St Mary's Church is the main parish church of Bideford in North Devon. It is situated near the the River Torridge and overlooks the quayside and medieval long bridge that traffic still uses today. The church hosts all civic ceremonies such as Mayors service, Remembrance and Christmas Eve services and has close links with all the schools. The clock on the church tower has stopped working and requires repair. The church is of cultural and historical interest as it is believed that one of the first native American people was brought back to England by Sir Richard Grenville in 1586. Raleigh, an Algonquin Indian from Roanoke Island, as he was named was later buried here in 1589.
What we'll deliver:
- Clock will be repaired to tell the correct time for the whole town to see
- Clock will be illuminated at night
Why it's a great idea:
The clock is the main clock for Bideford town so needs to work and tell the correct time. It will also be illuminated at night once again. It can be seen in many photographs of Bideford used to promote the town for tourism. The church is of cultural and historical interest as it is believed that one of the first native American people was brought back to England by Sir Richard Grenville in 1586 and was later buried here in 1589. Bideford is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in North Devon, many people come to the area for tourism to enjoy the beautiful beaches, river and countryside. The church clock can be seen from the River Torridge and the main road leading into Bideford, and the Tarka Trail which is used by cyclists and walkers. Many people also come to Bideford to see the new bronze statue of Tarka the Otter which is located on the quay side by the River Torridge.
Steps to get it done:
- Use local media to advertise the campaign
- Poster competition to local schools to advertise the crowdfunding campaign
- By-pass the current electrics to illuminate the clock
- Repair the clock