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Friends of All Saints' Church, Staplehurst
 Registered Charity No. 1037964
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Committee Member Contact Details

Name Office Telephone Email
Andrew Brady Chairman & Membership Secretary (01580) 891840 Andrew Brady
Ron Dear Honorary Treasurer (01580) 891407 Ron Dear
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

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2014 Shepherds' Market

The Friends Shepherds' Market is fast approaching - December 6th is 2 weeks away!!! So we are once again asking for your generosity of skills and time to bake us a delicious cake for the Cake Stall or maybe you could make a lovely Shepherd's Pie for the lunches. Or maybe a donation to the Friends stalls - produce or gifts.

If you can help please contact Maureen Brice on (01580) 891842 or any Friends Committee Member.

There will be toys, produce & cakes, stalls and refreshments including Shepherds' Pies.

Entry is free.

Come along and find some gifts for Christmas. Many hand made crafts.

See Father Christmas.

We will have a Tombola with a number of the prizes kindly donated by local businesses.

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 or assistance.

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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Membership

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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Future Events

Brain Game Saturday 7th March 2015

This annual and ever popular event is in the planning stage at the moment, we are busy putting together questions for the various rounds.

More to follow in the next month or so.

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Recent Events

Wealden Consort Summer Concert July 2012

Our most recent event was a concert by the Wealden Consort on Saturday the 14th July.

This was a very enjoyable evening with a varied mix of music including church music, spirituals and modern pieces.

Around 50 people attended the event, less than we had hoped, but the weather wasn't great and there were a number of other events going on locally, but this was the only mutual date available for a concert.

We are very grateful that the Wealden Consort agreed to perform a concert for us as they do this to help fund raising events for causes such as ours, which they only 4 or 5 times a year, so thank you to them.

The Wealden Consort, is led by their Musical Director Cornelis Taekema who conducted the choir and played an organ voluntary to start the second half.

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See a copy of the programme for the event here.


Shepherds' Market December 2011

I am delighted to report that the Shepherds' Market raised just over £1,000 for the Friends of All Saints and would like to thank everybody who came to the Church on Saturday December 3rd and did at least some of their Christmas shopping with us. We would also like to thank all the Village Traders who donated prizes for the raffle and supported us by providing goods and services and, of course, all the extra people who helped us on the day.

The Friends of All Saints is a secular charity which exists to raise funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the fabric of the Church building. Membership is a minimum of £5 per annum and we would be very pleased if, in these austere times, you could spare us that amount each year. Without members it would be even harder to raise the amounts required.

Maureen Brice

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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.

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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.

Pocket-sized.

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

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