FUNDRAISERS caring for an historic village church where worshippers have met for more than 1,000 years are seeking new volunteers.
Parts of today’s Grade II listed St Boniface Church in Bunbury date back to a rebuilding in the 14th century but a wooden Anglo Saxon church is known to have stood on the ground in 755 and a stone Norman church in 1135.
The tower has walls almost 6ft thick to support the weight of the bells.
The church has been seriously damaged twice, by Royalists during the civil war in 1643 and by a land mine nearly 400 years later in 1940.
In recent years a fundraising group, known as Target 1250, has organised events ranging from talks in the church to a tree of light at Christmas to raise funds for the upkeep of the building.
Organisers said: “The group is a small band of people and since we all have plenty of other commitments it has sometimes been difficult to keep the momentum of the group going.
“At our most recent meeting we came up with plans for various events so now we need a few new volunteers even more pressingly.”
Anyone who is willing to give up a few hours every so often for the worthy cause is asked to get in touch.
The group points out that if anyone locally is hiring a marquee for a wedding or other party during 2011, it would be grateful to use it afterwards for a fundraiser.