The Cathedral of the Marshes
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Blythburgh church, the ‘cathedral of the marshes’, has been here for 600 years. It has withstood tempest, wilful damage and the weathering of centuries. Its calm grandeur draws thousands of admiring visitors each year, while remaining a working parish church. But Blythburgh is a small community, and a church as old as this needs constant attention. We can’t do it alone — we rely on the generosity of our Friends.
According to our records, the Friends of Blythburgh church were formed in 1954 with some 76 members giving between £5 and half a crown — two and sixpence to us — among them a certain Benjamin Britten. Today we have 62 friends, drawn from far and wide. We have members in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Newcastle, Bath and Penrith, and in the United States.
We do keep things ship shape. This year we have set aside £5,000 to help with the costs of work required after our statutory five-year review. This will cover everything from some roof repair to improving access at the main door and renewing our antiquated electrical system.
Looking further ahead, the Friends funds will enable us to tackle some of the more exciting projects we have in mind. We would like to replace all the greenish glass with clear windows, for instance. And some of our original medieval glass is currently held in storage, awaiting our plan to display it in the windows once again.
Do consider signing up to help us
As a Friend, you can make a significant contribution to the upkeep of the church, whether you live near or far. You can download a Membership Application Form here.
There is no set fee for membership. Just let us know how much you can afford to give. Most people give between £20 and £50 a year. We will send you two newsletters a year, to keep you informed of what is happening at the church, and how your money is being spent.
If you would like to pay your subscription by standing order, just fill in the mandate form and send it back to us. We will do the rest.
You can pay by BACS. Our bank details are on the form.
Cheques shouldâ€¨be made payableâ€¨to Friends of Holy Trinity Blythburgh and sent to Mrs Meryl Doney, â€¨The Birdhouse, Old Angel Lane, Blythburgh IP19 9JW.
If you are a UK taxpayer and would like us to be able to reclaim the tax on your gift, just fill in the Gift Aid section of the Membership Application Form.
FRIENDS OF HOLY TRINITY BLYTHBURGH
Charities Commission Number 1093734
Mrs Meryl Doney,
Secretary to the Friends
The Birdhouse, Old Angel Lane, Blythburghâ€¨ IP19 9JW