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krela

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Hey all, I hope you had a great Christmas and New year.

Seeing as some of you have donated already I thought I'd start a new thread for 2015 with new donation information.

So here's the stats for the last year:



As you can see it was another busy year, with 1.2M visits from 764k unique visitors, who viewed 5.6M pages between them. It just goes to show how much interest there is in the forgotten history of buildings, so thank you all for your interesting contributions!

The donations you make go primarily towards paying for the server the website is hosted on, but every year I also donate about 1/3 of the donations to a charity, and we have raised money for charities such as Help for Heroes, Cat Protection and last year Macmillan.

This year I've decided to do something a little bit different. As many of you will know last year myself and a friend managed to persuade Bristol City Council to give us a lease on a derelict Victorian Gothic chapel with a view to renovating it and bringing it back into use as a community centre. If you want to know more I wrote a [ame="http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/showthread.php?t=29536"]location report[/ame] on it, and we have an official website too.

We have no pot of money to do this, and there's no "business plan" to raise it. We're raising funding and sourcing everything we need from scratch as we go along, and all the labour involved is voluntary, so every penny we raise goes directly into the future of the Chapel. With this in mind I've decided to put 1/3 of this years donations into this rather than a national charity. I hope you see it as a good cause, we certainly do. It's a beautiful building that has been left to rot for 30 years, and we're not willing to watch it crumble beyond repair.

Donating will get you a chapel logo
next to your name as you can see from mine, and you can find the donation button at the bottom of this post or on the right hand side of the homepage.

If you do donate please either include your username as an instruction with the paypal donation or PM me with your paypal email address so I know who has donated. It doesn't automatically tell me your username on paypal so I don't know who to give the donation icon too unless you tell me. :)

Thank you for your generosity in advance! I hope you all have a happy and productive year filled with dereliction, fun and photos.

Ben.
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Thank you guys!

In reality I am likely to spend 100% of the donations on tools for the Chapel and pay the hosting costs out of my own pocket. There are a couple of tools that would be extremely useful and this seems like a good way to fund them!
 

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Donation sent. Great site and best of luck with the Chapel. Whilst I'm here, how do I ascend to above being a regular member?

I can't remember, it's some combination of length of membership and number of posts. It happens automatically and "ranks" really make no difference whatsoever anyway.

Thanks for the donations!
 

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Thank you all for your kind words and donations. I shall be buying some extra makita batteries and hope to get enough for a multitool at some point too. :)
 

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All done, The chapel looks to be a worthwhile cause, is the cemetery part of the project?
My surgeon says I can take my new plastic hip out to play so I'll be getting back nosing around soon.
Stay Safe
 

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The cemetery itself is still in use and is maintained by the council for now.

Thanks smiler. :)
 

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Just dropped a few quids in, 764,000 visitors! superb! The quality of reports keeps getting better and better!
 

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It is with considerable disappointment that we announce that we are no longer working on the restoration of Greenbank Chapel and are handing back the care of the building to Bristol City Council. This has been an extremely difficult decision to make, especially after investing over 5 years and hundreds of hours of our own time into getting to this point.

The tools, materials and equipment we have purchased will be reinvested into future projects which will involve other derelict buildings, but we won't be working with any local councils again! I shall make another donation to McMillan Cancer at the end of the year as well.

If you're really interested in what happened you can read our full statement at www.greenbankchapel.com
 

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Sorry to hear about the collapse of the project,such a worthwhile cause,having worked for the council and its contractors in my city.i can totally see were you are coming from.yet money is wasted on futile projects and they put a barrier in your way at every possible way they can think of.dealing with so many departments can be a continous nightmare.i wish you well with whatever future projects that you have planned,and keep up the Good work.most everyday people in Bristol prob think you were doing a grand job
 
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So sorry to heard about the demise of such a worthy cause. Unfortunately experience dictates that councils and certain and other public bodies can be a breeding ground for officious and offensive prats like that.
 

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