Some problems Age – maintenance required Costs – heat, light, repairs Lack of income generated Poor kitchen facilities Poor seating/table facilities No formal hall keeper No formal cleaning arrangements Low capacity
Key questions Do we carry out a cosmetic job (paint, clean, generally freshen up) to continue existing usage? Or – do we carry out a major refurbishment to bring up to modern standards and encourage greater usage?
Some possible additional uses Simple funeral catering Christenings 1 st Communions Birthday parties – children or adults?
Before we can proceed Finances – Costs cant be known until exact work determined – Archdiocese has approved fundraising but Funds first before contract No borrowing? Must approve plans before we contract work
Timescale Unknown – Dependent on Final plans Costing Fundraising Aim – To be in use in time for parish 40 years celebrations in 2014 – Or sooner?
Next Steps If proceeding – Establish a fundraising committee to work with Fabric and Finance Committee – Take on board your views – Plans to be finalised and costed – Put out to tender
Will it work? Will parishioners buy the concept – by taking part in fundraising? – by using the facilities? Your views required – In discussion tonight – By completion of questionnaire – By email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Via website www.ourladyandsthelen.org