WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN HELP US RAISE THE FUNDS TO BUILD THE MEAD CENTRE? As you know we have launched the fundraising bid and are waiting for the Planning Permission decision. So we are really beginning to look at fundraising. We have the team of local fund-raisers and another team to seek grants, donations, etc. BUT we have agreed that we need to encourage regular giving by Church folk and by people in the community. If you would like to give on a regular basis by Standing Order, please notify your bank. The Payee Details are: Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church. Payee reference should begin with MC (Mead Centre) and the reference of your choice (it means we can identify it on the accounts!) and the sort code is 20-57-40 and the account number 00898031. ALL regular donations (large or small) are welcomed and we encourage you to think about how you can help. AND DON’T FORGET THAT IF YOU ARE A TAXPAYER YOU CAN GIFT AID YOUR DONATION AND WE GET AN EXTRA 25%- email with your name and address and Jenny will get the Treasurer to send you a Gift Aid form. Please think about doing this and encourage family and friends too.

We produced this for the Open Days- but some thought provoking ideas about what you may need to give up in order to help the Mead Centre become a reality:

Donate £3 per month for 5 years

This is only the cost of:

one cake or two ice creams or three bags of sweets!

Donate £5 per month for 5 years

This is only the cost of:

one glass of wine or one magazine or two coffees!

Donate £10 per month for 5 years

This is only the cost of:

one cinema ticket or one bottle of wine or one takeaway!


To read the latest copy of the Mead Centre Messenger

- click here

To DONATE  to The Mead Centre go to :-

just giving - search mead centre  - campaigns

or click on the link below


Our present church hall, originally built 90 years ago on a Sunday School design, is being used by a range of local groups but is seriously dilapidated.  After wide consultation and some public meetings and surveys, we have decided to demolish the hall and to replace it with the Mead Centre, named after Gordon and Glenys Mead who left a legacy which started the fund for a new building.

The Mead Centre, with a large hall, four meeting rooms, a sensory room, two differently sized kitchens and other facilities, will be a great resource, in the centre of Newport Pagnell, for an even wider range of community groups and activities.  The building will incorporate the most up-to-date building methods and materials, will be environmentally efficient with regard to heating and water recycling and should cost no more to run than the present hall.  Unlike the present hall the building will be able to be used by several groups at the same time and will have two storeys at one end with access to all parts for people with disabilities.

We have planning permission for the Mead Centre but building must begin by May 2018.  The cost will be in the region of £660,000 and we have already raised £326,000.  We are now seeking help and support from the local community, from trusts and businesses to assist us to reach the target so that we can provide such a building to be a 21st century asset for the town as a whole – a place where people may meet to pursue their interests and to enjoy all the activities which the Mead Centre could be used for.

On Saturday June 10th from 10am-1pm we are holding and event where we launch our next fundraising initiative: Mead Centre 500. At 11am we will update the thermometer with the current total raised AND let people know how they can help us to get the remaining £250,000 we need to build the Mead Centre. There will be activities and refreshments and lots of information about what we are doing and how everyone- individuals, businesses and groups- can get involved in our Community Building: Building Community. Come along and invite your friends!

Jenny Mills

Minister of Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church and West End United Church, Wolverton