St George Edgbaston


08 January

Church building closed

During the latest national lockdown, the PCC has decided that our church building will be closed during January. Our worship and activities will move to telephone conference call and live-streaming. We will review this decision at the end of the month.

I look forward to the time when we will meet again in person, and pray that you and your families stay safe and well. I am still available for prayer and pastoral care via the vicarage phone number. If you or anyone you know needs practical support such as groceries we can also arrange that.

Please continue to pray for key workers, hospitals, the sick and for an end to this pandemic.

Fr Sam.

08 January

Let there be light


Please be an Angel and help us to bring light back to our church!

It is a huge disappointment to have our application to Veolia Environmental Trust for grant aid turned down after receiving much encouragement from them.

Although they recognise the amount of hard work (and the hundreds of hours put into the application) they were sorry that we did not more closely match their Trust priorities.  We knew that charities, for the most part, do not readily fund projects which are mostly for heating, lighting or re-spacing but we really were most hopeful.  Veolia further states that as their grant scheme is over-subscribed, they would recommend that we wait at least 12 months before reapplying to them.

The consensus, at this point, is that there is no point in that.  The Diocese has granted a Faculty for the whole of the lighting works which is valid for a year.  And we have a quotation for the work which is good until the end of June 2021 and then any increase in materials or labour would need to be reconsidered.  However, the church has invested too much in time and effort in the lighting project to give up now.

We have done extraordinarily well so far, with many generous gifts from members of the congregation, lots of fund raising activities producing amounts both large and small and grants from local trusts and friends of St George’s.

We have managed to secure 70% of the sum needed for the project which leaves £20,000 yet to be raised and believe that we can achieve this.  We hope you feel the same.  Could you consider contributing towards this vital work to improve the lighting capacity of St George’s to meet the needs of our congregation and the growing community?

Is there, perhaps, some individual aspect of the new lighting (such as the planned new spotlights for The Lady Chapel or the Sanctuary) which you might wish to sponsor in the name of a loved one?  You could really become an Angel of St George’s!

26 August

Let the stones live

We’re nearly at the end of a year long project to repair some of the most severely damaged stonework on the East elevation of the Vestry wall and in the very intricate tracery of its splendid window.  We were also fortunate to tackle the most serious of the Health and Safety issues which were evident at the South Porch while the stonemasons were on site.

However, we were presented with two difficulties in the completion of the work which delayed it by many months.  Firstly, before the contractors could finish the work, the quarry furnishing the stone ran out of the quality stones needed and another quarry had to be located.  Then, Covid-19 put a stop to all work as the country was put into lockdown.  When this was eased to allow the workmen to return, we were faced with the order that access to the church was severely restricted by Covid-19.

We have two remaining stones to replace but for all practical purposes, the work is finished.  The new stonework looks splendid and we are no longer in danger of falling masonry at the main entrance to the church.

Another bit of repair which is now in the process of being sorted is the removal of the damaged plaster to the interior of the Vestry caused by the massive amount of water ingress from the previously perished exterior.  The Vestry is slowly drying out and it will probably be October or November before re-plastering can take place.  Then, it’s another period of waiting for this to dry before re-decoration can be done.  Seems like it is always hurry up and wait but, hopefully by Christmas, we will see all work done and furnishings put back in place. 

We want to, again, thank everyone for their contributions, their patience and their understanding while so much disruption has taken place.  We also want to thank all those lending their skill and support in making these essential repairs.