Wicken Church is one of only four in Cambridgeshire dedicated to St Laurence. Early in the 19th century the church had deteriorated so badly that the Archdeacon considered it the worst maintained in the Archdeaconry. Thanks to the efforts of one Reverend Alnutt, attempts were made to renovate the church and, once again, it became a focal point for the local community.
Further renovations have taken place over the intervening years. In more recent times the church tower has been restored, lead replaced on the roof, repairs to the drainage system, woodwork treated and the entire church re-wired. The church interior has also been redecorated but, due to problems with damp, this requires regular attention.
The Friends of St Laurence’s Church was founded 20 years ago to help fund the repair and maintenance of Wicken’s 13th century parish church. Its original aim was to encourage donations of £1 per week from each home in the village. A small group of people, approved by the Parochial Church Council, was charged with using the funds to help look after the church building, keeping it open for the local community and visitors to enjoy.
As you can imagine, a building of this age requires regular upkeep if it is to remain fit for purpose. Whether you are a churchgoer or not, we hope that you agree it should be maintained for the community and preserved for future generations.
The original aim of securing a modest donation from each home in the village has never been achieved - nowhere near - and, slowly, over the years, the number of contributors has dwindled.
Your church needs you!
Please help by donating a small amount – either per month or per year. You can do so by contacting one of the committee who will be happy to provide standing order and Gift Aid details. Alternatively, follow this link to a donation form which, when completed, can be handed to one of the following.
Julie Rash 01353 722008 Jack White 01353 723342
Robert Fuller 01353 720971 Jean Turner 01353 727054
Richard Vousden 01353 624208