Apologies that this is rather later than usual in the month. I have been trying to pin down dates to share with you. The builders have been adding the extra work as agreed: repairing and replacing floor joists, as necessary, and decorating the chancel and the porch. We expect them to complete their work by October 4th giving us time to prepare for the key date for your diaries: that is Sunday 24th October, when we expect to hold a Celebration Service to mark the reopening of All Saints Church in Gresham. The time of this service is still to be confirmed. We hope also, to run the previous week, a series of Open days when you are all invited to come along and view the refurbished building. More details of all this will follow.
Furthermore, we expect to have a series of history lectures in the church, during the Autumn and Winter, as well as some concerts and hopefully an art exhibition. If you know of any groups who may be interested in using the church as a venue, please let me (01263 577794) or, if appropriate, the Concert Secretary, Ros Hele (01263 577373) know. All bookings during this time will be free, expenses will be funded by our National Lottery grant. I will of course let you know definite dates in good time.
The penultimate 100club draw was made earlier in the month. Congratulations go to those with numbers 14 (£25), 86 (£10), and 62(£5). This club has been our only source of fundraising since March 2020, and we are most grateful to those of you who have supported it. Helen Hunter our Treasurer, has run it, but cannot continue to do so, as she and I have a massive amount still to do to organise and run the events promised in our bid, and evaluate them all. If anyone would like to volunteer to continue to run the Friends’ 100 club, please let me know. I am happy to discuss it, without commitment.
I am away for a week beginning 12th September, hoping for some sun in the south and Helen will be away the following week.
During the next six months, I am looking forward to seeing many of you face to face again as the church reopens both for services and our events programme gets up and running.
Julia Drury, Chair,The Friends of All Saints Gresham.