St George Edgbaston

Let there be light

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Please be an Angel and help us to bring light back to our church!

It is a huge disappointment to have our application to Veolia Environmental Trust for grant aid turned down after receiving much encouragement from them.

Although they recognise the amount of hard work (and the hundreds of hours put into the application) they were sorry that we did not more closely match their Trust priorities.  We knew that charities, for the most part, do not readily fund projects which are mostly for heating, lighting or re-spacing but we really were most hopeful.  Veolia further states that as their grant scheme is over-subscribed, they would recommend that we wait at least 12 months before reapplying to them.

The consensus, at this point, is that there is no point in that.  The Diocese has granted a Faculty for the whole of the lighting works which is valid for a year.  And we have a quotation for the work which is good until the end of June 2021 and then any increase in materials or labour would need to be reconsidered.  However, the church has invested too much in time and effort in the lighting project to give up now.

We have done extraordinarily well so far, with many generous gifts from members of the congregation, lots of fund raising activities producing amounts both large and small and grants from local trusts and friends of St George’s.

We have managed to secure 70% of the sum needed for the project which leaves £20,000 yet to be raised and believe that we can achieve this.  We hope you feel the same.  Could you consider contributing towards this vital work to improve the lighting capacity of St George’s to meet the needs of our congregation and the growing community?

Is there, perhaps, some individual aspect of the new lighting (such as the planned new spotlights for The Lady Chapel or the Sanctuary) which you might wish to sponsor in the name of a loved one?  You could really become an Angel of St George’s!