About the ‘Friends’
The Church has been on this site since 1563 and it needs constant care and attention to ensure that the fabric and the churchyard remain in a sound condition, to be enjoyed by future generations.
Members of the Friends of St Michael's, founded in 2005, come from diverse religious backgrounds (including practicing atheists) but are united by the desire to ensure that this historical treasure survives for at least the next 450 years! The Friends raise funds and provide skills, expertise and ‘people-power’ to maintain the fabric of the Church and its grounds. The building and grounds are of significant historical interest and value, and their presence adds much to the character of our beautiful village.
We invite you to join our growing band and help this worthy cause by clicking and downloading the membership application form. You will need Adobe Actobat reader on your computer, which is free from www.adobe.com
The Friends help in a number of ways:-
Activities that have been completed to date
- Through their membership fees and other generous donations.
- By the application of relevant skills:-
- Metal working
- Building etc.
- By using their enthusiasm and organisational abilities to progress fund-raising activities.
- By the application of ‘people-power’; helping with those tasks that simply require effort.
- Replacement of the entrance gate to the Church grounds. This was a fitting symbolic start as an improvement that was badly needed. The replacement of the gate is a great example of the way in which the Friends work. A member of the Friends drew up the plans. Membership fees and generous donations were used to fund a local carpenter who manufactured the gate and posts. Members of the Friends worked together to remove the old gate and posts and install the new ones. Thus avoiding the substantial costs of a building contractor to carry out this work.
- The clearance of ivy, brambles and other weeds from the base of the church walls on the south and east facing aspects to allow decaying brickwork to be replaced. Back filling the area with a plant proof membrane and a gravel soak-away to alleviate some of the damp problems that have been affecting the base of the church walls and the interior.
- We have designed, built and installed a ladder that provides access to the belfry from the clock chamber.
- We have cleaned the wooden fence that runs alongside the road and treated it with a preservative as well as refurbishing the hooped fencing to the north boundary and refurbishing and fixing the Victorian grave markers.
- The notice boards at the front of the Church grounds and by the Church door have been replaced.
- Significant financial contribution has been made towards the construction costs associated with the South elevation extension.
- Significant financial contribution has been made towards the redecoration of the building interior.
- The Friends have agreed to underwrite the refurbishment of and the extension to the Memorial Wall in the south west corner of the churchyard.
- The joint between the roof and the southern wall of the Church requires re-pointing.
- The clock tower and belfry need cleaning.
- The metal fittings, associated with the mounting of the bells, need anti-corrosion treatment. Some of these fittings are believed to have come from the original church, before it was moved to its current position, and thus are probably about 600 years old!