Gallery: Easebourne villagers celebrate church refurbishment

ST MARY’S Church in Easebourne are well on their way to becoming revamped, updated and fit for purpose for the next generation.

In celebration of their newly refurbished roof, the church held a summer fête which was attended by more than 200 people.

C130876-1 Mid Easebourne Fair phot kate''The childrens sack race.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130876-1

C130876-1 Mid Easebourne Fair phot kate''The childrens sack race.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130876-1

So far the church has raised £85,000 towards the roof. The summer fair raised a further £3,000 to go towards the next stage of the development.

The day included stalls, a tombola and raffle.

One generous visitor even sponsored a brass band to entertain everyone on the day.

Church warden Katharine Minchin has been at the heart of all the fundraising and events, as a trustee of the Friends of St Mary’s.

Katherine said: “We wanted a properly traditional English fête in celebration of the work done so far on the church.

“We are now gearing up for the next phase, which will be a toilet in the West Vestry.

“The church will be available for the whole community, and we want to involve everyone in our fundraising and celebrations.”

Also on the day was a fresh take on bowling for a pig.

“We didn’t think it very humane for people to take home a piglet, so the prize in the game was a voucher for a leg of pork, kindly donated by butcher Leon Courtney in North Street, Midhurst,” Katherine said.

The church will be holding further events throughout the Autumn including a barn dance and harvest lunch.

Katherine said: “We hope to improve our lighting, sound and heating systems.

“We want St Mary’s to be at the centre of the community and available for generations of people to come.”