9th January 2018
St Mary and All Saints, our Church in Droxford, has at last been given permission, both by Winchester City Council and the Church of England, to build the extension on the north side of the Church to house a much-needed kitchen and toilets. This is the culmination of five years of hard work by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and Friends of Droxford Church (FODC).
The first task we faced was to save the Church, which was in danger of being closed and mothballed. An intense campaign of fundraising was undertaken, and the result was spectacular, over £250,000 was raised, largely from a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). These funds have enabled the Church to be saved and repairs to the roof, tower, eastern walls and drains were completed last year.
An integral commitment in the successful HLF application was the promise of a community room to make the Church accessible to the wider community in Droxford. The north chapel has already been prepared for transformation into a community room. Do look at the stylish glass screens, if you have not seen them yet, and you can see the potential of this space for the planned volunteer-run café.
Now, we turn our focus towards building the promised extension on the North side of the church to house the kitchen, office and toilets. These are the standard facilities expected to support a public building and church in the 21st century.
Fundraising for building this extension has already started, and we have funding pledged by a number of bodies and institutions including HLF, Hampshire County Council and South Downs National Park Authority. We are over half way to the funds we need, but we are not there yet, and need every bit of help from the community we can get.
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