The parish church of central Finchley
26 Hendon Lane, Finchley, London N3 1TR

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Posted September 27th, 2023

St. Mary’s Gift Day | Sunday, 1 October 2023

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Give me shelter! Church and Churchyard Project Newsletter No.2

Give me shelter! Church and Churchyard Project

Fundraising for our project

As we celebrate the gifts of the harvest this Sunday 1st of October, please consider whether you are able to donate any extra money towards our Give me shelter! Church and Churchyard Project now that it is finally happening, thanks to our £250,000 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Donations can be given at all services on the day and can also be brought in person to church through the afternoon.

Your donation will help to ensure we can complete ALL aspects of the project (including work on the interior of the church).


We are also delighted to update you with further good news. Following a previous grant of £100,000, the London Borough of Barnet has agreed to award St. Mary-at-Finchley an additional £45,250.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue inviting you to become a part of the history of our ancient parish by contributing towards one or more of the following:

Get involved…

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Repair and restoration

Fixing the leaking roof of our Grade II* listed church.
Conservation work for seven Grade II listed monuments.

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Using the garden for horticultural learning and social groups.
Developing easy-to-read printed and audio heritage guides.

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A community garden

Creating a courtyard garden in front of the church, for our community, as a place of peace and refuge.

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Waymarking and publicising a historic footpath

Connecting seven schools to St. Mary’s and linking with the Capital Ring/Dollis Valley paths to form a 5-mile circular route.

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Digitising churchyard burial Information

An interactive map and photos, to give world-wide access to history enthusiasts.

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Republishing heritage literature and Images

Sharing St. Mary’s fascinating history so it is accessible locally, nationally and internationally.

Who is needed and what type of skills?

  • People to help with researching, typing and photography.
  • People with educational, music and gardening skills.
  • History and genealogy enthusiasts and writers.
  • Walkers, runners (and dogs) to test the routes & report back.
  • Someone to set up a survey about the routes on Survey Monkey.
  • Someone to contact schools about the walking routes.

Community Action …

To offer your services as a volunteer, click here

Job Adverts …

To apply for the post of Heritage Activities Coordinator, click here
To apply for the post of Evaluation Officer, click here

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