Bladon Methodist Church had not seen any development for over 100 years and the premises were woefully inadequate for the needs of the church and the village today. The church was in desperate need of renovation and had reached a dangerous condition where the Junior Church could no longer continue. Work has now started to redevelop and enlarge the building to bring it into the 21st century to provide the facilities and space to allow the Junior Church to continue and to provide a new community facility for the village.
When work started we had raised £360,000 which was the original cost estimation of the scheme which was based on a site compound at the rear of the premises. However we have been unable to negotiate access to this area for our contractors. The work is now taking place using the front of the building but due to the restricted nature of the site and the lack of space, the time scale and costs have risen. We have been forced to start work before several time dependant grants expired and we are now desperately attempting to reach our new target of £420,000 + VAT to allow the building work to be completed and the church to re-open.
We would be extremely grateful for any contribution, large or small. The names of all individuals or groups making a donation will be recognised on a plaque inside the new building. However if you feel able to donate in excess of £200 then we would also be delighted to put your name on a stone on the pavement outside the church in a Hollywood style Walk of Fame.
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You can donate by cash, cheque or credit card. Please download and print out this form and return it to one of the following:
22 Park Close / Bladon Primary School / The White House / 14 Heath Lane
Or mail it to:
Bladon Church Appeal, Combe Cottage, Hempton, Banbury, OX15 0QS
You can donate by bank transfer to Bladon Methodist Church, sort code 20-98-48 account number 70178101. If you do a bank transfer then please e-mail us so we can acknowledge your kind gift and also to let us know the name you would like on the plaque or stone.
Alternatively you can donate online by clicking the donate button below. When checking out please make sure you fill in the "enter your name here" field with the name as you would like it written on the plaque or stone. If you would not like your name included then simply leave this blank. If you change your mind at any time about what you would like written then just e-mail us.
If you are a tax payer then you can gift-aid your donation. This means we can claim an extra 25p for every pound that you donate. Please download this form and return it along with your donation. Alternatively please fill in an online declaration.
Thanks to further grant applications and generous donations we have now raised £390,000!
Although the deadline to have your name on our "hall of fame" on the pavement outside the church has now passed, we plan to include a further stone with more names in the future.
How else you can help:
We have also registered at Easy Fund-Raising to help raise funds. Whenever you buy anything online we could be collecting donations to help our church at no extra cost to yourself. There are over 3,000 shops and sites in the scheme including Amazon, John Lewis and Sainsbury's. Please go to easy fundraising and join for free. Then whenever you shop online, go to easy fundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping. You will shop in exactly the same way but the retailer will give us a percentage of what you spend.
We have also been successful in getting our project into local Tesco stores as part of their 'Bags of Help' grant scheme. We are guaranteed £1,000 but can increase this up to £4,000 if we are voted the best project by Tesco customers. If you are shopping in Tesco Express stores in Witney or Eynsham or in the Tesco Metro in Kidlington please make sure you ask for a token and vote for our project.