Mike McClure is pictured with one of the leaflets which are available in St Mary's Church, Melton, which explain how you can help the 'Heart of St Mary's' Project. To download a leaflet click here.
support our project
“WHAT AN AMAZING TRANSFORMATION…” or it will be when it’s all finished! What a wonderful resource St Mary's Church building now is, not only to the worshipping congregation, but also to the whole community in and around Melton Mowbray and further afield, with events such as the Christmas Tree Festival, hosting the British Pie Awards etc.
The re-ordering in St Mary’s is now almost complete. The works have included levelling the floor to create a step-free environment, putting in under-floor heating throughout, improved lighting, amplification and audio-visual equipment, a servery and storage space, toilets, a glass “air-lock” in the porch, upgrading the organ and adding a new stained-glass window in memory of our major donor, John Plumb.
However, demands by the statutory bodies has meant that extra costs to the interior floor and outside pavement leave us £167,741 short of our target.
CAN YOU HELP US BRIDGE THAT GAP?
Part of our project has always been to provide new liturgical furniture such as choir stalls, furnishings such as altar frontals and new vestments for those leading worship. These will cost around £135,000 and already a number of folk have said they would like to fund an item in memory of someone. Would you like to donate such an item?
We are also looking to construct a new building for the choir to use, an education room and archive facilities, at around £300,000… one third of which is already promised.
So, there is still work to do to complete our project to make St Mary’s fit for the 21st Century and money to raise…. Can you please help?
SO HOW MUCH DO THINGS COST?
INTERNAL PAVING – the natural paving stones are of varying size so difficult to price individually. However, if you include the work to raise the floor and install under-floor heating, you can sponsor a 1m2 area of floor for £100.
ORGAN – there will be over 2461 pipes in the refurbished organ; you can sponsor a single pipe for £20.
PENDANT LAMPS – there will be 25 new fittings in the Nave, Transepts and Tower crossing; you can sponsor each lamp for £1,500.
FLEMISH PENDANT LAMPS – there will be 8 new fittings in the Chancel; you can sponsor each lamp for £3,000.
PORCH LOBBY – the draft lobby in the West Porch includes 19m2 of plain sheet glass; you can sponsor a 1m2 of glazing for £740.
SERVERY – the servery surround, fitments and storage facility will cost around £55,000. If you are interested in supporting part of this as a group fundraising challenge, please contact us as shown below.
TOILETS – the 2 new toilets in the church will cost £45,000 and will feature in a separate social fundraising event during 2017; however the team will welcome proposals from anyone wanting to sponsor all or part of them.
If you are able to Gift Aid your donation, this can add a further 25% to your gift, or if you want to spread your gift over a 12 month period then please contact us.
To download leaflets explaining how you can sponsor an organ pipe, paving slab or pendant light in St Mary's Church click here or please pick up a leaflet from the Samworth Centre, fill in the details and return it to the Parish Office. If you have another idea to support the project financially, please contact Dina Neale on 01664 565798 or Mike McClure on 01664 482385.
*You can also donate £2, £5 or £10 by text to 70070. Text the word Mary46 followed by the amount you wish to donate.
Above and below: St Mary's Church is a beautiful sight at night thanks to the new lighting. Pictures by Phil Balding.
The church looks spectacular inside as well, as these pictures which were taken at the recent Christmas Tree Festival show.