ST. CATHERINE’S WHITESTONE
|FORTHCOMING SERVICES||DECEMBER 2023|
|MONTHLY MESSAGE from the Revd. Martin Wood||RECTOR’S MESSAGE FOR DECEMBER 2023|
|The history of St. Catherine's from about 1250 to 1981||ABOUT THE CHURCH|
Maintaining our beautiful Parish Church of St. Catherine’s
St. Catherine’s Church has seen relatively few changes in its c750 year history and has served the Parish of Whitestone with Oldridge for all those years. We, the PCC (Parochial Church Council), who are the current custodians of the church, know that it is seen as a valued and important part of the village and its history. Its Grade 1 listed status reflects its importance architecturally and limits significant changes. However, over the past few years the PCC have been able to make 3 modernising changes. Firstly, a digital sound enhancement system has been installed within the church which is a huge benefit to the hearing impaired. Secondly, a new level access path has been laid from the main gate in Church Lane, which ensures the church is accessible for wheelchair users and those not quite so steady on their feet. Thirdly, and most conveniently, an eco-compost loo has been installed in the extension churchyard.
These 3 improvements are being enjoyed by our congregation and the many visitors who come to see our wonderful parish church.
DECEMBER 2023 ROOF REPAIR UPDATE:
The end is in sight ! But with reservations as we still need funds for all the last minute jobs the contractors keep finding.
The scaffolding is coming down except for around the tower where the work will probably not be completed until after Christmas.
We hope that the church will be contract cleaned during the first week in December and that we will take the boxes from the Hall on Thursday 15th December . The church will need heating to dry it out. Please check Peter’s e-mail notice board regularly to pick-up any further instructions.
We will need 2 cars to take the boxes from the Hall to the Church and as many volunteers as possible to recover all that we packed into boxes and plastic bags and left in the church.
The 1st service in church will be a Carol Service Tuesday 19th 7pm
How to donate:
We hope that you will be able to support this very important project and welcome financial contributions both large and small: all donations will go towards the cost of re-roofing and associated fabric work.
Cash or cheques (payable to Whitestone PCC Fabric and Roof a/c) may be placed in the fabric box in the church or given to the Churchwarden (Jane Richards, Quarryfield House, Whitestone, Exeter EX4 2JS) or Treasurer Philip Nierop, Hillcrest, Whitestone, Exeter EX4 2HR. Alternatively, you can donate on-line to Whitestone Parochial Council:
Sort code: 52 41 27 account number 44267746.
If you are a taxpayer, please complete a Charity Gift Aid Declaration form (see below this article) and send it to Philip Nierop– address is on the form. If donating on-line, please use your name as the reference so we can link it to your Gift Aid declaration as required by HMRC.
Please contact the Treasurer with any questions: Philip Nierop 01647 61419 email: philip@the nierops.co.uk.
We also warmly welcome any ideas you may have for fundraising events that you’d like to run. Please contact Judith Saxby, our Events Diary Secretary on 01392 430709 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss it.
Charity Gift Aid Declaration form :
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