Hinckley Search Society Hit £1000 raised

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Hinckley Search Society held one of their metal detecting events in Offchurch.

The event raised £160, bringing their total fundraising to date to £1090 !

Congratulations to all who have been involved in the events. The society would like to extend special thanks to Don Simpson for his work in organising the land available for the events. More events are being planned.

Dave Mann handing over the proceeds from the day to Don Simpson

Dave Mann handing over proceeds of the days detecting of £160 to Don Simpson.

Photo courtesy of W Burton.

Regeneration the DVD

REGENERATION The DVD – This is a record of St Nicholas Church, Radford Semele from the 12th Century to the present. It covers early history, archive film and photographs, including the disastrous fire of March 2008 and the events that followed. The film will culminate in the celebration of the reopening of the church after its restoration.

It will be a lasting record of the church’s place in the life of the village. The DVD will be available immediately after the reopening of the church. All proceeds from the sale of the DVD will go to the Restoration Fund.

If you would like to be informed when the DVD is available, please contact James Fleuty (883708) or Alan Jones (334443).

Martin Green’s Guitar Music CDs

Martin Green is selling CD’s of his own guitar music in aid of the St Nicholas Restoration fund.

These can be purchased for £10 via Martin’s website www.martingreen.me.uk or by contacting Martin directly on 01926 613466.

Martin’s website also contains lots of information about his music and charitable causes.

Bulletin No 14

Dear friends,

We have some good news !

The Planning Application has been submitted at last … Since the village meeting in January at which the Architects presented their plans and model for the restoration of the church and despite the church being “under wraps”, much has been happening.

It has taken some time to get the detail right, but it was agreed at a meeting on July 15th to go ahead and present the plans to the planning authority and the Diocesan Advisory Committee. Both these bodies are crucial in the progress of the project, and we have kept them informed with details of how it is all developing, so hopefully their decision should not take too long.

Once permission is granted, the project will be drawn up in minute detail and costed ready for putting out to tender. So we have taken a big step in moving on to the next stage of this, and are praying that nothing will hold up the process.


May I also take this opportunity to turn your attention towards our fund-raising efforts. As you are aware from previous Bulletins, the insurance company will pay a large part of the re-build cost but in order to create facilities within the church for both present and future generations, a further £90,000 is needed to install toilets, a kitchen and an office as well as providing facilities for wider community use.

We are encouraging anyone who would like to run a fund-raising event, whatever that might be, to simply have a go.

We have already had some excellent events – the Village Voices concert, a poetry evening, a few metal-detecting afternoons, and a talk about hearing difficulties have help raise over £3,000 so far – a magnificent sum.

Our fundraising total now stands at over £14,000.

So if you want to hold or help run an event to raise funds for the restoration project, or to make a donation, please contact James Fleuty (883708) or Don Simpson (426652).

Donations can also be made via the website www.stnicholasrestoration.com

Rev Martin Green