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Thought for the Week             

Joy is never in our power, and pleasure is. I doubt whether anyone who has tasted joy would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasure in the world.



St Botolph’s Church was nearly destroyed by fire during air raids in 1943. It had its own team of fire watchers which dealt with several incendiary bombs, although one fell on a radiator and the resulting fire was extinguished by the escaping water! We now face another crisis, caused this time by water rather than fire. Our massive tower needs urgent repair, with a new roof and careful attention to all the brickwork in order to make it watertight.

Total cost of the repair  £204,800

We can reclaim the VAT  £34,130

So we have to raise   £170,670

To date, a sizeable contribution from St Botolph’s reserves, money raised by The Friends of St Botolph’s (charity number 1099296) and other grants and donations amount to £155,770 leaving a shortfall of £14,900.

We would be delighted if you are able to help. Any donations will be gratefully received and acknowledged. Cheques should be made payable to The Friends of St. Botolph’s and sent to the treasurer, Trevor Exton, at 47 Constantine Road, Colchester CO3 3DX.