Our Ambitions

Our Vision

Our vision is of a church that really plays its part in the heart of our village and the surrounding parish.

We are working towards this in partnership with the Church Council and many inspiring and committed people in our community and beyond.

Our challenge

Our immediate challenge is that the church must become weather-tight - to protect the heritage of our children, their children, and their children’s children, as previous generations have managed for nine centuries. Then its facilities must be improved.

Necessary repairs are based on the five-yearly church architect’s inspection, last done in June 2016. That divides the repairs into Very Urgent, Urgent and three other, less urgent, categories. The works now being planned are all Very Urgent.

There are several phases:

  • Phase one focuses on the tower and windows, because the Church Council decided to concentrate on what local people, in late 2017, said was most important to them, This is the subject of the Tick Tock Appeal.
  • Phase two - it is likely that the Church Council will want to follow their architect's advice and focus next on the nave ceiling which has suffered very serious deterioration. Examination in September 2017 revealed that the whole ceiling may have to be taken down and replaced, which may necessitate the removal and reinstallation of the roof too. But we will bite that bit of the elephant once we’ve sorted out the tower!
  • Repairs are also needed to some of the contents of the church: the clock and bells are part of the Tick Tock Appeal. The wonderful Henry Willis organ has been out of action for some years: a very special treasure that, if repaired, could allow for organ concerts and more. Thanks to a generous donation we commissioned two comprehensive inspections. After the Church Council takes advice from the DAC’s Organ Advisor, decisions can be made about what we can do for our ’Father Willis’ organ. (Click here to read more about the organ and why it is out of action).

Ideas are at an early stage on how we could expand the use of the church. With answers to the first crucial question: ‘what do we all want to use the church FOR?’ the Church Council can decide what improvements are best. (see here for what people have suggested - and tell us what you think too). A basic kitchen, a toilet and accessibility for all appear essential for opening the church to wider use.

Our Plans

Our Plans follow our Our Challenge! We want to eat this beast one bite at a time! With our supportive community – both near and far – we can eat it, and in a decent timescale.

Our Tick Tock Appeal started on 18 August 2018 and will run to the end of 2018, then, with the Church Council, we will decide what to fundraise for next. We also plan to run community events all year - for entertainment and to raise funds for smaller items of church expenditure

Our Progress

The Fundraising Group was set up in 2016, formed a charity at the beginning of 2017 and started raising funds for church repairs straight away. In our first eighteen months we raised a net £12,000 and assisted in replacing the defunct boiler, made safe a hole in a crucial part of the ceiling (above the main aisle), liaised with the architect to get tenders for the works; sent out invitations to tender and prepared those bids for the architect and the Church Council. At this time the Church Council took back much of this work, freeing up the HCCF to work with the community and raise funds.

Now we are beginning our first-ever Capital Appeal. This differs from our normal, year-round, fundraising because we are asking you to help directly with the cost of very specific things. We are determined to give you confidence that your money will be spent well, and how you want it spent.

We will update this page as we make progress. Come back soon!

If you would like to help, please click here.

Your help

There are lots of ways you can help, or perhaps you are helping already - by donating, by volunteering with events, maintenance, communications, deliveries and more. We hope you will carry on, and be creative about how we can make our church a real jewel in our midst.

If you’d like to make a suggestion, or ask a question, then please do contact us.