Tower Project Update

Tower Project Update

Heritage Lottery Fund has offered St Thomas Beckett church a grant of £181,300 under its Grants for Places of Worship scheme to carry out urgent tower repair works, the installation of mains water and drainage a WC and for heritage activities.

Statement of funds (rounded)

£181, 000 – HLF

£8,500 – Parochial Church Council

£4,500 – from fundraising activities

£5,500 –pledged from Church and community fundraising

£199,000 total so far

Our target estimate will be confirmed in March’s Tower Project update.

From where will additional funds come?

Other grants

Local fundraising activities

Sponsored events

Donations & legacies

Progress on building works

Our first task in November was to advertise and select a new conservation architect to take this project to the next stage. Carl Andrews from Soul Architects was appointed to commence work at the beginning of January. Check out Carl and the rest of our team on the Church website

Carl is already busy scoping and organising for investigative works to the tower. Plans for building works will be drawn up between May and July and a proposal submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund for approval.

How can you help?

We would really like people to get involved in drawing up exciting and innovative plans to celebrate Tugby’s heritage. Several ideas have already been suggested:

Anglo-Saxon Encampment, eating, drinking, making merry the medieval way

Family Heritage Treasure Hunts,

Church Guided Tours, or offer to lead them

Medieval Craft Activities,

Bat Watching for Kids,

Annual lectures taking in subjects such as medieval archaeology

Try you hands at bell ringing

Organise a fundraising event

Take up training (free) to help manage our website

Can you think of any more?

Contact any of the project team through the website

Facebook Tugby Together

Tweet to @tugbytogether

Our key milestones

November 2015 – Receive Heritage Lottery Fund grant and go-ahead 2015

January 2016 – Appoint Conservation Architect

February – appoint a contractor for roof investigations

March – Undertake roof opening up works

April/May – Prepare detailed drawings & advertise for main contractor

June – Submit plans to HLF & Historic England

July – Issue tenders for reordering & submit applications for statutory permissions

August – Tender reviews & Submit plans to HLF

Autumn/Winter – Celebrating success with our Heritage Festival Day

March 2017 commence works

Autumn 2017 Celebrating our built heritage – summer 2017


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