St. Mary’s Horncastle, Friends set their sights on vital funds for church

Changes planned at St Mary's Church, Horncastle ENGEMN00220130208153301
Changes planned at St Mary's Church, Horncastle ENGEMN00220130208153301

The Friends of St Mary’s Church in Horncastle have set their sights on a major fundraising programme for vital improvements.

Projects include the state of the copper roofing on the north aisle roof.

It was installed in the 1950s but will require attention to head off a major and expensive restoration.

The church organ also needs upgrading to ensure it meets exacting modern day standards.

Finally, the church’s outdated sound system needs replacing.

Trevor Butterworth, secretary/treasurer of the Friends, said: “Rather than state of the art, our system is more akin to state of the ark.

“The proposed plan is to replace it with a new sound and audio-visual system that will enhance the multi-role function envisaged for the church in the future.”

Mr Butterworth admitted The Friends would be looking to step of their fundraising efforts.

He said a major coup for the church will be a performance by world-renowned classical concert pianist Benjamin Frith on June 5.

Frith is a gold medal winner at a number of top events and has played with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

His concert promises to be one of the most prestigious events ever staged at St Mary’s.

Mr Butterworth added: “Phil Spray, our events member, has to be congratulated for managing to persuade Ben Frith to appear. It will be an event not to be missed.

In addition to the concert, there will be other fundraising events in 2015 including coffee mornings and the Summer and Christmas Festivals which always attract visitors to the church

The Friends annual meeting will be held tonight (Wednesday) while tomorrow features the induction of the Rev Charles Patrick as Rector.