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Keen young efforts

02 November 2012

THE children at All Saints', Fulham, have been working hard to save their church tower and bells. The Sunday youth-group raised £95 by making and selling cup cakes. The junior choir put on a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the retiring collection added an impressive £350.

All Saints' C of E Primary School mounted an art exhibition of their watercolours and acrylic paintings in Fulham Palace, and raised a further £167. Eight-year-old Ishbel Mylchreest alone produced £83 by making coasters and Christmas decorations from hama beads. And their latest effort has been washing and valeting cars in the Vicarage driveway (above) while the owners enjoyed coffee and bacon butties, and more of the cup cakes. Cars queued up, large quantities of butties were eaten, and that total came to more than £200.

All this helps towards the £471,000 needed to stabilise stonework of the medieval tower, and provide a new frame for the ten bells so that they can be safely rung without loosening the structure. With a substantial grant of £89,000 from English Heritage, which started them off, the All Saints' press officer Kate Hedges, says, together with all their own fund-raising, this London parish has already raised £341,000.

A community fête and dog show produced £6000, and they have just held a black-tie Tower and Bells ball in Fulham Palace which was "extremely successful", she says. Some 200 people paid £130 each for their tickets, and an auction of items such as holiday homes, work experience, and the services of a well-known chef raised £25,500 to bring the total for the event to £41,500. It is a busy and thriving church, with clearly enough enthusiasm to enable it to reach its target.

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