January 2019, and phase 2 of the work on the church site is underway, with discussions being undertaken with the design and build team on which area of the church to start with and when the work should begin. The amount of work that is required is quite large covering
- Repair to the external walls, especially the front wall
- Internal walls to be re plastered
- New windows – a total of 14
- Repair to the doors
- New floor as the old one is rotten
- New heating, wiring and lighting
- Redesign of the interior space to generate dividable areas
- New Kitchen, Toilets, Storage and Church Office
- Total redecoration
- New Car Park
The initial work planned is to commence work in April starting with the removal and replacement of the floor, then prioritise the other areas subject to available funds and weather during the year and God willing to have the majority of the work finished by late 2019.
We are still fund raising to cover a shortfall and are always interested to hear from anyone who could help with this. Already plans are underway for two people to do a sponsored walk along the 63 miles of St Cuthbert’s Way at the end of June, and further grant applications to assist us. More events are planned and any ideas welcomed.
We are pleased to say that a generous grant towards the work has been received from All Churches Trust (https://www.allchurches.co.uk) and this together with our funds in hand will help us get a good start.
A big thanks goes to
All Churches Trust for the grant
Bardfield Design and Build for not only the work but the continued assistance and support
The people of Great Sampford and friends wider afield for the support and interest in the project
Rev Sue and her husband Malcolm moved into The Old Baptist Hall which is the new manse in November 2018 and have now settled in. We continue to thank God for all he has done and will do in our community in the future.
We do still need to fund raise for the repair and upgrade of the church, so if you have any good ideas or want to support us please contact our Pastor: Rev Sue Johnston on 01799 586164
Unfortunately due to Malcolm’s ill health this year we will not be able to provide Christmas Day lunch as usual but hopefully it will be back on the menu in 2019.
The work on the church hall to convert it into the Manse (the home for the pastor and family to live) started in June and will be finished October so hoping to move in during November 2018. There will be an open day on Saturday 27th October for anyone especially from the village who would like to come and have a look 10am – 1pm
Bardfield Brass will be doing a Christmas concert at the Baptist Chapel on Saturday the 8th December 8pm Tickets £4 from Rev Sue Johnston 01799 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bardfield Brass will be doing a concert at the Baptist Chapel on Friday the 11th May 8pm Tickets £4 from Rev Sue Johnston 01799 email@example.com
Thanks to all who came and the musicians for making it an enjoyable evening.
Easter Monday Walk – April 2nd arrive at church from 10.30am to start walk at 11am, 3 and a bit miles around Great Sampford followed by lunch about 12.30pm in the church hall of jacket potato, cheese and beans plus a pudding. If you can let us know numbers for lunch that would be helpful, donations towards lunch and the support of our building project appreciated but there is no obligation, we just look forward to seeing you.
Thanks to everyone who came on the walk with us even though it was a very muddy one. I think I can say it was enjoyed by all, especially the dogs. Lunch was enjoyed by walkers and non walkers alike and my thanks to those who prepared it.
Bardfield Brass will be back with us on Saturday 2nd December to play Christmas songs
Jazz concert Saturday 29th July 7.30-10pm featuring Chas Clowes and friends, an evening of fun and entertainment. Tea/coffee/cake available in the interval. Tickets £5 from Rev Sue Johnston Tel 01799 586164 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to Chas and his friends who gave us an evening full of fun and entertainment as they had promised, it was a fantastic evening enjoyed by many and we raised just over £200 for the church roof.
1st May Bank Holiday Monday – Paul Williams Memorial Walk – This is a sponsored walk of just over 3 miles around the village of Great Sampford in memory of Paul. Meeting at the church from 10.30am to begin the walk at 11am. Upon our return we will have a buffet lunch in the church hall. Posters and sponsor forms now available soon, well behaved dogs welcome too. We are aiming to raise money towards a new roof for the church which we desperately need especially before next winter.
On the 1st May Bank Holiday Monday we had the Paul Williams Memorial walk – This was a sponsored walk of just over 3 miles around the village of Great Sampford in memory of Paul. Meeting at the church from 10.30am we began the walk at 11am. Upon our return we had a buffet lunch in the church hall. We are raising money towards a new roof for the church, which we desperately need, especially before next winter.
To see pictures of the walk click here
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the sponsored walk, whether you came and walked with us and raised your own sponsorship money, sponsored someone who was walking, supplied food or was at the church getting it ready for the return of the walkers, we thank you all. It was a great Bank Holiday Monday walk, the rain held off and over 40 people, men, women and children turned out as well as 5 very well behaved dogs and then we sat down to lunch together. Paul would have enjoyed it greatly if he had been there, especially the lunch.
On the 6th May there will be a spring brass band concert by Bardfield Brass starting at 8pm. Tickets £4.00 now available from Rev Sue Johnston
‘Rev Sue Johnston took on a 5 day challenge to raise money for the Baptist Chapel in Great Sampford from the 21st until the 25th June 2016.
Her challenge consisted of working around the village during the week. First in Moor End Stables, then at Goldstones Garage, followed by Great Sampford Primary School, Salix Farm and then The Red Lion to complete her challenge. There she was pulling pints behind the bar. Our thanks to those who gave support the final total raised was just over £5000 for which we give thanks to God.