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Church News

Last year was a busy one with normal services successfully achieved and the main festivals celbrated as usual. An innovation was a special ceremony on 2nd November to pay respects at our only war grave where Private Frank Thomas of the 13th Royal Hussars lies at rest.

But our special concern during the year was the condition of the church which badly need re-decoration. However, we did not feel able to embark on this until the roof, from which an increasing unmber of slates were slipping, could be restored to a sound condition. We decided to obtain a full architect's report so as to have professional backing fo any fundraising that would inevitably result. We therefore commissioned Andrew Wood, an experienced architect with accreditation to work on ancient buildings.

Andrew Wood's examination revealed some serious problems in the roof that need addressing now. We therefore applied for a grant from English Heritage and were delighted to receive an offer worth £94,000 provided we can find match funding of some £23,000. Unfortunately that is not the whole story. The English Heritage grant will only cover the essential works to secure the long-term integrity of the roof. The ultimate aim is to redecorate the interior which, unfortunately, will include replastering and repointing in many areas before any paint can be applied. A further £37,000 will be needed for this. We have so far collected £6,000 towards that target.

The Walks
The income from the annual walks have given us the confidence to accept the English Heritage offer. Last year's walks were a great success; contributing over £2,000 and giving our new Fabric Fund a flying start.
Many thanks to those who joined in!

Devon Historic Churches Day 11th September 2010

Devon Historic Churches Day 11th September 2010

The annual Devon Historic Churches Day in aid of the Devon Historic Churches Trust will take place on Saturday 11 September 2010. This regular event is planned to help raise funds for the maintenance and repair of all churches in the county. The idea is for interested people to make sponsored visits by bike, on foot or however they wish to churches participating in the scheme that are specially kept open throughout the day.


Because of the work in progress, Dunterton church will be open only from 10.00am to 12.00 noon on Devon Historic Churches Day this year. The contractors, Darrock & Brown of Bodmin, specialists in building conservation, will be represented and will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be on sale and parking available in the Glebe House field opposite the church.

Dunterton Church Renovation

Dunterton Church Renovation

Readers will be aware that something has been going on at Dunterton. This is the story.

In 2008 we realised that we could not proceed with the urgently needed redecoration until we had made the building watertight, as recommended in the previous Quinquennial. This had also reported that the limit had been reached on the number of tingles holding up the roof slates. With the help of grants from the Allchurches and Headley Trusts we commissioned a full report from architect Andrew Wood of Plymouth.

Andrew discovered that the wooden structure, supposedly holding up the roof, was seriously faulty. The total cost of the necessary renovation was estimated at about £206,000. This included work on the external masonry, on the tower roof and external drainage. We decided to apply for a grant from the English Heritage Lottery Fund. After a survey by English Heritage's architect we accepted an offer of £13,000 towards a £17,000 'project development' in 2009 leading to works this year that English Heritage considered urgent, estimated at £122,134 and for which they offered £81,000. These excluded the tower, the revised drainage scheme and the cost of redecoration. The parish's 'match funding', after deduction of recoverable VAT, was to be £2,095 and £22,944 for the two phases respectively. Securing this money by the end of 2009 was a condition of the grant. But of course we also needed enough to cover the cost of redecoration and certain other items not covered by English Heritage although we decided that the tower roof would have to be postponed.

The Project Development stage identified sufficient detail to allow tenders to be obtained from contractors. In the event the lowest, at £107,735 (excluding VAT) from Darrock and Brown of Bodmin, was accepted. The work is now in hand and the estimated completion date is 19 November 2010. The aim will be to complete the redecoration in time for Advent Sunday, but this will be dependent on no snags turning up in the meantime and on the state of the funds after all the bills have been paid.

Our fundraising over 2009, which also had to meet normal church expenses (insurance, common fund, Vicar's expenses, etc), came to about £7,000. Much of this was donated by many of you who are reading this article; we are truly grateful for your support. The rest of the funding was the product of appeals to many grant giving trusts of which the following responded with great generosity: the National Chruches Trust, Viridor Credits Pennon Environmental Fund, the Idlewild Trust, the Devon Historic Churches Trust, the Alan Evans Memorial Trust, the Woburn Charitable Trust and the Viscount Amory Trust.

With your help and contribution of these trusts, All Saints Dunterton has a future. It is now up to us to encourage the fullest use of the church for regular worship, for occasioal events and for the inspiration of current and future passers by to call in and contemplate the eternal truths that lie beyond our daily lives.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid makes a huge difference to us. We Received over £500 back from the taxman last year.
Signing up has caused some delays at the start of the walks. Thank you for your patience over this. This year we plan a slicker system based on cards on which the necessary declaration will be printed. A single signature will then cover all future donations.
We have used the addresses that you have given us in past years. We would lie to assure you that these addresses are kept solely for this annual notification and will not be shared or used for any other purpose whatsoever. But if you would prefer to have your details removed from our list please let us know, likewise any change of address.

Grand Skittles Challenge

Many thanks to all those who came, played and otherwise enjoyed them selves, at what was a delightful evening.
The Challenge Shield was won by the 'Village Idiots', the team name describing the winning talents of Jaqui and Mike Marker and Sue Champion.
What was organised as a re-instatement of a long past Benefice event, also proved financially successful, adding £216 to the Fabric Fund.
Thank you all so much.

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