Progress Reports

May 2019

We acquired a rather fetching THERMOMETER to show the progress of the fundraising and it’s just as well that this reporting page is one continuous story or we would have had difficulty fitting it in!

February 2019
Peter Hill, chairman of the Appeal, wrote about Wivenhoe’s response to the Transformation Project Survey in an article published in Wivenhoe News.
it can be read by clicking here.

January 2019
In August 2018, the Appeal team launched a Wivenhoe-wide Survey which was promoted extensively to find out the views of local residents to better understand how much support there is for the Transformation Project. Some 285 people responded to the Survey, most electronically. Over half of these people had been to St Mary’s for a church service; nearly two-thirds had attended a christening, wedding or a funeral, and 75% had been to a social function such as the June or December Market. Only 26 people who responded had little reason to visit the Church.
I think it is fair to conclude that…. read the full article and the Survey results here.

Friday 21 December 2018
A third event organised by the Appeal team on Friday 21st December was very successful.
Anthony Roberts (in the spotlight & in full flow below) recited Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol absolutely fluently, stopping only to let the audience of some 75 people enjoy a glass of wine and a mince pie half way through.
All those people were transfixed by the Anthony’s performance which was enhanced by the new lighting in St Mary’s- only just completed in November. So another phase of the Transformation Project has been completed to make the Church a more welcoming venue and a special for services and events as this one.

Sunday 14 October

The Appeal Fund has grown now to just over £28,000. This is the money which has been donated since the official launch. Most of this money has come from non-church members which is very encouraging and a fact I can use when we begin writing grant applications. What is also really great is the fact that we now have people contributing a total of £550+ on a monthly basis. If you support the aims of the Transformation Project to enable St Mary’s to fulfill a greater role in Wivenhoe; if you want to express your support for this objective: even £5 a month will be significant! See the ‘How to donate’ form.

The other thing you could do to help us would be to complete the 7 simple questions on the survey about the future role of St Mary’s. Basically: should it change and how? Let us know – click here to see the Survey.

Finally, we have started organising Appeal events.
These will mainly be Concerts. There was a very successful one in September, featuring the newly-formed Encore singing group. Next, on Friday 2nd November, St Mary’s will be full of 50 performers for another concert, this time by the Wivenhoe Orchestra, the Comrie Singers and the Wivenhoe Recorder Consort. They will be performing familiar songs and tunes that evening. It promises to be a very good evening. Hope you will come.
-Peter Hill, Chairman, the Transformation Project Appeal team-

Mon 30th July – The Appeal has been successfully launched with many people in Wivenhoe already supporting it.

More than £20,000 has been raised in the first few weeks of the Appeal. This is in addition to the earlier Appeal for funds towards the costs of completing the planning application. Whilst good progress is being made on this front, there is still much work to do. Applications to grant-making trusts can only begin when we are further down this road of approvals.
In the meantime, it is the case that the more local support we can evidence for the Transformation Project, the stronger our chances of successful bids. Please click here to see how you can support the Appeal too.
Peter Hill, Chairman, the Transformation Project Appeal team.

Sat 5 May 2018 – The Appeal for £375,000 for the Transformation Project officially launched.

The St Mary’s Transformation Project Appeal was officially launched on Saturday in St Mary’s with the Bishop of Colchester, the Right Rev Roger Morris attending and our MP Bernard Jenkin who also came.
Bernard later tweeted:  Tremendous project for the whole of Wivenhoe! I’m on board! There were lots of people in evidence during the afternoon.  Town Mayor, Cllr Mike Newton, also came later to express his support for the Project.