Revd. Andrew Perry

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EPIC Appeal

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Target:                                            £100,000

Total Raised  to 19th December 2022:   £57,241.73

This figure includes the sum raised by the 2022 Chrstmas Tree Festival and is well over half-way towards the target of £100,000.

Thank you to everyone who donated so generously


Why the Money is Needed

The 2016 survey of the structure of the church building, which lists and estimates the costs of items of repair and maintenance, reported defects totalling about £150,000 (including VAT, project management  fees etc). They were categorised into degrees of urgency spread over the next 5 years till the next survey in 2021. 

As a result of previous fundraising efforts, the Friends Of St Mary's were able to commit the sum of £30,000 towards the cost of £46,000 for the repointing of the South elevation of the tower. This was completed in 2018 and was considered the most urgent of the repairs necessary.

To enable some of the remaining defects - some of which remain on the urgent list - to be addressed as soon as possible, we now need to raise another £100,000 approximately. Some of this may come from grants, but we need to be able to demonstrate what we have done to help ourselves as a village to qualify for consideration.


The most important and costly items remaining from the 2016 survey consist of:

            Re-rendering the North wall and refurbishment of rainwater goods.                  £35,000

            Repair and renew stonework externally and internally.                                      £28,000

            Renew lighting to save future costs.                                                                  £20,000

            Extend lightning conductor.                                                                                £10,000

The next 5-yearly (quinquennial) review of the church was performed on 27th April 2021. As a result, the priorities in the above list are being revised.


Repairs of this nature are expensive as they require specialist trades when dealing with a Grade 1 listed building.  Building costs have, of course, risen since 2016 and no doubt there will be additional items when the next church survey is prepared.

Malcolm McLelland.      Chairman 



We are most grateful to the following donors, as well as the many other persons who prefer to remain anonymous:

 Joe and Imogen Padfield                     Alec Alexander                                  Peter and Sioned Vos

 Barry Barnes                                        Barbara Marsh                                  Muriel Pleasance

 RL and LC Slaughter                          Phil Boole                                          John Adams

 Gwendoline Colmer                             Colin and Helen Smith                      Veronica

 Jennifer Paice                                      Dave Pilcher                                     Pamela Bradley

 East Preston Residents                       Sheila Hodge                                    Susan Crowther

 Susan Spurgin                                     Chris and Joanna Cooke                  Margaret Carruthers

 Ann and Norman Thorne                     Robert Craine                                   Helen Warner

 Trevor Snyman                                    JA Broster                                         Christopher Snewin

 Christopher Roberts                             Tes Clark                                          Susan Bennett

 Colin Crane                                          Philip Sherwin                                   E Cooke

 Peter Skilton                                         Mary Cameron                                  PL Thornton

 MT Keating                                           M & J Gerrard                                   Betty Isted

 Mardell Family                                      AE Love                                            Linda Coote

 Gillian Siviter                                         RM Linley-Munro                             John Reynolds

 Yvonne Nicol                                         Stella Collier                                     Edna Lovell

 Sheila Young                                         MR Walker                                       John Cogman

 Peter Leighton                                       Albert Hill                                         Justine and Frank Schageman

 Barry Barnes                                          Lol Pilfold                                         Michael Burgess

 DL Ellis                                                   Sheila Wright                                   Pat Marsh

HE Aldridge                                             Charles Johnson                              Patricia Blackborn

Melanie Careless                                    Jennifer Boros                                  Derek McCoubrey

Sandra Coney                                         Sylvia Luscombe                              Vanilla White

VM Parkes                                               Jim and Dorothy Lee                        Frank James

Jim Douglas                                             David Eastes                                    Tony Black

Jean Williams                                           Stan Wheeler and Carolyn Knott      Peter Lewis

"All About" Magazine                                Glyn Mathias                                    Mr Jeffries

Alan and Margaret Gibbs                          S Froggitt                                         Yvonne Rimmer

St Mary's Womens Fellowship                  Our Lady Star of the Sea                 Lyndon Thomas

Corinna Irvine                                            Pearline Wakeman                          Alan and Margaret Gibbs

Mr Jefferies                                                Yvonne Rennier                               Debbie Woods










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