No, not quite Shakespere, indeed, nothing like him but what is in a name (or a title for an article)? After at least a couple of years of talking and cogitating and consulting, it has been agreed to seek diocesan permission to extend our church porch. Initial permission has been given to begin fundraising; we need over £100,000!
That is why a small group of parishioners met on Friday evening to posit some ideas on how this sum can be raised and ways to take it forward. The fundraising will begin in earnest in September. Already some generous parishioners have given donations.
There are several concerns:
- To create a toilet for use by the disabled. Simply to put in a ‘disabled toilet’ is not an option as there is insufficient space to comply with the legal requirements. As a Church we have a duty and responsibility to the disabled.
- To make available a ‘baby changing’ facility. These days there are many more young families present at Mass (esp 9.30am). There is no comfortable, hygienic place for parents to change a soiled nappy. So they have to resort to the floor in the present lavatory or the floor in the porch. As a Church we should be warm and welcoming to young families and help to address their needs in this way.
- To create enough space for parishioners to mill around and greet each other. The porch is a woefully inadequate place for people to stand around and talk. Before most Masses the clergy and the ‘greeters’ take up most of the available space!
- To allow high enough doors for dignified access for coffins. At present if a family want to show love and respect by carrying their loved one’s coffin there is a lack of dignity as they have twice to stoop down to get the coffin through the doors
- To ensure enough space for display of notices, newspapers, periodicals, information, ad hoc items 6. To create a friendly, warm, welcoming area as the first impression of our church.