National Churches Trust award to St Petrock’s

The PCC applied to the NCT for a grant to help with the cost of providing modern facilities in our village church. We were thrilled to learn in August that our application was successful and an award has been made for £10,000. With a project cost of £46,007 this is our most sizeable single donation to date since fundraising commenced in June 2017. We are now just under £10,000 short of the amount needed to be able to pay for the completion of the improvement which will benefit the weekly congregation, the use by the village school, the regular use by community groups and all the usual festivals and daily availability of a beautiful Listed church to the entire community and all visitors. St Petrock’s is open every day of the year. Everyone in the village should by now have received a letter from our Churchwardens with detailed information about work completed and in progress. Do visit it, do support it and help us cherish a village asset.

St Petrock’s PCC wins £1,000 Movement for Good award

St Petrock’s Church PCC has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public.

The PCC was nominated to win a £1,000 boost as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.

The money will help reach a target figure of £46,000 to provide an accessible toilet and servery in the church which will be available every day of the year to those who come to worship as well as all those who live locally or visit our community for holiday and heritage purposes on Exmoor. Fundraising has been active since June 2017 and a total of £26,000 has now been reached.

Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. St Petrock’s PCC was one more than 7,000 charities which were nominated by an amazing 98,000 members of the public to be in for a chance to win a financial boost.

The PCC is acutely aware that it is important to install an accessible toilet, bring in a water supply, provide baby changing facilities, and a small servery which will enable the continued growth of a wide variety of community activities.

John Gratton, Churchwarden, said that ‘we are now a step closer to providing modern amenities in a sympathetic and well-planned essential improvement in our church which will benefit our village and all who visit it, for whatever reason, in the future. As a capital improvement project, this is a big ask for a small village and we are all very grateful for the support which Ecclesiastical has provided and the boost it has given to our fundraising activity. On behalf of the PCC, I thank everyone who kindly voted for us to win this award.’

Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, said: “As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business. We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

Your nomination REALLY counts

£1,000 could make a big difference to the work the PCC does to support St Petrock’s Church, and provide an accessible toilet and servery which will be available every day of the year to those who come to worship as well as all those who live locally or visit our community for holiday and heritage purposes on Exmoor.

That’s why we’d be really grateful if you could nominate us in the Ecclesiastical Movement for Good awards. Your nomination could be the one that wins us £1,000. In total, 500 charities stand to gain £1,000 and we’d love to be one of them.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is fundraising to pay for the installation of a toilet to provide a basic amenity in a small rural village without any other publicly available facility. The church building provides a wide range of social and community activities, so it is essential that this improvement is made. The lack of a basic facility is what can prevent many people, whether attending festivals or services, school children, family groups, community events or tourists, from making the most of a beautiful Grade 1 Listed building.

The PCC has worked hard to raise £25,000 out of the £46,000 needed to install the toilet, bring in a water supply, install baby changing facilities, and a small accessible servery which will enable the continued growth of a wide variety of community activities.

A grant of £1,000 will help significantly towards reaching our target and starting the work which has been approved by the Diocese of Bath and Wells, Exmoor National Park, Historic England and others to achieve a sympathetic and modern improvement to benefit all who live in and visit Timberscombe.

It’s quick and easy to nominate us. Just visit www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good/ click ‘nominate now’ and enter our details. Please note that you do not enter a charity number as PCCs are exempt. Instead, please tick Registration exempt. The closing date for nominations is Friday 17 May 2019.

The more nominations we get, the greater our chance of winning, so please spread the word to your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your time and support.

An Easter Cantata

This Good Friday in St Petrock’s Church at 7pm, Marcus Capel and friends will present NO GREATER LOVE an Easter Cantata by John Peterson.

Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. There will be a retiring collection in aid of church funds to provide an accessible toilet in the church.