St Mary's Church, Northiam

To the glory of God serving the community in love

last updated 2nd February 2016
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Thank you to all who responded to St. Mary’s Appeal for help in restoring the church building.

Work began in June 2014 to respond to the challenge of repairing the fabric and making the building as waterproof as possible. The church, grade II* listed, was in desperate need of repair and renovation and was placed on the National Heritage At Risk register.

Following a detailed architectural survey, the cost of the repair work was given as £193,331 (inc VAT). We have been fortunate to have been awarded an English Heritage grant of £83,000 towards this cost and have been given other generous grants by the All Churches Trust Ltd., Christians at Telham, the Frewen Chapel Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Leslie Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, and Sussex Historic Churches Trust. St Mary’s was also able to reclaim VAT on the work and professional fees through the Listed Places of Worship Scheme.

As a result of the above and especially the response to St Mary’s public appeal, amazing fund raising events and donations from the congregation the sum needed was raised and work is now nearing practical completion.

Our thanks go not only to all the above but also to out Supervising Architect, Ms Karen Butti of Thomas Ford & Partners, who led us through the complicated process and made sure the work was up to conservation standards. The work was carried out by PAYE Stonework and Restoration Ltd and we thanks in particular Mike Nevin and his team for his professionalism and unflappable response under pressure. It has been a pleasure to see the skills of real craftsmen at work.

After such a wet winter it has been so gratifying to see the rain water going down the gutters and drains instead of into the church!

The successful repairs have allowed us to continue with our plans to reorder St Mary’s to make it a more welcoming and flexible place of Christian worship. The sound system, now over 20 years old, is one of our next projects and if you would like to donate towards this or the present and future work of ministry of St. Mary’s Church Northiam please contact Rod White (Rector)  01797 253118

Your support is not only appreciated - it is vital!!

click HERE to download a PDF of pictures of the work done.

Our challenge at the moment is that the fabric of the church is in desperate need of repair and renovation, and we have applied for help from English Heritage to tackle the most urgent problems.
Following a detailed architectural survey, the estimated cost of the repair work is £193,331, but we have been fortunate to have been awarded an English Heritage grant of £83,000 towards this cost.
The challenge is that we now need to raise £110,331 - by December 2013 - in order to obtain the full grant and see the work completed.
After the external repairs to the fabric have been completed, we want to make the interior of the church warm, light and welcoming, so using the space to its full potential. A large part of the electrical heating system no longer works, and the whole church buuilding is in need of redecoration.
If you would like to find out more, or make a donation to this vital building work, please contact Rod White (Rector) 01797 253118, or Geoff Brown 01797 252332.
Your support is not only appreciated - it is vital!!
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  • Church Lane
  • Northiam
  • Rye
  • East Sussex
  • TN31 6NN

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