© Nick Berry
Registered Charity No. 299309
The Friends of Elmstead Church
Most of us enjoy the simple beauty and peace of our lovely church of St Anne & St Laurence which has been a part of village life at Elmstead since medieval times. Whilst the main parts of the church were built in between the 12th and 14th century, some of the materials used in its construction date back to Norman and Roman times and not surprisingly, parts of the building as well as the interior furnishings require a bit of tender loving care! The Church is a beautiful Grade 1 Listed Building and as the materials required to repair the church are so expensive, there is an ongoing need to raise money to keep the church safe and sound for the future, used as it is for Christenings, marriages and funerals, as well as being a focal point of many other village activities.
Many of us lead very busy lives and we often don't get to church as often as we'd like to, but there is a very good way of helping your church and your community and this is by joining the Friends of Elmstead Church.
Be like the Knight who helped protect our Church
One illustrious individual, Sir Thomas De Weston, was thought to have been a “Friend” and a full sized oak effigy of this 14th century knight can be seen within the church -
What do the Friends of Elmstead Church do? The charity was set up in 1987 to raise money to help the Parish keep the church well maintained for future generations.
What are the funds used for?
Contributing towards the cost of re-
Chancel roof repairs
A new water treatment system
The renovation of the heating system
The renovation of the organ
Provision of some of the chandeliers
We run a number of events throughout the year to raise money for our projects. Why not come along to take part or, better still if you wish, help run them! These events have something for everyone and are a great way of meeting people and having fun, at the same time as really making a difference in your community.
Churn Wood opening in May – an ancient private wood opened annually for The Friends at bluebell time.
Art Exhibition -
Other Events -
For details of how to exhibit artwork at the exhibition, please click here
Rev Andrew Fordyce -
Brenda Meridew – PCC member and Membership Secretary
Andy Downton -
Charles Gooch -
Morag Hellen – PCC member and Trustee
Barrie Meridew -