Church Appeal

The beautiful church in Upton Magna is dedicated to St. Lucy, the patron saint of the blind and those with eyesight problems. It is predominantly saxon in origin with the oldest part predating Haughmond Abbey which was built in the 12th century. However, the chancery is Norman and the tower, completed in 1475, is medieval and still houses one of the original church bells. Excitingly, a number of ancient wall paintings are emerging through the limewash on the walls and it is hoped that these will be carefully restored in  the future.

Unfortunately, buildings of this great age often suffer structurally and St. Lucia's is no exception. A conservation architectural survey has revealed that the ceiling is collapsing and extensive repairs are required both to it and the widening cracks in the medieval walls. 

Over £125,000 is needed to carry out the repairs, associated work and other improvements and a group of parishioners have formed "The Friends of St. Lucia's" to raise the money required. Naturally, the group will apply for grants and match funding but applications for those require evidence of fundraising commitment and, therefore, the first target is to raise £25,000 as soon as possible.

You can help by becoming a Friend, making a one-off or more regular donations or by helping to fundraise. Cheques can be made payable to St. Lucia's Upton Magna Fabric Fund and sent to the Treasurer Mr. P. Woods at Broadacres, Pelham Road, Upton Magna, Shrewsbury, SY4 4UA. Follow The Friends of St. Lucia on twitter @stlucia'schurch to see how the appeal is progressing or contact Mrs. Woods on 01743 709624 or email pr.sewoods@yahoo.co.uk to get further information.

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