Residents of Little Horsted and members of the congregation of St Michaels and All Angels Church have started to run a restoration fund to raise the £75,000 needed to redecorate and improve the church.
The building dates back in some parts to the 13th century and is unusually tall church for a small village. Most of the church dates from a rebuild in 1863, however some wall arches of the north wall of the chancel are 12th century, containing two small round-headed windows.
The tall tower is 15th century and the turret was raised and given a conical top in 1863, when Sir George Gilbert Scott oversaw the rebuilding with 14th century details. There is an interesting tomb slab of about 1500 in a recess in the chancel, said to be a member of the Delves family, yeomen in the parish. However it has also been claimed to belong to William Dean, Knight.
So far this year parishioners have held a teddy bear parachute jump from the church tower (raising more than £7,000) along with a Blackberry Walk and annual Pumpkin Festival. Now they have devised fundraising with a substantial cash prize. Resident Roy Harris said: “The raffle will be drawn around Christmas and we hope the fund will get up to around £500. Fifty per cent of raffle contributions will form the winning prize.”
Little Horsted is doing its best to raise restoration money but needs help. They appeal to anyone who was christened or married in the church themselves or has a relative who was, to get in touch. To by a ticket or donate write to: Little Horsted PCC, 17 Greenfield Drive, Ridgewood, TN22 5SF.