Bulletin No 15

Dear Friends

At last we have some more good news.

The DAC, which is the church of England’s body that oversees the care of church buildings, has given their formal approval for the plans we presented to you to go forward. This is the church’s equivalent of planning permission, and they are very happy with the plans so far. We will have to get their continued permission as the interior detail develops, but this is an important step forward.

We are still awaiting the decision form the local planning authority, but as soon as that is granted, we can at last begin to develop the detailed plans for the church. It has taken such a long time, and I think none of us anticipated this process being quite so drawn out, but each stage we reach appears to have its own timescale to it and we have no control over how long that is to be. But we are getting there !

So in the meantime, let me tell you of some fund-raising activities, with the emphasis on fun :

Quiz Night & Fun Food Auction
Radford Semele Bell Ringers invite you to a Quiz Night & Fun Food Auction on Saturday 20th November 2010 (7.00 for 7.30 start), in the Community Hall, Lewis Road, Radford Semele. Tickets £5 per person in advance – bring a team or get a team together on the night. Tickets available from Claire (01926 886408) or Fiona (01926 425442). Come with a plate (or 2!) of food to be auctioned! Drinks & a Raffle!

Christmas cards
christmas cardsWe have produced some Christmas Cards to be sold in aid of the restoration project. There are 3 beautiful designs, and they will be sold in packs of 6 cards (2 of each design) at £4 a pack. They will be sold in various places in the village – the Radford Rendezvous coffee mornings, church, post office, RED hair stylists, store and directly from Helen Robertson (01926 339978)

Please consider supporting us by sending out these Christmas cards this year.

Classical Guitar Recital
We are delighted to tell you that Ray Burley, the internationally renowned classical guitarist will be giving a classical guitar recital on Saturday Feb 5th at St Michael’s Bishops Itchington. Tickets will cost £12 (£10 concessions) and are available from Rev Martin Green (01926 613466).

This will be a stunningly good evening, so make sure you come along and bring friends! Tickets are already going, so buy yours early … we have limited numbers.

That’s all for now, but watch out for more events as they come …

With best wishes,
Rev Martin Green

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

Fundraising moves up a gear

Fundraising for the restoration of St Nicholas Church, Radford Semele has moved up a gear now that a target figure of £90000 has been established.

The church was extensively damaged as a result of an arson attack on Palm Sunday 2008. The skeletal four walls and bell tower remain but the only salvageable item from the inside was the Collection Plate – God has a sense of humour!

A Fundraising Group has been set up to co-ordinate the many offers of help that have been received and the first major event was held on Saturday 15th May at the Community Hall in Radford Semele when the Village Voices Choir presented “An entertaining look at the Journey of Life” to a large and appreciative audience.

The Village Voices Choir, founded in 1995, raises money each year for a number of local charities by donating the proceeds of their concerts.

To set the mood, the Choir began with The Entertainer and moved musically through different stages of life, from Teddy Bears Picnic to Now it’s time to leave, taking in songs from the shows, an African medley, the topical Over the rainbow sung by musical director Clare Langstone (“could Clare be Dorothy?!”) and concluding with a rousing rendition of Razzle Dazzle!

A very entertaining evening which raised over £700 towards the target – only £89300 to go!

Article by Peter Morrell

Fundraising concert with Gordon Giltrap

On Friday October 1st, Gordon Giltrap will be performing “An Intimate Evening of Guitar Music” at St Michael’s Church, Bishops Itchington.

The concert starts at 7:30pm, and tickets are £12 (concessions for under 18’s and OAP’s: £10) and are on sale now. Refreshments will be available, as will Gordon’s merchandise.

All proceeds from this concert will go to the St Nicholas Restoration Fund.

Tickets and details available from The Vicarage (01926 613466) or by email Louise@kerrins.net.

Gordon performed a concert last summer here, and it was a sensational evening so don’t miss it ! Tickets are limited and are selling quickly so make sure you get one soon.

Hinckley Search Society Fund Raising

On Sunday 18th April, the Hinckley Search Society held a small event and managed to raise another £70.00 towards the St Nicholas Restoration Fund. This brings their fund raising total up to £750.00 so far. Congratulations to the Hinckley Search Society for all their efforts!

Thanks also go to Don Simpson for his help in the co-ordination of these events.

Hinckley Search Society

Mark Pickles, Hinckley Search Society Commitee member, handing over the proceeds for the day to Don Simpson.

Photo courtesy of W Burton.