Church of England Diocese of Oxford Drayton Beauchamp

ST MARY'S GRAND PLAN - PLEASE READ!

6 Jul 2021, 11:30 a.m.
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<div>As <span style="font-size: 1rem;">with many country churches, St Mary’s has long had insufficient income for its upkeep.  </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Much </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">urgent external and internal work is needed without it, the future of this very attractive </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">historic church and its surroundings are threatened and the result will be closure.</span></div>

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">F</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">ortunately the Drayton Beauchamp Charities Trust has come forward to underwrite a major </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">programme to refurbish the building to create an inviting, warm, well lit space, for social activities as </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">well as for worship This exciting project would include flexible comfortable seating, up to date </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">heating, catering, toilets, sound, lighting and audio/visuals with associated repairs and long term </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">maintenance.

St. Mary’s would then be a “Community Heart” for the village and for others in the </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">neighbourhood an attractive, functional venue for one off or regular events of all kinds socials, </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">concerts, leisure clubs, festivals etc.</span>

<div>However, <span style="font-size: 1rem;">the Diocese of Oxford needs to see evidence of strong enthusiasm for this project, </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">from the village and from neighbouring communities showing that there will be greater use </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">of the building for a range of activities . We have to make a strong case to get permission for the necessary changes.

</span></div><div>If you appreciate St Mary’s and its surroundings and want to help us secure its future, you/your family or organization can help us make the case for transforming the Church - and guaranteeing its future.</div><div>Just complete a ten-minute Survey at https://bit.ly/3vRLjSF - or contact Colin Ruscoe at the DBCT [email protected] for further information.</div>