Our sincere thanks again to everyone who pledged a donation to the Extension Appeal. All pledges have now been realized and it is proposed that the names of people concerned (unless they have advised otherwise) will be recorded on a list held in the extension. A wall plaque will show the charities and other institutional bodies that have contributed to the Appeal. Appeal Fund still growing
The Fund now stands at over £175,000, more that £5,000 above target. Revisions to the contractor’s original quotation show that this additional funding may well be essential.
The Appeal Committee is particularly grateful to Annol Boston who very kindly agreed that donations in memory of her late husband Gordon be divided between the Extension Appeal and Practical Action, the latter an international development charity very close to Gordon’s heart.
A further contribution has been made by Alec McGivan from sales of his latest Rabbit and Mole booklet, bringing the total raised by these stories to more than £2,500 which is a tremendous achievement. Many thanks, Alec. Our gratitude also goes to the Parish Council for agreeing to purchase certain fixtures and fittings for the new meeting room.What now?
Construction should start before the end of March and will take some five months to complete. David Greasby is doing sterling work negotiating with the architects and contractors to ensure all goes well. A major challenge going forward will be to juggle the various flows of grant monies. Each donor has different requirements – at one end the grant has already been paid with the only request being to notify when the project is finished; at the other we have to attend an initial workshop with the donor to discuss how the grant will be provided, complete reams of paperwork each time a part of the grant is claimed and address cash flow implications of each tranch of the grant being paid up to three months after we have paid the contractor’s invoice. Bring it on!
A final word of thanks to all members of the Appeal Committee who have worked tirelessly over the last two and a half years to deliver the requisite funding. What is the next village project, I wonder ?
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