- Soup & Pudding Lunch 27th October October 12, 2017
Soup & Pudding Lunch
In aid of the Ropley Church Appeal
Friday, 27th October at 12.30pm
Ropley Parish Hall
Tickets: £10 – available from 01962 773603 or from the Courtyard Shop (01962 773666)
Organised by The Friends of St Peter’s Church
- “All Systems Go” For The Rebuild September 17, 2017
We’re now on the starting blocks for the rebuild – great news and everyone is delighted.
Planning Permission from East Hants District Council was granted on 28 June 2017:
In addition, we now have a “Faculty” (see below) from the Diocese of Winchester allowing us to proceed with the rebuild. The planning permission was a pre-requisite to obtaining this.
There is still much detailed work needed by the Architects before we can go out to tender for the actual building works. This is likely to take some months so please don’t expect work to start immediately.
Thanks are due to so many people for the work involved in getting to this point, but none more so than Andy Bonner who has worked tirelessly on this – coping with the huge and complex documentation and the many consultations involved.
Well done Andy!
What is a Faculty?
The faculty jurisdiction is the Church of England’s regulation of works to church buildings, their contents and churchyards. It ensures that churches are properly cared for, and that whatever is done to them is properly considered beforehand and carried out in the most appropriate way. The system recognises that churches are living buildings, many of which are of great historic significance but all of which exist for the worship of God and the mission of the Church.
A faculty is a licence to carry out work. Any work carried out in the absence of a faculty is illegal.
- Clare’s September Message August 1, 2017
No matter how many years pass since I left school, September to me will
always be new shoes and a nice clean page of a brand new exercise book
looking at me invitingly. But the thing about new shoes is the fact that by
break time you’re usually wishing for the old battered and comfy ones again.
Starting again or trying something new isn’t always easy. Even when there’s
an official first day and everyone is new together it has its challenges. Trying
something again when no one has asked you to or when you’re the only new
one, well that’s just a bit tougher!
As someone who wasn’t really part of a church as a child I know that going
to church for the first time, or even going to a different church, can feel rather
like that; I still remember how odd it all is when you’re not used to it and how
disconcerting it can be to feel like the only one who doesn’t know what’s
coming next or what to do. I believe church is for everyone (but I would say
that wouldn’t I! ) and of course everyone is welcome at every service but
sometimes it helps to have a proper ‘first day’ or ‘first day back’. So whether
you come every week, it’s been years since you risked it or you’ve never
even been into your local church, you’re particularly warmly invited to join us
at Ropley on September 17th at 9.30 for an All Age Songs of Praise or for
All Age Worship at Bishop’s Sutton on September 24th at 11.00 and of
course in October for Harvest Festivals in all three of our churches.
Looking forward to seeing you there, no new shoes necessary!
- Don’t Miss the Friends Summer Drinks Party June 15, 2017
The Friends of St Peter’s Church Summer Drinks Party
Friday, 23rd June
from 6.30** – 8pm
at Bounty House*, Gilbert Street
(* If the weather is bad, the party will be held in the Sports Pavilion)
(by kind invitation of David & Mal Hope-Mason)
For more information, phone 01962 773603
Parking in field on Gilbert Street near Bounty House
** For members of the Friends, the drinks party will be preceded by the AGM starting at 6pm
- Ropley Open Gardens – What a Wonderful Day! June 15, 2017 What a day we had! More then 350 people came to see the gardens at the first Open Gardens in 12 years. The sun shone, the gardens looked wonderful, the cakes were delicous, many Pimms were drunk, and everyone was smiling.We raised £2,880, which is being shared equally between the St Peter’s Church rebuilding project and The Rosemary Foundation, a local hospice at home service based in Petersfield which covers our area.There are so many people to thank for making the day go so well. They include:
Alison Wood, Friends of St Peter’sJill Shakespeare, Ropley Horticultural Society
- the brave owners for agreeing to open their gardens and for working so hard in them despite all that the weather could throw at them this Spring;
- Norma Day and her team of helpers for decorating the Hall so beautifully and for serving the teas;
- the bakers for making such an array of cakes;
- everyone who helped on the day directing traffic, organising the parking, and selling garden and raffle tickets;
- the Parish Council for letting us use the Little Rec for parking on; and
- the team who organised the event.
- St. Peter’s Ropley – APCM Reports April 8, 2017
The reports from St Peter’s APCM, held in Ropley Parish Hall on Friday 24th March 2017, are available below.
- Rebuild Design & Plan for St Peter’s Church January 13, 2017
Following the public meeting on Wednesday 11th January, images of the rebuild design for St Peter’s are available on the rebuilding web site. John Alexander gave a captivating presentation on the building design and showed how the results of the previous public meeting have been used to define the facilities in the building. He also clearly demonstrated how the heritage of the old building has been preserved within the design of the new. All the PCC members are delighted with this design and can’t wait to worship in a restored St Peter’s Church!
Take a look, this link will take you to the page:
- St Peter’s Church Rebuild Public Meeting – Wednesday 11th January December 11, 2016
Good news on the new church building. At the November meeting of the PCC John Alexander, the appointed church architect, made a presentation of the design and plan for the rebuild of the church. This is a huge step forward, following meetings with the advisory societies and the DAC*, where discussions on the amount and techniques of preservation were made along with detailed discussions about the retention of the heritage of the building, whilst enabling the design to include the needs of the village community, as expressed after the first public meeting.
The result of the presentation to the PCC was that they were able to set the process in motion for going towards faculty and planning permission. It also means that we can arrange a date for a second public meeting where the design and plans can be presented to the village.
The planned date for the public meeting is 11th January at 19:00 at the Ropley Parish Hall. John Alexander will give a presentation on the building design and will show how the results of the previous public meeting have been used to define the facilities in the building. He will also be talking about the way that the heritage of the old building has been preserved within the design of the new.
This meeting is the beginning of the planning consent process which will probably take many months. The PCC think that it is important to show the plans to the village first, so please do try to come along.
*Each diocese has a Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (known as the DAC). Its main functions are to give advice on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship to the diocesan chancellor, the archdeacons and parishes.
- Remembrance Sunday November 13th 2016 October 30, 2016
Remembrance Sunday Service
10:45 at Ropley Parish Hall
Please come and pay tribute to the men of Ropley who gave their lives for our country. With St Peter’s Church still a burned-out shell, the service will be held in Ropley Parish Hall.
Due to the severity of the fire, the War Memorials in St Peter’s were severely damaged. The best available photos of them (taken in August 2012) have been enhanced to produce the images below. When St Peter’s is rebuilt it is hoped to provide replacement memorials.
- October 2016 Church Update October 12, 2016
We have been moving ahead since the public meeting in June. During the summer it is a little more difficult to get meetings and responses from the various agencies, as they tend to miss August for scheduled meetings. Now we are moving into Autumn we will be finalising discussions with them and, hopefully, bringing plans to a point where we can present them to everyone and apply for faculty and planning. To that end we have a couple more surveys that have been done, looking at the layout of the graveyard, to work out the best method of getting the building materials in and out, whilst causing the minimum disruption on the surrounding roads. You may have seen people with surveying equipment in the graveyard. We are also finalising the heritage and archaeological reports ready for submission.
We have had a report of a few of the younger members of the community being seen inside the security fencing. I would like to emphasise that the fencing isn’t there to protect the building, it is there to prevent injury. I admit that 50 years ago I would have seen the newly fitted additional “Danger Keep Out” signs as an open invitation, but there is real potential for injury from falling masonry, and it is a dangerous site. If you know of anyone, or see anyone, climbing the fences, please discourage them.
We do not want to see anything happen that could slow down the church rebuild but, most of all, we definitely do not want to see anyone injured.