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St Botolph’s Church      

Colchester               

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can

look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.

(John R. Rice)


PLEASE CAN YOU HELP US?


ST BOTOLPH’S TOWER REPAIR APPEAL


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.


Original cost of the repair  £204,800

We can reclaim the VAT  £34,130

So we had to raise   £170,670


By the time the work started in July, we had succeeded in raising this sum, thanks to 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. Unfortunately, the work has revealed more problems with the roof timbers and brickwork, so we now have to find an additional £20,675.


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.


Click on the arrow on the video below, about the project.  If your browser does not display it correctly, please go to the clip at click here