St Matthew's church has been serving Oxhey since 1880. Our latest vicar retired this year and since then we have had several problems. First we had a load of rubbish fly-tipped in front of the church. Then at the start of August we had a break in - they didn't find anything but badly damaged the original 1880 doors which we have had repaired. Although this was covered by insurance there is still £250 excess which we need to find.
Then, 2 weeks ago, we found that a large section of one of the trees in the front of the building had broken away from it's trunk and we've been told that the whole tree will have to come down as it's rotten. This is something that our insurance doesn't cover and, with the current situation, our funds are greatly depleted.
As well as all the above problems we also need to clear our gutters, replace a few loose tiles on part of the roof and sort out the pointing on the brickwork to prevent further problems later down the line. We do have some funds but are using those to install a fixed ramp to one entrance to make it easier for people with mobility problems, wheelchairs and pushchairs to get into the church more easily.