Our local first division football club NEC presents itself this year in a very unusual place: the Saint Stephan Church:
Back to normal:
After the period of training, marches and house-guest, life returns to the regular routine. My volonteer work at the Saint Stephan Church opened a new perspective on the word “ART”.
Mega Subsidy Nimwegen Saint Stephan Church for new roof and new windows
The Saint Stephan Church, the Nimwegen icon, receives a mega subsidy of €5.5/£4.8/CA$8.4 million for restoration. The money is intended for an almost completely new roof covering and replacement of the worn stained-glass windows. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is making the grant available from a new €34/£30/CA$52 million pool for large national monuments. The Saint Stephan Church gets the biggest bite from the 29 projects awarded. For example, the Eusebius Church in Arnheim gets ‘only’ €1/£0.9/CA$1.5 million.
C.E.O. Heleen Wijgers, who has lobbied firmly for the government subsidy as the foundation director, is very happy. ,,I knew we were in the race, but this is an enormous amount. It is a beautiful recognition for the significance of the building as cultural-historical heritage, but it may be more a recognition of the way we function as a multifunctional church in society.” Every year, in addition to oecumenical services, numerous manifestations, lectures and university events take place here. The church is supported by hundreds of volunteers, ‘friends of Stevenskerk’ and Steveniers (a ‘Stevenier’ adopts the church financially for 1 day per year, at a rate of €365/£321/CA$560 a year, for a period of at least 5 years; in theory the church could collect this way €133,225/£117.331/CA$204.345 per year, but there are still a lot of vacant days). The house of God attracts 135,000 visitors annually. For the attraction of tourists alone, support for the church is logical according to Wijgers. ,,For every euro, Nimwegen gets 1.40 euros back.”
The roof repair was one of the biggest wishes of the managing foundation. “A condition to be ready as far as possible in 2022 for the celebration of the 750th anniversary of the church,” said Wijgers. The roof, with impressive height differences, is covered over the full surface with aged slate or slate slabs. Wijgers: ,,If we do nothing now, then you know for sure that it will leak everywhere sooner or later.” In 2014 and 2015 a small part has already been replaced. Everywhere under the surface are wooden vaults. “In the event of a leak, these rots”, explains Wijgers why further intervention is necessary. About the stained-glass windows: “A lot of water has already been struck through the windows during storms.”
Some point of concern: the money may only be used when the Saint Stephan Foundation collects 30 percent or more than €1.6/£1.4/CA$2.5 million. “A luxury problem,” says Treasurer Fred van Efferen. ,,With the help of the municipality and the province, who are well disposed towards us, and perhaps loans, I expect that we will get there. We can not leave this opportunity untouched.” According to Wijgers, a plan for the roof restoration is not yet available, because the additional financing still has to be arranged. According to her, the million-euro subsidy certainly does not end the need to raise money. ,,The Saint Stephan Church is a large church, where new restorations must always be done.”
In the morning my duty in the St Stephan Church, from 10:ooam till 01:45pm. Pierre came over to the church to pick me up. Festivities in the city (and whole country!) because it was Kingsday, the birthday of HM Willem Alexander. He visited the city of Groningen, and there was also in the evening the Kings Concert. We had a stroll in the city and visited afterwards Erik and Ineke van Bronswijk.
On the second day of Bart’s visit, we walked to the town center and peeked in the Saint Stephan Church, to see the two Chtistmas nativity scenes:
Under the König Organ is the scene by the Brethern of Limbourg
In the Choir the scene of Biblical Parc Orientalis:
the city of Bethlehem
WotW#101 day 5
One guest stays always for five nights, and that is Eric Baas. He came to our “Marches Shelter” first in July 2006, when the WOTW #090 was cancelled after the first day: extreme heat and 2 deaths. Here an impression of his last breakfast with us, before picking up his wife Sandra @ Geldermalsen and going home to Ede.
ERIC’S ENTRY IN THE REMEMBRANCE BOOK IN THE CHAPEL OF SILENCE
(english translation under the picture)
July 17, 2017
God, this may be my last Four Days Marches. Because Boss is doomed to die. But today I fight, and tomorrow I shall fight, and the day after tomorrow I shall fight too. I can not win the match, but I’m sure to extend the playing time. And maybe lose, lose with the shooting of penalties. Help me with this fight against that horrible pancreas cancer.
THE GUESTS ALWAYS BRING A GIFT FOR THE HOSTS. ERIC: FROM T-SHIRTS TO HAND ENGRAVED WATER GLASSES; DICK: CHEESE SPECIALITIES FROM THE BEEMSTER AND ED WHINE.
AT THE MOMENT AN ART EXHIBITION IN THE SAINT STEPHEN CHURCH:
Mondriaan impression with the light of the church window covering the painting.
Mondriaan impression in its original form and colours.
WotW#101 day 4
04,964 no show
42,036 start permits day 1
00,792 no show/not finished
41,244 start permits day 2
01,525 no show/not finished
39,719 start permits day 3
01,002 no show/not finished
38,717 start permits day 4
00,308 no show/not finished
38,409 COMPLETED MARCHES
TRYING TO GET TO THE FINISH… A REAL HELL! WE HAVE SEEN ALL PARTS OF NIJMEGEN, EXCEPT THE FINISH @ THE WEDREN 😦 😦 😦
A SURPRISE FOR ERIC WHEN HE PASSES (NEARLY) THE FINISH ON THE 4TH DAY: A LOT OF (EX) FOOTBALL MATES AND FRIENDS HAD GATHERED, WEARING BLACK T-SHIRTS WITH “BAAS” (“BOSS”) ON IT, TO GIVE HIM A WARM WELCOME ON HIS WOTW #101. ERIC IS WEARING THE WHITE T-SHIRT AND A RED CAP.
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