Nineteen people attempted to climb a total of more than 1,135 feet up the tower of St Mary’s Church in Quainton on Saturday, equal to the height climbed up Everest by a prominent villager 60 years ago.
The late Tom Bourdillon was a member of the team which conquered the world’s highest mountain in 1953 and there is a memorial to him in the churchyard.
Using similar techniques to the Everest climb, the residents, including five pensioners, achieved 1,150 feet and raised £1,303 towards their Tower Fund.
Of the nineteen climbers, fifteen managed to get to climb the 50ft to the top.
The oldest was 86-year-old Bernard Hall.
Money raised will go towards a project enabling visitors to watch the bell ringers through a glass screen.
Organiser Philip Roberts said: “It was a very happy and enjoyable day and everyone had a fantastic time.”
Fundraising for the church will continue with building work hoping to begin by November.