A unique Christmas card is now on sale as part of a £30,000 fundraising drive at St Wulstan’s Church.

Situated in the heart of England, St Wulstan’s is where Sir Edward Elgar and members of his family are buried.

Progress on the structural restoration of St Wulstan’s continues with the help of generous local support and it is hoped this year’s Christmas card, featuring the Annunciation, will help to boost funds.

Last year the west front of this picturesque church - including the magnificent rose window - was cleaned and repointed, and the damaged apex stone and the red sandstone columns at the entrance were all replaced. This work has made an enormous difference to the church’s fine appearance.

In order to complete the structural restoration the whole north side needs cleaning, repairing and repointing - including the replacement of the supporting iron bars with stainless steel to prevent stone-damaging corrosion.

Around £30,000 is needed for this work.

The beautiful stained-glass windows, designed in the 1880s by Birmingham-based Hardman Studios, also need specialist cleaning.

Part of this stunning window has been expertly photographed by Bill Carver and as a result the Annunciation is now the subject of this year’s Christmas card, which is being sold to raise funds for this next phase of the restoration project.

The sale of Christmas cards has previously raised over £5,000.

Parish Priest, Fr Edward Crouzet OSB, said: “Two years ago the Hardman windows in St Wulstan's provided us with a beautiful image of the Nativity. This year it is the Annunciation. I hope you like it.”

The cards are available in packs of 10 for £4 and can be purchased online here and after Sunday morning Mass at St Wulstan’s.

Parish Priest, Fr Edward Crouzet OSB, with this year's Christmas card (below).