Friends of St Mary’s (FOSMS)

We are a voluntary group who organise fundraising events for St Mary's church. A registered charity set up in 2003, we have an open membership and are run by a committee.

What are Friends for?

  • Our prime objective is ……”to maintain, restore, preserve, improve, beautify and reconstruct for the benefit of the public the fabric of St Mary’s Church, its Parish Hall and its churchyard”
  • To provide a group where all who value the place of the church in the community can have the opportunity to express their support in practical terms.
  • To encourage interest and participation of visitors and pilgrims from both home and abroad in the life of St Mary’s Church.

FOSMS started with 50 members, of whom 26 were life members. To date, there are 106 members, with 48 life members.

What are the benefits of a membership

  • Newsletter containing items of interest and details of forthcoming events at St Mary’s
  • Invitations to special events and activities
  • A warm welcome to regular services and other parish activities
  • Tours of the church for visiting groups – by arrangement
Membership typeCost
Individual membership£5 per annum
Corporate membership£25 per annum
Life membership£75
Life membership for couples£100

If you would like to become a member please contact Chairperson Di Peat: dipeat@hotmail.com or Rev Alec Harding

What we do - Fundraising

We organise fun events to raise money for St Mary's, like talks, music recitals, fashion shows, and garden parties. We also hold regular Ceilidhs and host the Castle Players’ production in the Parish Hall every year. Here are some of our highlights from past years:

2020

January saw the return of the Castle Players who presented “The Old Curiosity Shop” and raised £603. This was the last event before all fundraising came to a halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

2019

2018

2016

2015

2013

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

Sale of books written by local historian Alan Wilkinson

2003

Unveiling of the Puttock mural at the inaugural Festival of Friends

Where the funds go

Over the years, we have either paid for, or contributed to many, many projects around the church and parish hall

The Parish Hall

Refurbishments

  • external painting
  • radiators
  • upgrading the kitchen
  • installing a new cooker
  • heated trolley for events
  • new pipe work
  • full length curtains for the windows with matching stage curtains.

The Grounds

The Church Building

Dance the night away

Take part in wine tastings