‘Let us pay’ - church implores worshippers

08:56 16 January 2013

The Minster at Axminster

The Minster at Axminster


Hard up Axminster Praish Church needs every member of the congregation to give £10 per week

Officials at cash-strapped Axminster Parish Church are calling on worshippers to: “Let us pay”.

They say every member needs to give at least £10 a week to keep the Minster’s finances afloat and they are urging people to help meet the target.

Presing the congregation to increase its giving treasurer Roger Liddiard revealed they came close to going deep in the red last year.

“Had it not been for a timely windfall we would probably have had unpaid bills of about £8,000,” he writes in the parish magazine.

“We need to insure that this doesn’t happen in 2013.”

Mr Liddiard said that £10 per week per person is what it costs to run the Minster, with help from the Friends group.

A similar amount is required to cover the expenses at Holy Cross, Woodbury.

The income is needed to meet the cost of a long list of items including maintenance, heating, lighting, cleaning, insurance, candles and communion wine - as well as paying for a full time minister.

“Some members of the congregation increase their giving every year. If you haven’t increased your giving recently could I ask you to pray about it?” he continued. “We desperately need to increase our income.

“I realise that not everyone can achieve the £10 per person per week target but please give what you can. And gift aiding contributions means the government adds £2 to every £10 – provided you are a taxpayer.”

For people on fixed incomes struggling to cope with the rising cost of living he suggests they might like to consider leaving the church a legacy in their will.

Anyone wanting to increase their giving is asked to contact Mr Liddiard on 01297 34036 or Nicola Russell, the planned giving officer, on 01297 443219.


Other News Stories

Yesterday, 13:25

Winter shoppers will be able to benefit from cheaper car parking in East Devon, thanks to a returning offer from the district council.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:03

Search called off after 90 minutes

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Honiton Rugby Club says it has been dealt a financial blow after East Devon District Council hiked up the price for the use of Allhallows playing fields.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

The NHS is consulting on proposals to axe prescriptions of gluten free food in North, East and West Devon for those suffering coeliac disease - what do you think? Vote in our poll.

Read more
Wed, 17:30

The Axe Valley Centre of the National Trust is holding its annual Autumn Fair at Colyford Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 29, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Read more
Wed, 17:30

East Devon healthy eating charity HALFF is urging local people to help it gain extra funding through Localgiving’s Grow Your Tenner campaign.

Read more
Wed, 15:11

Honiton brownies, guides and rainbows recently enjoyed a sleepover at Honiton Playdome.

Read more
Wed, 10:48

Council has to seek extra funding after the estimated cost rises to £800,000

Read more
Wed, 07:00

A vital lifeline for young people with emotional problems needs your vote – to secure funding for another year.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 14°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications