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'Catch the Vision'
 We are looking to make some significant internal structural changes to the rear of All Saints' Church, Longstanton to include installing a toilet, kitchen and meeting facilities for use by the wider community.

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'Catch the Vision'

We are seeking with your help to make some significant internal structural changes to the rear of All Saints' Church, Longstanton to include installing a toilet, kitchen and meeting facilities for use by the wider community.

The church remains at the heart of the community whose members see it as a representation of God's incarnational presence in their midst. They come to have their babies baptised, their weddings blessed and their dead buried in the presence of God.

The current population of the parish is around 3000 (and growing) and will be considerably increased should the first phase of the "Northstowe" development take place (1500 homes), which will effectively double the size of the village.

We need to cater for the increasing demands placed upon community buildings both in terms of the servicing of spaces and the numbers of people likely to be using them, without losing space for worshippers.

With an ever-increasing local population and the pressure on other community facilities, the need to maintain a place for religious encounter becomes ever more necessary.

We feel our role is as much to enable this encounter to be made all the clearer by enhancing the simplicity of the space for worship without detaching it from the heritage of Christian worship.

An existing parent/toddler group (Mini-Jaffas) meets in church on a Tuesday morning but after a time of worship has to move to the Village Institute because we lack toilet facilities. This is inconvenient and has an element of risk, which we are seeking to remove.

We have organised concerts, exhibitions etc. but the lack of toilet and kitchen facilities makes this a logistical problem reducing their effectiveness.

The Parochial Church Council has previously attempted to create facilities external to the church building but, having met an impasse with the local authority, now feel that their best option is to pursue an internal solution to achieve their mission requirements.
 

• We need toilet facilities in order to improve "accessibility" to the church and to satisfy requirements under the Children's Act.
• We need the ability to serve refreshments/food for up to 50 people to improve the versatility of the building.
• We need additional safe space for our children/young people to meet during church services.
• We need to have a space which can be used for church events and wider community activities including messy church
• We want to achieve this while enhancing the quality of the existing building for worship and reducing "clutter".

If we were to go ahead with the proposed works it would cost in the region of £300.000,which would provide a new kitchen, toilets and fellowship area at the west end of the nave with a gallery above reached via a timber staircase located at the west end of the south aisle.

As part of the project it is proposed that the organ be moved to the east end of the north aisle in the scheme, the font and north aisle east window will be moved to the middle of the south aisle, and the Hatton pew reformed into cupboards in front of the mausoleum in the south transept.

New floor finishes in the vicinity of the works, lowered former pew platforms, a new fitted kitchen and ringing floor in the tower are all part of the project.

The recent Community Questionnaire makes us believe that we have wide public support for our proposals.
We have already met with the Diocesan Church Building Officer and developed a Business Plan.

Whilst we do not anticipate the project will generate income, it will enable us to fulfil our mission in a more viable way.
However to get such an ambitious project off the ground and adequately funded we need YOUR HELP and SUPPORT to make our vision a REALITY.

As already indicated we are anticipating the cost of the project to be in the region of £290,000.
As well as applying for grants from various bodies (not always easy to obtain), as part of that process we do have to demonstrate that we have the drive and ability to raise funds within the community.

How can you help?

We fully appreciate that in the current economic climate times are difficult for many, but we believe that there are also people who have funds and savings, which could be used to ensure that All Saints' Church has a prolonged future.
If you can offer financial support in any way (however modest), please contact:
Arthur Savage (churchwarden) 16 Prentice Close, Longstanton
OR
John Frost
13 Thatchers Wood, Longstanton, Cambridge. [john.frost@o2email.co.uk]

Further details of our project can be found on our website at:
http://friends-of-all-saints-church-longstanton.org.uk