The Friends, in partnership with the Parochial Church Council, is committed to bringing new life and purpose to Ross-on-Wye’s oldest and most important building.
St Mary’s Church, often described as the jewel in the Ross crown, is already a lively centre for Christian worship. Work is ongoing to make much more of an accessible centre for the whole community.
Repairs to the tower and Spire 2007
One of the first tasks faced by the Friends at its inception was to help to raise £200,000 for essential work to repair the tower and spire. £100,000 was contributed, much of it through grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Churches Trust, Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust, and other charities, and the work was completed in 2010.
New boiler house 2009
The majority of the fundraising for the task of replacing the ramshackle corrugated iron construction that once was the boiler house with the present stone one was undertaken by the Friends.
Information for visitors 2009
Our welcome to visitors was improved by revising and re-branding information leaflets as well as installing a number of information panels around the building highlighting key features.
Switching of windows in the north aisle 2016
The glass in two windows at the back of the north aisle was switched as part of the phase 1 work on reordering. This has meant that the stained glass once a part of the Baptistry is now visible now that the new toilets have obscured that window. The Friends funded this project at a cost of £10,000
We are now wholeheartedly supporting the the PCC to improve facilities within the church with a major reordering; installing toilet, refreshment and children’s facilities, making the seating flexible and more comfortable and making the whole building more accessible. You can find out all about that on the reordering website.
Church floodlighting 2019
The floodlights currently in use were last upgraded in 2011 by Ross-on-Wye Town Council but are now failing. The sodium lamps are no no longer available and costly to run. We hope to be able to replace the current lights with LED lamps in the very near future. This is a golden opportunity to improve the overall effect and to save the Town Council up to 70% on the running costs.
Renewal of internal flooring 2019
The Friends has match funded (with the PCC) the costs of the replacement flooring the central nave and north aisles as part of the phase 2 reordering work.