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St. Mary's C of E Parish Church


Above and below: The new pendant lights are now up in St Mary's Church. 


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The high life: An electrician puts the finishing touches to one of the pendant lights.


Above: New pendant lights  under the tower in St Mary's....


... and in the North Transept, above and below.



Above: A view from the North door into the North Transept and below a general view inside the church.


What a finish!

O come, all ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant

O come ye, o come ye to St Mary's Church!

church logo newjpgsmallWITH just under SIX weeks to go the doubters WILL be proved wrong and work on our beautiful Grade I Listed building will be finished by the November 24th deadline in time for this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival.

And that has to be down to the superb job done by the hard-working, skilled team of men from Midland Conservation Limited who have put their heart and souls into transforming St Mary's Church.

The fantastic Flemish candelabra are now in place in the Chancel. The pendant lights are up and the floor inside the church, which has proved a mammoth task, is laid. There is just the floor in the porch to lay now.

The font is back inside the church and the West inner door frame has been put back. Now the big clean-up has started.

There's no doubt that the church will look even more spectacular when it is all finished in time for the Christmas Tree Festival. To find out more about the tree festival click here.

The pictures on this page were taken inside the church on Monday (October 16th).

Everyone involved must be congratulated on the effort, hard work and commitment so far. But we still need to find the remaining cash required to complete the project.

And that's where YOU can help, if you haven't done so already. If you haven't sponsored anything yet there is time to do so. Members of the Church family have already made donations on behalf of loved ones, and groups associated with the Church and the Town are also raising funds towards particular elements of the project. All donations are being recorded in a special book that will be on display in our re-ordered church. 

church logo newjpgsmallSO HOW MUCH DO THINGS COST?

INTERNAL PAVING – the natural paving stones are of varying size so difficult to price individually. However, if you include the work to raise the floor and install under-floor heating, you can sponsor a 1m2 area of floor for £100.

ORGAN – there will be over 2461 pipes in the refurbished organ; you can sponsor a single pipe for £20. 

PENDANT LAMPS – there will be 25 new fittings in the Nave, Transepts and Tower crossing; you can sponsor each lamp for £1,500.

FLEMISH PENDANT LAMPS – there will be 8 new fittings in the Chancel; you can sponsor each lamp for £3,000.

PORCH LOBBY – the draft lobby in the West Porch includes 19m2 of plain sheet glass; you can sponsor a 1m2 of glazing for £740.

SERVERY – the servery surround, fitments and storage facility will cost around £55,000. If you are interested in supporting part of this as a group fundraising challenge, please contact us as shown below.

TOILETS – the 2 new toilets in the church will cost £45,000 and will feature in a separate social fundraising event during 2017; however the team will welcome proposals from anyone wanting to sponsor all or part of them.

If you are able to Gift Aid your donation, this can add a further 25% to your gift, or if you want to spread your gift over a 12 month period then please contact us.
To download leaflets explaining how you can sponsor an organ pipe, paving slab or pendant light in St Mary's Church click here or please pick up a leaflet from the Samworth Centre, fill in the details and return it to the Parish Office. If you have another idea to support the project financially, please contact Dina Neale on 01664 565798 or Mike McClure on 01664 482385.
*You can also donate £2, £5 or £10 by text to 70070. Text the word Mary46 followed by the amount you wish to donate.

*For more pictures taken on Monday (October 16th) click here.

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Above and below: The porch floor will be laid soon.

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Above and below: Sorting out cabling before the porch floor can be laid.

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Above and below: The font has been returned to St Mary's Church.



A view inside the font.


The big clean-up has started. Here workmen get to grips with cleaning the South Transept.

Phil Balding, 16/10/2017

Article printed from at 08:23 on 23 February 2020