Who we are and what 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 by the Friends is used solely for the benefit of St Mary’s Church, Sundridge to help fund the preservation and maintenance of the fabric of the building and its embellishments.

We always welcome new members; for the minimum subscription of only £10.00 per person per annum you will receive reduced prices to all Friends events and publications plus advance notification and priority bookings to all events.    

President: Sir Michael Fallon, Chairman; Kenneth Ludlam, Secretary: Ginny Ashworth, Treasurer Richard Dunckley, Committee: Jane Belle, Lyn Campbell, Lindsay Hofman, Nick White, ex officio member Rev. Pam Davies 

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, click on title for more details:

2020

Party to Celebrate the new toilet facilities

See the Gallery page for pictures

2019

Girl Power, a talk by John Bailey

Trekking in Nepal, a talk by Nick White

Tour of Rochester Cathedral led by John Bailey

John Rutter Come and Sing day

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John Bailey Rooftop tour of Rochester Cathedral

2018

Private escorted tour of The Guildhall

The Great Sundridge Hog Roast

Fever Pitch concert 

2017

Come and Sing day with John Rutter

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Created and sold DVDs of John Bailey’s talk

Published and sold Beilby Porteus second lecture books

Talk by Bob Ogley Doodlebugs and Rockets

The Great Sundridge Hog Roast

2016

Private escorted visit to Lambeth Palace

Tales from our Past, an illustrated talk about Sevenoaks

The Great Sundridge Hog Roast

John Baliey talk St Mary’s Architecture

Only UK performance by the German Dancing Diamonds dance group

2015

Talk by Bob Ogley Biggin Hill and the Red House

The Great Sundridge Hog Roast

Talk by Geoff Hutchinson

2014

Screened My Enemy, My Friend

The Great Sundridge Hog Roast

Bob Ogley talk Poets of the First World War

Orlando Jopling Cello Concert

2013

Friends Garden Party

The Great Sundridge Hog Roast

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

2007

Sales of Guides to St Mary’s Church

David Killingray talk

Proceeds from Coconut Shy at Chevening House

Jazz evening

2006

Sales of Guides to St Mary’s Church

Visit to House of Commons

Stud farm and Racing stables visit

Thomas Clark Quire concert

Sale of Christmas cards 

2005

Sales of History of St Mary’s books

Robinson Chapel Choir concert

Halstead Concert Band evening

 

Projects supported by the Friends

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

2019

Contribution to cost of toilet

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Deep clean new toilets

Handrail for Tower staircase

2018

Paint Vestry

2017

Initial plans for Toilets

Investigation for toilet drainage

Paint security camera towers 

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

2010

Repair to Lychgate

2009

Purchase of new Oak door