The Renovation Appeal

Over the years, certain areas of the Forest Hermitage have deteriorated significantly.  A renovation project is now under way to bring the Hermitage up to a suitable standard for resident monks and the visiting lay-community.

It is worth mentioning that none of this would be happening if we hadn’t found Andy, our highly skilled and sympathetic builder. He does a precise and thorough job, as you will see when you visit the Hermitage.

The renovation programme includes the following projects, some of which have been completed and partially paid for:

1. The Conservatories

Replacement of roof plus smaller repairs: £4,000

Replacement of doors: 3 sliding doors @ £550 each; 2 French doors @ £650 each

Under-rug heating mat: £480

Total Conservatory Cost: £7,500

2. Upstairs Monks’ Bathroom

Total back-to-brickwork renovation therefore very labour-intensive (hence high cost). Includes new bathroom suite, new insulation boards, tiling, floor, etc.

Larger items include the following:

French window (doubles as fire-escape): £450

Bathroom tiling: £400

Shower bath and screen: £200

Swivel taps: £200

Concealed shower unit: £150

Total Bathroom Cost: £7,000

3. The Shrine Room

Two new opening windows for the back wall: £500 each DONATION GRATEFULLY RECEIVED

Renovation of exterior brickwork, gutter replacement, etc.: £1500

Two under-rug heating mats: £440 each TWO DONATIONS GRATEFULLY RECEIVED

Total Cost: £3,500 (£1,600 NOW LEFT TO PAY)

4. Water System Replacement

Replacing the very old water supply system, including the well pump, water tanks, etc.

Total Cost: £4,000

5. Upstairs Bedroom Conversion

Conversion and renovation of upstairs bedroom into a single room and a storage area, including fitting new carpets and cupboards.

New partition wall, electrics, radiator, etc: £1,000

New carpet: £400

New cupboards: £200

Total Cost: £2500

Smaller Projects:

  1. Replacing our 30 year old meditation cushions with new buckwheat filled ones. We need 40 cushions – cost: £20 each
  2. Improving the main monastery hedge by planting shade-tolerant bamboos. We need between 20 and 30 bamboos – cost: about £25 each.

The Buddha-Dhamma Fellowship Committee would like to invite you to contribute towards our renovation project.  Contributions can be made as a group or individually.  You may also wish to sponsor a particular part of the renovation programme listed above.  In the case that your chosen renovation programme has been sponsored by another group or individual, the Committee will allocate your contribution to another deserving renovation item at its discretion.

Ways to Donate (Please don’t miss the information on Gift Aid at the bottom)

When donating please specify ‘The Forest Hermitage Renovation Project’ and if it is towards a particular item please state which one. If you contribute by Debit Card or online then please send us an email or a note stating this.

Cheques: Please make cheques payable to  ‘The Forest Hermitage’ and send to The Forest Hermitage, Lower Fulbrook, Nr. Sherbourne, Warwickshire CV35 8AS.

Online: You can donate online here:

Debit Card: Please pay to the Yorkshire Bank, 47 – 49 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 5JR, to the credit of the Buddha-Dhamma Fellowship, Account No. 45325897, Sort-code 05-05-58.

An Important Note on Gift Aid

If you are a UK tax payer then you can help us by confirming that you would like us to claim Gift Aid on your donation. This allows us to claim from the Government 25p of tax for every £1 you donate. This means that if you donate £100 we can claim another £25. It is obviously a massive help.

In order to confirm that you would like this please read the paragraph below to check whether you are eligible. If you are, you can click Gift Aid when you donate online, use a Gift Aid envelope at the Hermitage, or print off the Gift Aid slip found below and send it with a cheque.

‘In order for your donation to be eligible for Gift Aid you need to be paying an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for the current tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that the Forest Hermitage will reclaim on your gifts for the current tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. If you tick the Gift Aid box we can reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you have given.’

Thank you for your support.

Mark Bowen, Treasurer, on behalf of the BDF

Renovation Form



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