Friends of St Mary's
A brief history
The Friends of St Mary's, Linton were started in 1984 by the Revd Canon John Cotgrove to help with the work of repairing the church roof. In 2001, The Friends were reconstituted as a separate Charity for the purpose of caring for the Church and Churchyard. [Charity Commission No. 1088328) The Annual General Meeting is held in May each year.
Since 2001 the Friends have raised over £150,000, through subscriptions, donations, sales of calendars and other items, and a wealth of fund-raising activities. A generous gift in 2007, of the estate of our late organist, Richard Godel, has been invested to increase the annual income. This has enabled the Friends in recent years to contribute to new lighting, up-dating the sound system, repairs to stained glass and church fabric, a new south porch door, roof repairs, a new high altar frontal and kneeler, and a book cupboard.
Committee and Officers
The Honorary President of the Friends is Margaret Clark.
Current committee members are: Margaret Cox (Secretary), Andrew King, Chris Morse (Chair), Di Morse, Don Mulholland, Judy Nightingale, Cynthia Paton (Membership Secretary), Hugh Paton (Treasurer) and Rosemary Read. Maggie Guite (Rector) and David Watts (Churchwarden) are ex officio members.
Membership stands at just over 100 people and is open to anyone who would like to help with care and maintenance of St Mary’s Church. The minimum subscription is £15 per annum per person, though many give more. Membership forms are available from the Friends’ Board in the church or from Cynthia Paton.
The Friends run fundraising events throughout the year including, for example, Safari Suppers, walks, talks, concerts, afternoon teas, a stall, teddy parachuting (see photo from 2016 Flower Festival teddy bear jump), an annual calendar and quiz, lunches, and the ever popular Coffee and Savouries in the New Year.