St. Guthlacs is unique for its combination of 17th Century wall paintings, Georgian boxpews, and 14 Century five-bell tower. It stands on a site where there has been a church since Saxon times.
But despite its historic and religious importance it stood neglected for over 100 years, until recent efforts to bring it back to life and to the attention of the communities in whose backyards it had become all but hidden. It now has electricity, although no running water. It has a secure roof. The paintings have been restored. Work has begun on repairing its time-damaged stonework. And people from the nearby parishes of Deanshanger, Old Stratford, Stony Stratford and Calverton are able to carry on its 800-year-old tradition of worship.
We have recently received permission from the Diocese of Peterborough to go ahead with the improvements and have now started a fund-raising programme that aims to raise the £90000 we need for the work, by Easter 2020. We already have £25000 from a legacy and are applying to granting bodies for a significant contribution to these costs. In addition we will continue to raise money through our annual events programme. And we are hoping to raise up to £30000 through appeals to the generosity of organisations and individuals who we believe may have an interest in what ancient churches like St. Guthlacs represent, and how they can be preserved and utilised by the communities that own them.
We thank you in advance for anything you are able to donate, or for your attendance at any of our events or open days, or simply for your goodwill and willingness to spread the word of our appeal.