We have now raised £35462.50 towards our new Back Hall. We are using the money we are now able to claim through gift aid as a registered charity to supplement the funds for the Back Hall. We are exploring a variety of avenues to raise funds and if you have any ideas please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've been trying for the past 3-4 years to get Charitable Status, with our applications getting stuck several times, however, we're now excited to say that we're almost there and just awaiting the charity number.
This is important as it allows us to access other funding streams for the building.
On the building front, we're acquiring the final quotes from groundworks and other bits and bobs that we'll need to furnish the building. We're also working on our Building Control Application. We're keeping working on the project - slowly but surely it is taking shape. Thanks for keeping praying.
We have been informed that we have been granted planning permission for the plans that we submitted to the council, so now work will begin on securing the remaining funding that we need for the building.
If you wish to see the plans visit this link to the Basildon Council Website. PDF drawings
Please pray that we'll secure the funding so that we can begin the project as well as getting the practicalities sorted for the building work to start.
Just a brief one - we had an update from the planning department on Friday saying that it had been passed to the chair of the planning committee, with a recommendation that it was approved. It will either be approved this week or passed to the committee. Keep praying!
We've received some excellent publicity, completely out of the blue, from two of our local newspapers.
The Echo and Recorder have both picked up on our planning application (result due on the 18th February) and have given us most of a page in their papers.
We're obviously very grateful.
Here are the links to their articles (Will open in a new page)