On approaching Oundle, the familiar skyline with the 210 foot spire of St Peter’s Church is a welcoming site. It is the highest spire in Northamptonshire, and part of what Simon Jenkins rated as one of England’s best churches.
The Friends of Oundle Parish Church are part of a long tradition of local residents who are endeavouring to preserve the building for future generations. They contribute to improvements which enable the community to use the church building for a wide range of events.
Recently the Friends of St Peter’s have raised money to improve public access and provide a ramp, helped to restore stone work and floodlight the tower, overhauled the tower clock, and contributed to new accessible lavatory facilities, and the installation of the west gates.
The Friends raise money through concerts in the church, donations and subscriptions. Members do not have to be a churchgoer to be a “Friend”, and the Friends association is a separate independent charity. Bequests in a will are one way of helping to preserve the church building.
The Friend’s next fundraising concert is on Saturday 9 June at 7.30pm, with the return of the award winning Rushden Town Band directed by Adele Hudson.
The band is performing popular music from film and television for what promises to be a lively and entertaining evening in the church. There will be a licensed bar.
Tickets are on sale from Oundle in Stitches, in the Market Place.