Further to an open meeting to discuss repairs needed to St. Anne's Church Oxenhall - held at the Parish Hall on Monday 28th October 2008 - an Oxenhall
Church Roof Appeal (OCRA) committee was formed to oversee both fund raising aspects and also the actual repair.
 
The Chairman of the OCRA committee is John Bowers and the OCRA secretary is Eifion Rees.
 
Regular OCRA meetings have been held with the minutes circulated not only to OCRA committee members but also to all PCC members. We are only a small community and good communication was deemed to be very important.
 
The Fundraising was divided into 3 spearheads
 
  • An Appeal letter to the general community

  • Grant applications to suitable potential funders

  • Actual Fundraising events

Results of the above to date:
 
The appeal letter produced a generous response
Grants have been obtained from
 
  • Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust

  • Gloucester Environmental Trust

  • National Churches Trust
 Fund raising events have included
 
  • Daffodil Teas - an existing event
  • A poetry evening

  • Munches & Bunches

  • Coffee Morning

  • Guitars in the Garden

  • An evening with Julian Dowle - a multi award winning garden designer

  • Monthly Parish lunches

Guidance on Grants and Faculty have been given by Canon Jonathon McKechnie Jarvis at Church House, Gloucester Cathedral.
 
Our church archirect, Ian Stainburn, drew up a specification for the work - it was decided to tackle repairs to the Chancel/Vestry first as a previous English Heritage application for a grant for the whole roof had been declined - with a suggestion of a phased approach. We also thought that to have this work completed quickly would both help generate and maintain our enthusiasm.
 
The job was put out to tender and the contractor selected was Worcester City Tiling.
 
Following a slow start mainly due to inclement weather the work to the Chancel & Vestry was completed in July 2009 - well below the budgeted cost.
 
We have now reapplied to English Heritage for a grant for the Nave roof - and have recently passed the first hurdle.
 
The OCRA committee remain enthusiastic and dedicated and very grateful to all the extremely generous support that has been given to date.
 
September 2009-09-28
John Bowers