The Friends of St Mary's
The Friends of St Mary’s is entirely independent from the Community Church Council and a registered charity inaugurated in 1994 as a non-denominational trust to build up a substantial long-term endowment fund (a fighting fund) to assist with major restoration projects which regular giving cannot possibly afford. The running costs for the church are in excess of £1,500 weekly and funded through the church’s own income.
The Endowment Fund, the interest from which accumulates to provide the help for large projects, has been established but needs to be maintained to continue to be able to help with the upkeep of this ancient and impressive building; particularly restoration and repair of monuments, ornaments, furnishings, organ, windows and other embellishments. Most recently FOSM has assisted with the bell and roof appeals and is now in a position to help with the organ restoration.
The Trustees are eternally grateful to those who give regularly by standing order and to have been in receipt of generous one-off gifts . However, despite the skilful financial management of the endowment fund it is necessary to reach out and ask more Bampton residents and friends - and not just newcomers - to consider contributing to the up-keep of this important church which is very much at the heart of Bampton.
There remain for sale a few limited edition prints by the late Ann Manly, a respected local artist, at the original price of £30 – a favourite view across the ford at The Weald towards the church. Copies of ‘The Bampton We Have Lost’ by JL Hughes-Owen are also available at the sale price of £5.
If you would like further information about ‘giving’, prints or books please contact the Secretary.