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Pictures – Peter Duerden 04/07/2017
The beautiful, historic Church of St Peter and St Paul has stood in the West Mersea village centre for many centuries and is a well loved landmark for the local community and visitors. The cost in both time and money to preserve, maintain and develop this ancient Grade1 Listed Building is high and it is no longer possible for the congregation alone to fund.
‘The Friends of West Mersea Parish Church’ is established as a group of interested people from the wider community who wish to support and maintain this wonderful Mersea ancient building, as this requires a long term sustainable commitment. In this way we will ensure that this generation hands the Church on in good order to the next, just as previous custodians have done. ‘Friends’ organisations have been extremely successful both locally and nationally in achieving these objectives.
As a result of members’ subscriptions and a number of successful fundraising concerts and other community events we have been able to raise over £60,000 since our formation in 2011. This has enabled us to fund over £36,000 of maintenance and improvement works for the Church with a further £20,000 committed to major internal decoration work due to start in Spring 2017.
The various concerts and events held in the Church building have also helped to reinvigorate the Church as the centre of community activity and create a greater awareness among local people of the heritage of this important monument.
Why not become a member?
If you are not already a member it costs just £2.00 a month or £25.00 a year to become one. Membership will entitle you to priority booking for our events and in some cases discounted ticket prices. Application forms may be obtained from the church porch or you can request one by email from firstname.lastname@example.org. It is an ongoing task to preserve this ancient monument and membership fees help to ensure a steady income.
On this website you will find information about the various repair and maintenance projects which the Friends have funded at the parish church together with information about coming events. You can also read reviews of recent events along with pictures and videos from previous events in our ‘Events Archives’ section. If there is anything else you would like to see on our website or you spot any errors or omissions please do get in touch.
You can contact us via email at email@example.com or use the reply form on our ‘Contact’ page.
You may like to view the short video below made when we first launched The Friends appeal:
At the same time as ‘The Friends’ were formed, the Church launched its own appeal as well as applying for grants for specific projects. The graph below shows the funds raised by raised these various methods (graph by Alan Hammond)
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