Friends of St Mary's Church Higham
JUBILEE - RING A BELL FOR THE QUEEN
Fancy hearing the bells at St Mary’s and having a go at chiming them yourself?
The bellringers will be at St Mary’s on 4 June from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. If you fancy a go, pop along – donations welcome.
In the morning the bellringers will also be providing tours in St John’s Church in Higham where you can see the lovely bell tower there and ring one of the bells. Tours will take place in St John’s between 11.00am and 12.00pm at £5 per person. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall after the tour – donations welcome. Funds raised will be split between the St John’s Tower Fund and the In Inspire project in St Mary’s. For full details please go to the events page.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND COMES TO ST MARY’S
The excellent This Is My Theatre group will be using their unique style to bring Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to life in St Mary’s on 22 June at 6pm. Tickets are available at thisismytheatre.com, or on 0773225331. For more details please look on the Events page of this website.
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.
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.