R30,000 Needed to Complete our Restoration Objectives

Exterior Which Needs Repainting

Repair Funding Appeal - The Final Push


An appeal is made for funding for repair to this Church built in 1867 by the 1820 Settlers and their descendants. We have tackled many projects in 2016 and up to March 2017. We are now faced with the last couple of tasks, The Final Push, which will cost R30,0000.

These are :

  • Painting of the exterior
  • Repairs to the graves and graveyard
  • Clearing of encroaching bush on the perimeter fencing
  • Eradication of wattle and thorn bush infestation on the Common
  • Repair and sealing of the window frames

The Clumber Church reaches out to the general public requesting financial assistance in undertaking these repairs as they are not able to bear the financial burden on their own. We also appeal to those 1820 Settler families whose roots emanates from this region to consider assistance. All assistance , both great and small, will be hugely appreciated.

We also ask that you kindly spread this Funding Request through your own individual Social Networks to distribute this Appeal worldwide. Without this form of assistance we most certainly will not be able to meet our commitment to maintain this historical building to the level which it so rightly deserves.

This website has been originated to put on display the rich history not only of this building, but of those British Settler families who made this corner of South Africa their new home. And how this Church and its two predecessors were inextricably interwoven in the fabric of their lives. We acknowledge their stoic determination, from humble beginnings, to leave a lasting legacy for the future generations.

Should you wish to donate and are capable of doing an "Electronic Fund Transfer", or EFT, we ask you to submit to the "Clumber Church Building Fund". This is a separate, secure account which has been opened to meet the expected repair and restoration costs. The banking details are recorded on a separate page listed as "Contact and Banking" on the tabs on the left of this page.We really do value your support and ask that you communicate with us at clumberchurch@gmail.com once you have processed your donation so that we can communicate with you and pen a note of thanks.  

Should you require an alternate method for processing your donation, then utilise the "Donate" button on the left which will enable you to process your donation through PayPal. This provides you with a safe and secure payment method. Again, we would ask you to contact us at clumberchurch@gmail.com once you have processed your donation so that we can communicate with you and pen a note of thanks.

We will use this website and our Facebook Page "Clumber Church of 1867 Restoration" to post progress. Click here tovisitour Facebook page.


 Thank You

A heartfelt thank you to all of you who have donated to our restoration and repair projects. We acknowledge that these projects would never have been completed without this support. Quite simply our small congregation would never have been able to meet these costs on their own.
We feel confident now that the work which has been done, and that which we have earmarked as still needs to be done in The Final Push phase, will secure this beautiful and historical building for the future generations to come.
Clumber Church and Clumber School atop Mount Mercy

 Location

Standing atop a small hill in the vale of Clumber, named Mount Mercy by the Nottingham Party of the British Settlers to South Africa in 1820, is this Church, the third the Settlers built and opened on 10 November 1867.
Still in use today with a Service held on the fourth Sunday of the month at 10h30, it faces difficult times due to the depopulation of the countryside. Once a thriving social gathering place, it boasted a school, teachers home, manse, a hall used for social occasions as well as Sunday School teaching, a cricket field, tennis courts and clubhouse. Now all that remains is the Church opened in 1867, and the school buildings; dating from 1905. Both the School and the Church were declared National Monuments on 23 November 1980.

GPS Coordinates:
S 33 deg 27'04.299
E 26 deg 51'08.965

From Port Alfred on R67 to Bathurst. Continue from Bathurst on R67 to Grahamstown. 3 KM from Bathurst turn right onto Shaw Park Road. Continue for 2 KM and turn left to Martindale. 1 KM from this turn off, at the bottom of the hill, lies Clumber Church, on the right.

 Mount Mercy

Mount Mercy is a small hill situated in a valley in the Eastern Cape.This small hill has been central to the Nottingham Party and the subsequent Clumber Community as a place of gathering, schooling and worship. And it was here, at the foot of Mount Mercy, on July 25 1820, that the Nottingham Party offloaded their belongings from the wagons and carts that had transported them on their journey from Algoa Bay. The last leg of their long journey which had seen them board the vessel Albury in Liverpool in mid January 1820. Their final destination in a land which for them meant new beginnings. 

The Church is situated on the crown of Mount Mercy, so called by the Nottingham Party of 1820 Settlers because of their safe arrival after a journey from Nottingham in England to their final destination here of over 5 months. They held a Service of Thanksgiving on Mount Mercy on the day of their arrival on July 25 1820. Services were then held at the home of John Bradfield close by until the first Church was built at Mount Mercy in 1825. When the first Church was plundered in the 6th Frontier War in 1834, a second Church was built, also on Mount Mercy. This second Church was operational by 1837. After seeing through the 7th Frontier War, or War of the Axe, in 1846 and the 8th Frontier War of 1850, and being in a poor state, it was decided to build a third Church, the current, also on Mount Mercy. This third Church was opened in 1867.  So, whilst the Church is celebrating its 150th year in 2017, the Word of God has been proclaimed here at Mount Mercy from July 25 1820.

 

 A Heritage Building

The Clumber Church and Clumber School Complex were proclaimed National Monuments on 23 November 1980. The South African Heritage Resource Agency which has superseded this organization has granted this Complex Heritage status. SAHRA Site Identification: 29463 SAHRA Identifier Number : 9/2/009/0014
Re-assembling the Steeple
Created by Courteney Bradfield