The Friends was established in 1995 under the patronage of Lord Petre to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the fabric of All Saints, Writtle Parish Church. It ishas since become an autonomous sub-committee of the All Saint’s Parochial Church Council.
“The Friends” history
It is known that a church existed on the site over 800 years ago. It is therefore, a very important part of our village heritage and deserves preservation, not least as the oldest building in Writtle. Funds are raised from a variety of events which enhance the social activities of the parish, and by inviting people to becomes “Friends” who are concerned about the “well being” of this ancient building.
What we accomplished?
Since our inauguration the Friends have succeeded in raising more that £150,000. This has enabled the Parochial Church Council to undertake much needed work;particularly on the South aisle roof and walls; rewiring the building; replacing the tower roof, and constructing a sound lantern, to improve the overall audibility of the bells. This last project was completed during 2010.
The quinquennial inspection is due this year (2011) and a major review of the heating system is being undertaken, so the need for significant funds continues.