An appeal to raise £150,000 for Holy Trinity Church Penton Mewsey was launched in the village last weekend.
A series of meetings are being held in the village, to which every single resident is being invited. The appeal is named PRAM - Project Ancient and Modern - and is rarising funds to secure the fabric of the church, but to enable it to be used for the benefit of the whole community.
Local churchwarden Christopher Peacocke spoke at the first of the village meetings, held in the home of David and Caroline Atkinson. Also present was the local rector, The Rev Jill Benthall. "Christopher explained that £82,000 was already raised from individual donations, grants, fundraising functions such as an auction of promises, concerts and the village fete." Included in the £82,000 is support from the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust, the National Churches Trust and Hampshire County Council.
Christopher explained that the project committee needed to raise the balance of the funds from the local community, and every villager will be given a donation form. "I can see Penton Church from the window of our home, and it is a place where I regularly worship. It is over 600 years old, and is an iconic part of the village. Like other villages, the church needs to raise funds to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century, and I have no doubt that the village will respond generously to the appeal which has just been launched."