Friends of St Mary’s Church, Redbourn: Notice of AGM

Sunday 26th April 2020, 11:00 am

The Friends of St Mary’s Church, Redbourn will be holding their AGM this Sunday, as a ‘virtual’ online meeting so that anyone can join it from their own homes, either to listen in or participate and ask questions.

If you would like to join the meeting please send Will an e-mail and he will reply with instructions on how to join.

The Friends have two simple aims:  to maintain and beautify the fabric of St Mary’s Church and its churchyard.

The Friends raise funds in three major ways:

    • Membership subscription
    • Fundraising events
    • Ad hoc donations and bequests

Our beautiful church is over eight hundred years old.  There is much to do to maintain and improve the fabric so that future generations can also enjoy St Mary’s.  The Friends were founded in 1977 as a result of the wish of many, living in or near Redbourn, to play a part in caring for the ancient building, irrespective of whether or not they worshipped there.

The Church is surveyed every five years and essential maintenance work is scheduled and prioritised.  The Friends finance a portion of this work.  They also contribute towards major restoration or improvement projects outside the scope of the five year survey.

Since 1977, the Friends have raised almost £80,000 and have made contributions to a wide range of projects.  As well as donating over £40,000 for repairs to the church roof since 1990, the Friends have contributed in recent years for repairs to the organ, to the provision of new gates, lighting and a mower for the churchyard and to the preservation of the historic rood screen inside the church.
Joining in the Social Life. The Friends organise regular fund-raising social events, which over the past 20 years have added to the varied social life of the community of Redbourn.

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