The Friends of St Mary's Balcombe Trust

Preserving St Mary's for the Future

St Mary's (Balcombe) roof and ceiling has been badly damaged by weather and water. We need to repair it and make it weather-secure to preserve the Church for the christenings, weddings, funerals and services of future generations.
raised of £10,000 target
by 5 supporters
RCN 1114987

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Preserving 900 Years of Balcombe History

There has been a Church on the site in Balcombe from 1090 AD. The current Church is Grade 1 listed, with the South aisle dating from the late 13th/14th century and the Bell Tower from the 15th century. The Central (Nave) and North aisles are Victorian, from the 1850-75 period. In it's long history, the Church has even hosted royalty, Queen Mary (and the 5 year old Princess Elizabeth, as a bridesmaid) at the 1931 wedding of Lady May Cambridge.

A recent architectural review, informed by the partial fall of plaster in the Lady Chapel ceiling, identified an urgent need to address serious water damage to the Church roof, walls and interior. We also need to make the Church weather-secure to preserve it for the christenings, weddings, funerals and services of future generations.

The work required is extensive and projected to cost well in excess of £200,000, in two large phases (exterior and interior) to be run approximately concurrently. All donations towards repairing and preserving this key part of the community are greatly welcomed and appreciated.

About the charity

The Friends of St Mary's Balcombe Trust

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RCN 1114987
The Friends of St Mary’s Trust is an independent trust to help with the maintenance and upkeep of the Grade 1 Listed St Mary’s Balcombe church building and grounds, now and in the future. The Trust is not under the control of the Parochial Church Council and its sole responsibility is to the building itself and the surrounding churchyard. The Trust represents the community of Balcombe in preserving this important part of its heritage.

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