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Historic Butterwick Church to hold fundraiser
11:25am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A COMMUNITY which aims to raise more than £3,000 to save an historic church is holding its first fundraising event this weekend.
Butterwick Church, which is set in a hamlet of only nine house, is the focal point for the surrounding community and has been a place of worship for five generations.
However, plaster falling from the ceiling has signalled an urgent need to have the building re-roofed, while the creaking floor has shattered supporting beams.
To ensure the future of this unique place of worship and local landmark, parishioners need to raise £34,000 and are trying to raise awareness of their efforts.
A day of “tranquillity and beauty” with botanical illustrator Bridget Gillespie is being held on Saturday, to start the fundraising.
Bridget was the illustrator for The Northern Pomona and has won gold medals for her work from the Royal Horticultural Society.
The church will be decorated with flowers as a backdrop for Bridget’s paintings, along with a collection of wooden carvings by Butterwick PCC member Henry Leeson who, like Bridget, passes on his creative knowledge through courses open to the public.
Entry to the church will be free but a percentage any of the art works sold will be given to the restoration fund.
Churchwarden Jill Hopkins, said: “We really want people to experience the special peaceful ambience of the church but, of course, we hope that visitors will be moved to make a donation, and perhaps buy some of the works of art and the refreshments available outside.’ The church will be open for visitors to the exhibition from 10am until 5pm.