In Great Shape - but for how long?
All Saints' Church is 800 years old and a very
beautiful and ancient building. It is also an important memorial site for the thousands of Bomber Command Aircrew who perished
during World War II. No. 7 Squadron, currently still operational, is the last
of the Pathfinder Squadrons and each year an annual service is held at the church to commemorate their close links with the
The loss of use of the main building caused considerable
anguish to the Squadron and its many friends. All Saints' Church is an important local landmark and we were facing increasing
pressure from residents to repair the ceiling and re-open it. After four years of hard work, legal wrangling and significant
fund raising, the church was reopened in September 2007 and we have now embarked upon a program of renovation
and improvements to the whole building.
English cathedrals have
never been in better condition nor better cared for. Yet they may soon be at risk. That's the paradoxical conclusion
of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) in its Annual Review 2008, published recently. CFCE has major concerns
about the significant reduction in government-backed funding for cathedrals, especially with the demise at the end of 2009
of English Heritage's ring-fenced cathedral repair fund.
the overall Heritage Lottery Fund budget has fallen dramatically. There are 42 Church of England cathedrals. It costs them
in excess of £10 million a year simply to maintain their fabric, and closer to £30 million if all major repairs
are included. The bulk of the money is raised locally.
not just cathedrals - medieval parish churches require constant funds to keep them in good repair. We are delighted to have
a "Friends" group attached to both our churches and these groups work really hard to raise funds to maintain the
fabric of our churches - but more help is needed.
If you are concerned
to see our church remaining open to the wider community (even if you never attend church services) then do have a word with
John Frost (Longstanton). And if you choose to do nothing, then don't complain if at some future date
we are forced to close our church buildings.
If you feel that
you would like to be part of the team working to improve the church or would like to make a
donation in support of their work, please get in touch with one of the Friends. You will find their contact
details on the contact page.