Community call for help to fund church repairs

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 April 2016

The Reverend Anne Charlton at St Peters church Budleigh. Picture by Terry Ife ref exb 9725-11-11TI

The Reverend Anne Charlton at St Peters church Budleigh. Picture by Terry Ife ref exb 9725-11-11TI

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The vicar of St Peter’s Church has called on the community to come together to support its church’s latest fundraising mission.

Lighting in the church, which was first put up some 40 years ago, is in need of repair.

Over the years, temporary replacements and short-term fixes have offered a solution to the problem but the time has come to repair them for good.

The Reverend Anne Charlton has urged members of the community to come up with fundraising ideas to pay for the illuminations.

She said: “There is a common misconception that the church is funded by the state, but this is not true, and in the Church of England we have to fund ourselves.

“The running costs of St Peter’s Church alone are more than £4,000 per week, and if we wish to maintain a holy space in our communities, we are going to have to re-imagine how these are paid for.

“These are normal costs without exceptional expenditure such as the lighting.

“The church is an important community space within our town and we are seeking to raise these funds throughout the town.

“We will be running various events to fundraise and welcome all ideas and suggestions.”

The total cost of the work will be around £40,000 and the church has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for the lights.

Thanks to donations from churchgoers and a grant from the Norman Family Trust, more than £16,000 has been raised.

Nearly £24,000 still needs to be found . Anyone who wants to help can ring Anne Charlton on 01395 444876 or email rector@raleighmissioncommunity.org.uk

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