Welcome to the
All Saints Church Restoration Appeal Website
Patron: Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth
~formerly Archbishop of Canterbury
Appeal President: Rt Rev'dJohn D E Davies
~Bishop of Swansea and Brecon
THE £1MILLION RESTORATION APPEAL WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED ON THURSDAY 29 NOV 2012
Website updated 13.10.15
The Restoration Appeal will help to secure the future of our ancient and modern Church and develop its dual purpose as a place of worship and for community use.
Our Appeal effectively started with a presentation by the Very Revd. Michael Bunker to the Parochial Church Council in May 2012. Dean Michael with Nigel Morgan will act as our fundraising and project advisors for the year-long appeal.
Dean Michael is one of the most experienced fundraisers for Church appeals in the U.K. During his time as Dean of Peterborough he oversaw a £7.3 million project to restore the Cathedral Church there. He also had to raise a further £1.5 million following an arson attack towards the end of the project. Since retiring he has acted as an advisor to a number of Church and Cathedral projects, including at St. David’s, Newport and Burry Port.
Dean Michael spent a week at the beginning of May 2012 interviewing a wide variety of people from the Church and local community. He believes that our ambitious target is achievable, given the enthusiasm and support he has found for the project at Oystermouth.
At his presentation to the Parochial Church Council Dean Michael outlined how the funds will be raised with the emphasis on a collaborative and wide ranging appeal for support. It is anticipated that a proportion of the Appeal monies will come in through applications to Trusts, Foundations and Charities. Match funding will be sought from people within the church and the wider community whilst All Saints’ will also contribute to the Appeal from monies already set aside for the Restoration.
The project and heritage architect, Dewi Evans, has outlined the twofold purpose of the work we plan to do:
1. The first part is necessary repair and restoration to the fabric of the Church. This will include re-roofing the 13th century tower and other repairs. The nave also has to be re-roofed and the rainwater goods replaced. The north wall needs some structural repairs and the internal stonework of the nave and north aisle will be cleaned.
2. Alteration works will include the construction of a new west porch [which will complete the enlargement of the Church begun in 1915]. There are to be new electrical and lighting installations; new screen to the tower; kitchen facilities; new seating and storage facilities and a digital ‘Bells of Santiago’ installation.
All this, including a contingency fund and relevant professional fees, will mean a target of:
Footnote: It is important to stress that for personal gifts, people will be asked to donate according to their individual means and contributions to our Restoration of any size or amount will be most welcome. In those cases where cash donations cannot be given the option is open for people to lend their in-kind support (please speak to the vicar and/or the Campaign Advisors for guidance) for which All Saints’ would be most grateful.