Project Aurora

To raise funds to upgrade the church lighting and audio visual systems
and to decorate the upper walls

About Project Aurora


In 1963, electric lighting was introduced into the nave. These fittings have served well for half a century. Originally, the lamps were changed, as and when they failed, by the intrepid wardens of the day using ladders. In latter days, the fire brigade changed them for us. The problem is accessing them as ladders are no longer permitted to be used at this height.  

Late in 2016, the lamps started to fail again and so it was decided, as the cost of access is so great, that we should take this moment to consider replacing the system with modern, cheap to run lighting. We then realised that we didn’t have the expertise to choose between the solutions being offered and so, with diocesan advice, appointed a professional to design a lighting system.  The brief was to provide a lighting system that would be cheap to run, more easily accessible, able to provide general lighting, but also programmable to allow ambient lighting for special services. The church is also being used increasingly often for concerts, both by community groups and our own musicians and choirs, all of whom need better lighting than we have at present.

The present sound system is very basic with five fixed, one roving and two lapel microphones. It was designed for how the church was being used in 2005. Services and general use have evolved since then and so it is necessary to upgrade the system. Also there is an increasing need for a fixed projector and screen.

In 2014, there was a problem with the West Wall; after repairs it was painted to disguise the repairs. The colour transformed the church and enthused many of the congregation to find a way to decorate the rest of the church. The actual work is not particularly expensive; however the access cost was prohibitive. Thus it seems sensible to grab the opportunity, while access is in place, to decorate the walls.


The work can be split into three phases, allowing more time for fundraising and so that some parts of the church can be used while the rest is inaccessible due to scaffolding etc. Based on one sample quote tendered in 2018 this can be broken down as follows:

Phase 1:  Chancel, vestry and AV installation 
Phase 2:  Nave
Phase 3:  Nave, side aisles and Lady Chapel

We have many suggestions and plans for organising fund raising events in 2019 and beyond. These include concerts, flower festival, auction of promises, barn dance,  talent challenge, vintage sale, plant sales, gala dinner, etc.

We are exploring grants and trust funds who might be willing to support projects of this type.

We will be asking for direct donations towards the project and would be very grateful for any fund raising suggestions and/or help with events.


Long term benefits

When we replace the lighting system, this fine building will be able to continue to be used for many different functions, both for services and concerts. An upgraded AV system will allow a wider variety of uses and for different services to be held. The decorating of the upper walls will make the whole church more welcoming and appealing to the congregation and the community in general. St James’ Church is a thriving church, and a successful outcome of this project will allow this to continue and grow.

Help us raise the funds

Join the 200 Club

Help raise regular funds for Project Aurora and be in with a chance to win a prize each month. Why not support our fundraising by becoming a member of the 200 Club? Monthly contributions will go toward raising funds for Project Aurora, and you will also be entered in a draw to win one of three prizes. Not less than 55% of the monthly payments will go toward Project Aurora, the rest will be paid out in prize money.

Which means:
For each £5 membership at least £2.75 will be added to the fund.
Over a year this will bring in a minimum of £33 per person.
If there are 50 member this would be £1,650 pa.
And 100 members would raise £3,300 p.a.
With full 200 members this would increase to a fantastic £6,600 p.a.

Pick up an application form today or speak to Revd Linda Galvin for more details.

Just like easyfundraising, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price to Project Aurora every time you shop at using this link! Our webmaster finds the easiest way to remember is to put this link as the Amazon bookmark on her own web browser.  


Whenever you shop online with a participating store – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising funds for Project Aurora, without costing you a penny!

There are over 3,600 shops including many household names. All you have to do is click here and register. Then every time you shop online, go to and search for the website you wish to buy from, click on Shop Now and shop as normal. When you’ve bought your items, a donation will be made to Project Aurora at no extra cost to you. Easyfundraising has put together this video to show you how.

If you already have an existing account with the online shop, you will need to log out of their website and log back in again through the easyfundraising link.


If you are not able to join us because of distance, timing, or just because you can’t choose from the sheer variety of events, you can donate online via

It is really straightforward to do. You will need to enter your name, email address, and your  credit or debit card details. You can let everyone know about your donation, or keep it anonymous. If you are a tax payer, please select to gift aid your donation, and the taxman will give us an extra 25% on top of the amount you give us.

Project Aurora

Fundraising events

Here are some events that have taken place, and some future planned events

News and events

Project Aurora

We have some great news!  We have found a more affordable way to move forward with the project and the […]

Easy Fundraising

Thank you all for your continued support for Project Aurora through online shopping through the EasyFundraising online shopping portal. So far […]

The 200 Club

The first draw took place on Friday 19 July and the winners were as follows: 1st Prize Mike O’Brien; 2nd […]

What’s been happening
Sunday 6 October 2019: Talents Challenge results day

Amount raised: over £2,000 profit

Friday 13 September – Sunday 15 September 2019: Flower Festival
Saturday 20 July 2019: Sponsored Walk From Winchester to Mansbridge

Amount raised: In excess of £1,700 including Gift Aid

Saturyda 13 July 2019: MV Aurora Prize Draw

Amount raised: £225

Saturday 13 July 2019: Nautical Extravaganza

Amount raised: £326

Friday 21 June 2019: Barn Dance

Amount raised: £44

Saturday 25 May 2019: Aurora Concert #2
Saturday 18 May 2019: Plant and Clothing Pop up Shop
Wednesday 10 April 2019: Tea Dance  

Amount raised: £280

Saturday 23 March 2019: An Evening with the Inca Civilisation 

Amount raised: £350

Saturday 9 February 2019: Afternoon Tea with Glee Club 

Amount raised: £800

Friday 25 January 2019:  Puddings & Pilgrim Footsteps 

Amount raised: £65

Saturday 12 January 2019:  Project Aurora Launch Concert  

Amount raised: £780