Following consultation with the community around the parish of All Saints Thirkleby we are in the process of setting up a new charity, to be named ‘All Saints Together’.
The group will follow a similar format to a ‘Friends Of’ group and its purpose will be to help retain and enhance All Saints Church building as a community asset for everyone to enjoy now and into the future and also to promote interest in the history and heritage of the building.
The group will be separate from the PCC (although the PCC will be represented) and will be open to those who may be interested purely in the fabric of the church building.
We are hoping to draw membership from the local community and also those who have a past connection with All Saints or have an interest in this beautiful historic church building.
Many people will have lived in or had family connections with the parish, perhaps were baptised or married at All Saints or have relatives buried there, visited the church on occasions or just admired it from afar. The church with its magnificent spire, stands on high ground amongst fields to the north east of the A19 and paints a delightful picture of the English countryside for those travelling past.
There has been a church at Thirkleby for at least 900 years. The present Grade II* listed building was commissioned by Lady Louisa Frankland-Russell of Thirkleby Hall in memory of her late husband Sir Robert and was built by the renown ‘rogue’ architect E B Lamb in 1851 and as such is of significant historic interest.
The church is now in need of substantial repairs to the roof and stonework (present estimate approximately £140,000). We are a very small Parochial Church Council (5 members) and we feel we need to consult with the community and obtain support to develop a plan to take things forward to the best advantage for all.
The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the scope and cost of the necessary repairs, options for funding, the future of All Saints Church, possible ways of enhancing the usefulness of the building to the community and how people can contribute. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and let us know your vision for the church.
If you are interested in the future of All Saints but are unable to join the meeting – or if you would like further information or have questions to ask, please contact Gill Walmsley firstname.lastname@example.org 07969 571002 or Carolyn Potter email@example.com