We recognise that for all our enthusiasm and activity, we will be unable to continue to maintain this glorious church entirely by our own efforts. Therefore, in 2001, some far-seeing parishioners founded the Friends of Berry Pomeroy Church and established a Constitution with the aim of “advancing the Christian Religion in the Ecclesiastical Parish of Berry Pomeroy by raising funds to maintain, repair, restore, preserve, improve, beautify and reconstruct, for the benefit of the public, the fabric of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Berry Pomeroy, its monuments, fixtures, fittings, furniture, stained glass, ornaments, other chattels and its Churchyards”.
To that end, hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised to improve the fabric of the Church, including the installation of a new heating system, and repairing the roof on the South Side. Furthermore, in the period 2007 to 2009, over £250,000 was raised to restore the bells and provide urgently needed repairs to the Tower. But our work never stops, because we now need to raise in excess of £30,000 to carry out repairs to the roof on the North Side and there will, undoubtedly be many more such projects in the years ahead.
By becoming a Friend of Berry Pomeroy Church, you will be joining with us in this worthwhile cause and you will receive a letter of welcome from our Chairman, His Grace, the Duke of Somerset.
If you feel that you would like to become a Friend, and help to contribute to our aims, all we ask is that you agree to give an annual donation of not less than £10. If you feel able to give more then, of course, that would be most welcome. Whatever you are able to give, you can be sure that you will make a valuable contribution to the upkeep and preservation of this magnificent and historic Church. Please write to the:
Mr Glyn Watkin
The Honorary Secretary,
Friends of Berry Pomeroy Church,
28 Washbourne Close, Brixham,
Devon, TQ5 9TQ,
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