Would you like to become a Welcomer for St Mary’s Church in the Old Town?
St Mary’s Church in the Old Town is probably the oldest building in Hemel Hempstead. It is a place of significant interest due to its history and is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit so it should be open to the public more than it is at present.
This beautiful church took some 3 years to build and was dedicated in 1150 although construction continued for another 30 years. It is cruciform in shape with a chancel and the spire is one of the tallest in Europe which was added in the 14th century, with a total height of 200 feet and it is topped by a beautiful gilded weather vane. It is built from local clunch stone (a traditional building material of chalky limestone rock) and flint with the addition of some Roman bricks. It houses a Walker organ which was refurbished in 2008 and the font is original Norman, although surrounded by 19th century decoration.
In order for the Church to be open more frequently, we are looking for Welcomer Volunteers to welcome visitors to the Church on behalf of one of our charities. Welcomers will work on a rota basis and each shift will be around two and a half hours long. It will be a fun role as you will be welcoming many interesting and varied people into the building whilst enjoying the Church in all its glory!
The present frequency for the rota per volunteer is twice monthly but with extra volunteers the opening hours could be extended. Ideally, the Church would be open during daylight hours every day, but until that can be achieved we are looking for Welcoming Volunteers so they can open 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday and from after the morning service on Sunday until 4.00pm.
If the above has interested you then you can drop in and see us at the Roundhouse in the Marlowes for an informal chat – our opening hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 2.00pm on a Saturday, or contact us on 01442 247209 and we can arrange for you to come in and meet one of our advisors who will go through everything with you.
We look forward to seeing you!