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Landfill Communities Fund for the benefit of Gloucestershire

Christmas comes early for St Stephen’s Church

Press Releases - 11/12/2015

St Stephen's Church in Tivoli is feeling joyful and triumphant having this week been funded a heavenly grant of £15,000 towards their roof appeal by the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, which allocates grants from the Landfill Communities Fund provided by Cory Environmental.

The Church has been working tremendously hard, since the summer, to raise £120,000 to repair their much-loved Grade II* listed building and they had the hopeful and ambitious aim of raising £60,000 towards the roof appeal by Christmas-time. This has now been delightfully achieved, with the help of the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, bringing all at St Stephen's Church early Christmas joy. The grant will make a significant difference to the Church and will ensure that Phase one of the repair works can commence next Spring.

The St Stephen's Roof appeal, which has now raised £68,000, was set up in order to raise vital funds to repair and safeguard the fine Middleton building, following a five-year building inspection report which identified urgent works. The works required will include the replacement of thousands of roof tiles, a complete overhaul of the rainwater system, and seriously damaged downpipe, re-pointing and much more.

Team Rector (Designate) Father Nick Davies speaks of the pure delight he feels from this grant award: "It is without doubt one of the most wonderful letters to receive on a rainy morning. We are so very grateful to The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust for supporting our urgent St Stephen's Roof Appeal and their grant of £15,000 will allow us to commence the Phase one repairs next Spring. We would also like to whole-heartedly thank the community and congregation for all of their incredible support and hard-work with helping us to reach £68,000 in such a short space of time - we really couldn't do what we are doing without them. We are still working hard to ensure that we can raise the remaining funds and will be dancing from the roof top once the project is complete. We hope to carry phase two repairs a year later, in Spring 2017."

Father Nick continues "To have raised such a brilliant amount since this summer is a real testimonial to just how special St Stephen's Church is. We have been working hard applying to trust and grant funders and have to date been successful with grants from Community Pride, The Notgrove Trust, The Alan Evans Memorial Trust, AllChurches Trust and Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust. Applications are still being made to funders and we are praying that they can support us with this urgent repair project. We have recently written to the local community and have many fundraising events planned for people to attend and get involved with, such as a lunch with wine at The Beehive on Wednesday 17th February 2017 and a drinks reception and lecture on the history of our Church on 22nd June 2016. We have achieved so much, but still have a long way to go to reach our total, with £52,000 remaining to raise, and are praying that we can restore our Church to its full glory with the support of many."

A failure to deal with the repairs now, could leave St Stephen's Church open to having to respond to emergency repairs in the future which may be beyond their means and which could, in a worst case scenario, lead to the closure of the Church. Therefore, the works are absolutely vital to guarantee that it can continue to stand with pride at the heart of the local community and be a safe place for people to visit.

If you would like to support the 'St Stephen's Roof Appeal' or find out more, please call Natalie Norman on 01242 573508, email natalienorman2014@gmail.com, follow @StStephensChelt or visit https://saintstephenscheltenham.org.uk/appeal/