St Michael’s has been part of Betchworth for nearly 1,000 years, serving its community as a centre for worship, refuge, celebration and mourning. To enable the Church to continue this work, it is essential that the burden of maintaining its building is shared by the wider community.
Contrary to popular belief, churches in England do not receive any funds from the Church Commissioners, the Diocese, or local and/or central government for the upkeep of their historic buildings. Any money spent on maintenance and major repairs therefore needs to come from private fundraising.
The Pillars of St Michael’s Betchworth is an independent organisation created solely to help raise much-needed funds through a series of community events to preserve this beautiful historic Grade I listed building for a further 1,000 years and to enable it to become a frequently used community resource. Any funds raised will go entirely to maintaining and improving the fabric of the church.
Given the building’s age and architectural importance, it is no wonder that the costs involved in its upkeep are substantial. Currently, there are a number of immediate and urgent restoration projects which need to be carried out with estimated costs of £85,000. Whilst these essential repairs will forestall further dilapidation, more repairs and restoration must follow.
Examples of work needed: high level repointing; replacing broken stone cross; and refurbishing failed rainwater system.
Generations to date have maintained and enjoyed St Michael’s Betchworth. It is now this generation’s responsibility to do the same and render it fit for the future.
If you are interested in becoming a Pillar of St Michael’s Betchworth and help raise the much needed funds, please complete and return the attached form.
Dinner, magic entertainment and Auction of Promises
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