Service of thanksgiving

Two years ago on Sunday 20th March the congregation of St. Mary's Church gathered in the churchyard, with the Bishop of Huntingdon, to mourn the destruction of the church building as a result of an arson attack.
Two years ago on Sunday 20th March the congregation of St. Mary's Church gathered in the churchyard, with the Bishop of Huntingdon, to mourn the destruction of the church building as a result of an arson attack.

TWO years ago members of March St Mary’s Church were left desolate after it was almost completely destroyed in a mindless arson attack.

But on Sunday - literally two years and three days since the devastating blaze the congregation gathered in the churchyard to celebrate Mother’s Day and to mark the end of the first phase of the church’s restoration.

Fittingly the Mother’s Day service was the last to be held in the church before the arson attack on Monday March 15 2010.

Sunday’s service was attended by the Bishop of Ely the Rt Rev Stephen Conway, who led the thanksgiving prayers for all the work so far accomplished in bringing the church back to life.

So far the church has a new roof, new windows and there has also been substantial repairs to the stonework which was badly damaged by the fire.

After a prayer of thanksgiving, the Bishop asked for God’s blessing on the work still to be undertaken. He then led the congregation into the Church hall where he conducted a Mothering Sunday Service.

While much has been accomplished, there is still a great deal to be done.

Tenders are currently being invited for the work on the interior of the building.

This is another huge project and it is hoped that work will begin by early summer and be completed during 2013.

In the mean-time, the new windows will be boarded up to protect them during the building work.

The blaze lit a spark of determination in March with the community rallying to raise money to help fund the restoration.

A total of £40,000 was raised and this will be used to meet the cost of refurnishing the interior..