The Cogwheel Project
Fondly referred to as The Chapel, or simply as The URC, Wheatley United Reformed Church has been working in the village for some 230 years, offering a message of hope, care and justice both to the local community and to the wider world. To serve these purposes, in the early nineteenth century it acquired a redundant tannery barn to convert to a chapel (renovated 1998), built a schoolroom (church hall) in 1898 and added an extension with two small rooms in the 1960s.
The time has now come to completely replace the 1960s extension which is no longer fit for purpose. In its place will be a bright, open multi-use space, incorporating a kitchen corner. There will be a new entrance area and facilities for disabled people. The new space will offer opportunities for more activities such as workshops, focus groups, a break-out area and for social gatherings. This new room will be called “The Mulberry Room”.
It will be a place of stillness and meditation and will complement the currently well-used Victorian church hall which will be renovated with a new roof, a new wood floor, double glazing and window blinds.
In tandem with the planned major improvements at the parish church of St Mary’s, the URC new-build is intended as a community resource with comfortable space for gatherings of up to 25 people. Co-operation between the churches in Wheatley is now long-standing and facilities are readily shared.
The Fundraising Project
The cost of this work will be around £280,000 and The Cogwheel Project has been set up to raise the money.
How’s it going?
The fundraising campaign has been kick-started with very generous donations and pledges from members of the church congregation. The Wessex Synod of the United Reformed Church will be contributing a substantial sum towards the overall expenditure. This means we are already almost 80% toward our overall target, and this campaign will get us there. We need to make one last push to achieve the last part of the funding total and are asking friends and the community to help us achieve this.
Offers of Support
We will gratefully receive any offers of support for this project. You can discuss your gift confidentially with the Church Treasurer, Mr Chris Shelley. Click here to contact Chris Shelley.
Thank you for your support!
If you have any questions about the project please contact the Cogwheel Project Co-ordinator, Revd Professor Mark Williams. Click here to contact Mark Williams.
Wheatley United Reformed Churches is a charity excepted from registration under The Charities (Exception from Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2014; S.I. 2014 No: 242.