Friends of Saint Michael, Lambourn

Friends of Saint Michael and All Angels, Lambourn, England

Our village can be justly proud of our magnificent Norman church building which is grand and architecturally unique, and which has stood at the centre of our village and has been the focal point of Christian worship in this area of the Lambourn valley for 9 centuries, and is a Grade 1 listed building.

The church can be instantly recognised when you travel over and down Hungerford Hill. Clearly it is a most important building for the worshipping community, but it is also a much loved and important building for the whole population of Lambourn and the surrounding area. Over the centuries, countless Lamburians have been baptised, married and had their funeral or memorial services in the church.

Because of its size, Saint Michael’s has hosted many notable events over recent years, such as when the Queen Mother attended Fulke Walwyn’s memorial service; the Duchess of Cambridge recently attended her friends’ wedding at our church, and I will always remember seeing the church full to bursting with people still outside for Doreen Rackham’s funeral service, and of course it is the ideal venue for the annual Remembrance Day service in November.

We are establishing a ‘Friends Scheme’ to provide the additional funds needed to help pay for the maintenance and improvements to the building for this and future generations.

Why do we need a Friends Scheme? Well currently the regular congregation has to provide £50,000 each year to pay for the vicar, insurance, heating, lighting, cleaning and music, just to keep the show on the road, but we need help to raise further funds for the maintenance of the building; maintenance cost £3000 in 2012, and the very rare Father Willis Organ in our church will need restoration work carried out.

Brian Fletcher
Treasurer, Saint Michael & All Angels Church PCC