Plea to muck in and save Minster church in Boscastle
VOLUNTEERS are needed to help save one of North Cornwall's oldest and most beautiful churches.
Minster is a grade one listed building and the mother church in Boscastle but, due to a decline in congregation numbers, it has recently become a struggle to manage and maintain for a limited few.
Sunday services are held in Forrabury Church on the other side of Boscastle, and the last service held at Minster was last Christmas Eve.
It remains open as a place of quiet meditation, and the Revd Michael Parsons, assistant curate in the Boscastle Group of Churches, says it is not in danger of closing, but helpers are getting older and the next generation needs to come forward to ensure its future.
Enough people have come forward in order to collate a cleaning rota for 2014.
The Minster Muckers, a group of volunteers who work on the graveyard and building, have offered to maintain the graveyard, which is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Just to keep Minster open the basic running costs of £2,210, including insurance and electric, must be met. Many people visit Minster and love the peace that they encounter there.
"As a community we need to preserve this building for now and for next generations and return it to an integral, used and well-loved building," said one of the Muckers, Juliette Bridge.
"In order to do this there is hope that some services and concerts will occur in the summer months next year.
"A small group of people have formed in order to set this in motion, but certainly more help will be needed to organise events and fund raisers in the future.
"This next step needs to involve as many people from the community as possible, so please don't hope and wait for someone else to help to keep this beautiful building open for all to enjoy.
"You may feel you have little to offer in the way of time, but if you felt like doing a one-off fund raiser, a specific offer of help, maintenance, donations, or to join a group to help forge forward with this on-going task, that would be most welcome."
Juliette can be contacted via email on Juliettebridge@hotmail.com or 07968227816.