£3m needed to restore cupola on 18th century Blandford church

£3m needed to restore cupola on 18th century church back to its former glory

£3m needed to restore cupola on 18th century church back to its former glory

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WORK to restore the cupola on a Grade I-listed church will take the building back to the 18th century.

Volunteers at Blandford’s parish church, St Peter and St Paul, are working to secure £3million for the Cupola Project, an initiative that will see the landmark domed structure restored to its former glory.

First installed on the church tower in 1749, the cupola was clad in sturdy weatherboarding with curlicues on the corner vanes and decorative gilding on the weather-vane at the top.

Successive repairs over the years were mostly done with poor materials, including marine plywood.

However, that will be replaced with solid oak and a coating of paint by specialists.

Plans to restore the entire church have already been part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, but residents of Blandford are now being asked for their support.

Chairman of the project Sara Loch is asking for help to raise the £5,000 needed for the reinstatement and regilding of the weather vane.

She said: “It’s a sum that we can work together towards raising and then we will all be able to see and appreciate the results – on the top of the cupola, visible for miles around.”

Scaffolding is expected to go up next spring for work to start on the first phase of the restoration.

The cupola and the tower on which it stands have priority as they are the most at risk and in the same phase improvements will be made beside the west door to give access to wheelchairs and buggies.

All the plans and background information will be displayed in a Cupola Project exhibition in the church from August 7 to 17.

To support fundraisers, email comments@cupolaproject.org .uk or call Sara Loch on 01258 450278.

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12:56pm Sun 10 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

Why appeal for funds from the public?

As an establishment land owner the Church of England is one of the wealthiest organisations in the UK. Locally it has just spent a small fortune on a completely new vicarage in Christchurch, apparently on the whim of a now departed short stay vicar.

The Church can easily afford to use it's own financial resources to repair it's houses - just get on with it like the rest of us have to.
Why appeal for funds from the public? As an establishment land owner the Church of England is one of the wealthiest organisations in the UK. Locally it has just spent a small fortune on a completely new vicarage in Christchurch, apparently on the whim of a now departed short stay vicar. The Church can easily afford to use it's own financial resources to repair it's houses - just get on with it like the rest of us have to. muscliffman
  • Score: 14

1:08pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Gooby! says...

Can I appeal for the lotto and charity to fund my roof repairs? The CoE is one of the richest organisations in the UK.
Why are they not able to pay for their own roof?
They want grade 1 listed buildings but expect you and I to maintain them? The bare faced cheek. What next, shall we pay for JP Morgans roof too?
Can I appeal for the lotto and charity to fund my roof repairs? The CoE is one of the richest organisations in the UK. Why are they not able to pay for their own roof? They want grade 1 listed buildings but expect you and I to maintain them? The bare faced cheek. What next, shall we pay for JP Morgans roof too? Gooby!
  • Score: 11

1:44pm Sun 10 Aug 14

steveatbournemouth says...

Brilliant news to see the church restored to it's former glory. Always negative people but I for one welcome this work. I was Head Chorister at the Church and have very fond memories of singing there.
Brilliant news to see the church restored to it's former glory. Always negative people but I for one welcome this work. I was Head Chorister at the Church and have very fond memories of singing there. steveatbournemouth
  • Score: -3

2:05pm Sun 10 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

steveatbournemouth wrote:
Brilliant news to see the church restored to it's former glory. Always negative people but I for one welcome this work. I was Head Chorister at the Church and have very fond memories of singing there.
I don't think anyone is being negative about the welcome restoration of this beautiful old Church building - and I say that as a devout atheist!

It's just the outrageously hypocritical manner in which the Church of England always pleads poverty and asks the gullible public to fund repairs to it's buildings when we all know it is sitting on such immense wealth.
[quote][p][bold]steveatbournemouth[/bold] wrote: Brilliant news to see the church restored to it's former glory. Always negative people but I for one welcome this work. I was Head Chorister at the Church and have very fond memories of singing there.[/p][/quote]I don't think anyone is being negative about the welcome restoration of this beautiful old Church building - and I say that as a devout atheist! It's just the outrageously hypocritical manner in which the Church of England always pleads poverty and asks the gullible public to fund repairs to it's buildings when we all know it is sitting on such immense wealth. muscliffman
  • Score: 13

2:27pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Adrian XX says...

muscliffman wrote:
steveatbournemouth wrote:
Brilliant news to see the church restored to it's former glory. Always negative people but I for one welcome this work. I was Head Chorister at the Church and have very fond memories of singing there.
I don't think anyone is being negative about the welcome restoration of this beautiful old Church building - and I say that as a devout atheist!

It's just the outrageously hypocritical manner in which the Church of England always pleads poverty and asks the gullible public to fund repairs to it's buildings when we all know it is sitting on such immense wealth.
What evidence do you have that the Church of England is sitting on immense wealth? It certainly owns a lot of buildings, but I can't see where it gets much cash from bearing in mind attendance has not kept up with inflation and its main source of income is donations from parishioners. It doesn't receive any government funding unlike churches in, for example, Scandinavia where everyone has to pay tax to fund the national established church. C of E estimated outgoings are around a billion pounds per annum (building maintenance of 15000 churches, staff salaries etc.). Even non-members enjoy church buildings and it is not uncommon for non-believers to get married in church, so it is not unreasonable to ask for donations to keep the buildings running and in good condition.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steveatbournemouth[/bold] wrote: Brilliant news to see the church restored to it's former glory. Always negative people but I for one welcome this work. I was Head Chorister at the Church and have very fond memories of singing there.[/p][/quote]I don't think anyone is being negative about the welcome restoration of this beautiful old Church building - and I say that as a devout atheist! It's just the outrageously hypocritical manner in which the Church of England always pleads poverty and asks the gullible public to fund repairs to it's buildings when we all know it is sitting on such immense wealth.[/p][/quote]What evidence do you have that the Church of England is sitting on immense wealth? It certainly owns a lot of buildings, but I can't see where it gets much cash from bearing in mind attendance has not kept up with inflation and its main source of income is donations from parishioners. It doesn't receive any government funding unlike churches in, for example, Scandinavia where everyone has to pay tax to fund the national established church. C of E estimated outgoings are around a billion pounds per annum (building maintenance of 15000 churches, staff salaries etc.). Even non-members enjoy church buildings and it is not uncommon for non-believers to get married in church, so it is not unreasonable to ask for donations to keep the buildings running and in good condition. Adrian XX
  • Score: -5

4:30pm Sun 10 Aug 14

West Howe Sean says...

Adrian XX wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
steveatbournemouth wrote:
Brilliant news to see the church restored to it's former glory. Always negative people but I for one welcome this work. I was Head Chorister at the Church and have very fond memories of singing there.
I don't think anyone is being negative about the welcome restoration of this beautiful old Church building - and I say that as a devout atheist!

It's just the outrageously hypocritical manner in which the Church of England always pleads poverty and asks the gullible public to fund repairs to it's buildings when we all know it is sitting on such immense wealth.
What evidence do you have that the Church of England is sitting on immense wealth? It certainly owns a lot of buildings, but I can't see where it gets much cash from bearing in mind attendance has not kept up with inflation and its main source of income is donations from parishioners. It doesn't receive any government funding unlike churches in, for example, Scandinavia where everyone has to pay tax to fund the national established church. C of E estimated outgoings are around a billion pounds per annum (building maintenance of 15000 churches, staff salaries etc.). Even non-members enjoy church buildings and it is not uncommon for non-believers to get married in church, so it is not unreasonable to ask for donations to keep the buildings running and in good condition.
In 2003 the church of England had investments of around £3.9 billion and this generated an income of around £164 million representing one fifth of its income.

I think its doing OK and can afford to keep itself. No need for the Church Of England to carry on sponging.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steveatbournemouth[/bold] wrote: Brilliant news to see the church restored to it's former glory. Always negative people but I for one welcome this work. I was Head Chorister at the Church and have very fond memories of singing there.[/p][/quote]I don't think anyone is being negative about the welcome restoration of this beautiful old Church building - and I say that as a devout atheist! It's just the outrageously hypocritical manner in which the Church of England always pleads poverty and asks the gullible public to fund repairs to it's buildings when we all know it is sitting on such immense wealth.[/p][/quote]What evidence do you have that the Church of England is sitting on immense wealth? It certainly owns a lot of buildings, but I can't see where it gets much cash from bearing in mind attendance has not kept up with inflation and its main source of income is donations from parishioners. It doesn't receive any government funding unlike churches in, for example, Scandinavia where everyone has to pay tax to fund the national established church. C of E estimated outgoings are around a billion pounds per annum (building maintenance of 15000 churches, staff salaries etc.). Even non-members enjoy church buildings and it is not uncommon for non-believers to get married in church, so it is not unreasonable to ask for donations to keep the buildings running and in good condition.[/p][/quote]In 2003 the church of England had investments of around £3.9 billion and this generated an income of around £164 million representing one fifth of its income. I think its doing OK and can afford to keep itself. No need for the Church Of England to carry on sponging. West Howe Sean
  • Score: 3

6:31pm Sun 10 Aug 14

sprintervanman says...

Makes you wonder why the British themselves could not give a toss about the well being and preservation of their own Christian Buildings and yet are quick to jump onto the soap box to complain about other religions within the Country.Use it or lose it. It's that simple really.
Makes you wonder why the British themselves could not give a toss about the well being and preservation of their own Christian Buildings and yet are quick to jump onto the soap box to complain about other religions within the Country.Use it or lose it. It's that simple really. sprintervanman
  • Score: 1

6:38pm Sun 10 Aug 14

kalebmoledirt says...

sprintervanman wrote:
Makes you wonder why the British themselves could not give a toss about the well being and preservation of their own Christian Buildings and yet are quick to jump onto the soap box to complain about other religions within the Country.Use it or lose it. It's that simple really.
Why should none believers support an institution that chooses to beg rather dip into their own coffers .How many quote a did they get seems a lot of money to me
[quote][p][bold]sprintervanman[/bold] wrote: Makes you wonder why the British themselves could not give a toss about the well being and preservation of their own Christian Buildings and yet are quick to jump onto the soap box to complain about other religions within the Country.Use it or lose it. It's that simple really.[/p][/quote]Why should none believers support an institution that chooses to beg rather dip into their own coffers .How many quote a did they get seems a lot of money to me kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

7:02pm Sun 10 Aug 14

sprintervanman says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
sprintervanman wrote:
Makes you wonder why the British themselves could not give a toss about the well being and preservation of their own Christian Buildings and yet are quick to jump onto the soap box to complain about other religions within the Country.Use it or lose it. It's that simple really.
Why should none believers support an institution that chooses to beg rather dip into their own coffers .How many quote a did they get seems a lot of money to me
So why as a non Believer are you worried about being asked to put your hand in your pockets for a Christian cause.In fact why respond to it at all?
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sprintervanman[/bold] wrote: Makes you wonder why the British themselves could not give a toss about the well being and preservation of their own Christian Buildings and yet are quick to jump onto the soap box to complain about other religions within the Country.Use it or lose it. It's that simple really.[/p][/quote]Why should none believers support an institution that chooses to beg rather dip into their own coffers .How many quote a did they get seems a lot of money to me[/p][/quote]So why as a non Believer are you worried about being asked to put your hand in your pockets for a Christian cause.In fact why respond to it at all? sprintervanman
  • Score: -2

9:16pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Adrian XX says...

West Howe Sean wrote:
Adrian XX wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
steveatbournemouth wrote:
Brilliant news to see the church restored to it's former glory. Always negative people but I for one welcome this work. I was Head Chorister at the Church and have very fond memories of singing there.
I don't think anyone is being negative about the welcome restoration of this beautiful old Church building - and I say that as a devout atheist!

It's just the outrageously hypocritical manner in which the Church of England always pleads poverty and asks the gullible public to fund repairs to it's buildings when we all know it is sitting on such immense wealth.
What evidence do you have that the Church of England is sitting on immense wealth? It certainly owns a lot of buildings, but I can't see where it gets much cash from bearing in mind attendance has not kept up with inflation and its main source of income is donations from parishioners. It doesn't receive any government funding unlike churches in, for example, Scandinavia where everyone has to pay tax to fund the national established church. C of E estimated outgoings are around a billion pounds per annum (building maintenance of 15000 churches, staff salaries etc.). Even non-members enjoy church buildings and it is not uncommon for non-believers to get married in church, so it is not unreasonable to ask for donations to keep the buildings running and in good condition.
In 2003 the church of England had investments of around £3.9 billion and this generated an income of around £164 million representing one fifth of its income.

I think its doing OK and can afford to keep itself. No need for the Church Of England to carry on sponging.
This is not a huge income compared to its costs.
[quote][p][bold]West Howe Sean[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steveatbournemouth[/bold] wrote: Brilliant news to see the church restored to it's former glory. Always negative people but I for one welcome this work. I was Head Chorister at the Church and have very fond memories of singing there.[/p][/quote]I don't think anyone is being negative about the welcome restoration of this beautiful old Church building - and I say that as a devout atheist! It's just the outrageously hypocritical manner in which the Church of England always pleads poverty and asks the gullible public to fund repairs to it's buildings when we all know it is sitting on such immense wealth.[/p][/quote]What evidence do you have that the Church of England is sitting on immense wealth? It certainly owns a lot of buildings, but I can't see where it gets much cash from bearing in mind attendance has not kept up with inflation and its main source of income is donations from parishioners. It doesn't receive any government funding unlike churches in, for example, Scandinavia where everyone has to pay tax to fund the national established church. C of E estimated outgoings are around a billion pounds per annum (building maintenance of 15000 churches, staff salaries etc.). Even non-members enjoy church buildings and it is not uncommon for non-believers to get married in church, so it is not unreasonable to ask for donations to keep the buildings running and in good condition.[/p][/quote]In 2003 the church of England had investments of around £3.9 billion and this generated an income of around £164 million representing one fifth of its income. I think its doing OK and can afford to keep itself. No need for the Church Of England to carry on sponging.[/p][/quote]This is not a huge income compared to its costs. Adrian XX
  • Score: -1

11:31pm Sun 10 Aug 14

sprintervanman says...

If the proof that the Great in Britain is long dead and it's values have vanished into the selfishness of humanity it can be found right here on the doorstep to Europe
If the proof that the Great in Britain is long dead and it's values have vanished into the selfishness of humanity it can be found right here on the doorstep to Europe sprintervanman
  • Score: 0

7:13am Mon 11 Aug 14

kalebmoledirt says...

sprintervanman wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
sprintervanman wrote:
Makes you wonder why the British themselves could not give a toss about the well being and preservation of their own Christian Buildings and yet are quick to jump onto the soap box to complain about other religions within the Country.Use it or lose it. It's that simple really.
Why should none believers support an institution that chooses to beg rather dip into their own coffers .How many quote a did they get seems a lot of money to me
So why as a non Believer are you worried about being asked to put your hand in your pockets for a Christian cause.In fact why respond to it at all?
Didn't say I was a none believer .said I wasn't gullible,.however it does seem Christians can manage without churches .look at the falling congregations and the one's that have sold and now used as mosques
[quote][p][bold]sprintervanman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sprintervanman[/bold] wrote: Makes you wonder why the British themselves could not give a toss about the well being and preservation of their own Christian Buildings and yet are quick to jump onto the soap box to complain about other religions within the Country.Use it or lose it. It's that simple really.[/p][/quote]Why should none believers support an institution that chooses to beg rather dip into their own coffers .How many quote a did they get seems a lot of money to me[/p][/quote]So why as a non Believer are you worried about being asked to put your hand in your pockets for a Christian cause.In fact why respond to it at all?[/p][/quote]Didn't say I was a none believer .said I wasn't gullible,.however it does seem Christians can manage without churches .look at the falling congregations and the one's that have sold and now used as mosques kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

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