Light up our lives
St Martha’s church lit up like a beacon against the night sky is one of the most beautiful sights of Guildford every Christmas.
It is a very popular and emotional part of the festive season for many people and we wish to continue the tradition. But for the first time in half a century we are in danger of being plunged into darkness. The existing floodlights are 50 years old and no longer conform with modern Health and Safety regulations.
In order to keep this tradition alive, the Parish of Chilworth PCC has launched an appeal to purchase and install new lights. These will be sensitive to the historic building and its surroundings, the ecology of the AONB area and also to night-flying birds. They will also be very much cheaper to run. We are planning for future generations to enjoy the views of St Martha’s during the winter as much as we do now.
We need to raise £22,000 for the new lights and have launched the St Martha’s Light Up Our Lives appeal to achieve this goal.
St Martha’s background
St Martha-on-the-Hill – more commonly known as St Martha’s – is on the Pilgrims’ Way just north of Chilworth in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The current church was built between 1848 and 1850 and is a grade II listed building, but there has been a church on the site since the 12th century. It is a site of great historical interest. Recent artefacts found on the site include mesolithic flints, medieval and iron age pottery, and a 17th century loom weight. It is the only church in Surrey on the Pilgrims’ Way and is accessible only by foot up a sandy track through the woods.
Please give generously to the St Martha’s floodlight appeal at www.parishofchilworth.org.uk including the reference “Lights”.
For further information please contact Gillian Harrold, Churchwarden, email@example.com, mobile 07939 543431