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Closed 26/04/2023

raised of £55,000 target by 120 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,485 to fund the addition of an accessible toilet and kitchenette at All Saints church to create a community hub for Eaton village

    Funded on Wednesday, 26th April 2023

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    We are currently fundraising towards the £50,000 needed to add a toilet and refreshment preparation area to Eaton church to make it into a community hub.

    There is no village hall, pub, shop or other indoor community space in the village. Despite this there is an energetic community which organises events such as open gardens, village bonfire, barbecues, harvest suppers and coffee mornings, which also attract people from Retford and surrounding villages. Currently, village meetings and indoor events are held in private homes which isn’t ideal.

    The vision is to provide this vibrant and active rural community with a much needed community space by adapting the church, the only public building in the village. Pews to the rear of the church will be removed and a toilet and refreshment preparation area added.

    As a more usable community space, the church will become the hub for village events, meetings, clubs and social activities whilst still being used for worship. It will be used by people of all ages to promote community cohesion and address rural issues such as isolation. It will also encourage newcomers to the village to feel welcome and involved, and will enable us to offer hospitality to the many visitors to our beautiful village, including the many walkers, cyclists and swimmers. The proposal will also make the church more usable by the local CofE primary school and more accommodating for worshippers.

    Fully costed plans have been prepared, planning permission has been granted and approval received from the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham. The community is busy fundraising and applying for grants.

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    • Lucy Vernon1 year ago
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      1 year ago
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    • Lucy Vernon1 year ago
      Lucy Vernon

      Lucy Vernon

      1 year ago

      We're delighted to have reached our £55,000 target! This has included: - 7 grants: £10,000 from National Churches Trust, £7,500 from Garfield Weston Foundation, £2,500 from Beatrice Laing Trust, £2,000 from Benefact Group, £1,100 from Nottinghamshire County Council, £1000 from Retford Rotary Club and £500 from Jessie Spencer Trust - Sponsored events: a New Year’s Day river dip, a head shave, runs and bike rides - Community events: open gardens, harvest suppers and village fetes. - Car boot, plant & produce sales - Lots of individual donations

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    • Lucy Vernon3 years ago
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      3 years ago

      Eaton residents are holding a garden party on Saturday 25th September to raise funds for our project. We hope you will join us at West Winds, the house opposite the church, between 2 and 5pm for a traditional village fete with refreshments, raffle, tombola, brik-a-brak stall, plant & preserves stall and fun and games for all the family. For more details and updates about the event see

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    5 years ago

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    Page last updated on: 6/8/2023 15.01



    • Anonymous


      Jan 14, 2023

      I enjoy walking around Eaton. It's a lovely village. Hope you raise the amount.

    • Kellie Murphy

      Kellie Murphy

      Dec 31, 2022

      Keep up the great work!


    • Patkins


      Aug 16, 2022

      Every Parish needs a Joyce! Thanks & God Bless 😁


    • Alison Beevers

      Alison Beevers

      Jul 12, 2022

      So very happy to support your fundraising for an accessible toilet and kitchen. Access and inclusion is what brings the community together. With love from Retford Changing Places Campaign. Xx


    • Pete


      Jul 12, 2022

      A fantastic cause for a beautiful village. Happy to donate to help Lucy’s good work and generous spirit.


    • Mary


      Jul 12, 2022

      Sorry you came across some dishonest people. Here's a little something to help make up for it. Keep up the good work x


    • Carolyn


      Jul 12, 2022

      Every village needs a Joyce . Well done for everything you have done.


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    Lucy Vernon

    Lucy Vernon

    I am one of the churchwardens at All Saints church, having lived in Eaton for 12 years. I am leading the fundraising campaign for improvements to our church that will make the building more usable by the community and visitors as well as our parish's primary school.

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