Many Hadleigh residents will be aware that the church has been working on a scheme to make safe the driveway and path which currently give access to the church building and to make other improvements to the churchyard which is the green lung in the centre of Hadleigh and the resting place of so many, including former residents, service personnel and members of the Salvation Army.
We have approval from church authorities for this project and we have been busy raising sufficient funds to start the work. The total project is priced at c£187,000 and we are only £16,000 short of this. We have raised the money through grants and our own efforts but now, in order to start work this summer, we are appealing urgently to individuals, local businesses and the local authority for contributions towards this total: otherwise the plans will need to be reduced, and will not be so good for people looking after graves and others visiting the church and churchyard.
The church has been described as the ‘Jewel at the heart of Hadleigh’: we hope very much that you will feel able to make a financial contribution towards making it safe to visit and enjoy, whether for spiritual fulfilment or heritage interest. If you would like to see the plans for the scheme, which were previously available for the public to view in 2016, please call in on a Wednesday or Sunday or telephone for an appointment: 01702 556600 (Kipps).
We need to reach the £16,000 target by the end of May, to be able to give the “Go ahead!” to the Project Manager for the whole scheme. If by any chance we exceed that target the excess would be put towards churchyard improvements including signage of historic graves and planting and maintaining a range of shrubs along the north boundary where the hedge is to be removed.
There are various ways to make a donation but whichever you choose, please use the reference: CHURCHYARD PROJECT
Bank transfer: Barclays, Hadleigh, Essex. Sort Code: 20-70-93 Account Number:00711209
Cheque: payable to Friends of Hadleigh Church (St James the Less) and delivered to the church, the Rectory or to Mr T. Harvey, 10 The Avenue, Hadleigh SS7 2 DL
Cash: please use one of the envelopes on the ‘welcome table’ at the church and complete the details for a receipt or make a cash payment at the Hadleigh Branch of Barclays to the account number shown above.
Your donation, whether large or small, will be much appreciated: if you are able to ‘Gift Aid’ it, to increase the value of your gift, please complete the form overleaf and return it to us.
With warmest thanks in anticipation of your generosity,
The Rev’d Ruth Cartwright
Priest in Charge
St James the Less and St Barnabas
Tel: 01702 426998
50 Rectory Road