© Nick Berry
Registered Charity No. 299309
The Friends of Elmstead Church
Honorary President – Mrs Beth Chatto OBE
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?
Previous restoration work, funded by the Friends
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.
Art Exhibition -
Annual Cricket Match -
Other Events -
Events already planned
Our next event is an Auction of Promises and Harvest Supper on Saturday 7th October 2017 at Park Farm, School Road. For further details, whether to support it or attend, please call Val on 01206 823774 or Morag 07791 673821. We would love to see you there.
The 2018 Art Exhibition will take place over the weekend of the 9th & 10th June; if you are interested in exhibiting your work please get in touch.
Peter Cobbold Brenda Meridew -
Andy Downton -
Charles Gooch -
Morag Hellen -
Barrie Meridew -