We have launched our St. Mary’s 600 Appeal to raise £600,000 to preserve our church and the Bede House, and to celebrate the 600 years since the founding of the Bede House and Chichele College by Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury.

“In my 20 years working as a fundraiser I cannot remember a worse time to try to raise money than in the current financial landscape, and yet here we are beginning our St. Mary's 600 Appeal and doing so at a time when we are unable to have our planned Angel Festival or hold any concerts, coffee mornings, barn dances or quiz nights. However, it really may turn out to be the best of times as Covid-19 and lock downs make us realise what really is important to us and we learn about what we can actually do without. Where I live is important to me, and I am sure the same is true for you - this town, these buildings, Faith, community, friendships. Things I cannot do without include this church, our mini cathedral close that includes the Bede House and the Chantry Chapel. We are faced with the challenge of raising a substantial amount of money during the next 4-5 years to complete work both inside and out of our much loved church buildings.”

Sue Dennis, Chair of the Appeal

Richard Oberman introduces St. Mary's 600 Appeal
00:00 / 08:06

How will the money be used?

Phase 1

  • To repair crumbling stonework on the spire – this work has already begun

  • To replace the broken heating system in the church

  • To refurbish the Bede House.

How can you help?

If you care about St Mary’s, whether because you worship with us, or were baptised or married in the church ─ or maybe simply love the architecture, heritage or history of our wonderful mini Cathedral close, you can help us in a number of ways:

  • Give a one-off donation with Gift Aid if possible

  • Set up a monthly donation 

  • Organise a mini fundraising event for us (and a bigger one once our world opens up again).

How to donate

  • Donate via the BACS system (sort code 30-96-09; account number 84427260; account St Mary the Virgin PCC Higham 600 Appeal)

  • Cheques should be made payable to St Mary the Virgin PCC Higham 600 Appeal. 

Who to contact