Restoration Appeal

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.

Before starting any more major work, we desperately needed to replenish the funds. To this end:–
* Three Grant applications have been submitted in Feb-March 2017
   £3,000 was received from the Jack Patston Trust
*NEWS* July 2017 a £40,000 grant has been approved from the Amey Community Fund and work on the stonework of the tower and surrounding areas will commence in August 2017

* Regular fund-raising events continue every month
* Appeals have been made to the village community
* …………… and then we have *800 and counting…….* Challenge

NEW initiative in 2017 —-   The *800 and counting………………* Challenge
800 years – 2017 marks the 800th anniversary of the first recorded priest at St Mary’s Buckden and a series of articles about the history of the church are being published in the Buckden Roundabout.
800 and counting – on Sunday 26th February we launched the “800 and counting” challenge:- If we gave you £10, could you use your talents to grow that money?
Groups / clubs / families / individuals were invited to take on the challenge to use their talents and expertise to help us to celebrate the 800, have some fun, raise funds and “Grow the money” for our Restoration Appeal.
800 pounds £££ –  we are giving £10 each to groups / clubs / families / individuals in the village who are taking the challenge to “grow the money”.  There is still time if you want to register and to collect your £10. Just contact us in person, by phone: Rev Jes 01480 819377; Anne 07779 651974; Pat 01480 811020 or email
800 ideas!!!  – How you “grow the money” is entirely up to you.  It could be a sponsored event, a coffee morning, a car boot sale, a concert, busking, a stall at the village festival in July! If you’re creative, make something to sell or auction. We just ask that you use your imagination and showcase your talents to the full.
800 celebration weekend.  We invite you to our celebration weekend on 16th / 17th September when all proceeds are to be returned to St Mary’s as we celebrate the many and varied talents within our village.


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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.

To donate electronically or set-up a regular donation, please contact either:
our treasurer
our planned-giving secretary

Fund-raising eventslook 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.

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.

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.  This church belongs to the whole community and we are asking for your help to keep it in good condition.