for January 2019

 

Work done.
This space now available …

By now many readers will have seen the changes that have been made inside St Thomas à Becket church during the work that has been known as Project TeePee. If you have not looked in at our village church recently then do please do so.

This was not a cheap project and the final cost, including the architect’s fees, was over £80,000 but this is the price of high quality work and materials as required by rules, regulations and our historic responsibility to a Grade 1 Listed medieval building. The money was partly raised through substantial grants from charities such as the Garfield Weston Trust, Wilts Historic Churches Trust, the Headley Trust, the Allchurches Trust, and the Wilts Community First landfill fund (financed locally by the Hills Group). The greatest help, however, came from within Box: fund-raising events where there was often copious spending were wonderfully well attended, including the Auction of Promises, Burns Night and the Caribbean evening ; Budgens gave large grants from the sale of plastic bags; local societies such as the Art Group and Find Your Voice Choir ran fundraising events; a great many people simply gave donations; and a very generous gift by the Friends of Box Church helped us to the finishing line. THANK YOU EVERYBODY.

As a result of all this our village church has two toilets, one of which is fully accessible for
anybody who has mobility difficulties or other challenges. The building also offers much more flexible space than hitherto because some of the pews can now be rolled to one side, creating extra open space in addition to the south aisle where the pews were removed 20 years ago. Chairs can be laid out in a variety of arrangements. Finally and most importantly, there is a new refreshment station and a mobile serving counter which can be positioned as required.

This building is available for community use and the church leaders are keen that the space should be used. Activities obviously should respect the surroundings sensibly, but there is
ample scope for clubs, societies and groups. St Thomas à Becket church could be about to host Scottish country dancing for the first time in its long history! For details of hire arrangements please contact the Parish Administrator in the Vicarage office on 01225 744155 (0900-1200, Tues, Weds or Thurs) or email admin@lidbrookgroup.org.uk.

Charles Freeman