St Michael & All Angels Church, Meeth
Events & Projects
|Meeth PCC is delighted to announce their restoration project to the tower and bells was completed on 21st April 2017 with the addition of new facilities.|
History of Church and Bells
St Michael & All Angels Church
is a beautiful rural church. Recent archaeology showed evidence of
an earlier Saxon church on the site. Three medieval graves found are
from at least two phases.
You can read more about the church here
Team Flower Festival, Bratton Clovelly 30th June 1st
2nd July 2017
23 June 2017
In 2012, after four years continuous fund raising and grant applications, we were finally able to carry out restoration work to re-plaster and repair floors to our Church. I cannot put into words how we all felt when we saw our beloved Church totally empty the altar, pews, lectern, everything was gone! What had we done! I still have pictures of the church with the plaster stripped off. However, it was worth all the effort when we saw our tired damp church transformed into a warm, welcoming place of Worship, refuge and reflection. Unfortunately, the work highlighted the major problem we now had with the tower due to water ingress, it was in a much worse state than we had anticipated. We were visited by English Heritage who pronounced the tower in danger and wished to add us to their Damp Tower Project. Our funds were depleted and we were in no position to carry out the required work.
Work carried out to bells and
Raking out old mortar, filling voids
and re-mortaring with lime
Why work is important
The Church and bells are of historical
importance and of great value to the local community, who support
the Church in many ways. Significant services and fund-raising
events are well attended.
What we hope to achieve with new
more events for the community to attend
Our experience of the project
We had some experience of managing a project with the re-plastering and flooring work and knew that we would have to work hard fund-raising, making grant applications, stay committed, keep calm and carry on!
This project was much bigger and required many more grant applications and a lot more detail, which is only to be expected as we were asking for a great deal of money. I must stress that our architect, Simon Cartlidge is invaluable and a lot of the worry has been taken away. It is a great deal to take on such a large project, but the value to future generations to keep our Church alive is inestimable.
The support we have received from our sponsors is fantastic and we would like to thank them all very much. We were delighted to obtain a second round grant of £156,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which meant that we were able to start planning a timetable for the project. Please see Press Release below.
We would also like to thank the National Churches Trust and Devon Historic Churches Trust for coming to the rescue when we discovered extra work required to the tower and vestry.
Heritage Lottery Fund Press Release
Meeth Church secures Heritage Lottery Fund investment for restoration project
Meeth Parochial Church Council (PCC)
has received a grant of £156,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
for the restoration of the tower and bells at St Michael & All
Angels Church in Meeth.
Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: Thanks to National Lottery players, St Michael & All Angels Church in Meeth will be able to complete important restoration works to ensure it remains a focal point for the local community. This project will also raise awareness of the rich history of the church, including its intriguing archaeological past.
the Heritage Lottery Fund
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about www.hlf.org.uk
National Churches Trust Press
Release extract 24th June 2015
Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust said: The UKs churches and chapels are a treasure trove of architecture, history and faith. But these buildings dont belong to the past. They pay a vital role in our present and future too, acting as places of worship, community centres or simply somewhere to go for quiet contemplation.
The cost of keeping churches and chapels wind and watertight and paying for the installation of modern facilities is far beyond the means of congregations.
Thats why Im delighted that the National Churches Trust has been able to provide a £10,000 grant to St Michael & All Angels Church, Meeth, Devon to pay for repairs to tower and new facilities. This funding will help ensure that St Michael & All Angels Church continues to serve the people of Meeth for many years to come.
About the National Churches Trust
The National Churches Trust is the
leading national independent charity concerned with the protection
and welfare of churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the
United Kingdom. We aim to:
The fundraising events we have
held so far
Soup Lunch held at Meeth Village Hall 1200 Wednesday 10th February 2016
Craft Day with Tarka Pottery 19th March 2016
Needlework patterns of our bell tower tiles November 2015 to March 2016
Daffodil Walk at Park Farm by kind permission of Mr John Dennis 9th April 2016
Coffee Morning Hatherleigh Old Schools Tuesday 26th July 2016
Annual Dog Show and Fete Saturday 13th August 2016 at the Old Rectory, Meeth
Patronal Service with free hot lunch to thank supporters 25th September, 2016
History Weekend, Friday 30th September - Sunday 2nd October, 2016
Friday 30/09/16 Concert with John Courtie on trumpet, Christine Cleverdon on organ and Louise Cleverdon on cello. This was a lovely varied programme enjoyed by all.
Exhibit boards were on display all weekend in the Church and Village Hall with refreshments available.
Saturday 1/10/16 talks on archaeology by Dr Sam Walls; architecture and the current project Simon Cartlidge; and Torquil McNeillage on conservation of the tiles in the bell tower and Queen Ann Coat of Arms.
Sunday 2/10/16 Special Service with a sermon preached by The Venerable Dr Douglas Dettmar followed by a hot lunch and teas in the afternoon.
Coffee Morning Hatherleigh 4th October 2016
Harvest Service, Supper and Auction 14th October 2016
Advent lunch and Fayre Village Hall 30th November 2016
Coffee morning Old Schools Hatherleigh Tuesday 28th February 2017
Lent lunch 12.30pm Wednesday 29th March 2017
Sunday 4th June Celebration Songs of Praise with the Washaway Gallery Choir
Exbourne Choir Summer Concert to raise funds for the National Churches Trust held at Charter Hall, Okehampton on Saturday 17th June 2017
Hours of opening
The church is open every day during daylight hours.
hold services the first 3 Sundays of the month usually:
Please check Church Notice board or
Parish Pump for any variations.
Priest in Charge: Rev Dr Ruth Hansford
Contact Details: Miss Jenny Green 01837 810709 or e-mail: email@example.com