Generous offer received from Church Care supported by the Pilgrim Trust. Grants, donations and underwriting now enable a start date for the conservation work to be scheduled for 16th August.
Kind offer received from the Leche Trust.
Generous support received from the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust which recognises the historic importance of the tombs.
Donations received to date exceed £20,000. Contact made with the National Trust’s new manager at Sutton House.
Contact made with members of the Sutton House Society who were instrumental in saving Sutton House in Hackney, Sir Ralph’s house before he moved to Standon.
First donation received from a descendant of Sir Ralph Sadleir in USA. Wikitree link created by new American contact. Diocesan faculty (authorisation to proceed) received.
First article appears in the local village magazine, PS News http://www.psnews.org.uk/dec20.pdf Information about the appeal sent to 1,800 of Sir Ralph’s descendants. First donations received.
PCC approve Sally Strachey Historic Conservation to undertake the refurbishment. Applications to grant giving bodies started. Website by Through The Lens Design launched.
Dame Hilary Mantel, The Countess of Verulam and The Viscountess Trenchard agree to be our patrons. Logo designed. Tenders received from conservators.
PCC approve the plans to refurbish the tombs. Four conservators asked to quote for the work.