1st February 2018
The days are growing longer and, if you ignore the dire warnings of snow to come, Spring is on the horizon. It is therefore time for me to write my annual letter to keep you all informed about our fundraising efforts over the past year, the work planned for All Saints Church and the proposed events for 2018. First of all, however, I would like to wish you all a slightly belated happy New Year and to thank you for your continued support of “Friends of Morston Church”.
In last year’s letter I told you of our two unsuccessful applications to the “The Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund”. However, it was decided that, thanks to a very generous bequest to the PCC, we had sufficient funds to carry out a large proportion, if not all, of the major work needed on All Saints’ Church. So in the hope of good prices we tendered for everything, but still found ourselves over our budget by approximately £100,000. It was therefore decided to delay proceedings in order to make an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the shortfall. Unfortunately, we have just heard that this application has also been turned down. A reduced scope of work is now being discussed with the builders. It is now thought that we will be able to carry out the following work:
· Overhauling the rainwater goods,
· Relaying the drains,
· Re-leading the chancel roof,
· Installation of roof alarms
This should make the church significantly drier and ensure that the lead stays on the roof, unlike some other churches in North Norfolk, from which there have been significant thefts recently of roof lead.
In the 2016/17 financial year we raised just under £20,000 with subscriptions, the Quiz night, the Shovell Dinner and an excellent Book Sale, which, with the refreshments and plants, raised a staggering £11,400 over the three days of the May bank holiday. The total raised in the year, after expenditure, was over £5,000 more than the previous year and represents the highest annual income since the foundation of ‘The Friends’. This is a great achievement and I must thank and congratulate all of the committee and the many helpers, too numerous to mention individually, who put in so much time and effort into helping our cause.
This last year we joined a new scheme, called “Easyfundraising”, to help raise funds for the “Friends of Morston Church”. Most major companies in the UK have a budget to give to charities and this scheme is supported by over 3300 major on-line retailers, from the likes of Amazon and eBay to high street retailers such as John Lewis and Sainsbury’s. If you buy anything on-line, then, if you do it through easyfundraising.org.uk, the retailer will give a percentage of the price of your purchase to your nominated charity. It will not cost you any more! I personally have raised money through purchases of stationary (Viking), travel and hotels (The Trainline, Expedia, BA, Booking.com), wine (Majestic) and even my annual car insurance renewal. So I urge you to register with easyfundraising.org.uk and nominate “Friends of Morston Church” as your chosen charity.
We are planning an additional fund raising event this year, which should not be missed by anybody interested in horses and/or horse racing. We have kindly been invited, by Sam Bullard, a Director of Darley Stallions, to a tour of the Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket. This is one of the most successful studs in the world and will be a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of such a pestigious establishment. Please see the enclosed ‘flyer’ giving details of the day trip in July.
Please make a note in your diary of the dates of our events for 2018, as follows:
- Quiz Night Saturday 3rd February; Contact Joc Wingfield: 01263-740431
- Book Sale Sat-Mon 5th – 7th May, Morston Barn, To donate books please contact: Sally Metcalfe (07813-369145) or Peter Tibbetts (01263-741082).
- AGM Saturday 23rd June, Morston Village Hall at 6:30pm.
- Dalham Hall Stud Tour Thursday 5th July, Contact Carole Bean: 01263-740038. Or Peter Tibbetts (01263-741082) or FMCDalhamTour@aol.com.
- Shovell Dinner Saturday 13th October, Contact Joc Wingfield: 01263-740431.
I hope to see you at one or more of these events and please feel free to invite friends and relatives.
As in previous years I ask that if any of you have email addresses and would not mind receiving future correspondence electronically, please let me know by sending me a message at email@example.com.
Thank you again for your support.