Church finds friends

By a County Press reporter

Sunday, April 20, 2014


A NEW group has been formed to safeguard the future of Carisbrooke’s 1,000-year-old church, St Mary’s.

The Friends of Carisbrooke Church hopes to raise long-term funds to enable conservation, repair, restoration and improvements to be made.

Peter Ednay, churchwarden, said: "St Mary’s Church has been making a contribution to the life and soul of the village for more than 1,000 years.

"The increasing costs of repairing and conserving the building has led to the formation of the Friends to ensure church buildings will be part of the village scene for years to come."


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by Mike Crowe

21st April 2014, at 21:28:58

So glad you read it all Sue, just goes to show how effective the written word is, even if there is a mistake in it. But you still understood it didn't you :-) ?

Thank you for taking notice. As I said in my 'incorrectly quoted piece', we do have a very friendly and helpful Saturday morning when we have our Coffee Cake 'n' Chat sessions and there are always people joining the friends from it.

The only thing I did note in Peter's piece, we still have to contact him to find out 'what', 'when' and 'where'. Like I said earlier, a Secret Society?

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by Peter Ednay

21st April 2014, at 20:17:21

I am pleased that you have noticed the item concerning Friends of Carisbrooke Church. This was a précis of the small article that appeared in the County Press which did give the date and time of the inaugural
meeting. The organisation is open to any one who has an interest in Carisbrooke Church - whether they live in the are, on the island or further afield. It is a Grade 1 listed building of historic interest.
We have an elected committee to organise events which will all be widely advertised.
If you would like further details about becoming a Friend then please e mail us at

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by Mike Crowe

21st April 2014, at 08:58:41

Yes Peter, perhaps, but wouldn't a bit more information be useful.........

The next very popular Coffee Cake ‘n’ Chat will be from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon this Saturday 3rd May at the award winning Shanklin Theatre. Have a tour of the Theatre, see what you can do. Have a chat with some of the Friends over a cuppa. Fancy working in the Box Office. Usher. Many more volunteer posts? Training given. Great fun giving pleasure to others. Do you have the enthusiasm to join the winning team? The 3rd May could open up a whole new world to you and make a new circle of friends!

A variation of this goes in Village Talk each month and there are always plenty of people who turn up, many become Friends and join in.

When. Where. What. How. Get as much information down as possible. Why should it be my effort in the first place to chase anyone and ask questions? I want to volunteer for something? If I contact Peter Edney am I humping stones up a tower?

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by Peter Humber

21st April 2014, at 08:19:59

Well Mike, perhaps if you were genuinely interested you will contact Peter Ednay to find out more?
And John, to those who are not religious, these buildings are still 'buildings of historical interest', the same as any castle, or Country House (Osbourne). English Heritage show a great interest in these buildings.
And of course for those who are religious then they are much more than a historic building, so many reasons for restoration? Then there's all those who WANT to have christenings, weddings and funerals in these buildings.
I say good luck to any group that wants to restore an old building for future generations!

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by john jones

20th April 2014, at 19:30:26

for to long now church buildings have had to much money spent on them. the church is the people and that's where the money should be spent. everywhere you look there are hundreds of thousands of pounds being spent on church buildings that are only half or even less than half full. its not about spending money on old buildings or making a nice place for a few people to worship behind closed doors. its about taking a message to the people on the streets on doing what we can for the community by showing them Christians are real people and we care about them.

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by Mike Crowe

20th April 2014, at 15:48:27

Looks like a Secret Society. No dates for meetings, no first date, no telephone number, no idea how the money is to be raised, no idea if tea and coffee will be provided if there is to be a first meeting, no idea if there is a subscription to be paid, no idea if there is a committee set up already , ..................... no idea ........

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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