A SPECIAL evensong has been held at St Peter’s Church in Lynchmere to celebrate an amazing feat of fundraising by the Friends of St Peter’s.
The Friends have raised a staggering £90,000 in eight years.
But not content with that, the celebration evening was also the launch of the next stage of the appeal for funds.
The Friends believe it is possible that as much again is needed to keep the beautiful 1,000-year-old church in good repair as a place of regular worship, available for family and festive occasions.
The first tranche of funds raised by the group has already paid for a new lightning protection system, repairs to the south wall and St Peter’s window, replacement of cedar tiles, louvres and repointing, repair and re-gilding the weather vane and diocese and surveyor’s fee administration costs – the latter have been less than £2,000 in the whole period.
The next stage includes bringing some of the equipment into the new millennium with the electrification of the clock’s winding system.
It is also hoped to replace the tiles on the north roof, rebuild the south porch and replace the oak beams.
All the work will have to be done by specialists and could come at a price.
The celebration service in the historic church, which was taken by the Rev David Talks, was also a celebration of Hubert Parry’s work.
He composed many pieces while he was staying at Shulbrede Priory just below the church, and among the best- known are Jerusalem and the tune to the Nunc Dimittis which, along with the Magnificat, was sung for the congregation by the choir which had specially rehearsed for the celebration evening.
The dean emeritus of Chichester Cathedral, the Very Rev Nicholas Frayling, was invited to preach during the service.
The evening concluded with a barbecue for everyone and to keep the younger members of the congregation entertained, there were games for the children outside.
Anyone who would like more information about how to go about helping to support this 11th-century church in the village of Lynchmere should contact the Friends of St Peter’s at firstname.lastname@example.org