Welcome to our website where we celebrate the sixth year of the Friends of Wateringbury Church
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NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN 2017
and update on the Shingles
Dear Friends and all who support us,
Let me begin by wishing you all a very Happy New Year. In the paragraphs below, I have set out our current position and our plans for 2017.
Over the course of almost 6 years, FOWC has raised an outstanding £27,500 with 2016 being particularly successful due to some very generous donations, specifically towards the spire.
Therefore, considerable progress has been made in enabling the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meet its funding requirements to initiate the ‘Re-shingling of the Spire’. At the end of 2016, the Board of Trustees met with the Chair of the PCC Building Committee to receive an update on progress and to conduct due diligence of funding use on behalf of all those who have so generously donated towards this project to date. FOWC has already committed £10,000 to the project but is now in a position to potentially offer much more; the final amount will depend on project planning and further due diligence to ensure success. With the Spire being the main effort for the PCC Building Committee and FOWC, by working hard together, we hope that the project may be completed in 2017 and I will update you through the website on project timings as they become known.
I have formally called on Reverend Nick Williams and have briefed him on our work to date. I will be meeting again with him in the early months of 2017 to discuss the work of FOWC; as you would expect, he is extremely keen to support our work.
Looking ahead to the 2017 diary, we look forward to continuing our momentum in raising funds and supporting the Spire and future projects. The dates for events in 2017 are:
11 March Trustees’ Spire Project Update Meeting
25 March Membership Drive and ‘Talk One’
04 June Pimm’s Tent – Village Fete
07 July AGM
10 Sept Strawberry Tea Party – Manor Farm
30 Sept Trustees’ Meeting
11 Oct ’Talk Two’
25 Nov Church Christmas Bazaar
You will note that we are planning to continue the talks in this our 7th year of operation. If you know of anyone who you think might be a good speaker and would be prepared to speak for an hour on a topic of interest, then I would ask that you contact the Secretary.
I have set a new target of £30,000 to be achieved by the end of FY17/18, and we look forward to your continued support in 2017.
Lastly, I offer FOWC’s sincere thanks to Mr and Mrs Mark English for the use of Manor Farm for meetings and the gardens for the Strawberry Tea Party – we hugely appreciate their continuing support.
Once again, Happy New Year,
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After many years of being baked by the sun and battered by the elements, the wooden shingles on the Church spire have finally perished and are in urgent need of replacement. All 14,000 of them. Before it is too late.
It is hoped that work could start on the spire next Spring – depending on funding. It could cost as much as @£70,000 for oak shingles. FOWC has pledged at least £10,000 towards the cost of the re-shingling…
FOWC is offering you a unique opportunity!
For only £1 per shingle, you can sponsor a shingle – or as many as you would like – and we will put your name in a special Commemorative Book which will be kept as part of the village’s legacy.
If you would like to sponsor a shingle and be part of this generational legacy project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone FOWC Secretary Frances English on 01622 812471. Alternatively, look out for us at village events,
Thank you to all of those who have already sponsored a shingle. Your donations are very much appreciated!
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Recent Fundraising Events 2016
Thank you for your superb donations taken at the evening for the talk on ‘Wateringbury and the Battle of the Somme’. Presented by Col William English and Terry Bird, the talk gave a fascinating insight into the machinations of the Somme Battle and the implications the War had for Wateringbury itself. The illustrated talk ran alongside an excellent display of Somme,WW1 and local memorabilia and the evening raised a tremendous
Thank you to everyone who gave their support to this evening.
Strawberry Tea Party
Once again, we would like to thank those of you who supported us at our annual Strawberry Tea Party back in September. We couldn’t have been luckier – the weather was just perfect for an afternoon in an English country garden. Walking through the Yard, admiring the stunning vintage cars parked alongside, then sipping Pimm’s, indulging in Strawberries and Cream, tea and cakes and splashing out on the White Elephant and children’s Lucky Dip whilst playing croquet, badminton or simply lounging on the lawn – perfect! Including our collection for the Shingles, we took an astonishing
Thank you to everyone who gave their support to this event.
David Wilson-Green cycling up Mont Ventoux!
Many congratulations to David Wilson-Green in his amazing cycling challenges he undertook for FOWC during the summer, culminating in his tremendous ascent of the notorious Mont Ventoux!
David raised a tremendous £1537 towards the re-shingling of the spire! Thank you, David!
AGM – the AGM was held on 19th July 2016. Please see the ‘Minutes’ section for a look at the Minutes and the message from the FOWC Chairman.
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SUPPORTED US AT YVONNE’S ITALIAN GARDEN LAST WEEK! DESPITE THE INCLEMENT WEATHER, MANY PEOPLE CAME TO ENJOY THE TRANQUILITY AND BEAUTY OF THE WHITE GARDEN – AND OF COURSE THE DELICIOUS CAKES AND COFFEE!
A magnificent £250.00 was raised plus £80.00 for sponsor-a-shingle
Thank you for your tremendous support
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SUPPORTED US AT ‘HAVE WE GOT NEWS FOR YOU’ EVENING ON FRIDAY. THERE WAS AN EXCELLENT TURN-OUT AND SUCH WERE THE FASCINATING STORIES FROM FLEET STREET, THAT WE ALL WANTED MORE! IT WAS AN EVENING PACKED WITH FUNNY AND POIGNANT MOMENTS OF AN ERA THAT SADLY WILL NEVER BE EXPERIENCED AGAIN.
A magnificent £259.00 was raised plus £40.00 for sponsor-a-shingle
Thank you for your tremendous support
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SUPPORTED FOWC’S PIMM’S TENT AT THE VILLAGE FETE. IT WAS A FABULOUS DAY AND WE RAISED OVER £500!
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THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED OUR STRAWBERRY TEA PARTY!
ON THE AFTERNOON, WE TOOK A TREMENDOUS £780.11! THE TRUSTEES WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED; BROUGHT ALONG DELICIOUS CAKES, DONATIONS FOR THE RAFFLE, THEIR TIME OR BY SIMPLY COMING ALONG AND ENJOYING THE AFTERNOON.
THIS MEANS THAT WE HAVE NOW REACHED OUR £15,000 TARGET – THANK YOU!
The Chairman and Board of Trustees offer sincere thanks to those who have supported and continue to support the Friends over the last five years. The Board looks forward to enabling further projects with your continuing support as part of your village legacy.
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For your support in coming to the beautiful and tranquil Italian Garden of David and Yvonne Marks, nestled in the Heart of Wateringbury.
We raised a magnificent £353!
All proceeds go directly to our charity.
FOWC would like to thank everyone who joined us at our Pimm’s tent at the Wateringbury Fete. It was a beautiful day and was a great success all round. Thanks to you we raised a whopping £520.02 profit!
Our target of £15,000 by March 2016 is growing closer and closer! Thanks to you we have raised £13,800!
Over the last four years we have raised a magnificent £13K through individual donations, business donations and fundraising events. All monies go directly to the maintenance, improvement and preservation of the church and churchyard to promote public interest in the church, its history and its work.
At the end of March, every household in Wateringbury received a membership leaflet through their letterbox. At only £10 per annum, we ask that you consider taking out a new membership for 2015 or renewing your current membership. Please help us to continue our improvements for the church and churchyard. If you haven’t received a leaflet, then please feel free to ring Frances English (Secretary) on 01622 812471 and she will send you one or pick up a leaflet at the church or post office.
Our first completed project has been funding the new internal church door. Hope you’ll agree it looks great!
Anyone can become a Friend of Wateringbury Church, even if they aren’t churchgoers or even living in the parish. Perhaps you may value the building, its history and traditions, or just feel it’s important for the village to keep the church in good condition. Our overall aim is to assist with the maintenance, improvements and preservation of the church and churchyard, thereby promoting public interest in the church, its history and its work. Join us to help the church maintain its role at the heart of our village.
Thank you for your support at the Christmas Craft Bazaar!
The sale of chutneys, adult manicures and children’s nail painting and donations raised an excellent sum of £68.50.
It was a very enjoyable day and thank you to all of those who supported us.
Eleanor English (CIBTAC/CIDESCO) hard at work
THE FRIENDS OF THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, WATERINGBURY (FOWC) has been registered by The Charity Commission for England and Wales as a charity – Number 1151983. This follows the recognition last year by HMR&C of our charitable status for tax purposes, making all donations eligible for Gift Aid. This is really good news, as it will make our task of raising money for the church more rewarding and a bit easier.