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Fun.Com renews drive to secure funding for Bosham's Extensions

A new Plea has been made by Marion Coombes-Shrubb for generous donations to build the important extensions at our Lady's church at Bosham. The saga is shown clearly earlier on this site .

Marion reminds us that "it was three years ago that we needed new toilet facilities at Bosham Church since what was there was totally inadequate, inappropriately sited and impossible for access, or use, by the disabled. Coupled with this were two other facilities much needed in a modern society.

One was a designated area for changing a baby’s nappy and breast feeding. The other was a proper kitchen. Most of you are aware that washing up the coffee cups after Mass, means boiling water and washing up, in a bowl on a table, in the Narthex.

It was also considered a health & safety issue to have a boiling urn so close to the Children’s Liturgy.

The plans we published have only now been passed by the local authority. But, regretfully, the cost estimates for the work are considerably higher than originally estimated. We've put the project out to four builders for firm quotations.

Our Lady's has a unique role in the parish

I would remind everyone that Our Lady's Roman Catholic Church at Bosham is one of the two Churches in our parish of St Richard of Chichester and facilities at each Church are there to enhance the witness of members of all congregations – regardless of which Church they attend. The added facilities at Bosham will provide the whole parish with an excellent building for any number of Christian related events - just look at the record on our website pages.

There are now other works that need doing, both at St Richard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption - not least of all the replacement of antiquated heating systems. These things have now had to take priority over further building works at St Richard’s.

We clearly need to raise considerable sums of money and, to this end, Fr Kieron has set up a Parish Development Group to look at ways to fund what is needed. They will look both within the Church and externally.

The Making A Difference Group successfully raised nearly £10,000 to get the project underway and have transferred this to the Parish Development Group. Added to this £25,000 from Parish funds has been ring-fenced for this purpose.

Fun.Com launches the next phase at Bosham

The small fundraising events that were so popular in Bosham are to recommence and I have been invited to lead a group who are calling themselves FUN.COM to do this. We would very much like to have your support and help in whatever way you are comfortable to provide it. In the Newsletter we have attached a form which we hope you will complete and get back to us. Forms will also be available in the porches. Another way you can help is by actually coming to our events.

There are a number of fundraisers under discussion for the forthcoming year. They range from the popular Barn Dance to a Fashion Show – Arts & Crafts Exhibition to a Variety Concert. What we do want to achieve is to make things good value for money and affordable so that every single person can feel included.

So…Please complete the form which is available by clicking on the website version of the newsletter/bulletin to be published on 29th October. There will also be supply of forms in St Richard's porch as well.

Please keep a watchful eye on the website, Newsletter and Posters around the churches for forthcoming events - but most of all PLEASE pray that our efforts to work for the greater good will come to fruition."

This account charts the long battle: After two years' intensive campaigning, Bosham's Make a Difference Group (MAD) looked forward to seeing the new extension being built, providing long needed amenities. Fund raising by the parish had been boosted by a contribution of £25,000 from Parish funds.

Update on plans for Extension at Our Lady's Chapel, January 2010

The account on this website of the activities in support of this essential addition will remain as a record of the dedication and faith of everyone who helped. The original plan has been refined by the project leader, Keith McNally and accepted by the Council. Keith has written a comprehensive description of the evolution of the scheme which is shown in full at the end of this section. The new layout is shown with extracts from Keith's account.

Keith reports:
"Planning permission for the extension on the North West of the church was applied for and secured from Chichester District Council in December 2009 (see floor plans and elevations below). The process of refining costs for a specialised off-site manufactured timber frame kit for the extension is now underway and it is hoped that this will result in an announcement in the Spring of invitations to local contractors to tender for the work to be commenced later this year."

The revised plans show the amended layout: (View the full plans here)

Activities in support of the appeal and other charities

On Sunday 8th March 09 there was a mini Bring and Buy in the Narthex, after Mass. No charge, simply a donation.

A Joint event with Holy Trinity Church - A Magic roundabout Safari Supper, organised by Holy Trinity members,was held on Sunday 9th May, half the proceeds going to "Send a cow" and half to our extension fund.

The '09 Barn Dance raised £560 for Fr Joe.

Update Easter 2010

The Chairman of the Make a Difference group in 2010 was the late Yvonne Bishop, who sent this message at Easter:
"First of all, we'd like to thank the parish members for the support in our fundraising. The plans for the kitchen extension have been passed and building is hoped to begin after June. Please continue with your support.

We were, of course, delighted to learn that planning permission had at last been granted for the kitchen and toilet extension for Bosham church.

Fundraising is continuing in the form of the Bosham Bounce which awards a prize once a month on the first Sunday. We have a Barn Dance arranged for 22nd May. These are usually very well attended and enjoyed by all who participate, and includes a buffet supper and non-alcoholic beverages.

We held Lent lunches, raising money for Christian Care, and Bosham Meeting Point organised the Lent Group, with music from the Messiah and appropriate Bible readings. "

Update of May 22nd '09:

The Bosham Bounce monthly draw flourishes - there are now more than 50 annual subscribers as well as occasional sales on the day of the draw (1st Sunday of the month): It provides us with an income of more than £400 p.a. - please buy some more balls!

Produce Sale - after 11 am Mass on Sunday 14th June - proceeds sent to Fr Joe.

Garden Luncheon - Sunday 12th July - by kind invitation of Fred and Sheila Bailey.

You can recall other memorable events in 2008, included the following: - A Bank holiday succcess at Delling Lane.

In the summer of 2008 it took a fair amount of nerve to host a garden lunch party - but Fred and Sheila Bailey opened their garden to welcome supporters of M.A.D. to a memorable lunch.

Gazebos, strategically located, insured against rain, and the menu included fresh salmon, local gammon, home made quiche, a chicken dish, salads and sweets.

Although the weather was uncertain, the guests could settle down to an excellent meal, enjoy good company and fine views in the garden for the last days of summer.

Bosham's good cause benefitted to the tune of £600 - delighting the fund raising team and Father Kieron. They offered warm thanks to Sheila and Fred. Sheila even found time to take the photos, thanks!"

More ventures are featured below, and you can read the account of the launch of Bosham's own major project.

Progress II- the Summer concert 17th August

On an Olympics day when young athletes showed their paces in Beijing, a music-loving audience at Our Lady's enjoyed a first class concert with talented young musicians - four sisters from two families, with two accompanists whose performances attracted over sixty parishioners and included Holy Trinity, in support of Bosham's new extension.

The concert was held as a "palm court" event, Jane Phillips started the afternoon with "A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square" - well remembered, no doubt, from the 40's by many in the audience. She then took up her violin in a variety of pieces with her colleagues.

There was music by Bach, LLoyd Weber, Telemann and Elgar, etc. leading to the first of two intervals where the MAD (Make a Difference) support team, including proud parents, served a delicious afternoon tea

Another interval, more tea and goodies, the social catching up progressed, then more fine music, nicely chosen for a relaxing afternoon, concluding with The Queen of Sheba.

Marion presented "thank you" gifts to the players, who are heading back to school or university, and announced that the development fund was now the better by four hundred pounds from the afternoon (thanks also to food provided as donations by the team)

the performers included Lucy and Jane Phillips; Lydia and Anna Growns, with Jan Lewis and JaneFoottit, accompanists.

This first concert was successful and autumn events followed,. with the Bosham Bounce

It's a competition with monthly prizes, half the take going to the church, and is boosting the fund raising campaign to provide the new amenities.

Keith notes "When the church at Bosham was designed in the 60's, the architects left plenty of social space, but no parish rooms for communal activity were provided and, while modest toilet facilities were included, these were apparently intended for the exclusive use of able bodied priests and servers, being located within, and accessed from, a generously sized sacristy. So the architects of the 1960's left out two amenities, a decent, accessible, toilet with provision for our disabled attenders, and there's no kitchenette - just a sink - for the refreshments at get togethers after Sunday Masses and at other activities.

In the last nine years, Our Lady of the Assumption at Bosham has become the parish's social centre: bring and buy sales help Fr Joe's mission in Mivumoni - they're well supplied with products and buyers come from miles around- (photos are under 'Activities') and an ecumenical Arts and Crafts group uses the social area.

Keith McNally notes: "The generous foyer is the practical focus of activity for smaller gatherings without intruding into the main body of the church. In larger gatherings, where the main body of the church can be cleared for 'village hall' type functions, the foyer offers both an ideal area for serving refreshments and respite away from the main activity. In either type of event, it also permits the organisers to retain control of access to the building by their presence at the main entrance, without completely excluding them from the atmosphere of the activity itself. The most suitable location for toilet and kitchen facilities was therefore defined as off the main foyer.

From a practical point of view, the new ablution facilities would be close to the main (ramped) entrance of the building and would be accessed from the generous proportions of the foyer itself, which has adequate space for informally arranged tabled seating whilst permitting good circulation/negotiation of foot/wheelchair traffic. The inclusion of a kitchenette from which to serve refreshments as part of such an extension, rather than in some other part of the building, ensures that foul and waste water may be routed through common drainage away to the main sewer, reducing initial costs, simplifying long-term maintenance and taking advantage of the foyer for informally arranged table seating for refreshments during social gatherings." The church furniture can be moved aside, leaving a large floor space for parish activities that Bosham can generate.

The amenities were very basic.

So a group with a gift for the offbeat formed MAD - Make a Difference, and they were buzzing with ideas.

On Sunday 15th June, with St Richard's glowing with pride after the Golden Jubilee celebrations, MAD thought it time to move forward at Bosham.

The plans prepared by Keith McNally located the extension on the side of the church,

He proposed a multiple disabled and general toilet block, and to provide a kitchen alongside. The diagrams were shown to the congregation by Fr Kieron and Keith after Sunday Mass.

Later that day there was a poignant, well attended healing Mass. A timely reminder that there is at present no toilet area for people with wheelchairs or walking aids. and those who stayed for a cup of tea didn't know that the preparation area is historically a sink in the back area.

Costs: The estimated figure was about £35,000, but later this was found to be too opltimistic. Fr Kieron determined that part of the proceeds from selling Nutbourne should also benefit Our Lady's at Bosham. However, Bosham determined to raise much of the money from the congregation and local residents who are welcome to our social events.

So Marion, Finola and Susan prepared a series of fund raising ventures, building on the £2.000 already raised. (their ingenious schedule follows)

There were concerts, coffee mornings , newly styled bring and buys, and all the familiar activities that generate good will. (see schedule attached) And our other beneficiaries - particularly Fr Joe in Mivumoni, weren't forgotten.

News of our building plans inevitably raised concerns among some nearby houseowners. The Council asked for a revision, and this is described at the head of this feature.

Our parish has a commendable track record of raising money for special projects (e.g. the nursery school unit), and the MAD group were optimistic that support would soon grow so that our beautiful church at Bosham could continue to serve the parish to the fullest extent.

For the record, this is how the schedule ran in 2008

The Make A Difference in Bosham group arranged the following events in 2008 to raise funds for the new extension PLEASE make a note of the dates for 2010 in vour diary as they appear in the Weekly Bulletin and SUPPORT IN ANY WAY YOU CAN.

The activitiers were already impressive.

1. BARN DANCE - 12™ JULY to celebrate St. Richard's Golden Jubilee. 7pm Barbecue 8.00pm Dancing - £8 per head. Wear something Gold!

Result: the Barn Dance , with a barbie, raised £301.

2. FEAST DAY FAMILY PICNIC - 20™ JULY after 11am Mass BYO Drinks/Plates/Cutlery/Rugs/Garden Chairs PLUS A dish or plate of FOOD to share. Games etc!

Result - this was a celebration of our Feast Day. It was on an American supper basis with everyone bringing a dish, with game pie, whole gammon , asparagus quiche, loads of salads followed by mouthwatering puds. About 40-50 people attended in good weather.

Other events:

3. SUMMER BONANZA RAFFLE, drawn at Feast Day Family Picnic. raised £221 net.

4. DANCE EVENING - 13th SEPTEMBER -with live Jazz Trio and 50s & 60s Disco. BYO Drink. Scampi & Chips Supper with salad & pud. £10 per head. Raised £200

5. COFFEE MORNINGS - Started Wednesday 2ND JULY but now discontinued - Homemade cakes with coffee plus Bring and Buy - 10.30am - 12noon . Bring & Buy Sales Table. No charge - make a donation of what you are prepared to pay.

6. KITCHENALIA SALE - 29™ NOVEMBER at 12 noon. £5 entrance includes PLOUGHMAN'S LUNCH AND GLASS OF WINE, OR £1 WITHOUT THESE. Do you have something new or nearly new that you could donate? The gadget you thought you might use, an unwanted gift etc. Please bring to Bosham Church clearly marked 'Kitchenalia' or phone 792372 for collection.

7. BOSHAM BOUNCE - underway. Balls cost £1 each. Buy as many as you like and you will be allocated a number(s). First Draw took place on August 3rd, 74 balls were purchased at £1 each. Prize was £37 to the holder of ball No. 59. Several have chosen annual subscription as well as buying occasional balls. Pay by cash or cheque in multiples of £12 p.a. or individually. Prize 50% of the takings Drawn first Sunday every month after Mass.

8. ENGLISH SUMMER SUNDAY AFTERNOON held 17 AUGUST 3.00 - 5.00pm. Concert (palm court style) with four young ladies from Bosham Church inc. Afternoon Tea. £400 raised! See report above

9. GARDEN LUNCHEON - August Bank Holiday, Monday 25th August, 1 p.m., by kind invitation of Sheila and Fred Bailey, Leofric Cottage, Delling Close, Bosham. tickets £8.50 adults and £5.00 children. Note: BYO drinks and chairs. Lunch to include fresh salmon, local gammon, home made quiche, a chicken dish, salads and puds. $£600 raised - photos above,

10. BEETLE DRIVE - Winter Sunday Afternoon Family Fun. Details TBA.

The group were keen that these events should not detract from the other fund raising activities carried out at Bosham, St. Richard's or St. Peter's and attempted to choose dates that should not coincide. "!We aim to put FUN into FUN draising and promote a community spirit. Please join in".

PS The Bring & Buy Sale for Fr Joe was held 18th October - Fr Joe's golden Jubilee 50 mile walk in aid of Parish funds took place in September and helped raise more than £300 for this parish; the Bring and buy sale proceeds of close on £1600 will aid his Mivumoni. See separate feature: Bring and buy sale 2008.

For tickets/programmes, queries or offers of help please contact any MAD Group member. Treasurer: Finola 572934

You don't have to be MAD to join us but it helps!

Keith McNally's appraisal of our needs at Our Lady's Church

”Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Bosham, is sited on a corner plot at the junctions of Fairfield Road, onto which it fronts, and Bosham Lane. Erected in the 1960s, the building was of a novel and striking design in its day, features which the passage of time have done little to erode. Regrettably, the needs of the day resulted in a design specification centred on the clergy that envisaged use of the building solely as a place of worship and failed to anticipate modern ancillary demands for features that encompassed the social and welfare aspirations of the community which it served. No parish rooms for communal activity were provided and, while modest toilet facilities were included, these were apparently intended for the exclusive use of able bodied priests and servers, being located within, and accessed from, a generously sized sacristy.

Members of the current congregation, recognising the shortfalls of the current building, determined to improve matters and channelled the direction of these aspirations through their Making A Difference (MAD) Committee. The MAD committee's aim was to upgrade the current building to a standard that will provide male, female and unisex disabled toilets, in addition to a kitchen, in order to meet basic modern requirements for welfare use that would also serve the building as a communal centre of secondary activity, such as retreat activity days for pupils from St Philip Howard Catholic Secondary School at Barnham, and other functions ordinarily catered for through the provision of parish rooms.

The generous foyer is the practical focus of activity for smaller gatherings without intruding into the main body of the church. In larger gatherings, where the main body of the church can be cleared for 'village hall' type functions, the foyer offers both an ideal area for serving refreshments and respite away from the main activity. In either type of event, it also permits those organising such activities to retain control of access to the building by their presence at the main entrance, without completely excluding them from the atmosphere of the activity itself. The most suitable location for toilet and kitchen facilities was therefore defined as off the main foyer.

From a practical point of view, the new ablution facilities would be close to the main (ramped) entrance of the building and would be accessed from the generous proportions of the foyer itself, which has adequate space for informally arranged tabled seating whilst permitting good circulation/negotiation of foot/wheelchair traffic. The inclusion of a kitchenette from which to serve refreshments as part of such an extension, rather than in some other part of the building, ensures that foul and waste water may be routed through common drainage away to the main sewer, reducing initial costs, simplifying long-term maintenance and taking advantage of the foyer for informally arranged table seating for refreshments during social gatherings In terms of aesthetic appeal, it was clear that the extension itself must be of a design that is complementary to the main building and finished in materials and colours of the same shape, size and form as the existing. Accordingly, a hexagon footprint was selected that continues the theme of oblique angles, with a pitched roof over.

Accepting that an extension to the building would be necessary to meet the requirement, planning permission for an extension on the North West of the church was applied for and secured from Chichester District Council in December 2009 (see floor plans and elevations earlier). The process of refining costs for a specialised off-site manufactured timber frame kit for the extension is now underway and it is hoped that this will result in an announcement in the Spring of invitations to local contractors to tender for the work to be commenced later this year."