The Friends of

Great Gaddesden Church

There is nothing better than seeing a magnificent old building in a historic setting. Most people assume that the building and its grounds are someone else’s responsibility, but this is not the case with a church.  Churches “belong” to the community they serve, and the community has a responsibility to help to preserve them.  We have a duty to make sure that when our descendants pass by they too will see the magnificent buildings and all the history they contain. Whether you are religious or not does not matter, we all have to look after our heritage and environment to be able to pass it on to future generations.

That is why the Friends of Great Gaddesden Church were formed as a registered charity (no.1100650)in 2003.  The Friends are raising money by membership and special fund raising events to help maintain the fabric of the church. Their aim is:

· To preserve the church for future generations to enjoy. 

· To maintain and improve the building for use by the whole community.

· To support the conservation of the country churchyard as a haven of peace.

Why do we need your help? Because old buildings cost money to maintain!

As with any old building, frosts loosens the rendering, rain penetrates, beetles munch the timber and damp rises.  Modern regulations make even minor repairs expensive, and a Grade 1 listed building needs high levels of craftsmanship.  Recently frost attacked a small section of the flints on the bell tower but repairs cost over £18,000 as expert craftsmen replaced the flints and repaired the damaged section. In the last decade £200,000 has been spent on the fabric, and it is likely that a similar figure will be needed in the next decade.  We know that some time soon we will have to tackle the following problems:

· Increasing public use of the building – The Friends have recently funded the installation of a new sound system to improve the facilities of the church.

· Rebuilding the churchyard wall – The Friends have made a substantial donation towards the cost of this work, which was carried out in 2007.

· Improving disabled access – The Friends have already funded part of this work

· Relaying the church path—to provide a non-slip surface.

· Replacing external rendering

· Redecoration of the inside of the church

· Renovating the organ

· Creating a path to the new churchyard

· Restoring historic chest tombs

· Funding emergency repairs

Registered Charity Number 1100650

St John the Baptist Church, Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire

How can you help?

· By joining the Friends of Great Gaddesden Church as a member follow this link to our membership form and donation form:

· By making a charitable donation

· By joining The Friends Committee

· By supporting the fundraising events

· By helping with working parties in the churchyard

· By remembering The Friends in your will