We've been busy over the past year or so in a whole host of ways. One is our desire to make our Church Building as welcoming and fit for purpose as it possibly can be. It has been a place of worship and a centre for the community for many centuries and we want that to continue for many more.
Recently, this has included a brand new boiler and complete replacement of our lighting system (Feb thru' June 2017). if you haven't been to see our well-lit church, then do come along on a Sunday!
Our next project is a big one... We have been advised to remove the concrete rendering that covers the building. This is not just for aesthetic reasons, but to help preserve the building from long-term water damage caused by water getting trapped behind the render.
As part of this project, we have recently been awarded £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Please see the press release below:
UPDATE - October 2019; we have also been given grants by AllChurchesTrust (£5250) and the Garfield Weston Foundation (£15000) for which we are very grateful.
OUR CHURCH RESTORATION PROJECT
Our project to repair and restore our Church Building
The hidden heritage of All Saints Church Patcham will soon be revealed thanks to a £100,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
All Saints Church, dating back to the 12th Century, was built like so many Sussex downland churches and medieval buildings, of field flints. The ugly cement render put on sometime during the 19th and 20th centuries, and in recent years causing serious deterioration to the original structure of the building, can now be removed to expose the original flintwork. The church is appreciated by many in the local community and is often used for weddings, baptisms and funerals in addition to regular church services, as well as other community events. Sue Ward, Churchwarden at All Saints said, “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will go a long way towards supporting our major restoration project. Being awarded this grant will mean being able to pass on the building to future generations. It will also allow us to increase its usage as a heritage venue and centre of historical interest.” For more information, updates on the restoration project and our fundraising efforts visit our website
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, and use #HLF supported.
Michelle Roffe, Head of HLF South East said: “We are delighted to support this project, which, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, will mean that more people will be able to get involved with, protect, and learn about the exciting heritage right on their doorstep.”