APPEAL LAUNCH SAL@SA – Sound & Light at St. Andrew’s 2019/20

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APPEAL LAUNCH: SAL@SA – Sound & Light at St. Andrews; September saw the launch of an appeal for £150,000 for an upgrade of the present organ, a new lighting scheme and redecoration of the church.

The Parish church remains first and foremost a place of worship that is open every day for public worship, private prayer and to welcome visitors. It stands at the heart of our community as sacred space, a place of encounter with the divine. Increasingly, however, it has become a place where the wider community gathers to enjoy concerts, exhibitions and cultural events.  I welcome the use of the parish church by the whole community, after all the church exists to serve everyone and we are committed to maintaining the church and improving what we can offer.  Our latest appeal will help us improve the organ, the lighting and redecorate the interior of the church.

The current electronic organ is now 25 years old and is coming to the end of its reliable working life. Recent electrical and mechanical problems and the fact that digital technology has moved forward means that we need to consider upgrading the organ.  We have agreed to use the existing console and speaker casing which means the cost of the upgrade will be in the region of £40,000.

The lighting system likewise, is coming to the end of its reliable working life. We are regularly replacing light bulbs, at a call out and replacement cost of £125. Also the light fittings are burning out and are in need of replacement. I remember one Bishop commenting that he had visited too many churches that were lit like car parks and so in our new lighting design we are attempting to be more imaginative. A new LED spot light system which will allow us to more flexible and creative will also reduce our electrical consumption by up to 80%.  The cost of a new lighting scheme will cost around £38,500 +VAT.

The interior of the church is desperately in need of some care, attention and redecoration. It is over 25 years since the church was decorated and in certain areas the plaster is deteriorating rapidly.  It is estimated the cost for repair and decoration will be in the order of £60,000 – £65,000 +VAT.

The appeal for £150,000 will be officially launched on the weekend of the 7th/8th September and I hope people will feel able to respond generously as they have in the past.  The Parochial Church Council has committed some funds from previous generous legacies but we still will have to raise a substantial amount. A number of fund raising opportunities are being organized and people are being invited to get involved by arranging a fund raising activity.  If you would like to give to the appeal or help in anyway please do get in touch.

Making a donation?
Please send cheques made payable to: Holt PCC, Parish Office, St Andrew’s
Church, Church Street, Holt, NR25 6BB (please quote SAL@SA)
OR please make payments directly to the Holt PCC Santander bank account:
Account no. 03810259, Sort Code: 09-01-29 (please use Ref: SALSA)
Cash donations would be most welcome in the church or at fundraising
Please use the special SAL@SA Gift Aid envelopes available in the church
and at SAL@SA fundraising events if you are a taxpayer.
Please let us know if you would like your donation to be acknowledged in
the Church Book of Gifts.
Please contact Barry Holliss, tel: 01263 713479, email:, if you have any other enquiries
about giving to the SAL@SA appeal.

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