St Margaret's PCC runs a variety of events which both bring the community together and raise funds either for the church's ministry or for its repair and maintenance.
Our last effort was to raise funds for internal Re-decoration and we were able to complete that project. Our current project is to meet the requirements of our latest Quinquennial Inspection, for which we need to find about £17,000. An earlier project, restoration of the commandment boards which are all but illegible, has been put on hold for the present, although some funds were raised with grateful thanks to two authors:
Baroness Elaine Murphy who has generously donated the proceeds of sales of her book on Syleham's old vicarage Tales of the Old Vicarage. Copies of this fascinating history may still be available.
Fred Harper, a previous resident, who donated receipts from his book A Suffolk Farmworker's Boy, a delightful account of a time growing up at The Cross, Syleham1947- 1968.
We also had a very generous collection at our Carol Service in December 2021. We were so glad to be able to hold the service this year despite all the Covid restrictions: it has been a highlight of the local calendar for some years now, thanks to Adrian Knott and Amici, an a cappella choir of high standard - and joined this year by a delightful soloist. We are considering putting donations given on that occasion towards improvement of the lighting in the chancel, which can appear very dingy.
Our first event in 2022
Call my Bluff (Wine) was held in the Village Hall in Syleham on 19th February. and it was a huge success. We have done this once before and it was then as now, hilarious! - and this year raised over £1000 for our Fabric Fund.
We have in the past benefited from external support from grant making bodies: AllChurches Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, Round Tower Churches Society, The Ganzoni Trust and The Scarfe Charitable Trust. There have also been some generous personal donations.
For further information, contact Churchwarden [email protected]