Tributes were paid to chairman Trevor Butterworth at the annual general meeting of the Friends of St Mary’s Church, when he asked to be allowed to stand down.
The Friends group was formed in 1997 as a secular group to help preserve Horncastle’s oldest and best loved building.
For those 20 years, Trevor has served not only as chairman but also in recent years as secretary.
Since being formed the group has raised more than £260,000.
Not only has this money contributed to the upkeep of the fabric of the building, but it has shown the community is prepared to support the building.
This has been a major factor in procuring funds from the major grant making organisations.
In his final report, Trevor thanked the members of the committee for their support and hoped that new blood could be found to ensure that ‘tlc’ continued to be given to the old building.
Long-serving vice chairman David Birchall also bowed out at the meeting.
Local businessman Paul Scott was elected to the chair, with Stefan Urbanowicz as vice chairman.
Bob Wayne has now taken on the role of secretary and long-serving treasurer David Platt continues in post.
Linda Patrick has joined the largely re-elected committee.
St Mary’s Church is the largest church in the South Wolds Partnership and has been on the site for hundreds of years.
The oldest part of the church dates from the early 12th century.
St Mary’s has recently undergone extensive renovations and is now in an excellent state of repair.
The Friends of St Mary’s has a full programme of events planned for 2017 to help continue to care for the building and keep it in good order.
Events will include a Music and Arts Festival in May, a garden party in July, an Open Church Weekend and another concert by the Louth Male Voice Choir in September.
For information about or joining the Friends contact David Platt 01507 526133.