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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 Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard 23 Jul 1998

 

 

Fund-raising for church repairs: Father Richard Barton of St Mary's Church, Cricklade WGPS891

 

Out to save ancient church

 

The only medieval Roman Catholic Church in Wiltshire is in line for some tender loving care with the setting up of a Friends scheme.

   A fund-raising mission to find 35,000 to pay for improvements to St Mary's Church in Cricklade will be launched in the autumn by the new priest Father Richard Barton.

   "Like so many other people, I fell in love with St Mary's on sight," said Fr Barton. "We really must

 preserve it."

   The part-Norman church, which is nearly 1,000 years old, has a few structural problems. The first issues the Friends will be targeting are re-pointing and subsidence, followed by improving the heating system and installing running water.

   A programme of fund raising events, such as concerts and fetes, are being planned.

   If anyone would like to

join the Friends scheme, contact the chairman Tim Cheesman on 01285 861316 or Fr Barton on 01285 712586.

  iOn August 6 St Mary's is holding a Tridentine Mass --- the Latin Mass from the 1500s which was used before the change over to English in 1970. The service will start at 7.30pm and will be conducted by Swindon's Fr David McCready.

 

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