The vicar says the campaign has got off to a flying start thanks to the phenomenal support the church has received from residents and businesses alike:
“In the run-up to the 250th birthday of the Jewellery Quarter’s St. Paul’s Church, our new fundraising effort aims to raise £250,000 for its 250th birthday. I performed the official launch of the fundraising campaign at the church’s summer fete on 30th August.
“I am delighted that the fete was a roaring success. We had food and drink outlets, a variety of stalls selling local products, Blue Dot Radio and a succession of musicians providing music all day, dancers performing on the Square, classic cars on show, portrait painting of visitors, as well as organ recitals and church tours inside the church. Most important of all, we saw a huge turnout of local people enjoying these entertainments and their surroundings on the Square – and they bought raffle tickets galore!
“I am very grateful to all the sponsors, donors, contributors, organisers and volunteers who worked so hard to make the fete and the launch of the fundraising campaign the success it undoubtedly has been. We have already passed £10,000 on our way to achieving our target of £250,000.”
Being nearly 250 years old, the church needs consistent and significant spending over the next few years to retain its position at the heart of its community for centuries to come. In addition to organising further fundraising events, the church hopes to seek grants for the work needed to repair and keep safe this Grade I listed building.
A survey will be running through September to enable the local community to have their say about the community services residents and businesses want from St Paul’s Church and also in St Paul’s Square. The evidence provided by responses to this survey will strengthen the bids that will be made for such grants. Residents and local businesses especially are asked to complete the survey, which can be accessed on the church’s website here: