Appeal by Charles E. Laing, Vicar of Bardney, October 1897 :-
"SOUTHREY MISSION CHURCH
"The Vicar of Bardney and the Southrey Mission Church Building Committee beg to lay before you the following facts and to beg your help and sympathy.
Southrey is a hamlet of Bardney, with about 200 inhabitants, 3 miles from their parish Church and Churchyard, there are 241 smaller parishes in this Diocese that have a Parish Church and an endowment.
After a long series of Teas, Sewing Meetings and Sales of Work, the people have themselves raised over £100 for a Church.
Mr. J. E. Welby has just kindly consented to surrender half an acre of land in the very best position for a Church and Burial Ground.
It is now proposed to build a Wooden Temporary Church on a Concrete foundation, at a cost of about £130.
BUT the Fees on Surrender and for the Conveyance to the Diocesan Trustees, Enfranchisement, Redemption of Tithe Charge, Land Tax and Consecration, will amount to upwards of £40!
We are therefore obliged to appeal to the Diocese and our friends to help us over this last difficulty, whilst we are relaxing no effort on our own part to complete our scheme ....
The Rev. Canon Harvey has presented an Altar, Reredos, Red Frontal and Altar Rails, from Navenby Church.
The old Church Font found in the Vicarage Garden is being reworked up and will be placed in the proposed building.
Mr. Tinley and Mr. Turner have kindly promised to do all the leading free"
DB 20 March 2019