Funding Success

We are tremendously excited to announce that the Walcot Foundation has decided to award us £40,000 over two years in recognition that our project will help get young people into work by training them in both “soft” and “hard” skills.  Walcot don’t only give money – they also give on-going support.  Their application process was…

Can YOUR employer help?

When Farah, a member of our church community, knew that we were raising money for such a great project, she spoke to the person in charge of her work’s charitable giving scheme. As a result, she secured £500 from her employer, Land Securities, towards our community hub. Thank you Farah! Many firms have schemes to…

£10,000 raised through Vicar’s Marathon!

An amazing £10,000 (including Gift Aid) has been raised through Richard’s marathon, thanks to generous sponsorship and commitment by all the runners. A number of donations came in the post from people we didn’t know at all.  One of the most amazing was from an elderly lady who had read about our project in the…

Marathon Success For All!

We were all winners last Saturday when our vicar, Richard, completed his Greater Tulse Hill Straw Bale Marathon in a time of 5 hours 20 minutes. Among those who accompanied him were Tarron, aged 8, who ran a big 2k; Jaleel, the third fastest U13 100m sprinter in the country; Ally, who signed up for…

Marathon Route Mapped Out

The Greater Tulse Hill Marathon is being run by our vicar, Richard, on 4th October, with nearly twenty others running alongside for parts of the way.  Richard says, “I’ve only been running a couple of years, but I’ve managed 20 miles twice now, so I think I’ll be able to stagger through to the end.”…

New Painting by our Resident Artist

So – we did it!  Built a more or less to scale model of the new building at the school fair – just under 2metres long. Carrying it back to church was like transporting the ark of the covenant.  Fortunately no-one stumbled and met with instant death!  Here is Priscilla Watkins’ sketch of the proceedings.

Our model will be THIS big…

Only another 46 bricks of florists’ foam to cut into 8… A bit more wood chopping, then pack it all away to be created at the Holy Trinity School Fair.  To represent hazel pins, we’ll be using kebab sticks (not shown here). If it all comes together without all falling down it will be quite…

Preparing Straw Bale Model for School Fair

On 14th June at we’ll be making a 2 metre long model of the main part of our Straw Bale annex at Holy Trinity School Fair.  Those helping build the model will be able to see how a straw bale building is constructed and learn something about the advantages. The “bales” will be made from…

Gearing up to Giving Sunday

Inspired by passing the £100k mark, the project team are now working out how to get to £200k! We hope we’ll get a good boost towards this from our Gift Day Sunday on 15 June. In the weeks before this service we will be handing out pledge forms and asking people to prayerfully reflect on…

£100k milestone reached!

Thanks to some sacrificial giving and great generosity our Straw Bale fund has now reached over £120,000.  That means we’re nearly a third of the way towards our initial fundraising target of £380,000.The figure includes a grant of £15,000 from the Church & Community Fund, but the rest has been mostly given be members of…