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Friends of St Mary's Church, Cricklade, Wiltshire, U.K.


Chairman: Hugh Dudley, 4 Pleydells, Cricklade, SWINDON, SN6 6NG

Secretary: Gerry Dudley, 4 Pleydells, Cricklade, SWINDON, SN6 6NG

Treasurer: Tony Barratt, 13 Boundary Close, Stratton, SWINDON, SN2 7TF


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The Friends of St Mary's Church, Cricklade, was launched on 10th October 1998.

The objects of the Friends (Extract from the Constitution) are:


In conjunction with the Parish of St Thomas of Canterbury, Fairford and its Parish Priest, to care for and maintain St Mary's Catholic Church, Cricklade, and associated land as well as they can, with a view to eventual full restoration ....



To raise funds to be used exclusively for the benefit of the Church and associated land and for this purpose to issue such publicity materials as they see fit.

We have a steadily growing membership which extends beyond the parish to the Cricklade community, to individuals the length and breadth of the country and as far afield as Canada.

Since our inauguration we have raised 20,929. Of that, 6,000 has come to us in the form of donations, and 5,000 from Gift Aid. Our expenditure so far has been modest. We have renewed guttering, padded the kneelers and introduced an enhancement to comfort in the pews in the form of carpeting to the seats. We have agreed to fund the overhaul of the 1863 clock which includes the introduction of an automatic winding mechanism and the reinstatement of the chimes. This will cost 4,500. A grant will pay for the restoration of the dial.

The Catholic Diocese of Clifton and our Insurers will meet the costs arising from the subsidence of the North wall. The Parish of St Thomas of Canterbury has designated funds for the introduction of a heating system. The funding of these two costly items by Diocese and Parish will allow the Friends to channel their resources to other matters. For example:- Grills are being made to protect those stained glass windows which require them, and the grill to the East window is to be renewed as the rust is impacting upon the stonework. The wooden ceiling in the chapel requires attention and this will necessitate the removal of the organ for access. Lastly, the boundary wall must be repaired at a cost of 18,500 + VAT.

Maintaining a listed building requires expertise, skills and materials which are expensive, and input from numerous expert bodies which can cause tedious delays. If you think we are slow to act, it may be because of constraints beyond our resolution.

Chairman, September 2001