Community Hub Progress Report – August 2017

Restoration and interior works

The restoration phase of the Community Hub Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Friends of Droxford Church (FODC) was completed late last year, including the tower renovation and new south roof. The next phase, the installation of glass screens in the North Chapel area, was completed in March.  This development has met with universal acclaim and if you have not already done so, please visit the church and see for yourselves.  We are looking forward to progress the new Community space and the Heritage project in this area (see below), but the full use of this space requires the support of kitchen and toilet facilities which are planned in an extension to the North Aisle.

 

Progress on this third and final phase, building the extension, continues but less visibly while we complete the planning procedures. As St Mary and All Saints Church is a grade-1 listed building these are necessarily protracted, and involve several different authorities: Historic England, South Downs National Park/Winchester City Planning, the Portsmouth Diocesan Advisory Committee, and recently the Church Buildings Council – the Church of Engand’s national body for advice on ancient churches. Recently achieved milestones include:

  • Planning application for the extension submitted and completion of the statutory notice period for SDNPA/WCC planning with no objections raised. Historic England wrote to confirm their support on Heritage grounds. The planning decision is pending.
  • Completion of the 28-day church notice period for the granting of an ecclesiastical faculty. No objections were raised.
  • Model of the proposed extension displayed at the Country Fair in June, and over 200 visitors signed a statement of support (98% of those asked)
  • Visit of the Church Buildings Council on 11th Christina Emerson and Matthew Saunders (CBC Member) visited the church for a review of the extension proposals.  The Dean, Archdeacon and Secretary of the DAC were in attendance.
  • Following the CBC meeting (above) an Options Appraisal and Impact statement were submitted to the CBC who have now confirmed their support for the location of the proposed extension.
  • The Chancellor (the authority in the Diocese of Portsmouth for granting a faculty to build the extension) will visit the church on 11th August.   
  • We are hoping to complete the planning phase of this project by October.

 

Heritage

The Heritage group coordinated by Michael Chandler held a public consultation meeting in late March.  Activities have paused while the planning process for the extension is completed, but we expect to restart in September.  For further information concerning the heritage activities please contact Michael Chandler on 01489 878741 or email mjchand110@gmail.com.

 

Community Hub Extension

Fund-raising to complete the extension project (approx. 60% funded to date including £75,000 from Hampshire County Council) is ongoing and we are looking at several grant opportunities to help complete the funding.

 

Cricket Match Sunday 27th August, Droxford Recreation Field

A charity cricket match of Hampshire all-stars vs a local team (Saints vs Sinners?!) will be held to raise funds for the extension on Sunday 27th August.  Please join us – burgers and drinks bar and cream teas will be available, or bring your own picnic.

 

For further information please visit our websites at: www.friendsofdroxfordchurch.org.uk and www.bridgechurches.org.uk                           

Project Management Committee          August 2017

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