Letter: further £25,000 needed for Horsham church

HOLY Innocents’ parishioners are feeling the warmth of their new heating system. A big thank you to the public and parishioners for the £25,000 already raised.

Sadly, a further £25,000 is needed and the ‘Turn up the Heat’ appeal continues.

Parishioners of The Church of the Holy Innocents, Southwater’s parish church, were amazed and delighted by people’s generosity when the £25,000 mark was reached, allowing the replacement heating system to be installed just in time for Christmas.

The Rev Kesari Godfrey and villagers were delighted when the new heating system was up and running. They can enjoy their beautiful Grade II Listed church with its lovely stained glass windows once more.

Godfrey said he was overwhelmed by both the efforts made to help raise the funds and the generosity of villagers and the public: “The Turn Up the Heat appeal has really helped us to become a focus for the village once more as we brought back exciting events such as the summer fair and barbecue. We hope to build on this in the future. Already we are planning a special thanksgiving event for later this year.”

As churchwarden, I would say that it was a huge amount of work and we are so pleased the new system is working well, but there is still much to do and we urgently need to raise further funds.

Initial professional estimates for the replacement of the existing and inefficient oil powered system with a modern conventional oil fired boiler and heating system gave an indicative cost of £30,000.

This included replacement radiators and pipes, an efficient new boiler and oil storage tank. With this type of project, there were additional necessary costs so the church faces a total bill of £50,000.

This includes the bringing in of mains water to the church for the first time, together with all of the professional fees including the specialist architect and archaeologists, electrical works, trenching and adjustments to the existing church furniture which has to be altered to allow for the new radiators.

Of the £50,000 needed, £25,000 has been raised and so the remaining target for the Turn Up the Heat Appeal is £25,000. The church receives no funding from councils and other organisations and relies on people’s generosity.

Various events are planned over the coming year, the first of which is a social evening and talk on bees on Thursday February 16 at the church at 7.30pm when the Science Director of the International Bee Research Association, Norman Carreck, a Southwater resident, will ask ‘Do bees matter?’

Everybody is familiar with the furry bumble bee and the honey bee kept in hives, but there are many more kinds of bee – some of which have suffered dramatic losses. ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ of honey bees has made international headlines.

Norman Carreck says that the latest results of colony losses worldwide show that honey bee colony losses are continuing, although the extent varies considerably from country to country.

Norman belongs to an international group of scientists investigating all possible reasons for these bee losses. He looks at the latest thinking and what can be done by the ordinary gardener to help the bees.

He asks us to consider if bees are important and, should they become extinct, whether the human race will die out within four years as Einstein warned.

Tickets are available at £7 to include a complimentary glass of wine. Call Andrea on 01403 733982, visit Stems the Florist, Lintot Square, or pay on the door.

DEBBIE MOORE

Churchwarden, Holy Innocents’ Church

Church Lane, Southwater