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.
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.”