Each year St Mary’s has to fund its activities and maintain its buildings. Music, Administration and Shop staff, and the Vergers, all have to be paid. The insurance premium for the Church alone is some £33,000. Routine maintenance costs for the Church and other properties are over £30,000 a year, and there are several items of repair which have to be addressed totalling around £750,000. Add to this the heating and lighting bills and the Parish Share we pay to the Diocese and you can see we face a considerable outlay. We need to find £1000 a day to fund our normal expenses. Special projects, such as stone and roof repairs, are extra.
Many people give of their time and talents to help St Mary’s in many ways, and do invaluable work towards the day to day running of the Church. If you feel you would like to assist in any of the following ways please email or visit the Parish Office.
If you would like to take an active part in services, there are roles for Sidespeople, Readers, Intercessors and others. If you are interested, please have a word with Vaughan Roberts.
Gift Shop Volunteer
If you can spare a few hours a week to work in our gift shop please contact the Parish Office 01926 403940
Are you interested in history and meeting people?
Our GUIDING TEAM are looking for more people to join them, to help maintain St Mary’s proud record of being open to visitors every day of the year,
apart from Good Friday and Christmas Day.
St Mary’s Church, with its famous Beauchamp Chapel, attracts around 38,000 visitors a year from all over the world, and is a major tourist attraction in the area.
Volunteers are needed who can give a regular commitment of as little as two hours a week and who can be a friendly welcome to visitors or, after support and training, become a fully fledged guide.
Volunteers do not have to be expert historians, but a love of historic buildings and people is an excellent start.
If you are interested in becoming a Guide, or would like further information, please ring the Parish Office team on 01926 403940 option 1or email@example.com
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As we have a “closed” churchyard, its maintenance falls to the Town Council, whose responsibility is to mow, and to manage the trees. There is, however, untapped potential for planting and maintaining garden areas within the Churchyard, to include shrubs, spring bulbs and other flowers. If you have the time and aptitude please contact the Parish Office 01926403940.