From July's Meeting Point
Bristol Diocese Board of Finance (BDF) intends to sell Olveston Vicarage. The proceeds from the sale would be held in a
restricted fund that would generate interest to contribute to clergy stipends across the Bristol Diocese.
Olveston PCC wished to have the Diocese retain ownership of the vicarage and use it for housing curates or church workers
or to rent it out to other unpaid clergy personnel as had been the case for the last 20 years.
Bristol Diocese decided they saw no reason for retaining ownership of Olveston Vicarage but Olveston PCC took a statutory
right to lodge an objection to its sale. Legal advice was taken about the strength of the PCC's case to make an appeal to the Church Commissioners and further representations were made to Bristol Diocese to come to a local agreement.
The Diocese decided that Olveston vicarage was unsuitable as a residence for a Diocese-funded curate. Olveston PCC decided,
after seeking expert legal advice, that its case was not strong enough to pursue it to an expensive hearing by the Church
Commissioners and resolved unanimously to withdraw its formal objection. Bristol DBF is now free to sell the vicarage according
to obligations required by its own fund and the Charity Commission.
Following a successful Soup Lunch in May, we have now reached our target and raised over £500. This will enable the toilets at
St Mary's and the toilet at the church in Compton Greenfield to be twinned with those in a developing country, providing four
households with clean water, a basic toilet/latrine and education about the importance of good hygiene. In addition, Olveston
School will be twinned with a school in an impoverished community. Did you know that a third of the world's population, that
is 2.4 billion people, don't have a toilet? Thank you to everyone who has supported this appeal and helped to make a difference.
With thanks to everyone who contributed to St Mary's Springs of Hope Appeal, which raised an amazing £17,812. The renovation of the hospital at Sachibondu, Zambia has now been completed. The solar water pump provided by the appeal (to be known as The Holy Roly Pump or HRP, dedicated to the life and work of Roly) is complete and will provide fresh clean drinking water to the hospital and the site. It is hoped there will be a self funded visit to the hospital next year when a plaque will be dedicated.
The drop-in centre for vulnerable women in St Paul's, which the appeal helped to convert and refit, is open and providing a much needed facility where women in need can go during the day for companionship, care and safety.
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