Chris Jones, Rector at Newchurch said; “The way the community has got behind this project is amazing, demonstrating the graveyard is considered by many to be a very important community asset. It’s not only people who attend church services who value the churchyard but it is the whole community. We have had donations from people living locally and even one which came from a former Culcheth resident now living in France!”
“The emails and messages of support have been astounding. For example, following the internment of her husband’s ashes a parishioner turned to me and handed over £1000 cash in his memory.” Donations have come via the JustGiving Site along with kind messages of encouragement and other donors have just delivered their donations straight to the Rectory.
“The Churchyard Project is the chosen charity for the annual Strawberry Tea to be held on Saturday, 29th July, at the home of local Councillors, Sue and Keith Bland, other support has come from local activities such as flower arranging; the money earned for a flower arranging demonstration has been donated.”
“The community’s support really is overwhelming – we’ve even had envelopes pushed through the Rectory letterbox with “Drainage Fund” written on the front of the envelope, no names - some in excess of £500!, It is heartwarming to experience this kind of support. I personally just want to thank all those who have been so generous in giving to this community project – thank you so much.”
“All the monies donated so far have been boosted by donations from All Churches Trust Limited, Warrington Borough Councils Neighbourhood Fund, The Lions and The Rotary Club of Newton and District Jubilee.
As the church give a final push to raise the rest of the money needed to complete the project, they are actively seeking further funding from a number of organizations.
It is hoped that the work on the project will start in September, 2017. To find out more about the project visit the church website at www.newchurch-christchurch.co.uk and look at Newchurch Latest News. Our JustGiving site can be found at www.justgiving.com/newchurchcy. You may also donate by sending a cheque to The Rectory, Jackson Avenue, Culcheth, Warrington WA3 4ED (cheques payable to Newchurch PCC Drainage Fund) or make a cash donation at Newchurch Parish Church or the Rectory, please mark clearly that your donation is for ‘The Drainage Fund’.