A concluding reflection
Thanks to a final financial reconciliation by our redoubtable Fundraising Committee treasurer Ken Templeton, and with a last payment of retention monies to the building contractor imminent, it is opportune to look back and report on the outcome of St Agatha’s Extension project - so actively supported by the local community during the three years it took to raise the necessary funds.The funds raised ……..
After all costs are taken into account the net sum raised was almost £177,000. Grants accounted for 56% of this total, coming from 16 different organisations. Personal donations provided 18.5% while local fundraising events gave rise to a further 17%. The remaining 8.5% was from St Agatha’s own resources which started off the project appeal fund.
It would be inequitable to single out particular individuals for their contribution to this outcome. Everyone who donated or who organised or participated in the fundraising events is deserving of thanks; it was heartening to see events such as the concerts, the open gardens, the sponsored walk, the safari suppers, the summer ball and so on bring together all ages and interests in our community. However I would like to express particular thanks to the members of the Fundraising Committee for their tireless efforts throughout.…….. were more than the project cost
The Building Committee, under the formidable chairmanship of David Greasby, brought in the project at a cost of nearly £172,000, split 5:1 between building costs and professional fees. This results in an excess of over £5,000 which will be offset against the original £15,000 from St Agatha’s own resources – a welcome contribution towards addressing other longstanding maintenance issues facing St Agatha’s. A new village amenity
The extension is already being well used by both church and non-church bodies. It was taken over for a time by the team filming ‘The Wonder of Dogs’ and from this month, it will be the venue for meetings of the Parish Council. It provides a very comfortable environment for small gatherings, so if you wish to make use of it, Janice Chilton (836661) will be delighted to talk to you.
Tony Lascelles - Chairman, Fundraising Committee
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