THANK YOU… NEWSLETTER 2020
The Trustees are delighted to announce that the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, which is the principal charity of the Royal Navy, and Seafarers UK have agreed to fund the 2020 issue of the Chapel Newsletter. Our thanks to both charities for their valuable support for this special publication.
FIG SUPPORT FOR ANNUAL SERVICE
The Chairman and Trustees would like to thank the Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands Government for their invaluable support towards the cost of the June Annual Service at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne.
The Trustees are very grateful to the many hundreds of generous people and organisations both within and outside the Services who have contributed to making the Memorial Chapel possible. They also thank the Governors of Pangbourne College who gave the land on which to build the Chapel and have pledged to care for it day to day. It is a building to be enjoyed by present and future generations which will ensure that the events in the South Atlantic in 1982 will never be forgotten.
WISH FOR A WINDOW
AN APPEAL FOR £50,000
The Trustees of the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel seek to keep the Chapel at Pangbourne in a pristine condition. This ensures it is a fitting location to honour those killed in 1982 who are commemorated there. The windows are a particularly striking feature of the Chapel. As well as contributing directly to the wonderfully light, warm and welcoming aspect of the Chapel, window above the altar provides an evocative rendering of the islands themselves.
Unfortunately, the design of the windows has proved to be problematic, and the Trustees have incurred unwelcome, and continuing, costs with regard to their maintenance. Whilst a number of remedies is under consideration, it has been decided to use the example of the windows as a means for raising funds. The Trustees are therefore launching a ‘Wish for a Window’ Appeal and are inviting supporters to sponsor one or more window panes. Donors contributing to this scheme can dedicate their window pane to remember someone they love, and their names and dedication will be recorded in a special register in the Chapel.
If you would like to sponsor a window pane, please download and complete the Wish For A Window form. The cost for a pane is £350 (or £280 Gift-Aided).
Friends of the Chapel
There are now over 300 “Friends of the Chapel” who contribute annually to help look after the Memorial Chapel building. Their gifts enable the Trustees to plan ahead to ensure that its heritage and condition is protected for the future and that it remains in prime condition throughout each year for its many visitors. Friends receive prior knowledge of special diary dates and an annual newsletter which keeps them in touch with events and news. To become a “Friend of the Chapel” please make a donation of £25 or more per year and any gift, especially given under the gift aid scheme, will be much appreciated by the Trustees. If you wish to make your gift by standing order please download and complete the Friends Form. Thank you.
“Just To See His Name”
The story of the Memorial Chapel from idea to fruition
by Anthony Hudson
Former Headmaster Anthony Hudson wrote this comprehensive account of the Chapel story from its beginning to its opening in March 2000 by Her Majesty The Queen. It is a fascinating story about the Trustees’ struggle to bring the Chapel into being, the long hard road to raising all the money and the pitfalls encountered along the way. The Trustees would like each family directly bereaved by the Falklands War to have a free copy of this hardback book; the remainder are available for sale @ £8.50 (plus £1.50 p&p) to raise funds for the upkeep of the building. To order your copy please contact Angela Perry.
Chapel Postcards and Notelets
Due to popular demand we have printed a stock of redesigned notelets which feature the Memorial Window front and back. Inside matt for ease of writing, cover gloss. Size 4″ x 5.75″ when folded. £xx for a pack of ten with envelopes + postage if applicable. Postage will depend on quantity. These are available now and at the Annual Service: email angelaEAP@aol.com to order or write to: Angela Perry MBE
Secretary to the FIMCT Trustees
c/o Pangbourne College
Berks RG8 8LA
The appeal for funds for the Memorial Chapel remains open until the Trust has sufficient funds to ensure its heritage is protected and any future reparation or restoration work is secure. The Trustees will be most grateful to anyone who may wish to help in one of the following ways:
- SPONSOR A SEAT: for £1000 given by Gift Aid you could have your name, or that of your company or organisation, inscribed on one of the remaining 250 unsponsored seats. Please click here to download our sponsorship leaflet.
- LEAVE A LEGACY: Legacies are exempt from inheritance tax and as such are a very efficient way of supporting the Chapel if using one of the formats explained in our leaflet. Please click here to download our legacy leaflet.
- BECOME A FRIEND OF THE CHAPEL: for £25 a year given under the new Gift Aid scheme, the Trust can claim back the tax you have paid – which will make your gift even more valuable. Download and complete the Friends’ Scheme form here.
- ANY GIFT: given under the new Gift Aid Scheme will be put towards the general Chapel fund
- Postcards are for sale in the Chapel foyer. Copies of ‘Just to see his name’ – the story of the chapel are also available. £8.50 in the Chapel, £10 by post.
All donations should be made payable to the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel Trust and forwarded to Mrs Angela Perry, at the address given above.