Church launches fundraising mission

August 31 2018
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A CHURCH in Fishponds has launched a fundraising drive to improve facilities for the community.

Members St Joseph's Church have big plans to refurbish the parish hall to provide  better amenities for groups in the community.

A key part of the project will be to create a second floor so that the charitable pre-school, which has been running there for more than 40 years, will be able to have its own space upstairs with a larger outdoor play area which utilises the flat roof.

The refurbishment will include a new kitchen, redecoration of the main hall and improvements to the toilets, accessibility, lighting, storage facilities and other meeting rooms. The cost is estimated to be more than £300,000.

The church will need to carry out a feasibility study for the project before looking into accessing grants and sponsorship.

A pre-planning application is currently being drawn up for submission to the council. 

Cathy Williamson, who runs the pre-school, said: "The difference that this could make to the children and staff at the pre-school would be amazing. Running a ‘pack-away’ setting takes an enormous amount of energy, time, and effort that could be so easily be spent on more productive activities with the children not to mention the toll it currently takes on our resources and equipment."

Church members are already busy fundraising to support the project, with their next event taking place on Saturday September 29.

The harvest festival barn dance includes a hog roast and barn dance band, along with a raffle and bar. 

Tickets are £15 each and can only be purchased in advance. 

People can buy tickets via St Joseph's Church and St Joseph's Pre-school or by phoning 0782 1269351 or emailing rowenasutcliffe@hotmail.com

You can also buy tickets online by visiting www.eventbrite.co.uk and searching for Harvest Festival Barn Dance.