Friends of All Saints Church
This initiative was launched by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of All Saints' Church Driffield to help safeguard the present and future of the finest and most historic building in town: All Saints' Parish Church.
Long before any of the present houses, shops and other buildings existed, the great tower of All Saints' stood high above the town, a landmark on the landscape for miles around. It still is today.
A noble building...
All Saints' is a Grade 1 Listed Building. Its core was built in the 12th century, with additions in the 14th, 15th and 19th centuries. The tower gives the church its own special air of distinction, combining grace and splendour with strength and solidity. It was probably built in the middle of the 15th century. In the late 19th century extensive restoration was carried out by George Gilbert Scott Junior. The Chancel and Lady Chapel screens date from the early 20th Century.
At the heart of our community...
All Saints' is not a museum! It is at the centre of community life in the town today. Scouts and Guides, Cubs and Brownies and other organizations utilize the space available. There are concerts and other musical events. Our local primary schools hold services here and there are also Macmillan Cancer Support and Children's Society services. The town's civic service generally takes place here each year, and in November we honour our fallen in war on Remembrance Sunday. There are other meetings and groups meeting here as well, alongside baptisms, weddings and funerals. And at the centre of it all is the life and worship of our local Christian community, continuing today what has taken place within these walls for over 1,000 years.
Safeguarding the future
Our ancestors built All Saints' to last, and so it has, but it needs our constant attention. Roofs leak, windows are damaged, roof lead has been stolen more than once, dampness must always be kept at bay. The church requires heating, repairs to the fabric and many other maintenance tasks. This work must be done continually to keep All Saints' sound and secure. Also the safety of visitors, workers and worshippers is paramount, needing safe practice and the right resources in the area of health and safety, including fire precautions and disability access.
How we plan to safeguard the future of the church building
The PCC of All Saints' have set up what is called a ‘restricted fund', named the Friends Account. This means that any money raised or donated to the fund can only be used for those specific purposes for which the fund was set up. Those purposes are to provide sufficient funding to run, maintain and preserve the Parish Church of All Saints' and its associated property and churchyard.
What you can do to help
If you would like to help us by donating some money on a regular or one-off basis, a printed form will shortly be available here which we would ask you to complete. Please then return it to the Church Treasurer.