needs re-invigorating. As with all church Friends associations FOSA was created in order for non-church goers who care about history to help to raise money to care for the fabric of the building while the PCC copes with the day to day running costs. St Andrew’s is the only Grade 1 listed building in our village and as with any medieval building needs regular care and attention. Our big gallery project took a lot of money and now we need to turn our attention to other parts of the building. We don’t normally plan much more than one major event in a year and don’t have frequent meetings so it isn’t too onerous a commitment.
Do you care about the history of this village? Do you feel it important to preserve our church for future generations, for their weddings and funerals as well as Sunday worship? Could you help us in any way? Please contact Liz Davidson firstname.lastname@example.org)
The church is now open from 10am to 4pm every day do please visit.
Fundraising for the Church
We hope that you enjoy the beautiful churchyard with its owls, bats and other wildlife. The gentle fortnightly cutting during the summer costs a lot so we fundraise:
Book sale and coffee morning
On Saturday 23rd July from 10am to 11.30am there will be a book sale/coffee morning at Margaret J-E’s home, Highbanks 1, Broadway. Everyone is welcome. There will be loads of books and jigsaws for sale at very cheap prices, a raffle, coffee and tea and delicious cakes and savouries, lots of chat and laughter. Do come – Margaret 767121
Churchyards are a mosaic of habitats which are great for wildlife. They can be peaceful havens containing old and distinctive trees, wildflowers, lichens, rare fungi, mosses and ferns and they provide food and shelter for many animals including small mammals, amphibians, slow worms, insects and birds. Even the gravestones and the churches themselves form an important part of the churchyard habitat.
Churchyards are not just communities of the dead; they are thoughtful places, reflecting the impact of time on humankind and our efforts to escape oblivion. They are expressions of history – full of personal and community stories.
The big challenge with looking after church land is that it is often seen to be most cost effective to mow and prune everything and concrete over everything else! We are lucky that the churchyard at St Andrews has been managed carefully by volunteers according to a plan to safeguard areas of wild flowers. There are barn owls and pipistrelle and serotine bats that use the churchyard and recent work in the church took this into account.
We have recently engaged contractors to cut the grass and this will be an ongoing commitment. Now we have to carry out some sensitive tree surgery to remove dead and falling branches and make the churchyard and adjoining footpaths safe for walkers.
We would be grateful for any donation, large or small, towards the upkeep of this special area. We have a small ‘churchyard conservation fund’ which contributes to the cost of grass cutting. Thank you to those who have already contributed.
If you use the churchyard for quiet reflection, for dog walking or just visiting, we hope you enjoy its peace and its wildlife. If you don’t know the churchyard, do take a stroll up there and enjoy this peaceful part of our village.
Donations towards the Churchyard Conservation Fund should be given to the church wardens Liz Davidson or Margaret Jones-Evans . Either cash or cheques to Wickham Skeith Church Fund (Churchyard) will be most welcome.