St Mary’s Church in Cowlam is situated in the farmyard of Church Farm and Cowlam Manor.
St Mary’s is one of the so-called “Sykes Churches” that were built or restored by Sir Tatton Sykes of Sledmere (1772-1863) and his son of the same name (1826-1913).
It was rebuilt in 1852 to plans supplied by Mary Sykes, Sir Tatton’s daughter and boasts a magnificent Norman font, which is one of only four of its kind remaining in the country.
However, due to an aging membership, the Parochial Church Council voted to close the church to public worship.
A public meeting was held at the church last month and now lifelong resident Diann Atkin is spearheading a campaign to fight against the closure and have the church modernised for use by the whole community.
Diann told the Wolds Weekly: “I have lived near the church all of my life.
“My grandad and grandma were married in the church and I got married here.
“My son was christened in the church and he would really like to get married here as well.
“There is so much history associated with the church and it has the magnificent font, which if the church was to close would probably be lost from this area.
“If we can continue to hold a service once a month, we can keep the church open and I hope we can also raise funds to help modernise the building and extend its use as a meeting place for the community.
“I would appeal if anyone is interested in helping to support the church and keep it open to contact me.”
For more information about the church and to find out how you can help lend your support, please contact Diann – Email – firstname.lastname@example.org