Church survival fund receives cash boost

Residents of Raunds are to send an invitation to Prince Charles.
Residents of Raunds are to send an invitation to Prince Charles.

A campaign set up to help save St Peter’s Church in Raunds has raised more than £60,000 – but campaigners say more is needed to help restore it.

The campaign ‘Great Past, Greater Future’ was launched in September in a bid to save the 800-year-old church which is at risk of falling down, but the repair bill will be around £1m.

Group spokesman Joan Jones said: “It is great news to raise the money, as every penny counts to save this wonderful church.

“But we still have a long way to go, so any help will be magnificent.”

In a bid to get attention for the church’s plight the Sunbeam Group, a playgroup which uses the church facilities, had the idea of asking Prince Charles to visit the church.

The tots, with a little help from the adults, designed a gold invitation containing photos and drawings.

Just a week later, an envelope bearing the Buckingham Palace insignia dropped on the church’s doormat assuring them of the prince’s interest, and that a visit would be considered. Mrs Jones said they did not know how likely it is the Prince of Wales would visit but they will continue fundraising. Donors can contact Mrs Jones on 01933 624640.