9 April 20

The lottery scheme operated by Friends of St Mary’s is temporarily suspended due to the Covid 19 outbreak. Obviously lucky winners would not be comfortable taking their winnings – a cheque – to the bank at the moment, and it’s probably illegal to do that anyway.

The organisers, however, have pledged to make good all delayed prizes as soon as life returns to normal.

The Friends of St Mary’s is a small group of well-wishers who have been operating for 25 years. They are perhaps the least known and yet most effective organisation to aid the mission work of St Mary’s.

Few of us realise that in the past 25 years the Friends have raised over ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS for St Mary’s.

Perhaps the most financially beneficial scheme is the monthly church lottery. The first prize is £150 – well worth having.

But there are many other wonderful things the Friends have done over the years, ranging from buying bells for the handbell ringers, to repairing clergy vestments to paying for carpets in the church.

Unsung heroes indeed. If you want to know more about who is involved and how you can help, just talk to the wardens.