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    Weʼve raised £828 to help restore St Martin's Church in Dunton, Buckinghamshire. It's 900 years old & in dire need of investment to undertake some urgent work

    Dunton, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    Funded on Wednesday, 26th July 2017

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    St Martin's Church is over 900 years old and the only public building in the little parish of Dunton in Buckinghamshire.

    There are only 80 people in the parish and as such we struggle to do enough to maintain this lovely historic church. Fund-raising is ongoing but simply cannot keep pace with the maintenance and repairs required let alone any improvements.

    Irrespective of our varying religious beliefs - everyone who sees the church agrees it's worth saving but it needs more help than the local parishioners can give.

    St. Martin’s church is the village’s oldest surviving building, providing an important link with the past in a rural farming area which – as villagers who have been here for decades either move away or die – is slowly losing its living connections with history.

    The church is a living history book:
    For example, there is a font which may have been used to baptise generations of villagers since the 12th century. Its relatively uncommon box pews characterise the elegance of Georgian church design. The still functional West Gallery – also relatively rare – is a reminder of the earlier, poorer days of the village when – in the absence of an organ – it would have housed a small band of musicians to accompany the singing at services. And yet, the same gallery has Greek inscriptions: the clergy were much better educated than their parishioners in those days. The church has no stained glass, but does have in its archives a design for the East window, from the studios of William Morris (perhaps by Morris himself?) to commemorate a Vicar who went on from this small rural church and parish to become Bishop of London.

    Although this is a small county church, the chancel has one thing in common with Westminster Hall, Eltham Palace, Hampton Court, the Old King’s Head in Aylesbury, and a handful of other buildings. It has remnants of one of the only 12 surviving hammerbeam roofs in the country from this period. http://schorneteam.co.uk/dunton/

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    • Fiona Dee-Crowne2 years ago
      Fiona Dee-Crowne

      Fiona Dee-Crowne

      2 years ago

      We are all so delighted with the support for our appeal. We understand how many calls there are on our wallets and purses and we'd like to thank each and every donor. Some prefer to remain below the radar but we are so delighted you felt you would like to give something toward the church. There are others in the parish who give so much of their time: running errands, holding important posts, arranging events and caring for the church in any way possible and we would be stuck without those few! Thank you Adam and Martin, we miss you Martin!

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    • Fiona Dee-Crowne2 years ago
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      Fiona Dee-Crowne

      2 years ago

      We are so grateful to you Susan and Jennifer - thanks very much for your very welcome donation. It is a pretty sight tucked away in the trees (clearing & tidying some of those to improve air circulation and reduce leaf fall into gutters etc is one big pressing job) many thanks The PCC

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    • Fiona Dee-Crowne2 years ago
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      2 years ago

      We are so grateful for your support. Thank you Jonathan and Jane, Gill & Garry and Geraldine for the most recent donations and Mary showing her support all the way from Australia! Thank you very much

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    Supporters

    18

    • Stephen Piercy

      Stephen Piercy

      Jul 17, 2017

      £30.00

    • Hilary Wingfield

      Hilary Wingfield

      Jul 10, 2017

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 10, 2017

    • Jn G

      Jn G

      Jul 10, 2017

      £30.00

    • Marion Brown

      Marion Brown

      May 5, 2017

      £50.00

    • S Hill

      S Hill

      Apr 18, 2017

      £10.00

    • Martin Charlton-Bennett

      Martin Charlton-Bennett

      Apr 5, 2017

      £100.00

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    Dunton, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

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