Appeal launched to secure future of Wisbech St Mary’s church

St Mary's Church Wisbech St Mary Appeal Launch
Brian Payne in front of the South Aisle roof which is in need of urgent repair ANL-160706-101201009

St Mary's Church Wisbech St Mary Appeal Launch Brian Payne in front of the South Aisle roof which is in need of urgent repair ANL-160706-101201009

A £100,000 appeal was launched after a routine survey revealed urgent repairs required to secure the future of Wisbech St Mary’s church.

These include a complete replacement of the south aisle roof and the wood inside that has become water damaged as a result of leaks, masonry works around the west window in the tower and around the windows at the top of the church where fittings have become loose.

Appeal co-ordinator Brian Payne said: “This is the oldest building in the parish and what we passionately want to do is keep it safe for people to use. Its doors are always open and we want to keep it that way for the whole community.

“This church was handed down to the village in good 
order and we believe we have a duty to hand it on to future generations in a similar condition.”

The work is expected to cost in excess of £100,000 but fundraisers have been advised to launch an appeal in hopes of getting grants to match what is raised locally.

Mr Payne said: “Envelopes have gone out to every home in the parish and hopefully a lot of them will be returned with donations on June 18, we will have a collection point near the village shop.”

He added: “We’re very lucky to have had a succession of priests and congregations in Wisbech St Mary, who have really cared about the church’s future and now is no different.

“We’ve got a whole team of people who are working on planning events and fundraising ideas.”

The church serves the villages of Guyhirn and Wisbech St Mary together with Thorney Toll and Rings End. The church will remain open for use by the community during the appeal.

Mr Payne welcomes any donations for the appeal and ideas for fundraising, call 01945 410755.