Streetwise Rough Sleepers Night Cafe
A huge thank you to all the agencies and individuals that partnered together for a week of action from 3rd to 7th December in support of the entrenched rough sleeping community in Taunton.
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Church Square - Planning Permission Granted - January 2019
Good news! The Planning and Environment Department at Taunton Deane Borough Council officially approved on 2 January 2019 the planned works at Church Square. We have been advised that only 5% of Grade 2* listed buildings actually secure such permission. This means that - depending on finances and contractors - we are free to begin the work to separate us from Edmund Bailhache Solicitors.
Please dip into this space for ongoing news which will be posted when available.
Taunton Vineyard Compassion Centre – December 2018
Detailed plans have been prepared that identify the precise location, size and construction of the proposed sections of Party Wall that we are, jointly, having to erect with our neighbours, Bailhache Solicitors. The wall extends through the ground floor, continues up through the first floor, and into the roof space above.
An application for Building Regulation Approval has been submitted to the Local Authority in this connection, and quotations are being sought for its construction.
In association with the above, works are also required to separate the electrical installations (that serve the whole premises) into two, provide a new water main and some associated plumbing, and re-route our telephone line. Quotations are being sought for these building services also.
With regard to the large room immediately below our church offices, a quotation is being sought for the provision of a ground floor WC and kitchen sink-unit to enable this room to be 'self-contained' for use initially by CHARIS, (who are keen to develop their work here) and other interested parties. The intention is that this will begin to provide a revenue stream.
Regarding our application for Listed Buildings Consent we expect approval to be forthcoming in the next couple of months or so.
Owing to the poor condition of one section of the hipped roof over our offices, overhauling this area of slate, (and insulating below) will be one of the first jobs to be tackled.
Timescales for this work are – at this time of year especially – difficult to predict but, finance permitting and contractors being available, we may expect to have occupation of the whole plot in the first half of 2019.
Our intention is that we will post updates on the TVC website at this location. The frequency of the updates will depend largely on events happening, so please drop in now and then to check progress!
If you have any questions on the above, please address them to email@example.com.
Many thanks, Nick Webb (Chair of Trustees)
We believe Taunton Vineyard exists to make a difference in our local area by serving generously and abundantly, and connecting with people to see lives transformed not only spiritually, but physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically. We want to make a difference by practically demonstrating God’s love and acceptance to everyone, no strings attached, whatever their background, circumstances or religion because we believe that God is compassionate and cares deeply about our communities and our town. One of the particular ways we express this is through our service to the poor and the stranger. We have a range of compassion ministries which do one-off serving events, provide regular spaces to meet, and a range of ongoing support.
Chamberlains is our ministry to the homeless in Taunton. We undertake regular ‘food runs’ throughout the week, and offer a chance to talk and pray, as well as a meal.
Our CAP debt centre, through partnership with Christians Against Poverty nationally, offers ongoing support in releasing local people from the bondage of debt.
As part of CAP and in conjunction with North Street Church we are running a Lighthouse Cafe one morning a week. Our vision is to provide a place for people to gather for fellowship but also to provide a place that people can come in and encounter Jesus.
RAISE is our compassion ministry working in partnership with Taunton Deane Borough Council which supports tenants at risk of eviction in the area in a variety of ways.
CHARIS is a charitable partnership between Taunton Vineyard and two other churches in the Deane, which, through the community sponsorship model, seeks to resettle Syrian refugees in the area.
TLG MakeLunch is a partnership between Taunton Vineyard and another church in the town which, under the umbrella of the national charity, provides hot meals for children in the North Taunton area during the school holidays.
A week of serving projects in the North Taunton area, in partnership with churches and other organisations in the area took place between 9th and 16th July. Below is a small selection of photos from the week.