The Friends’ aim, as set out in its Constitution, is to assist with the maintenance of, improvements to, and preservation of the buildings, monuments, furniture, glass, ornaments and other chattels and churchyard of the Church of St John the Baptist. Wateringbury to promote public interest in the church, its history and its work.
Repairs to the church
There are a lot of things that would make a real difference to the condition of the church.
Some of these will cost thousands of pounds, others are more achievable in a shorter space of time. Literally at the top of the list is replacing the shingles on the church spire. Unusually, they are made of wood, which unfortunately makes them expensive to replace.
Stained glass windows are a feature of almost all English churches and some are hundreds of years old. While the windows of St John’s aren’t centuries old, they do need repair and maintenance. Their frames need to be made secure and repairing the leading between the panes of glass will ensure that they don’t deteriorate further.
Like any building, old or new, St John’s needs constant small repairs done to keep it in good shape. This may be repointing, sorting out problems with the guttering, cutting out rotten wood, or just cleaning the stonework – ordinary, everyday work which still costs money to carry out.
The Friends aim to raise as much money as they can so that some or all of these tasks can be done before any damage gets too serious and repairs to the building become unaffordable.