Rockland St Mary with Hellington Parish Council
Friends St Marys Church
FRIENDS OF ST MARYS CHURCH
In 2016 a small group of people living in Rockland St Mary started " The Friends of St Marys church" to help finance the ever increasing cost of running and maintaining this fine medieval building, which dates back to at least the 14th Century and is, by at more than 250 years, the oldest building in the village.
The Friends are not necessarily churchgoers, but feel that the church is such an important part of village life that it deserves their support.
The church is important in most of our lives, even if only for weddings, funerals, or special celebrations like carol services or Christmas. Even though we may not often go there, like other village amenities such as the shop or the pub or the school, we would hate to lose it.
Since 2016, The Friends have renewed the pew cushions, bought new bibles for every pew, placed a bench in the churchyard and have recently spent over £5000 on renewing the electrical equipment and updating the heating system.
We need to ensure we continue to have a beautiful church in our village that is open every day, and that there is a priest available for day to day support as well as for those special occasions when you may wish to use his or her services.
If you are interested in supporting St Marys church by becoming a Friend, please consider making a regular payment by standing order ( from £1 to £20 per month ), which you can of course stop whenever you wish.
Please contact either Daphne Howlett ( 01508 538553 ) or David Richardson ( O1508538574 ) for more details.