In September 2016 we launched St Mary’s Restoration Appeal.
Our beautiful building was in need of urgent repairs to parts of the roof, to the stonework and to the outer walls of the vestry to keep it both watertight and safe for visitors. See our major projects page for more details. Inevitably, the costs of such repairs are not small. Our initial aim was to raise around £100,000 from church funds, various fund-raising activities and initiatives and grants.
By the end of 2016 –
we had raised £41,000 (including a £1,000 grant from All Churches Trust and a £100 Engage Award from Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust) but we had already spent £24,000 on repairs to the roof.
In January 2017
we reached out to the whole community to help with fund-raising for the essential work on the church building. We had a great response from the village. Here’s what we have achieved during the year 2017.
- Repairs to the chancel roof & organ chamber roof completed
- Repointing and repairs to the stonework including that high on the tower (due to finish by Christmas 2017)
- Renovation of the clock on the tower
- 800 & counting challenge – £800 grew to £10,000 (for the clock)
- Grant of £40,000 from the Amey Community fund (for the stonework)
- Grant of £3,000 received from the Jack Patston Trust
- We have met that initial target of £100,000 raised
There is still work to do on the building – the exterior wall and roof of the vestry – and the organ is in need of renovation. So, the fund-raising will continue but for now we give thanks for the amazing achievements of 2017 and for the support of the community here in Buckden.
THIS IS YOUR PARISH CHURCH PLEASE SUPPORT IT
To donate by cash or cheque, there are special envelopes available in church. Gift-aid envelopes for taxpayers and plain envelopes for non-taxpayers. Donations in these envelopes can be left in the wall-safe (on the right as you go in the door of the church). Cheques payable to Buckden Parish Church please.
Fund-raising events – look out for information on our new fund-raising events and initiatives or maybe organise a fund-raising event yourself, See the events page on this website
You can follow our progress on this website, by liking our facebook page “St Mary’s Buckden” or by following us on twitter @A1churchbuckden . There will also be updates in the monthly newsletter and weekly pewsheet.
Why are we doing it? In Buckden, we are blessed to have such a beautiful church building and such an active congregation. Unfortunately, an historic building like this is not without cost. This church costs approximately £200 per day to keep going (ministry costs, heating, lighting, insurance, routine maintenance) and that is without embarking on any major projects.
The church of St Mary’s Buckden is a wonderful asset to the whole community. It is a beautiful building with a history dating back to the Domesday Book. As the Parish Church it is the venue for local weddings, baptisms and funerals and for whole-village services at Remembrance, Easter and Christmas. . In addition to Sunday services, the church plays host to cafes, yoga classes. meetings, prayer groups and forums, primary school / nursery /playgroup visits and other children’s activities, concerts, occasional art exhibitions and fetes, children’s activities. The church is open every day for use by anyone. This church belongs to the whole community and we ask for your help to keep it in good condition.