Weʼre raising £50,000 to save our village church, which is in need of restoration
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James’ Church is located on the outskirts of Bourton, a delightful village in nestled in south Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. It was founded and built in 1859 following the purchase of a plot of land by Mr T. Tucker, and its foundation stone was laid on August 8th of that year by Jane - Viscount Barrington. Prior to this the village had no church, and villagers would meet in a hut at the bottom of The Hill to worship
Bourton is a small village, withouht many ameinities, so the church reamins incredibly important. Village services take place twice a month and welcome adults and children alike to enjoy the service, but also coffee and biscuits following it. The local school also makes regular use of the church for concerts and assemblies.
The highlight of year is our candlelit holy communion service on Christmas Eve at 6pm, where the village children dress up as various members of the nativity to build a living crib, along with mulled wine for the adults and
Unfortunately over the past two years we have noticed increasing problems in the church building including issues with damp, electrics, windows and stone work. This is unsurprising, given the last major restoration of the building was over 30 years ago. We have tried to alleviate some of the issues by airing the church as much as possible to dry it out, but this has brought further problems to light with the plaster work, and in Autumn 2017 plaster started to fall from the ceiling, causing the church to be closed whilst emergency repairs were carried out.
We are now undertaking a year of fundraising with a view to raising these much needed funds. We’ll be organising a number of fundraising events, but would welcome any donations to help us meet our goal.
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Jun 18, 2018
With thanks and congratulations to my music students, who put on a fantastic concert at the church on Friday and raised £85 to put towards the restoration fund.
Apr 14, 2018
A mum and her young son came to our door (in Swindon) selling raffle tickets. We weren't able to buy many raffle tickets but were really impressed by their courage and commitment.God bless
Mar 9, 2018
Feb 9, 2018
Really hope it goes well.xx
Feb 7, 2018
Feb 6, 2018
Here we go! Good luck to all in Bourton and the whole team as this project gets off the ground.
Feb 5, 2018
We hope the fund raising gets a good response - hopefully every little helps. Love Nick and jen
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