Along with so many other charities, the Covid-19 crisis has deprived this beautiful 11th Century Church of significant funds for its upkeep. If you have fond memories of visits to our Festival please make a donation to the Friends of Holy Cross.
The Friends of Holy Cross Church Sarratt
Charity number 1018991
Following a very successful 800th anniversary celebration of the building in 1990, the idea of establishing The Friends of Holy Cross Church Sarratt was conceived. It was felt that the raising of funds for the upkeep of the building could and should be separated from, but still kept under the umbrella of, the Parochial Church Council. It was considered that the primary aim of the PCC was pastoral and to support the ministry of the living church rather than spending time on thinking of fundraising activities to maintain the bricks and mortar.
A formal Charitable Trust (The Friends of Holy Cross Church, Sarratt - UK Registered Charity Number 1018991) was therefore eventually formed in 1992 to do just that. The responsibility for the upkeep and overseeing repairs etc remains with the PCC, what The Friends do is raise the monies to pay for it.
As well as paying for routine repairs and maintenance of the church, the most significant example of how The Friends have helped was providing the funds to enable the complete re-roofing of the church in the year 2000, at a cost of approximately £90,000; internal redecoration in 2008 costing £57,000 and the rebuilding of the West Wall and Boundary Walls towards the end of 2009, costing approximately £50,000.
We have regular events and projects. We support the Flower Festival on the last weekend in June each year, and hold an annual Sponsored Bicycle Ride in conjunction with the Historic Churches Trust.
These events, as well as being for fundraising, are of course also `community` events bringing together Holy Cross and the people of Sarratt.