The Friends operate quite independently of the Parochial Church Council, which has the direct responsibility for looking after the building.
The Friends organize regular events each year to raise funds. Additionally all members receive a Newsletter (preferably by email) three to four times a year. Members are also very welcome at the Annual General Meeting.
Would you like to join us?
If you would like to join or support the Friends, would you please complete and return the application form with your subscription.
However, to save administration costs we would prefer A Standing Order (which can be cancelled by you at any time, and will not increase).
If applicable please also complete the Gift Aid Declaration. Our nominal subscription for membership is £15.00 per year, but any other amount you may prefer to subscribe will be gratefully accepted.
Our magnificent church is the principal ornament of the town and its most historic building as well as being a much loved place of worship. Crewkerne is unthinkable without its church, which is an architectural treasure of national importance. BUT, the church needs constant attention and maintenance − which means money − to keep it in a condition in which it can be used and appreciated by the whole community and preserved for future generations.
There is no magic fund or pot of gold which can be dipped into when repairs are required, and this responsibility has fallen on a relatively small number of regular churchgoers. Though they have so far kept the church in excellent condition, the burden is in danger of becoming too great. For example, the roofs require regular releading, and the beautifully ornamental stonework continued conservation. A wider body of people was clearly needed to see that St Bartholomew's was looked after and handed down for future generations to enjoy.
An Association of The Friends of Crewkerne Parish Church was therefore set up in 1994 to raise money for looking after the building. The Friends aim to attract membership and support from the very wide range of people who appreciate the church and understand the importance of securing its future. The Friends have already financed important conservation projects on the famous west front and much of the splendid window tracery, but a great deal more remains to be done.
Currently, The Friends are working to raise money for the repair of the Chancel roof. The last estimate for this repair work was £175,000, so we have a big task on our hands.
N.B. Please return all forms to: Mr Steve Dennis, Treasurer, 4 Easthams Road, Crewkerne, Somerset. TA18 7AQ