This is an appeal to everybody who in one way or another, considers St Matthew’s Church, for whatever reason, important in their lives. It could be because you worship there on a Sunday, or follow the service on YouTube, it is maybe because you want to be sure there is a place for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, or just because you want to be able to check the time on the clock on the tower.
Like many charities, businesses and community groups, St Matthew's has suffered during this year of Covid. In normal times our income comes from contributions from our congregation, from rent from the hall, from donations and from fundraising. We get no financial help from anywhere else. So this year, with very little income, but maintenance and major repairs urgently required, the church is in a desperate need of funds to address these issues. The most urgent of these being the church roof which is leaking considerably. A problem that, without tackling could do irreparable damage to the building. We are now also facing some very hefty bills for maintenance of the fire alarm, our electrics and the boiler.
In case you didn’t know much about St Matthew's Church, here is a little background:
St Matthew’s is the Anglican parish church located in the centre of Hayfield Village in the county of Derbyshire. The church, parts of which date from the 14th century, is a Grade II listed building and adjacent to the River Sett. Its five-stage clock tower is the main landmark for the village. The church is built in local gritstone ashlar in an Early English Gothic style and is surrounded by a small graveyard. It is also adjoined by a small church hall dating from 1977, with a newly landscaped community garden on the northside of the building.
The church provides weekly Sunday services, in addition to baptisms, weddings and funerals. It is the venue for a variety of community events including concerts, art displays, and annual May Queen service, well dressing festivals and Christmas festivals to name but a few. The church hall has been home to The Hayfield Singers and the pre school group Kinder Kids for many years.
If the situation does not change, we will run out of money altogether some time in the new year. We therefore appeal to you, the public to help us keep St Matthew’s open and a safe place to be.