St. Mary’s Church East Bergholt Preservation Society

Famous for it’s bell cage and unfinished tower, St. Mary’s present building dates from about 1350. Built of brick, flint and stone (probably from an earlier building) it houses a font inscribed to the memory of Abram Constable (1783-1862), the artist’s younger brother. The church chest, possibly as old as any part of the church fabric, has triple locks added by Elizabethan injunction. A three-leaved lily emblem of St. Mary’s adorns the north side brick-work. The five-pointed star of mullet emblem of the De Veres, Earl of Oxford and Lords of the Manor of Old Hall decorates the north turret.

St. Mary’s Church East Bergholt Preservation Society, registered charity 1063444, was inaugurated in 1997 to raise funds to help preserve this vital part of village heritage for the benefit of future generations.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

East Bergholt Village Pram Race: ‘Music Legends – Dead or Alive’

Monday 29th May 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Preservation Society is this year’s chosen charity for the legendary East Bergholt Village Pram Race. The unfinished church tower is in desperate need of repair. Although the tower has stood for hundreds of years, it has lost a good deal of fabric due to absorbed rainfall and subsequent frost damage. The structure is now saturated and it is most likely that the deterioration will further accelerate. We very much appreciate the support of the whole village and trust everyone will enjoy this wonderful annual event.  Further details can be found here.

 

A Card for Constable – Exhibition

Sunday 11th June 2017

John Constable was born in East Bergholt on June 11, 1776 and the East Bergholt Society is organising a celebratory event: villagers, visitors and professional artists are invited to paint a card for his birthday. Plain cards are available from Patricia Wright and from St Mary’s Church, the Fountain House Tearooms and Flatford Mill Field Studies Centre. All the cards will be exhibited for sale, all at the same price, on June 11, 11.00 to 17.00, in the Lambe School (with birthday cake and tea in the afternoon) and the profits will be divided between St Mary’s Church Preservation Society, The Lambe School and the Constable Hall.
To take part/for further details, contact: Patricia Wright (Hon Secretary, East Bergholt Society) on 01206 298258 or by email at secretary@eastbergholt.org

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 15th November 2017  7pm St. Mary’s Church

East Bergholt Open Gardens Event

Sunday 3rd June 2018

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Join us for a day exploring the hidden gardens of East Bergholt, complete with cream teas, hop on hop off bus service, plant sales and much more.

RECENT EVENTS

SPRING DINNER

Our thanks to the Royal Harwich Yacht Club for hosting our recent Spring dinner, held on Thursday 23 March 2017 and special thanks to our guest speaker, Edward Jackson for an engaging talk highlighting the plight of the Swift population.

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Spring dinner raffle

Many thanks for all the generous donations and raffle prizes. An amazing £1463.00 was raised on the evening.

Membership

We warmly welcome anyone who wishes to join us in securing the continual preservation of these historic buildings as a communal meeting place for the present and future generations. Membership is open to all and annual membership costs £10.00.

To become a member please download our Application form, and where applicable our Gift Aid Declaration.

What is Gift Aid? A simple way to increase the value of your gift to St Marys’ Church East Bergholt Preservation Society – at no extra cost to you. If you pay tax in the UK, we can reclaim the basic rate tax (20%) on your gift. So, if you donate £10, it is worth £12.50 to the society. 

email  ebchurchpres@gmail.com or by post to our treasurer;

Nick WoodWychwood, White Horse Road, East Bergholt, Colchester CO7 6TR       Tlf;  01206 298150

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If you are interested in helping to preserve our beautiful church, donations can be made online by visiting
mydonate https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/stmaryschurcheastbergholtpreservationsociety

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Or simply by shopping online

All you have to do is visit istreet.org.uk, choose our cause and shop online as you normally would choosing from hundreds of major retailers. A percentage of your shopping spend will be donated to us, at no extra cost.

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Patron: Oliver Eley