Friends of St Mary's Church Higham
The Friends of St Mary’s will be meeting at the Church on Sunday 26 March 2023 for our annual general meeting. If you would like to become a Friend or fancy volunteering to help with our events we would love you to join us at the meeting at 2pm. Hot drinks and wine will be served after the meeting where you can mingle with other volunteers and committee members to learn more about what we do and the sort of things volunteers can help out with.
Restoration work at St Mary's to repair the spire has been completed and the church is now open again.
The ancient grade 1 listed church, St Mary’s in Lower Higham has undergone work on the old wooden spire which was added to the church in the early 17 hundreds. Time, the weather, and little creatures nibbling away, all took their toll on the woodwork and the wooden shakes surrounding the spire.
The Churches Conservation Trust, and the Friends of St Mary’s church, ran an event earlier offering the unique chance to climb the spire to see this vitally important work up close, and to be part of the history of the fabric of the church by sponsoring and signing one of the new Shakes -one of the oak panels which makes up the exterior of the bell tower.
This fundraiser event was in aid of the repair work on St Mary’s historic spire, funded by the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
See the church through the eyes of Higham based artist, Fiona Spirals http://www.fionaspirals.co.uk/ and
the sounds of local musician Dave Bowdler. https://sukotto5.wixsite.com/dbmusic/bio
View films of St Mary’s Films St Mary’s
For personal visits to the church and Covid information. https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/visit/church-listing/st-mary-higham.html
The church is no longer used for regular worship and is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust.
The Friends of St. Mary’s supports the work of the Trust, and works to enhance visitors’ experience of the church, hold fundraising events, organise events for children and adults, and promote the building’s unique appeal.