Kitchen & Khazi Project

CROSSING OUR LEGS FOR OVER SEVEN CENTURIES

In a church as old as St Mary the Blessed Virgin (completed about 1290), it's perhaps not suprising that there is no lavatory.  Even the Victorian renovation completed in 1876 didn't result in adding a loo.

Over the last couple of years, parishioners have become determined to put this right.  We aim to have an accessible toilet with pull-down baby-change facilities.  And, while we do that, we also aim to have a servery with sink and drinking water (currently somebody has to purchase bottled water and bring it into church).  Somewhere to prepare drinks and refreshments after services, at our regular Tuesday Tiffin, social occasions, concerts and other events.  

We call this project Kitchen & Khazi and people near and far are contributing to its success.

A small fund raising group worked tirelessly on a programme of exciting events during 2017 and 2018.  Some of these were held in conjunction with our friendly local pub - The Red Lion, Warmington  Many of the events shared the proceeds with our chosen local charity - Oundle Community First Responders.  The total amount raised (not including Gift Aid) is £7,524 for the Kitchen & Khazi and £3,230 given to the Oundle Community First Responders.  Huge thanks to this committed group of volunteers and all those who have contributed in any way.

The butcher's shop in Warmington - Warmington Chops - have a collecting tin on their counter for the Kitchen & Khazi project.  That small change mounts up and is really appreciated.

We received plans from the architect on 31 August 2019 and these are being studied carefully by members of the congregation and PCC members.  The current total raised for the project is £50,000.  Applications will be made to grant-awarding bodies once we have quotes for the work.  Progress is not always as swift as we'd like when change is planned to such an old building as our church.  We shall be keeping our legs crossed for a little longer!

Please watch this space for further updates.


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