Thie Sheaynt Noo Mark

by St James and St Basil, Fenham in St Marks

Thie Sheaynt Noo Mark
We did it
On 21st March 2015 we successfully raised £3,003 with 30 supporters in 35 days

A sanctuary space for our community and pilgrims in the centre of the Isle of Man.

by St James and St Basil, Fenham in St Marks

New stretch target

Fantastic - you've helped us to reach our first goalThank you!

Our stretch target funding will help us to provide some extras to make the space even better and more useable. We can fit some more of those 'basics' which will really help turn a former school into the beginnings of a sanctuary space.

Anything we raise over our initial target will be used to buy:

Blackout blinds for the windows and good quality camping mats  after a day of adventure and self descovery good sleep will be essentialA coffee machine to serve great local fairtrade coffee as the sun rises and to help with moments of encounter

In addition we will begin to refurbish the old school toilet block in the back yard to provide much needed storage space for all those resources and extra equipment.

 Thie Sheaynt Noo MarkSt Mark's Sanctuary

A sanctuary space for our community and pilgrims in the center of the Isle of Man.

The Old School Room in St Marks is a familiar building in the heart of the village of St Marks and the Isle of Man. Temporarily closed in 2013 and threatened with permanent closure the local community have rallied around and begun the task of finding a new way of letting this building become a living place of personal development once more. 

The last child left the school in the 1960's having been taught the staple skills of reading, writing and arithmatic. In a new generation, the skills we want to see develop are ones of self reflection and discovery. 

Sitting next to St Mark's Church, in the midst of a true Island wilderness, we want to see the Old School Room develop in partnership with the Anglican Church, the neighbouring Methodist Church and other island churches as a place of fun and friendship, of escape and retreat. 

The church and village community have raised the funds to ensure the building is structurally 'sound'. What we have now is a blank canvas waiting for colour and life. We have obtained planning permission to allow residential use.

Over the years to come we would like to see the facilities at the School Room develop to be able to offer comfortable spaces of retreat and a community venue with an ethos centered on fellowship, generosity and welcome; this is based on our Christian values and beliefs. 

We understand that such an ethos will take time to 'embed' into the life of this space; holy ground is not created overnight. As our ethos grows, develops and matures, so will our buildings. 

In our first phase of work, the one which you can help come to life right now, we want to deal with the basics.

£3000 - to be matched by the parish - will provide enough extra funds to install central heating and hot water where there is currently none. It will allow us to refurbish a toilet to include a shower and to repair window frames. That is all. 

This is not a glamorous project in itself. 

Our plans to repaint the exterior, to develop the gardens and even - who knows - one day to have comfortable ensuite rooms on a mezzanine floor are for years to come. 

Right now, our first phase means that we can welcome travellers and offer simple shelter, bunkhouse camping... even CHAMPING (Church Hall cAMPING).

No matter whether a pilgrim wants space to hang their leathers after a day enjoying the TT with friends, a shelter from the storm after a day exploring the stunning Manx Landscape or a guided period of creative rest reconnecting with the sacred - we aim to welcome them all.  

Frequently Asked Questions1) I thought this building was no longer open, wasnt it sold?The building was never on the open market and was never up for sale, although this was considered. It is owned by the Church of England Parish of Malew and Santan. Following the appointment of a new Vicar in the summer of 2014, The Vicar and Wardens are committed to ensuring that the building finds a way to serve both the local community and the wider Island. 

2) Will my gift really help now?The amount we are currently looking to raise is relatively small. This is an old building and although it has aged well with little attention, our limited reserves have been used up doing the 'housekeeping'. What we have now is a structure which is secure and weatherproof. To spend just a little more, (the £3000 from this appeal and £3000 from the Parish), will mean that the building can begin to generate income, and although still modest this will over the next 5 years allow our development to continue at a steady pace. 

3) When do you want the hall to be ready to actually sleep in?If we can raise this small amount we can have the building ready to welcome 'champers' at the TT races this year. We already have interested groups waiting to know if the school rooms will be available for the two weeks of the TT in June, the two weeks of the Manx Festival of Motoring in August and for six nights in July. 

4) Who can I talk to about this, and can I visit and see for my self what potential there is before I give a gift?Of course you can visit, just get in touch with us by sending a message or telephone us on 01624 822469 and ask for James. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£12 or more

10 of 50 claimed

£12 Reward

As a thank you for believing in our project we'd like to treat you to food for the body (and soul) by offering you a half price breakfast at our TT Cafe in Ballasalla during the races. You can feast on a hearty feed before enjoying your day's pilgrimage - whatever that may be for just £3.

£25 or more

14 of 35 claimed

£25 Reward

To say thank you for your gift of £25 let us encourage you to find space in the wilderness to take ten minutes and have a brew. We'll send you an exclusive thermal travel mug to help keep your drinks hot whilst you pause to gather your thoughts.

£125 or more

9 of 10 claimed

£125 Reward

The Manx Landscape is stunning - as are some of our local craftsmen and women. As a thank you for your gift of £125 or more we will send you a blanket, but not just any old blanket, this is something special. Made from Manx Tweed woven in Laxey and hand finished by our volunteers these blankets echo the colours of the Manx landscape and will provide warmth on a winters day or space to enjoy a picnic in the summer months.

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