Introduction

Friends of Crediton Parish Church support through providing additional finance for fixtures, fittings, ornaments, furniture and monuments for the church and its precincts in addition to supporting any other scheme in connection with the safety, beauty and utility of the church.

In real terms this means: additional stools for the choir, frontal for the organ, altar frontals, helping with the rewiring appeal and more..

In recent years The Friends have been able to purchase or contribute to a number of projects at Holy Cross including…

  • Paying for one of the twelve bells (more on the bells here)
  • Contributing a significant amount to choir stall laterations
  • A new piano stool
  • Friends Chapel
  • A pair of hand rails
  • A new altar frontal

Other monies have been put aside for another new altar frontal and contributions towards a flag pole on the tower roof and a proposed internal re lighting scheme. At the east end of the north aisle is the Chapel of the Friends of Crediton Church. This was formerly the Chapel of St. Nicholas. The chairs and carpet here were provided by the Friends a number of years ago.

Join the Friends

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Background

The Friends of Crediton Church were instituted in May 1937 at the instigation of the Twelve Governors of the Heriditaments and Goods of the Church of Crediton. The Governors are the successors of the original twelve who were created by the Charter of 1547, grated by Edward V1 in return for a payment of £200. This Charter granted the Church and the Churchyard to all those who dwell within the boundaries of the ancient parish of Crediton. The Governors are Trustees on behalf of all such inhabitants and were given land to provide endowments for the maintenance of the building and the churchyard. Over the years the land has been converted into invested capital which provides a regular income, but never enough to meet present day demands; hence the foundation of the Friends. The Constitution provides for a Council consisting of representatives of the Governors, the PCC, the Town Council and the Clergy. This is the holding body, and the day-to-day work is done by an Executive Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Becoming a Friend

To become a Friend the minimum subscription is £5 (in 1937 it was 1 shilling!); there are a number of ways of contributing which enable the Committee to budget and make realistic recommendations to the members. Life membership is to be had for a single donation of £100 (increasing to £125 from January 2016). Other donations are always welcome and several members have remembered the Friends in their wills. All money is invested in approved Trustee funds and in general only the interest is spent annually.

Until 1970, much of the Friends’ money was spent on assisting with fabric repairs; a typical contribution was to make the South Transept door and turret waterproof. At that date the Restoration Committee was formed: this took over some of the repairs of buildings although the Friends still contributed to releading many of the roofs and the repairs to water pipes and gutters. Projects funded by the Friends in past decades include the building of wooden screens in the Friends’ Chapel and the entrance to the Lady Chapel from the south choir aisle, the provision of a loop system for the deaf, of new hymn books for choir and congregation, and in the churchyard new mowers and strimmers.

In 1987 there were special celebrations for the Friends’ Jubilee, but every year, on the Sunday nearest to Holy Cross Day, there is a Festival Evensong and Social Gathering afterwards. During the year there are several coffee mornings whose purpose is of course to raise money but more importantly to meet together and feel that we are of one purpose.

Crediton Church has been inherited by the whole town. Amongst the Friends are well-wishers from all denominations or none, from businesses and other organisations: some from further afield have recognised the church as part of national heritage and even international. It is important to continue the work to provide a fit place for the worship of God and to carry on his work which has existed for so many centuries in this place.

Contact

If you would like to join the Friends, please download the Friends Membership PDF, complete it and return it to the Friends’ Treasurer, Mike Beskeen. If you have any queries at all about the Friends, please telephone him on (01363) 774017