Friends of St Andrew's



THE FRIENDS OF ST. ANDREW’S (a registered charity 294338) is a society of those who through the payment of an annual or life subscription assist the Parochial Church Council (PCC), to care for the fabric of the Parish Church.

The friends:

  • Supports the PCC to care for the fabric of the Parish Church.
  • Raises funds through events, subscriptions and donations.
  • Have raised over £415,000 since 1985
  • Welcomes new members to help and care for our church building.

Previously the entity was known as the St Andrew’s Preservation Trust and was set up in 1985 in response to the need to raise £100,000 to meet the cost of carrying out urgent restoration work to the stone of the church tower, from which grew the ‘Friends’ which has now become a vital part of the life of St Andrew’s.

 

 

Since 1985 over £415,000 has been raised – through fundraising events, the subscriptions and donations of our members and most judicious investments.

The Friends is a registered charity separate from the PCC, with a body of elected and ex-officio Trustees. Our Chairman is Derek Whinnett, Treasurer Andrew Rutt, and Secretary Philip Rutt.

Current membership
 

Life Friends 76
Annual Friends 78
‘In Memoriam’ 56

We have no fewer than 56 loved ones and good friends who are remembered in perpetuity in the In Memoriam section of the Roll of Members – along with the names of present members – which is displayed prominently in church.

Major Grants to PCC
 

Restoration of the Tower (1986) £90,000
Restoration of the South Porch (1994) £29,000
New Lighting Scheme (1997) (Our Cont.) £39,000
Restoration of Stonework (1999/2000) £9,794
Repairs to Church Lighting System (2004)    £4,600
Refurbishment of Vestry Toilet (2005) £2,500
Refurbishment of Organ (2008) (Our Cont.) £4,240
Refurbishment of Memorial Altar Floor (2009) £3,000
Quinnnenial and Other Works (2009) £2,500
Garden of Remembrance (2011) (Our Cont.) £4,000
North Doors and Access (2013) (Our Cont.) £32,000
Restoration of stonework on the Tower (2014) £31,000
Clock Restoration (2015) (Our Cont.) £5,576
Bells Appeal (2016) (Our Contribution) £15,000
Clock Cabinet in Tower (2016) £2,600
South Door Porch (July 2018) £47,000
Organ Restoration (October 2018) £24,000
Roof Alarm (March 2019) £4,000

 

How can you help

Constant calls upon our funds mean that they are rapidly declining. As Chairman Derek put it “Once the cash has gone it has gone”. That is why, because the Friends is so vital to the life of St Andrew’s, the support of many more members is necessary.

Subscription rates are very reasonable – everyone is welcome, including – especially – children and young people:

Adults £10 per annum
Under 18 years £2
Life Membership £100
In Memoriam £100

See complete an application form and send to our Treasurer Andrew Rutt

Application Form (Word)

Application Form (PDF)




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