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.
We are hoping to start a “Friends of Billingsley” group and as a first step, Bonnie & Mike Garvey at 7 Bynd Lane have offered to host an informal meeting on Tuesday 5th March from 7.30pm with cheese & wine. If you would like to come along please contact Revd David Poyner (01562 68638) or Bonnie & Mike (01746 552567)
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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com or use the contact us page on this website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through the church website contact us page.
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!
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 email@example.com
Following 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.