28th February 2006



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University marketing students have been helping a historic village church to increase visitor numbers and raise much-needed funds.


The four students – Jessica Buckthorp, Kate Evans, Phillippa Glenn and Vicki Clark – chose to work with the Minster Church of St Mary in Stow as part of their final-year marketing degree course work.


Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10.30am James Edgar from English Heritage will announce a £104,000 grant to the church to help pay for ongoing repairs which the church authorities estimate will cost over £1 million in total.


The four students have been carrying out research to come up with new fund-raising ideas and to attract tourists to the church, a scheduled ancient monument and one of Britain’s first parish churches which dates back to 975 AD.


“St Mary’s is beautiful, and the history behind it is incredible,” said student Jessica Buckthorp. “It’s an amazing tourist attraction but it’s a shame that not everyone knows it exists.


“The more attention the church receives, and the more interest people show, the closer they will get to repairing the damage that 1,000 years have done to the building, and we have been more than happy to help.”


Student Kate Evans added: “We are all very pleased that we had the opportunity to work with the church –  we just hope that people come to see what St Mary’s has to offer.”


Like many of Britain’s rural parish churches, a declining population is threatening the Church of Saint Mary which lacks the necessary funds to undertake conservation work and perform routine maintenance.


Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the announcement at the Minster Church of St Mary in Stow near Lincoln at 10.30am on Wednesday 1st March.


Update – click below for photographs.

Photo 1. Caption: Front row (L-R) Kate Evans, Phillippa Glenn, Jessica Buckthorp and Vicki Clarke, back row (L-R) Churchwarden David Justham and James Edgar from English Heritage.


Photo 2. Caption: Jessica Buckthorp, Phillippa Glen, Vicki Clarke and Kate Evans outside the Minster Church of St Mary in Stow


For more information contact Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincoln

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

or Church Warden David Justham

01522 573897 or 01427 788725         David.Justham@nottingham.ac.uk