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