Who are we and what do we do?

The Friends of St Mary's Church, Sundridge

The Friends of Mary’s was formed in 2004 and became a registered Charity on 8th September 2004, registration number 1105791, with the purpose of helping with the preservation, maintenance and embellishment of the fabric, interior decorations, ornaments, furnishings and churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Sundridge. Its principal aims are to promote public interest in St Mary’s Church, its history and work, in order to achieve this the Friends raise money from fundraising events, membership subscriptions and donations. All money raised is used solely for the benefit of St Mary’s Church, Sundridge  help fund the preservation and maintenance of the fabric of the building and its embellishments.

Previous fundraising events

The Friends have held and will continue to hold a diverse selection of events, this is to give an insight into the range of events the Friends have held: 

2020

Party to celebrate the completion of the new toilet facility

2019

John Rutter Come and Sing day

John Bailey talk Girl Power

John Bailey escorted tour of Rochester Cathedral

John Bailey Rooftop tour of Rochester Cathedral

2018

Private escorted tour of The Guildhall

Hog Roast with live music

Concert by Fever Pitch

2017

John Rutter come and sing day

Sales DVDs of John Bailey’s talk

Published and sold Beilby Porteus talk books

Hog Roast with live music

Talk by Bob Ogley Doodlebugs and Rockets

2016

Private escorted visit to Lambeth Palace

Hog Roast with live music

Talk by John Bailey the secrets of St Marys architecture

Only UK performance by the German Dancing Diamonds dance group

2015

Talk by Bob Ogley at the Red House

Hog Roast with live music

Talk by Geoff Hutchinson

2014

Screened My Enemy, My Friend

Hog Roast with live music

Bob Ogley talk Poets of the First World War

Orlando Jopling Cello Concert

2013

Friends Garden Party

Hog Roast with live music

Orlando Jopling Cello Concert

2012

Jazz evening

Hog Roast with live music

Kirtlington Stud & Blenheim Castle visit

Orlando Jopling Cello Concert

2010

Village Green Stompers Jazz evening

Choral Concert

2009

Published Margaret King’s book on the history of Sundridge

Village Green Stompers Jazz evening

Talk by the Bishop of London, The Right Rev’d and Right Hon. Richard Chartres

2008

Published a Guide to St Mary’s Church, Sundridge

Village Green Stompers Jazz evening

Talk by Bob Ogley at the Red House

Choral Classics concert

2020

Held a party to celebrate the completion of the new toilet facility

2019

John Rutter Come and Sing day

John Bailey talk Girl Power

John Bailey escorted tour of Rochester Cathedral

John Bailey Rooftop tour of Rochester Cathedral

2018

Private escorted tour of The Guildhall

Hog Roast with live music

Concert by Fever Pitch

2017

John Rutter come and sing day

Sales DVDs of John Bailey’s talk

Published and sold Beilby Porteus talk books

Hog Roast with live music

Talk by Bob Ogley Doodlebugs and Rockets

2016

Private escorted visit to Lambeth Palace

Hog Roast with live music

Talk by John Bailey the secrets of St Marys architecture

Only UK performance by the German Dancing Diamonds dance group

2015

Talk by Bob Ogley at the Red House

Hog Roast with live music

Talk by Geoff Hutchinson

2014

Screened My Enemy, My Friend

Hog Roast with live music

Bob Ogley talk Poets of the First World War

Orlando Jopling Cello Concert

2013

Friends Garden Party

Hog Roast with live music

Orlando Jopling Cello Concert

2012

Jazz evening

Hog Roast with live music

Kirtlington Stud & Blenheim Castle visit

Orlando Jopling Cello Concert

2010

Village Green Stompers Jazz evening

Choral Concert

2009

Published Margaret King’s book on the history of Sundridge

Village Green Stompers Jazz evening

Talk by the Bishop of London, The Right Rev’d and Right Hon. Richard Chartres

2008

Published a Guide to St Mary’s Church, Sundridge

Village Green Stompers Jazz evening

Talk by Bob Ogley at the Red House

Choral Classics concert

Project supported by the Friends

The Friends are proud to have supported, amongst other things, 

2019

Handrail for Tower staircase

Contribution to cost of toilets 

Deep clean new toilets

2018

Paint Vestry 

2017

Initial plans for Toilets £ 2,400.00

Investigation for toilet drainage 

Paint security camera towers £180.00

2016

Repairs to outside lights

New lock for Vestry door

Security camera system 

2015

Boxes for storage

Door stop and Bean bags

Showboard and Literature rack 

Bean bags

2014

Road signs to Church

Advice from Browitt & Smith about Church toilet 

Purchase of Pew cushions 

2013

Purchased mower

Paid for repairs to mower storage shed

2012

Donation to Church Roof restoration fund 

Purchase new solid Oak door 

Repair to Lychgate