The Friends of the Church of St Mary Magdalene Huntshaw was established on 16th February 2018. Our aims are to raise funds for the maintenance and preservation of the church and to encourage enjoyment and appreciation of it by the people of Huntshaw and the wider community.
All Age service Second Sunday of the month 11 am
Evening service Fourth Sunday of the month 6 pm
Tea and cakes served at all services
Update on repair work
It is looking as if the work to the tower will be finished by 16th December. The scaffolding is due to come down on that date. Looking forward to having our church back again but we now need a big clean in order to get it ready for our Christmas activities.
None of the repair work would have been possible without the generosity of a number of organisations.
The Coastal Recycling Community Fund has
awarded a grant of £25,000 towards urgent repairs.
The Devon Historic Churches Trust Devon Historic Churches Trust has awarded us a grant of £4,000 and the Allchurches Trust Allchurches Trust has awarded us a grant of £1,500. The Wolfson Foundation in conjunction with ChurchCare have awarded £7,000 for essential work to the fabric of the church. The Bideford Bridge Trust awarded £1,000 in 2018 and again in 2019. Grants will be used to carry out essential repairs to the tower, the west door, pews at the rear of the nave and the vestry floor.
Our thanks also goes to Grow Wild who has awarded us a Wild Flower Seed Kit and a Fungus growing laboratory which we are using in our eco-friendly churchyard. The Grow Wild is a national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is supported by the The National Lottery Community Fund
Thank you to all organisations for their generosity
The Friends of Huntshaw Church a Christmas party
Saturday, 7th December
Huntshaw Parish Hall
Photos to follow soon
FUTURE OF THE CHURCH
With a new PCC and a flourishing Friends group we have now reached the point of deciding which direction we will take the church. It is clear that we must adopt a new approach in order to keep the building open as a viable resource for the community. Be reassured that the church will remain as a place of worship but we must broaden its use to strengthen our finances and to increase footfall.
On Thursday, 20th June representatives of the PCC and the Friends met with Marian Carson and Samantha Upham, Project Managers from Growing the Rural Church (Exeter Diocese) to explore options. It was a lively and productive evening and one option we are exploring is champing.
What is champing?
Champing means camping in churches. The champing scheme is run by the Church Conservation Trust (CCT) and involves people paying to camp in churches. It is a growing market and the CCT are actively seeking more churches to participate. We are proposing to let out the church at certain times during the summer months to small groups of champers. They would check in from 4 pm and leave by 10 am the next day. Some may stay for more than one night. The service is marketed and regulated by the CCT for which we would pay a fee. We are planning to install a compost toilet and to install a security system to allow the church to be open during daylight hours.
For more information see
A date for your diaries next year
Saturday, 9th May (VE Day weekend)
We are hosting a 1940s themed street party. Lots of spam sandwiches and much more besides.
Read our Annual Report 2019 Click here
Find out about our first publication written by local historian Richard Sears. Click here
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Making a donation is your opportunity to support and help us raise funds to keep the Church of St Mary Magdalene open for the enjoyment and appreciation of the whole community. There are lots of rewards in return for your donations but the biggest reward of all is that you will be able to continue worshipping at the church and to absorb its fascinating history and archaeology.
You can get involved: Keeping the church clean and tidy, maintaining the churchyard, organising fundraising events, contributing to the newsletter or simply making the tea. Get involved and do your bit to keep your local church a special place. And have fun along the way! There is something for everyone. See the Events Page to keep up to date with the latest events, news and stories
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