Friends of Coaley Church

 

Registered charity No 1046037

The Friends of Coaley Church were established in 1994, The “Friends” basic remit is to support the maintenance and development of the fabric of the church and the churchyard. Its remit does not cover the day to day running of the church.

The “Friends” have funded a number of development and maintenance projects, some major, some minor. Maintenance projects have included re-roofing the tower, improvements to roof drainage, internal decoration and extensive repairs to masonry and plasterwork as well as work on the external crosses and tower gargoyles and grotesques.

Major development projects have included the rehanging of the bells, the installation of a toilet (now twinned with one in Bangladesh) and enhancement of the kitchen facilities, a sound system for the benefit of the congregation and repairs to chest tombs in the church yard.

More minor projects, but very important to the maintenance of the building fabric, have included repairs to the ventilation grills, maintenance and protection of the windows, and electrical works.

Recent projects have included the upgrading of the paths through the church yard to the church, and  the refurbishment of the kissing gate. A larger metal gate to replace the moveable wooden fence is scheduled for the spring which will allow easier access for the larger mower.

Funds come from annual donations from “Friends”, from social events organised by the committee, from approaches to other funding bodies, and from personal donations, Recent social events have included a Mothering Sunday lunch, a Cornish Evening with Marshfield Brass Band, a Caribbean evening with Panache Steel Band and “Meet me at the Station”, an evening of railway nostalgia in poetry, prose, film, music from Betar Brass Quintet and a talk on railway posters by Dr Richard Furness. The catering committee provides meals and refreshments for weddings, parties and funerals.