Category Archives: Fund Raising

New England and Priors Moor walk – 13th July

A guided walk around New England and Priors Moor finally took place on the evening of Saturday 13th July. After twice being rained off, we had a lovely summer evening for our stroll along the banks of Bind brook, hearing tales of mining and seditious vicars as well as tracking deer! We raised over £40 for church funds.

Thanks to the Garfield Weston Foundation

We’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone at the Garfield Weston Foundation, as they have very kindly given us a grant of £2,500 towards the cost of our new kitchen and fully accessible WC. These facilities will help Billingsley Church to be used for wider range of events, and so will help to ensure the future of this beautiful building.

Billingsley BBQ and Village Fete Pictures

Despite the overcast weather and change of time, the annual Billingsley BBQ and village fete was well attended and a great evening was had by all. The Churchwardens and rest of the St Mary’s PCC would like to thank everyone that supported or helped run the event. Special thanks go to Frank and Rose Cartwright and everyone at Rays Farm for yet again allowing us to host the event at this wonderful location and to Harry Scriven for donating the delicious burgers and sausages! Stottesdon musician Emily Bond played an excellent acoustic set for nearly 3 hours and there were plenty of stalls for people to enjoy in between visiting the animals, and sampling the delights from the BBQ and Bar! Almost £1800 was raised for St Mary’s Church in Billingsley from this event. Some of the money will be put towards the Churches refurbishment fund – we are currently raising money for the installation of a kitchenette and fully accessible toilet inside the Church. This will enhance the experience of our visitors and of anyone attending services at the Church. It will also mean we can start to use the Church for more community events once our facilities have improved. The trustees from Deuxhill Village Hall generously gave us a significant sum towards this fundraising project following on from the sale of the hall, but we still have quite a shortfall so money raised from this years BBQ will give the appeal a real boost!

Rays Farm BBQ 1

Packed crowds enjoyed the annual Billingsley BBQ and Fete at Rays Farm

Packed crowds enjoyed the annual Billingsley BBQ and Fete at Rays Farm

Our 2 biggest supporters, Mr Frank Cartwight and Mr Harry Scriven, always come along to join in the fun!

Our 2 biggest supporters, Mr Frank Cartwight and Mr Harry Scriven, always come along to join in the fun!

A warm welcome awaited you at The Bar!!

A warm welcome awaited you at The Bar!!

Get your delicious Burgers and Hot Dogs here!!

Get your delicious Burgers and Hot Dogs here!!

Local Musician Emily Bond entertained the crowds with her amazing acoustic set!!

Local Musician Emily Bond entertained the crowds with her amazing acoustic set!!

A great night, but we were all shattered by the end of it!!Fete at Rays Farm

A great night, but we were all shattered by the end of it!!Fete at Rays Farm

 

Cheque Presentation to the Bridgnorth Royal British Legion

On Thursday 21st August, Churchwardens Rebecca and Zoe were invited to the Branch meeting of the Bridgnorth Royal British Legion. After the meeting, Zoe and Rebecca presented a cheque for £320 to Mr John Whitty (Branch Chairman). This was the funds raised at the recent WW1 Centenary Commemoration Event which was held at St Mary’s.

British Legion Presentation

Pictured are Rebecca and Zoe presenting John with the cheque

Zoe Skydives In Aid Of Church Funds

On Saturday 13th September, Zoe Baggott (Churchwarden of St Mary’s Church, Billingsley) will be doing a tandem skydive at Tilstock Parachute Club, Whitchurch in aid of Church Funds. The jump is part of a year long list of “40th birthday” celebrations which has already seen Zoe run a Personal Best in a Marathon, eat a meal in the revolving restaurant at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto, and own her first ever pair of Converse Baseball Boots (something she has been wanting ever since her Brosette days in the 80’s!!).

Zoe will be doing the jump in aid of St Mary’s refurbishment fund, which will allow for the installation of a kitchenette and fully accessible toilet inside the Church. This will enhance the experience of visitors to the Church and also benefit those attending services and other events that are held there.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Zoe is asked to email zoe.baggott@hotmail.com or use the contact us page on this website.

Cheese And Wine Evening Proceeds Presented

On Sunday 13th July, members of St Mary’s Church, Billingsley presented a cheque for £370 to Headcase Founding Trustee Andy Johnson. This represented money raised at a recent cheese and wine evening held at the Church. Mr Johnson, a resident of Middleton Scriven, said, “After almost 4 years of fundraising, we have nearly reached the £400,000 total, and this donation from St Mary’s Church in Billingsley will really help to boost our funds and enable us to continue to fund research being carried out by The Cellular and Molecular Neuro-Oncology Research Group at Portsmouth University into understanding the complex biological behaviour of brain and intracranial tumours. I would like to thank everyone that came to the cheese and wine evening or sent in donations.”

Churchwarden Zoe Baggott said, “We are delighted to have been able to support this worthy cause. Our Church regularly supports charitable organisations. Our next event is a WW1 Centenary Commemoration Evening on Saturday 2nd August at 7pm. We will have a number of guest speakers as well as musical entertainment from members of the Bridgnorth Male Voice Choir. This is a free community event but donations on entry are invited. There will also be a raffle and all money raised will be for the Bridgnorth Royal British Legion (who will also be in attendance on the night). For more details, or to make a donation, please email me at zoe.baggott@hotmail.com or contact me through the church website contact us page.

Cheese And Wine Evening Proceeds Presented to Headcase

(Left to Right) Mr John Kirwin – Secretary to St Mary’s Parochial Church Council Mr Andy Johnson – Founding Trustee of Headcase Mrs Mary Nelson – Reader for the Highley Benefice group of Churches Mr Paul Stedman – Member of St Mary’s Parochial Church Council and Diocesan Synod Representative Ms Zoe Baggott – Churchwarden Mrs Rebecca Hadley – Churchwarden

Quiz Night Funds Raised

The Fundraising Quiz was a big success, attended by nearly 100 people, and it raised £567 for Billingsley Church funds.

A big Thank You to the people who helped to make the quiz such a success, especially those who did the food, the bar, and of course those who came!

Quiz Night

In aid of St Mary’s Church, Billingsley
Saturday 25th January 7.30pm
Kinlet Village Hall

£7.50 per person includes entry into the quiz and a hot supper (vegetarian option available)

Maximum of 4 per quiz team

Licensed Bar & Raffle

To register a team please contact Zoe Baggott on 07974 808817 or email zoe.baggott@hotmail.com

We Did It!

St MArys Church Billingsley Bell TowerFollowing the successful raising of £55,000, the restoration work has now been completed.

  • The Chancel roof and guttering has been repaired
  • The Bell Tower has been repaired and repointed
  • The two ancient bells have been restored
  • The boiler house chimney and flue has been repaired
  • The weather vane has been repaired and re-gilded with gold leaf.
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