St Mary's, Higham, ‘Sponsor a Shake’

St Mary's Church, Higham, Kent
25th February 2022
Sign and Sponsor a Shake: £20.00
Sponsor a Shake Only: £15.00

Sign and 'Sponsor a Shake’ on St Mary’s historic spire, Higham

The Churches Conservation Trust, and the Friends of St Mary’s church Higham, are delighted to offer our supporters the unique chance to be part of the history of the church, by ‘Sponsoring a Shake’ – one of the oak panels which makes up the exterior of the bell tower. This fundraiser is in aid of the repair work due to take place on St Mary’s historic spire, funded by the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

There are two options for those wishing to ‘Sponsor a Shake’:

  1. Sponsor a signed shake – this will give you the opportunity to sign your name on the back of one of these oak shakes, inscribing your place in to the very fabric of the church for the next few hundred years (at the price of £20)
  2. Sponsor an unsigned shake – a chance to contribute to this fantastic project from afar (at the price of £15)

The signing of each shake will either take place on Friday 25th February at our community open day, or by appointment using the email address below. The CCT will be in touch with each supporter individually to arrange this.

We are also offering a small number of guests the opportunity to book an ‘Open Day Scaffold Tour’ on Friday 25th February, where you will have the chance to climb the spire and see this vitally important work up close.  To book your place click here.

If you wish to contribute further towards this fantastic project you can also donate an amount of your choice at the following webpage:

Please note:  All proceeds raised will go towards the project costs of the spire repair, and not specifically the oak shakes of the bell turret.  The actual cost of the wooden oak shakes has been paid for by a very generous donation from The Rochester Bridge Trust, and is specifically for this purpose.  As well as the HSF2 grant a further generous donation was made by The Friends of Kent Churches for this project, for which the CCT are extremely grateful.


Nick Watts

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