Haddenham Baptist Church is facing one of its greatest challenges of recent years. Following a quinquennial inspection, it has been found that there had been serious ingress of water in the building. This appears to be due to a drainage system which needs upgrading, a roof which over the years has deteriorated and because of the nature of the building material, Witchert, water has been retained and has seriously damaged the walls.
All of this, with the help of specialist firms, can be rectified, but at a significant cost.
The estimate for all this work is £500,000, some of which we hope might be covered by grants but we will be fund raising to help us reach this very ambitious target.
We will post regular updates of building progress and fund raising activities, and any other relevant information.
Hat and Boots Restoration Appeal has now rasied £14,000 thanks to the genorisity of many people and profit from specific events.
Haddenham Baptist Church launched its Hat and Boots Restoration Appeal to raise funds for vital repairs to this unique witchert building. One week on, the Appeal has raised an incredible £14,000 Baptist Minister Jonny Fillis said “I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported Ross and myself during our 90 mile Wychert Way walk, our Open Day and all our fundraising activities. It was a really great way to start what will be a long road, so thank you all.”
Appeal Co-ordinator Francesca Flaxton said “The response from the local community has been amazing so far. The Open Day and Wychert Way walk raised almost £4,500 and the rest has come from generous donations, other local events plus Gift Aid. It’s clear there is a lot of support in the village to preserve Haddenham’s witchert heritage”.
The afternoon of singing hosted by Roger Jackson went well and raised approximately £400. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.
Another fundraising event for February is an evening of Blue Grass music led by the talented Roger Jackson, and his band ‘BlueJay’. The event to be held on 31st March 7.30pm is in the sanctuary of Haddenham Baptist Church.
Tickets in advance: £7.50 from Blooming Fruity/£8 online https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hbc-hat-boots-restoration-appeal Tickets on the door: (if space allows) £8
Then on Wednesday 5th April we have an afternoon of Easter treats………….