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Friends of All Saints' Church, Staplehurst
 Registered Charity No. 1037964
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Andrew Brady Chairman & Membership Secretary (01580) 891840 Andrew Brady
Mary Shaw Honorary Treasurer (01580) 890360 Mary Shaw
Tony Norfolk Secretary (01580) 892104 Tony Norfolk
Maureen Brice Committee Member (01580) 891842 Maureen Brice
Ann Fulcher Committee Member N/A N/A
Alaine Summers Committee Member N/A N/A
Janet Pink Committee Member N/A N/A
Frank Page Committee Member N/A N/A
Sue Elwell Committee Member N/A N/A
Brian Summers PCC REP N/A N/A

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The Friends of All Saints' Church Staplehurst held the ever popular Brain Game on Saturday the 7th of March. We had eleven teams enter the Brain Game this year, an increase on last year by two teams. We followed our normal practice of eight rounds of questions, a marathon round with an interval halfway through where we played the heads and tails game.

Team members bring their own food and drink and it is always interesting to see what feasts people put on.

A team called Absent Friends won this year with 91 points with the Five Amigos team in eleventh place with 63.5 points and only 10 points between the top three teams. The winning prizes were bottles of wine with the team in last place awarded an apple each.

Feedback was that everyone had a very enjoyable evening. After a very small amount of costs we raised £412.75. A big thank you to all the teams for entering and helping to raise funds for the maintenance of All Saints Church. I would like to thank all my fellow committee members and others for their hard work on the evening.

Andrew Brady
Chairman & Membership Secretary
(01580) 891840
Email: Andrew Brady

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A recap on 2014

The Friends organised 3 main events in the year, the Brain Game, a Summer Barbeque and Auction and The Shepherd’s Market. The ever popular Brain Game in March 2014 raised £352. Numbers were a little down on previous years with only 9 teams, but a fun evening was had by all.

Another truly marvellous event was the Alternative Flower Festival in July. This was wholly organised and run by a committee comprising of Marion Christie, Janet Dowswell, Valerie Dilnot, Christine Ward, Cathy Parsons-Smith and Sylvia Lade, and all village organisations were invited to make a display and which many did. As a result they raised a fantastic £2606.44 which they kindly donated to The Friends. This was especially successful in that by its nature it involved all the village and attendance throughout the three days was very good. My thanks to them all for their herculean effort in bringing this to fruition.

A new event was a Friends Fund raising BBQ and Auction in August. This was the brainchild of one of our committee, Alaine Summers and her husband Brian, who opened up their lovely garden for the afternoon and who between them organised and ran whole thing magnificently including doing all the cooking, a demanding task with the numbers of people there, 65, and two barbecues. The total profit was £1820 with the auction alone raising over £1000. Our thanks go to Alaine and Brian, to all who came along, to those who gave the auction lots, and prizes for the other stalls too, and to those who bid so generously. The weather was very kind to us but we would have coped well even if it had rained as there was something like 9 gazebos.

Once again the Shepherds' Market was very well supported with just short of £900 raised. I was indebted to Maureen Brice for her organisational skills, the other committee members and non-committee members alike for their sterling work and of course to all the stall-holders, several of whom commented that it had been their best year.

A number of people commented on the good atmosphere at all the events last year. It's nice to know we are putting on things that people are enjoying as well as helping to raise awareness of our work and funds and financial support for the building maintenance.

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General Background Information

The Friends of All Saints Church is registered as a charity with very simple objectives: to maintain, repair, restore, preserve, improve, beautify and reconstruct, for the benefit of the public, the fabric of the Church, its monuments, fixtures, fittings, furniture, stained glass, ornaments and other chattels, and its churchyard.

Since 1994, The Friends has undertaken a number of activities to provide funding towards several projects. These have included the gas-fired central heating, bells restoration, electrical winding of the clock, the provision of a vestry and draught excluding doors to the West Tower.

The Friends, administered by an elected committee, continues to spearhead fund raising and social events.

Membership of The Friends is open to anyone interested in the objects of the society and who has paid an annual member's subscription of at least £5. All Friends members - who pay Income Tax - should sign a declaration form to enable the tax to be reclaimed on their contribution, which increases the gift by some 28%.

Members receive informative Newsletters which give updates on the progress of projects and details of fund raising events to support and enjoy. A very wide variety of events is planned to ensure that all members find something of interest.

Becoming a member is very simple and your support will be much appreciated. Telephone Andrew Brady the Membership Secretary, on (01580) 891840 for further information.

Friends of All Saints Church - A fund raising body which helps finance projects of maintenance and improvement to All Saints Parish Church Staplehurst. It aims to involve members of the community through the promotion of a varied programme of events.

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To become a member of the Friends of All Saints Staplehurst please download our Membership Form here. Complete the form and send to the Membership Secretary with your subscription (a minimum of £5). We can accept cash or a cheque made payable to “Friends of All Saints' Church, Staplehurst” or you can complete the Standing Order section of the form and your renewal will happen automatically annually, quarterly or monthly depending on your choice. Joint membership available (minimum £5 each). If you need help to complete all or part of the form please contact the Membership Secretary by telephone or email using the details below.

To become a member & Gift Aid your membership please complete the whole form ticking one of the first two boxes at the top of the form. If you are not a tax payer do not tick any boxes.

The aims of the Trust, which has Charity status, is to provide funding for projects and maintenance to the Church building fabric, inside and out, as instigated by and under the supervision if the Parochial Church Council of All Saints Church, Staplehurst.

The Friends have recently paid £9200 towards the new lighting project and have pledged funds to replace the hearing aid loop system.

Projects which require funding now and in the near future include:

  • The West Tower stonework needs repointing and the bell chamber wooden louvres need to be replaced. Both require costly scaffolding which can serve both projects at the same time.
  • The external stonework of the East end of the church needs repointing and once this is completed the plaster on the inside of this wall will need repair/replacement and redecorating.
  • The “Father Willis” organ dated 1896, is in need of some work to get it back into good working order.
  • Only two of the three boilers are working and this is inadequate.

Andrew Brady
Membership Secretary
(01580) 891840
Email: Andrew Brady

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Download the Friends Membership and One Off Gift Aid Donations Form here.

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Friends of All Saints Bone China Mugs Available

The Friends of All Saints Staplehurst have new stock of white Bone China mugs.

Similar to previous versions, the new mugs are the same shape, the Topaz style, a white bone china mug with the image of the Church and Friends text in dark green as shown to the right.

The mugs are available at £5.50 each or £30 for a set of 6.

An ideal memento of a wedding or baptism celebrated at All Saints' Church.

If you would like a mug (or a set of 6) please contact Andrew Brady on (01580) 891840.

Friends Mugs 2010

Image Courtesy & Copyright Andrew Brady ©
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Friends of All Saints Waiters Friends Available

The Friends of All Saints Staplehurst have a new item of merchandise, a waiter's friend.

The waiter's friends are available at £4.00 each.

An Ideal Gift for the Wine Enthusiast.


If you would like a waiter's friend please contact Andrew Brady on (01580) 891840.

Friends Waiter's Friend 2012Friends Waiter's Friend 2012

Images Courtesy & Copyright Andrew Brady ©

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