The Friends...... for almost four years we were unable
to use the Church building because of serious damage to the ceiling. Plaster from the ceiling had fallen away and presented a serious danger to those using and visiting our
Church. We were of the opinion that the cause of the damage was possibly due to faulty
workmanship and the Church PCC pursued the matter. Whilst the Church PCC pursued
the legal and practical issues, a small group of church members decided to form a group to raise funds to support the
repairing of the Church ceiling.
The group became the Friends of All Saints Church Longstanton. The 'Friends
of All Saints Church Longstanton’ are a Charity set up to restore All Saints Church Longstanton.[Charity Registration Number
objectives of the Charity is to maintain, repair, restore, preserve, improve, beautify and reconstruct for the benefit
of the public the fabric of the Church of All Saints, Longstanton, its monuments, fixtures, fittings furniture, stained glass,
ornaments and other chattels and its churchyard.
To achieve these objectives,
the Charity seeks to obtain and collect money and funds by way of contributions, donations, subscriptions, covenants
legacies, grants and appeals. If
you wish to support the work of the Charity [Friends of All Saints Church Longstanton] by making a donation, gift or through regular subscriptions, you will find the details of how you may
provide such support on the ‘making a donation’ Friends link.
See our 'Catch the Vison Link'
Help us by making a Donation..
|Making a donation........
Making a Donation
Donations can be made via the Friends of All Saints' Church, Longstanton (via Arthur Savage, Treasurer,
at 16 Prentice Close) Co-operative Bank A/c detail sort code 08-92-99 account 65200531
should you wish to use direct transfer, or you may donate via the BT Mydonate website.
We want to say a big “thank
you” to Gallagher Estates who donated £20,000 to the project.
We are very grateful to all who have
given – however large or small the gift.
Your contributions have made it possible for us to re-open the Church and start to make much need improvements.
Making regular payments via Standing Order
If you wish to make regular payments to the Charity via a Standing Order [ You will
need to state within your Standing Order the regular monthly amounts that you wish to pay] these may be set up via your
Bank. The details for setting up payments are:
Friends of All Saints Church Longstanton
BANK: The Cooperative Bank
75 Burleigh Street
BANK Sort code
Bank Account No
See above for making donations via the BT Mydonate website.
|Our History - 800 years in the making
All Saints Church - Making
it fit for purpose...
|The story so far............
In Great Shape - but for how long?
All Saints' Church is 850 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.