Emmaus Building Project
Phase 1 saw a new classroom added on to the original Victorian building
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Building Project Phase 2
Where we are now
With the new classroom now in use, the school has a hall and two classrooms; situated in the grounds is a mobile classroom which houses 2 classes.The children and staff have grown to accept the current situation with great patience, especially when several groups have has to use the hall at the same time. With stage one now complete, stage two would offer:
- three more classrooms
- showers and changing rooms
- music room
- tuition room
- new toilets
- disabled access
- reception area
- storage area
- improved car parking
James Gulliford is now heading up the fund-raising effort and his father Bob has now joined the Governors and will be able to devote some of the time and effort required.Having done a lot of background work, we have come to the conclusion that with a target of £750,000, most of that is not going to come from Trusts. Last time, we approached over 100 and received gifts from three. Whilst we will approach at least those three Trusts again, the bulk of the money raised last time came from private individuals and we will look to those who gave before to support us again. We will be focussing our attention on wealthy Christians who may be supportive of Emmaus.
We need your help! Help us by praying – we have much work to be done and limited resources to do it. We are totally dependent on God to provide.Help us by giving – join us in the work, even if it’s only a small donation. Well over £300 is being given monthly to the fund by donors; if you would like to support the work in that way, contact the school and ask for a standing order form and if you are a tax-payer, you can sign a Gift Aid form and boost your giving by 25%.
Help us by volunteering – if anyone has time to help investigate Trusts and make applications, then please get in touch!Help us by telling us who else can help. – Who do you know who may be interested in providing financial support for Christian education? Church friends, colleagues, relatives, etc…
We want to talk to wealthy Christians and people who know wealthy Christians. If people have names, please pass them on to any of the school governors or to Vivian
who can pass them on to James.
Thank you for your continuing support, interest and prayers. Please do make the extension a matter for regular prayer - our God is a great God.
The New Classroom
First thing to say is that it is all God’s doing – this is his school and it is he who has provided every penny, every person, every idea, every gift and skill that has gone in to building the classroom. But where did it all begin?
- Ideas and work on the classroom began almost five years ago in early 2004. Lots of discussions involving governors/Miriam and Dale Roberts (architect) took place and various revisions were made up to Feb 2006.
- On 30th May 2006, planning permission was granted and in June, the governors instructed Dale to proceed to tender.
- In Feb 2007, it was hoped to carry out the complete construction programme from July to Dec of 2007. But that was soon found to be an unrealistic expectation.
- Other courses of action – including land swaps and purchasing a different building were investigated but were not considered to be viable options.
- In June 2007, it was decided to proceed with classroom 1 only, with July to Sept 2008 being the projected construction time.
In January 2007, the building fund stood at just £7,600, looking then at a target of £80,000. One year on, the figure was up to £45,000, but that was still only just over half way. On the day of the 10th anniversary celebrations in July this year, we discovered that as we were a fee-paying school, we would be liable for VAT and so another £14,000 was added to the target, taking it to over £96,000. This was a test of faith for everyone concerned – we had stepped out in faith, trusting the Lord to provide. But would he? Simple answer is “Yes he would!”In the fund-raising process, we did have some amazing answers to prayer – but then all answers to prayer are amazing!
Perhaps one of the most wonderful was the Three Peaks Challenge. Phil Lucas – one of our parents suggested doing the Three Peaks in June of this year. He led a group of 6 climbers and 1 driver and the 3 peaks were covered in just under 28 hours – without a cross word or a blister, though the group did get a bit lost on the top of Scafell Pike! £7,000 was raised from well over 200 individual sponsors.
- One grandmother of a pupil gave her winter heating allowance to the school.
- One donor (a colleague of one of the parents) was selling his house and gave Emmaus £300 from the proceeds.
- The Andrew Anderson Trust was approached – no response. However, a personal letter to Andrew himself who is known to a number of people involved with the school produced a gift of £10,000, still our biggest single donation. (Two other trusts also contributed).
- A Dutch student who came and worked here for three months last year when she went back to Holland cut peoples hair and gave the proceeds to the school – over £600!
- An article about the school’s 10th Anniversary celebrations in July recently appeared in Evan Times and an anonymous donor sent in £500.
- Gift Aid – a tremendous blessing, could contribute £10,000 to the final sum. Blessing we undervalue in this country. Christians in Muslim and Marxist countries would be staggered to hear of a government that gives back tax to Christian organisations – we take it for granted.
We are also extremely grateful to local churches – especially Grace Church, Westerleigh, Bradford on Avon Bap Church, Good News Melksham, Colerne Evangelical Church
& Penknap Church Westbury.
Many many parents, relations and friends have also given sacrificially and it has been extremely humbling to see God move in this way.