Urgent Repairs needed

APPEAL TO SAVE ST ANSELM'S

The Quinquennial architectural review highlighted the need for urgent repairs to the roof, bricks and stonework.  The neo Gothic building, built in 1874, is suffering from significant deterioration now.  There is evidence of damage caused by damp as the Victorian building did not have a damp course and the cloister roof needs complete renewal with some timber supports suffering rot.  The roof is leaking in several places and the gutters, downpipes and drains need attention.  The church is of great historical significance and boasts many unique features including "Arts and Crafts" windows in Whitefriars Glass, the WWI memorial and a unique carved oak rood screen. It would be a great loss if the church cannot continue to be self financing.

We may be eligible to put in a bid for National Lottery funding but to secure the sums needed, a charitable endeavour must be able to show its ability to raise half of the money itself.  This is a massive task but we are working to find a solution and estimate that we will need to find funds in the region of £60,000.   " It is a remarkable building and means an awful lot to the local community.  We have to turn to their generosity and time to help secure the future of St Anselm's."  The situation is worsened by the new parking restrictions which have dealt the Church a crushing blow by the loss of hall hire and events. A review has taken place and we hope the proposed system will help alleviate some of the problems.

Donations from the Hatch End Association as well as from individuals have already been gratefully accepted.

The Fund Raising Challenge was launched in November 2014 with efforts by individuals and special events including dinners, cream teas, coffee mornings, sweepstakes, sales and raffles. Almost £12,000 had been raised by the end of December 2015. This, with a £20,000 grant from the Diocese has meant that some of the most urgent works have been completed but there are still more structural work and damp coursing to be dealt with as well as damaged brickwork and defective tiling to be addressed.

If you can support the church in any way, please contact the church wardens or PCC Secretary by e mail jwhiteheadpr@aol.com .  You can also donate online by accessing "BT my donate/The Parish Church of St Anselm Hatch End"