Meet our Friends - Angela Cholmondeley-Clarke
Mrs Angela Cholmondeley-Clarke (nee Warr-King) FRICS, who lives in West London, is a longstanding member of the Prayer Book Society, member of the Westminster Abbey Association, and now a Friend of the National Churches Trust. She tells us why she decided to join the NCT and support our work.
Support traditional places of worship
"I became a Friend of the NCT, having worked in property and being interested in historic architecture and religious art (part of my BA related to Greek and Roman Architecture and Renaissance Painting) and mindful of the need to support traditional places of worship. I consider the NCT to be a most effective charity providing grants for repairs, maintenance and new facilities to churches and chapels throughout the UK. I know how important this is having made a donation to restore the stained glass of the east Apostles’ window (circa 1450) of my family church, St Mary the Virgin, Drayton Beauchamp, Buckinghamshire."
"St Mary the Virgin is where I worship every Christmas, Easter and some other festivals. It is a Norman Grade I Listed Building, rebuilt in the 15th century, with a 12th century font and a fine, recently restored, Cheyne/Newhaven monument. "My maternal grandparents, father and uncle are buried in the graveyard, I and my cousins were married there, and importantly my mother and aunt still live in the village.
"My aunt was a Church Warden and funded the restoration of the Monument, which appears in Matthew Byrne’s book "English Parish Churches and Chapels," given to me when I joined the NCT."
The church has a relatively small congregation and so is being designated a “Festival Church”, which at least will preserve the fabric, if not provide weekly worship. For many years summer concerts played by students from the Royal Academy of Music have been held in this church."
You too can help us safeguard the future of more churches and chapels by also becoming a Friend of the National Churches Trust.