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
One or more of our team of Guides is always on hand when the Church is open to help show visitors around the Church. As we get some 40,000 visitors every year there is usually plenty for them to do. No experience or special knowledge is required to do this important work, but Guides usually acquire considerable knowledge of the history and architecture of the Church over time. Each Guide does one or more shifts a week, depending on their preferences. If you are interested, Felicity Bostock at the Parish Office would be delighted to speak to you 01926 403940, email).
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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.
The Church now has a marketing plan which is designed to maximise income from various sources. Volunteer help is badly needed to help carry this through. If you think you can help please contact the Parish Office 01926 403940 to discuss what can be done. There is scope for a range of volunteer work, according to inclination and ability, and the time you have available. You can download the document: