FOSM

PROGRESS REPORT - July 2019

Dear Friends of St Michael’s Church Stowe,

It has been a busy month …

It was good to see so many people at the anniversary celebration on the 6th July. And thankfully the weather was kind. We hope you enjoyed the evening.

We were able to announce that the combination of fundraising activity, donations and contributions from trust and foundations has enabled us to raise a remarkable 161,000 so far.

An application to the Heritage National Lottery Fund has been submitted - this entailed an enormous amount of work from many people to complete a very detailed application.

We are unlikely to hear the outcome until mid-September, but fingers-crossed as this would make a significant contribution to our fundraising and the ability to start work.

But our fundraising efforts do not stop there as we still need to raise funds from our own activity - community engagement being an important requirement for any contribution from trusts and funds. So in that spirit here are some dates for the diary.

Dates for the Diary:

Race Night - Friday 13th September

At the Barn Restaurant, Upper Stowe for an 8pm start.

Tickets to be purchased in advance at a cost of 12.50 to include a fish and chip supper and your race programme.

There will be a bar available and all proceeds from the evening will go towards the Friends of St Michael's Appeal for the repair of the church tower at St Michael's.

Tickets available from Felicity Prior 07760 228128

Helen Kirby 07753 660834

A series of lectures on Churches, Country Houses and Prisoner of War Camps on:

Wednesday, 25th September, 2019 – 4.00-6.00 pm

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019 – 2.00-4.00 pm

Thursday, 21st November, 2019 – 2.00-4.00 pm

All kindly hosted by Peter and Judy Ellwood at the Boathouse by the lake in Church Stowe.

Come and learn some interesting and amusing facts. Tickets are 15.00 per lecture or 40.00 for three. In aid of the restoration of our ancient church.

Full details are shown on the attached flyer.

Please circulate the flyer to any organisations or individuals you think might be interested in coming along.

Communications

If you have popped into St Michael’s recently you will have seen that there are new display boards for the churchyard Wildlife Meadow, and also one to highlight some of the key features within the church. When you are in the church there is a also a very clever smartphone guide with a voiceover to bring to life some of the significant features (details of how to activate it are on the display board in the church).

Thank you all for your on-going support.

As always if you know of anyone who you think would like to be kept informed of our activity please let me know.

Yours sincerely,

Friend’s of St Michael’s Church Stowe