The J.T.H Charitable Trust has kindly shown support for the Fourth Cloister Appeal with a donation of £500. A much appreciated contribution to the Abbey!
£50,000 Mark Reached
The Appeal has now reached the £50,000 mark and, although there is still a long way to go, we are pleased with the progress made so far. Alistair Campbell, chariman of the fundraising committee, said:
"It is very encouraging that, in these austere times, we have had such support from the local committee. This has allowed us to pay the consultants to create the formal planning application, which is the next major hurdle we hope to overcome."
As part of the fundraising drive, supporters are asked to 'sponsor a slate' for the new Abbey roof and this has now broken through the £15,000 barrier, with more than 1,500 slates being sold at £10 at a time. However the completed roof will need at least 5,000 slates, so those who haven't already sponsored a slate are urged to do so by filling in a form at the Abbey.
The next milestone for the project was getrting planning permission which has now been granted by the local authority.
Now, the proposed Fourth Cloister development and fundraising to complete the project awaits approval from the appropriate church authorities.
Renfrewshire Council showed its support through a donation of 50 per cent of the cost of finalising the architectural design and submitting the necessary planning application, which equates to a grant of up to £20,000.
The Abbey fundraisers are grateful for the continuing support from the council and local businesses, which have donated a total of £5,000 and for the £10,000 that has been awarded from trusts.