The largest church in the Benefice (and indeed in south Nottinghamshire), St Mary the Virgin stands in the middle of the old part of the village of Bunny. It is used for all manner of events in addition to regular Church Services - see the benefice calendar. The children from the local C of E Primary School are regularly invited
and many events take place in which they are included. A WARM WELCOME
will be extended to you if you wish to join us for any services or any of the
other events which take place in our beautiful roomy church.
Our church wardens are Mr Roy Baker and Mrs Heather Paul and they would be happy to speak with you.
The parish of Bradmore was joined to that of Bunny in 1770, and the building consists of a tower with attached room which is used occasionally for services and social functions.
The upkeep of C of E churches in this country is the responsibility of
the members of each individual church. At St. Mary's, this includes
keeping the fabric of the building in good repair, maintaining the graveyard,
paying for the running costs such as lighting and heating, as well as the
expenses involved in keeping the church open both as a place of worship,
including baptisms, marriages and funerals, and as a centre for community
activities. In addition we are required to give a
portion of our income to the diocese as a 'quota' or 'parish share'.
Three-quarters of this pays for clergy stipends, housing, and pensions, and the
remainder pays for the necessary central costs of the Diocese of Southwell and
Nottingham. We raise money by donations, service collections, part of the fees
from the aforementioned marriages and funerals, bequests and, importantly, from
the Promise Programme, in which Bunny residents generously undertake to
donate a monthly sum in order to enable the church to continue to exist as a
place of worship. Then there is, of course, fundraising.
For details about ways of giving to the church click