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All Souls Cook Out nourishes £1.3m fundraising project

The International Cookout Day at St Peter and All Souls in Peterborough provided a substantial boost to its fundraising for essential repair work on the church.

Bishop Alan Hopes and MP for Peterborough Paul Bristow joined the event on March 26 which took place in five tents in the church garden decorated with flags from many nations. Bishop Alan celebrated Mass and afterwards announced that the Diocese is to give £150,000 to begin the survey work.

Chefs and servers had gone through necessary food safety qualifications and health and safety briefings. Contributors provided face painting, candy floss, and lots of craft work. Kevin and Sandie Batkin, Shelina Guedes and Shelton added music, with some open mike singing from three girls.

The parish welcomed to the event Deacon James Hurst from Newmarket who is the Diocesan Vicar for Finance. Deacon James will be Project Manager for the repairs and will keep the parish updated on the necessary steps to be taken. He confirmed that the expected cost of the project is likely to be £1.3 million. An anonymous donor within the diocese is offering matched funding each time the parish raises £100,000.

The Buy a Brick fundraiser was launched at the end of January, and the parish sold out of bricks by the first weekend in March. This simple way to raise money brought in around £3000. The parish will be putting up another board to sell more bricks and people can buy a brick a week, a month or whenever they have a few pounds to spare.

The parish is holding a cheese and wine evening on April 22, a Philippine Community event at St Luke’s Church on May 29 (proceeds to be shared with St Luke’s) and a Dinner and Dance on July 2 at the Holiday Inn.

If you have other ideas for funding, please contact Charles Benjamin on You can donate to the building fund through a JustGiving page here:

Pictured above is the serving team with MP for Peterborough Paul Bristow in red shirt and jacket. Below are some of the young musicians who provided entertainment.