What is the St Edburg’s Foundation all about?
Well, it is definitely not for raising money to maintain and repair the Church!
Its primary aim, indeed its only aim, is to encourage the people of Bicester to appreciate this beautiful over 900 year-old building and use it as a community asset.
In the Middle Ages, it was most probably at the centre at the centre of village life.
In recent times, churches have been exclusively used for worship. However, there is no reason why they should not be used for community events. Nowadays, we have musical and art and photographic exhibitions.
With the Church being the largest covered space in Bicester and with the programme of re-ordering it will be much more appropriate for community events. Recent work in the Church has provided better heating and lighting, a servery and toilets. Further changes are planned which will make St Edburg’s Church an ideal venue for musical concerts, dramatic productions, conferences and exhibitions.
The St Edburg’s Foundation holds its annual Christmas Tree Festival in December. The 2014 Festival with 88 fresh Christmas trees welcomed more than 1200 visitors over three days. Every two years, we have a History Trail which recalls the history of the Church with dramatic scenarios. We organise a Cycle Ride from St Edburg’s in Bicester to St Edburga’s in Broadway, calling at various places with a connection to St Edburg.
Future plans include a Book Fair, a Fashion Show and, hopefully, a Fruit and Vegetable Show. However, all these events are free. They are not to raise money but to encourage Bicester people to come along.
Membership of the Foundation is minimal at £10 per year for individuals (£15 for couples). Businesses and companies pay negotiable rates. The Membership Application/Renewal form can be downloaded from here.
Being a member allows us to keep you abreast of Foundation news.
I urge you to visit the Church if you have not done so before and learn about its history and heritage. We are very fortunate to have such a building in our town. It should be valued and loved; it is a piece of history that should be appreciated and, more importantly, used for the benefit of present-day Bicester people.