Archived News - Friends Of St Marys
Countless married couples will agree with visitors who say how lucky we are to have such an attractive Church in Our Village. Strange isn't it that we only wonder how such a building has survived for 800 years when we visit it for special occasions like christenings and weddings or at Christmas? Sometimes we try to forget that our forebears have left with us the responsibility of preserving the building for future generations. This is what belonging to The Friends is all about.
They will be a group of local people, old friends and others who want to be involved and whose sole aim will be to ensure that the Church building is passed on to the next generation in as good a state of repair as it is now. Achieving this goal will require the funding of a planned maintenance programme, for like any old building there is always something that needs doing to keep out the weather or to keep it safe. Over £200,000 has been spent in the last few years on the stonework and roof and more work is needed to finish off the roof project and to make the floor safe.
So this is an invitation to everyone to come along on the 24th to hear talks about the Church building, together with entertainments on the Bells and by the Organ & Choir. Meet The Edlesbray Players and talk about the 2008 Panto, discuss the 2007 Carnival with its organisers, meet staff from the Chiltern MS therapy Centre and talk to representatives from Fairtrade. If you are not free on the 24th and would like to talk about being associated with The Friends then do contact me.
Entry and light refreshments are free.
-- Peter Bennett
Source: Focus, April 2007