Please take a look at our short video. This was made in 2011, when we first launched The Friends appeal, our aims remain the same today.
‘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 £120,000 since our formation in 2011. This has enabled us to fund £75,000 of maintenance, decoration and improvement works for the Church with additional funds committed towards the new AV system.
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.