Outlook 21
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Friends of St Mary’s Friends stay focused on the North Porch
13 Friends of St Mary’s Friends stay focused on the North Porch Essential repairs needed on St Mary’s North Porch (pictured below) could cost up to £100,000, according to Rector Kevan McCormack. Work on the porch was due to begin in the Spring, he told the Friends of St Mary’s Church AGM, the caveat being that you always had to ‘expect the unexpected’ when tackling the challenge of improving a much-loved and much-used medieval building . The Rector thanked the Friends for raising a total of £47,500 since their formation in 2012. In 2015, the meeting heard, the Friends were able to hand over two cheques worth a total of £22,500, and further fund-raising events were planned for 2016. To date, these included three concerts, a wine-tasting, and the first Spirit of Woodbridge photographic competition to be launched in early March with an exhibition of the entries scheduled to be held in the church from 25 May (see p.12). Secrets of Suffolk churches … The well-attended AGM also included an entertaining talk, entitled Secrets of Suffolk Churches, by church historian and Lay Canon Roy Tricker, who has written over 200 church guides and who featured expressively in another Friends fund-raiser, the DVD John McCarthy’s Woodbridge. Roy filled his talk with anecdotes about St Mary’s and other local churches, not to mention their clergy, such as the four Wansey brothers, all priests, one of whom, Paul, was a kindly Rector of St Mary’s in the 1970s. High Church-turned-Evangelical Wickham Market, and the uncovering of a St Mary’s urinal between the North Porch and the tower, were also singled out for special attention. The meeting also elected a new 2016/17 Friends Committee as part of the formal business, including new members Michael Bizzey (Treasurer), Kay Yuill (Membership Secretary), Katherine Simmonds and Margaret Bampton. Tony Sprake, Jane Guy, Patrick and Jo Lovett, Catherine Naughton and Rosemary Wood stepped down and were thanked for their service on the Committee. NC