Friends of PPT
A Christian church has stood at the top of Bovey Tracey since Saxon times. Most of the present building was built in the 15th Century and it remains the oldest, biggest and most beautiful building in the town. Originally dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, St. Thomas of Canterbury was added by Henry de Tracy in reparation for the part played by Sir William de Tracy in the murder of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in his own cathedral.
The church building reminds us that there is a God, holy, eternal and glorious, and that He has preserved his people through many centuries. Generations of Bovey people have maintained and adorned the building, so that it remains a place for Christian worship, and also a centre of community life. The church is open daily for visitors to view, sit quietly or pray. It provides a wonderful venue for concerts, exhibitions and plays. (photo © Bim Photography, Bovey Tracey. Used with permission)
The church hosts civic occasions such as Remembrance day and Carol services. Many families still mark the significant moments of birth, marriage and death in church.
There is a War Memorial and a stained glass window in memory of those who fell in the first and second world wars. More recently the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was marked with a new window in the west end, and the town banner and Coat of Arms are displayed in the church.
The regular congregation work hard to maintain the grounds and buildings, and give generously to maintain Christian ministry and keep the building in good order. They raise over £110,000 each year to meet these regular costs. The building is Grade 1 listed, which means that all repairs and improvements have to be done to the highest standards, which is expensive.
We believe that many people in the town and beyond want to see this presence continue for the future. The Friends of PPT is a way for people to help the congregation maintain the building.
Please consider becoming a Friend of St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Thomas of Canterbury. We ask you to make an annual contribution of £10 per person , £15 for a couple, as a token of your support for this active church. (There is no upper limit to your gift.) If you are a taxpayer, the Bovey Tracey Parish Church Charity (Charity Reg No: 209300) can reclaim tax on your donation, which increases its value by 28%. A bankers order is the most effective way of ensuring your support for years to come. If you would like to donate to the Bovey Tracey Parish Church Charity please contact us for a standing order form.