Church Reordering Progress

20 August 2019


Work on the church is progressing very well although, at the time of writing, the interior still looks more like a bomb site than a place of worship. Having said that, most of the essential infrastructure works have been completed, including service ducts, drainage and essential foundation repairs to the floor structure. The floor levels have been established ready to receive insulation, heating pipes and final dressed stone finish and the vestry floor has been completely replaced. The stone columns and ‘angels’ have been cleaned by sand blasting and will look spectacular when the rest of the walls are decorated.

Meanwhile, externally, the roof slates and lead gutters have been repaired and the stonework to the main gable wall has been completely repointed with a lime mortar. By the time you read this the scaffolding will have been taken down and the new drainage and services connections in the road will have been completed (sorry about the temporary traffic lights).

The next stage becomes more exciting as the contractor moves from demolishing things to building stuff that we can see. Despite a few setbacks, the project is roughly in line with the original budget and, assuming we can raise the necessary funding, will be finished on programme. We are hopeful that we can shortly hold an ‘open afternoon or evening’ so that people can come and view progress for themselves. This is likely to take place towards the end of September – details to be announced.

Please continue to support the project and the remaining fund raising, and, also, please pray for the reordering and finance committees, the professional team, Hart Design and Construction and their sub-contractors. As we look forward to reopening the church as an enhanced place of worship and a community asset, let’s also thank God for this opportunity to further His work in this place.


People are now coming together to raise as much as possible of the £180,000 shortfall between the money we already had and the cost of the entire project. Since we vacated the church building approximately £14,000 had been raised by the end of July. This comprised lump sums, either donated or raised at fund raising events, together with the income from those who had created regular standing orders.

Unfortunately, we have not been too successful raising money from grants allocated by various trusts and the Heritage Lottery Fund, but all have indicated we could reapply, a process which is ongoing.

Could I strongly encourage any of you who have not yet made a donation in any way to do so, details of how to do this are at the end of this article.

There are a number of fund raising activities in the pipeline. Over the coming (at time of writing) bank holiday the Lamb PH is holding a Family Event and all proceeds are being donated to our project, similarly The Grapevine (formally The Salutation PH), and other local firms have indicated they will also be supporting us in some way. It shows the community is coming on board to support a project which will be of benefit to all.

One of our members raised £200 at a coffee morning held at her house for neighbours and friends, and we are aware of others planning similar events – could you do the same? Are you a member of an organisation which might consider holding a fund raising event with either all or a percentage of the proceeds being donated to the project?

There are plenty of ways you can help with the fund raising efforts, from running your own event, to supporting others. Please keep an eye on the facebook page and website for details of upcoming events. You can also give directly-

Five ways to give

    • Cheque – Payable to “PCC Mangotsfield – Reserve Fund”, place in an envelope in the Sunday collection or pass to our treasurer Sylvia or churchwardens Chris and Roger. Alternatively post to St James Church Office, c/o Roy Preddy Funeral Directors, 2 Cossham Street, Mangotsfield, BS16 9EN.
  • Cash
    •  Place in an envelope marked Cre8 and hand in as above instruction for cheques BUT do not send through post.
  • Bank online transfer
    •  Please make payment to Sort code 30-84-75 account 5309 2060, with reference to “Create 800” to help easy identification
  • Credit Card using Virgin Money Giving pages
  • Standing order
    •  Instruct your bank to pay into the account details given under Bank online transfer.

May I encourage anyone who pays income tax to use the ‘gift aid’ facility, whereby the government gives an extra 25% of the donation made, eg if you donate £1 we receive £1.25.