The Friends Charity was formed in 1992 to assist the PCC to preserve, maintain and replace the fabric of St Giles Church, its monuments, ancient wall paintings, fixtures & fittings, historic brasses and the churchyard. Research into the history of the Church is also within our remit, provided that the results are published.
A non-denominational organisation, the Friends is open to anyone - whether a churchgoer or not. Many of us simply share a love and respect for this beautiful 800 year old building that sits at the centre of our village and community, and would like to see it (and the extraordinary art and history within) preserved, respected and enhanced.
We do this in two ways:
a) A number of events each year raise funds for the Friends - concerts, Quiz supper, talks and more. Costs are kept to the bare minimum. Sponsorship to cover the cash costs of delivering the events are sought where possible.
b) Membership is a vital income stream, with an annual subscription starting at just £20. As the Friends is a registered Charity, if you are UK tax payer you can authorise us to recover Gift Aid from the Inland Revenue, increasing the size of your donation. Membership can be paid annually in one lump sum, or by monthly donation.
If you would like to help by joining the Friends, please click on the link below to download our membership form. If you might be able to help in practical ways, either at one of our events or by helping the working parties that support the maintenance of the lychgate, church building and churchyard, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.