Outlook Issue 18 Winter 2014
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Preserve our porch
Urgently needed repairs to the North Porch have become a fund-raising target for the Friends of St Mary’s this year who are seeking to raise over £12,000 towards church refurbishment for the third year running. The latest (2012) Quinquennial Report on the state of the church building singles out the North Porch as a priority, identifying the need for repairs to the structure’s ornate masonry and carvings, which can create a striking impression for anyone visiting the church for the first time. (Read more about the North Porch on p.4) Fund-raising events planned by the Friends this autumn include a piano recital by Matthew Woodward to take place in church on 2 November, and a third Annual Prom Concert scheduled for 16 November. The latter will feature internationally renowned violinists Clio Gould and Jonathan Morton, along with the Woodbridge School Chamber Choir and Swing Band. In recent months the Friends, of whom there are now over 100 members, have run a number of successful fund-raisers, including a Cheese and Wine Party, a second annual Schools Art Event, and a very well attended Tea with Gershwin jazz concert – the first of its kind in the church – featuring the rhythmic sounds of local quartet Joyspring. The Schools Art Event in July was again popular, attracting a large number of entrants from local schools and leading to another two-week exhibition in the church. “The colourful display attracted a great deal of attention, as well as raising £200 for the Fabric Fund,” commented event organiser Rosemary Scott, who is also a Friends’ committee member. She added, “The standard of entry for the different age groups was again very high, and we had a range of different styles from our local schools.” James Neal of Neals Estate Agents, who again sponsored the event, presented the awards. The prizewinners were:  Foundation Stage: 1st prize: Nia Lloyd. Runner-up: Spike Howe  Key Stage 1: Winner: Sam Fradd-Walker. Runner-up: Lauren Barrett  Key Stage 2: Winner: Molly Marshall. Runner-up: Daniel Smith  Highly Commended Awards: Helen Knight, Jacob Jarrett, Evie Excell Nick Cottam