Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
Church and Church Hall Redecoration Announcement - Made during mass on the 15th September 2013
Hello my name is Richard Seamarks and
I’m the chair of our Parish Advisory Council.
I promise I won’t keep you long but on behalf of all the parish advisory
council representatives I wanted to give you an update on some of the things
which are happening & inform you of our next big project which requires parish
Looking back, a couple of things to
update you on – you may remember when it rains heavily our church car park gets
flooded near to the path way to the church entrance. I’m pleased to say contractors are starting
next week and should remove this problem.
Also a few months back a new heating system was installed which will be
more efficient and turn a cold church hall and parish room into a warmer
Looking forwards, as I’m sure many of
you will have noticed the Church Hall and indeed here in the Church are in need
of repainting. The last time it was
painted was back in Father Martin’s era and has stood the test of time well but
as with our own houses from time to time it could do with a fresh lick of
paint. The church hall is in more
desperate need, but if we look here in the church you can see where the age of
the paint is taking its toll. If we look
towards the back left hand corner of the church as you come in you can see what
And if you go for coffee after,
please do take a look at the church hall and parish room walls which are also
in need of freshing up.
At the past couple of PAC meetings,
we’ve debated do we try to do the painting ourselves or do we try to raise the
money and bring in some professional painters.
For various reasons, including the length of time it would take; legal
concerns and quality of finish we’ve concluded it would be best to bring in
professionals. In choosing
professionals, we’ve agreed a stringent set of criteria – particularly as we
would be letting them into our holy Church.
To that end, at least one of the companies we’re looking at it “used” to
working and respecting the building their in and was chosen recently to paint
To bring in professionals, the quotes
coming back to fully prepare, paint and finish off the Church and Church Hall are
approximately £10,000. This I realise is
a large sum of money, but in our recommendation is the best way to proceed and
preserve our buildings for the next 15 to 20 years.
If you would like to support this
cause we’ll be running a second collection specifically for this on the 20thOctober 2013 If you can claim gift aid,
we’ll also have some gift aid forms available so that we can we can boost your
donation by a further 25%
If we are able to proceed with this
work, I’ll be back in touch as we would like everyone to have input into the
best colour paint for the Church Hall.
And looking out towards the medium
term, we’ll be looking into the renewal of the church carpet which is about 18
years old and it’s doing very well but as I’m sure you’ll agree is showing
Thank you Father for allowing me to
make this appeal today and to you all for anything you can do to support our
fundraising appeal on the 20th October 2013. We will then continue to run 2nd collections for this cause until the fundraising target as been met.