hall making it a storage cupboard. Also rearranging one of the current cupboards into a new room that could house the AV for both the church and the hall.
Whilst this is going on we continue to see if we can attract funding from donors to help us re-open the bricked up front door and install a lift to make the small chapel at the back of the upstairs into a second large community space.
Please consider donating or remembering us in your will. There is a button at the side of this page which will allow you to donate on line or contact us if you would prefer to donate by BACS or cheque and we will send you the details.
Rugby Church welcomes grant funding on its 25th anniversary
We have landed our first major funding boost since launching a fundraising campaign last year to re-configure its building as a community resource.
In the month of its 25th anniversary, St Peter & St John’s church in Clifton Road, known locally as PJs, has been offered just over £45,000 from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund for Phase 1 of project Welcome. The funding will help create a new toilet block which is the first step towards opening up the original front entrance of the church. This has been blocked up since 1984, when the church hall facilities where incorporated into the existing church building after a fire destroyed the original church hall.
Project Welcome aims to transform this church hall space into a community resource for the Clifton area of Rugby, which currently does not have a community hall.
PJs minister Rev Sheila Bridge said, “PJs is the only community building in this part of Rugby. We have a great community space that we know people would like to make better use of. But the toilets are horrible and the entrance is unwelcoming. Thanks to WREN, we hope to reach our fundraising target of £100,000 for the first phase by September. It’s 25 years this month since St Peter’s merged with St John’s. Many local people have fond memories of the church before the fire, so it’s very fitting that we should mark this by re-positioning the church at the heart of the community, which is where it should be.”
Rev John Burniston and Rev Sheila Bridge
Past and present Vicars of St Peter and St John’s Church
Joe Newby, WREN’s grant manager for Warwickshire, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting St Peter & St John’s ‘Project Welcome’ and pleased our funding will help to revitalise this valuable and much needed community space. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon.”
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
A special service was held to mark PJ’s 25th anniversary and the launch of Phase 1 of Project Welcome. A special guest at this service was Rev John Burniston, who was Vicar at the time of the merger.
Building work for Phase 1 - the new toilet block - is expected to start in the Autumn and take around 3 months to complete. Fundraising will continue for Phase 2 – re-opening the main door and improving the interior layout - and for Phase 3 – for a smaller community room on the first floor.
St Peter & St John church. The main door of the church was blocked up in 1984 when the church was re-ordered to create an integral church hall at one end of the building. Behind the bricked up door, the porch area was used for a toilet block. Sheila says, “At the time, this must have seemed like the best solution and decisions had to be made quickly following the sudden loss of our old church hall through a fire. But today, many people report that they can’t find their way in or that they thought we were closed’.
St John’s church in Cambridge Street closed and merged with St Peter’s church in Clifton Road on 28th June 1992.
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, WREN has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site. For more information please visit www.wren.org.uk
FCC Environment is the leading UK waste and resource management company and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Its vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. It employs 2,400 people and operates more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales. FCC Environment donates the LCF tax credits that are generated by its operations to WREN, in order to add value to the environmental and social infrastructure of the communities around landfill sites. www.fccenvironment.co.uk
The Landfill Communities Fund - any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage the re-use, recycle and recovery of more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill. Landfill Operators (LOs) are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs). Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax or
Since our prayer day back in February we have been able to put in two applications for further funds towards Phase 1 of this project. We have submitted an application to WREN and to the National Churches Trust. IF we receive the total amount possible from this two organisations or at least a substantial proportion of it we believe we will be able to make a start on Phase 1 of the redevelopment.
Phase 1 involves building a single story extension in front of the existing kitchen to house new toilets and a small meeting space, removing the old toilets from their current location in the porch of the old front door. It remains our hope to reopen this old front door but that will have to be part of Phase 2.
Meanwhile a big thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this stage of our fund-raising. We have raised 50% towards Phase 1 - well done - an amazingly generous response from our small community.
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Dear Friends of St Peter and St John Church,
Update on Project Welcome Thank you for the interest you have expressed in Project Welcome. We’d like to update on what’s been happening. Project Welcome is the name given to our desire to have our bricked up front door re-opened, along with a substantial amount of internal rearranging to make the community facilities in our church more accessible and welcoming.
Permissions We now finally have all the permissions. The Diocesan Advisory Committee issued the Faculty (ie permission) on our submitted plans on 13th June 2016. However there were some outstanding details that need to be agreed and these have just been settled. It has been a very slow process getting this permission and we have at times felt like giving up. Rugby Borough Council gave us the permission we required from them within a month or two. Both permissions only last for a set period of time: the DAC faculty stands until June 2018 and the RBC permission also has another two years left, it was for three years but we have had to wait for over a year for the Church authorities. The fact that the ‘clock is ticking’ on these permissions lends urgency to the other aspect of this project: fund-raising.
Fund-raising: Back in October 2015, we held a gift day for Project Welcome. We raised around £36,000. This was hugely encouraging and after gift aid was reclaimed the total came to around £40,000. Some of this money has now been spent on the necessary plans required by the DAC in order to grant the faculty. These plans would have to have been drawn up anyway in order for us to go ahead. We are now at the point of instructing our architect to put the plans out to tender as we need more accurate estimates of costs in order to put in funding applications.
Until we have any new information, the original estimate of the total cost is still our best guide but it is only a guide. So you can see that while £40,000 might be very encouraging from a small congregation we still have a long way to go and will need all the help we can get, both human and divine!
It was a big encouragement in May 2016 that Bishop Christopher stopped by on his Pilgrimage and prayed for the project.
This year though we have had some very generous friends who have helped us begin to develop and care for the community aspects of the building in ways that have been very helpful.
In March our railings were repainted for us by a team of volunteers from ABC electrical and Network Rail. Melbros Building Supplies were also extremely generous with donations of paint.
In April we held a Community Leaders Breakfast attended by 17 local business and community leaders, many of whom went on to play a vital role in the Celebrate Our Community Day on June 11th. Tesco raised £270 for us by raffling off a TV and then another £170 at our Community day by holding tombola stall. They also helped us out by providing refreshments for a fund-raising fashion show. Thank you Sharon from Tescos!
Also in April Bellway Homes and TLC landscaping installed two raised beds in our grounds, free of charge. The idea behind these beds (known as PJ Veg Beds) is that they become a community resource, not just providing vegetables but also offering opportunities for community connection and learning together. For more info on this email email@example.com or look on the website under the PJ Veg Beds page.
In late May The Princes Trust sent a team of young people to repaint our Church Hall, they did a great job again at no cost to us and even managed to do a lot of tidying around the garden as well
In June we held our Celebrating our Community Day and officially opened the PJ Veg Beds. We also dedicated a new garden bench purchased by the Ladies Group in memory of Edith Ingram.
In July another team of young people came from ‘The Challenge’ and got us started on a redecoration of the choir vestry. Church members pulled together to finish the painting so the choir vestry, rear entrance and toilet is now looking much more presentable. Generous donations from church members allowed for new curtains and a new carpet. The plan is to use the room as more of a seminar room to hold small courses.
Also in July Sheila was invited to Knightlow Primary School where a group of enterprising Year 6 children had been inspired during a visit during the Bishop’s pilgrimage to raise funds for Project Welcome. They made cookies, sold cakes and washed cars raising an amazing £150 for us. Finally in July Clifton Chiropractic, our near neighbours along the road from the church, entered a team into the Rugby Half Marathon on our behalf. Four runners raised over £400 for us.
We are hugely grateful to everyone who has helped us so far. We would ask you please to continue to remember us, both in prayer and in action.
If you would like to support us financially there are a number of ways. Cheques to be written to St Peter and St John Church ‘Project Welcome’ or you can pay by BACS to Lloyds sort code: 309717 Acct number: 41213168. If possible please download and complete a Gift Aid form from our website (www.peterjohnchurch.org.uk see the Project Welcome page) and send that to us along with your gift. If you are able to donate online go to Justgiving and search for Project Welcome at PJs. From this page you can make a one off donation or contribute a regular monthly amount. You can also leave a support message on the website perhaps dedicating your gift in someone’s memory. Donating online means the Giftaid can be collected automatically for us.
We are currently making applications for large amounts of funding, please pray that these will be successful and meanwhile if you have any fund-raising ideas of your own, small or large, it’s easy to set up a page on Justgiving to get your friends to sponsor you to climb a mountain, have your head shaved or sit in a bath of beans (other ideas are equally acceptable!)
We will try to send out another newsletter in the new year, meanwhile do keep an eye on the website for update.
Sheila Bridge (Rev) Minister in Charge St Peter and St John’s Church.
Rev Sheila Bridge
This the blog page for Project Welcome, please click on the link below to donate to Project Welcome through Justgiving.