Waterden’s Anglo-Saxon church has miraculously survived for 1000 years. Now a group of volunteers aims to help it thrive for the next 1000 years.
Many Creakers and others from far and wide know and love All Saints’ Waterden but it has been a struggle for many years to keep this Grade II* listed church and its churchyard in the condition they deserve. Waterden has only a very small community and All Saints’ is one of two churches, along with the main village church of St Mary, for which South Creake Parochial Church Council (PCC) is responsible.
Today, urgent repairs are needed to the fabric of the building and the PCC has applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a substantial grant. But regardless of whether the application is successful, All Saints’ needs to be put on a long-term, sustainable footing.
That is why the PCC decided to encourage the formation of the Friends of All Saints’ Waterden (FoASW). A group of volunteers with strong local connections met in May with Fr Clive Wylie and Nigel Kenyon Jones, representing the PCC, to set the wheels in motion. The group agreed on a constitution and that the Friends’ principal aim is to preserve the special quality – what one participant called “the spirituality of place” – of All Saints’. This means maintaining the building in good condition both as a place of Christian worship and as a destination for visitors and pilgrims. To achieve this end, money, of course, needs to be raised for repairs and to put maintenance on a systematic basis. The volunteers have formed a committee consisting of Fr Clive Wylie (President), Michael Prest (Chair), Lucy Hodges (Secretary), Adam Bunkle (Treasurer), Kate Libovitz, Alan Schmidt and Kit Pike.
The committee’s main job now is to prepare the organization for the Friends’ first Annual General Meeting which will be held on Monday 23 October at 7.30pm at the Plume of Feathers pub in South Creake. The AGM will formally vote on setting up the Friends, adopting the constitution and appointing the Committee.
And don’t forget to keep an eye open for further news on the FoASW in the next edition of Creake News! We hope you will sign up as a member. We would love to hear from you. Please email FoASW@southcreake.org