St Sampson's Church Appeal
About the Appeal
St Sampson's is the Church of England parish church of the town of Cricklade, Wiltshire, England. A large aisled church with a central tower, the present building dates from the late 12th century but has fragments of Anglo-Saxon work. The church is a Grade I listed building.
The Appeal aims to restore the church building to ensure that it can remain at the heart of the Cricklade Community, providing a safe, warm and welcoming space for worship and celebration for the people of the town.
We hope to create a flexible, warm, well-lit community space, which everyone can enjoy and use for church and community groups, activities, events and concerts.
Our next step is to fundraise and repair the remaining roofs so we can then improve the inside of the building. Once the whole project is complete, the building will be available for bookings for groups, events, exhibitions and concerts as well as weddings and baptisms and income earned will help with the future upkeep of the building.
What work is needed?
The roof (of which there are a number of sections) is leaking and needs replacing. The floor in the Nave also needs replacing due to the presence of Deathwatch Beetle and dry rot. The Deathwatch Beetle is a species of woodboring beetle that sometimes infests the structural timbers of old buildings. The heating system also needs replacing and this is planned to be done using renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaic panels and air source heat pump.
When is the work planned to start?
Phase 1 - the South Transept Roof - began in October 2020 and was completed by Christmas 2020 at a cost of around £51,000.
Phase 2 - The Nave Roof, will hopefully begin in April 2021 depending on adequate funding.
How much will it cost?
The current priority is to complete repairs to the roofs of the church building.
In total, the remaining roofing work is expected to be around £250,000 across three areas of the building;
Nave roof - £126,049
North Transept - £69,571
Lady Chapel - £51,804
How can I help?
You can support the appeal by donating to the cause. All donations no matter how small will be much appreciated. You can also support us by coming to the many fundraising events we have planned. There will be something for everyone!
I’m not a church-goer, why should I support this appeal?
We are passionate about making the church a comfortable, flexible space with improved facilities that the whole community in Cricklade, and surrounding areas, can use. We hope that it will not only be a place of worship, but somewhere that groups of all ages can come together.
Will there still be weddings and christenings?
Yes, the initial repairs won’t affect the church services so weddings and christenings will continue as planned (in line with Covid guidelines).If you have a wedding or christening booked and have any queries, please contact the office for further details on 01793 979304
Who is managing the Appeal?
The Appeal is being managed by a dedicated sub-committee of the Church PCC. This is made up of members of the Church, friends and supporters. If you would like to be involved please get in touch!