Presidential Appeal 2022-23

Whether you are a member or simply a casual visitor to our website, I would like to take this opportunity as President of The Canynges Society, to welcome you and explain the purpose of the Society’s Annual President’s Appeal. I hope that this and other information here on our website will encourage you to support our work.

Change – and new beginnings

Even though for much of the last year, the church has been closed to visitors and parishioners alike, heritage buildings still require constant maintenance. The Society’s work in this respect remains imperative and there are always many things in need of our financial support.

Some of the funds raised from this year’s President’s Appeal are being used to fund restoration work to a beautiful and ancient chandelier in The Lady Chapel. This is believed to date from around 1650 and is in need of urgent work to repair and restore  it. An in-depth condition report has already been commissioned and funded by the Society detailing the work required for a sensitive and sympathetic restoration.

The restoration will involve the chandelier being dismantled and taken away for re-laquering and polishing and being re-hung in its original position. The works will include upgrading wiring and the lighting system to sensitively bring it up to modern standards. It is estimated that these works alone will cost over £6,000.

Pictures of the completed chandelier restoration will be featured in our Gallery when the work has been completed.

It is hoped that additional funds raised by the appeal will be used to support the Church’s mission to reach out to its parish and wider community in a way that was never even dreamt of before Covid-19. This support will facilitate the live streaming of services as well as enable a virtual visit to this magnificent building for anyone in this country or indeed, around the world. Our website and that of the Church itself will provide access to these new resources as they become available.

As always I would like to extend a huge thanks to all our members, donors and supporters who play such an important part in ensuring St. Mary Redcliffe church continues to be the ‘fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England’.

Thank You.

Richard Clarke, President