History & FriendsThe Friends of St Paul's Church

The Friends

While the day to day running costs are the responsibility of the Parochial Church Council, there are frequent and extraordinary and particular needs for which money is required. The aim of The Friends, founded in 1990, is to provide support for the maintenance, enrichment and beautification of the fabric. Major projects which the Friends have supported include:

Repair and restoration of the Nave roof, figures and angels
Glass doors to the South Porch
  Tower walkway
  Replacement of the church sound system
  Vergers' robes and wands of office
  New Vestments
  Lectern steps
  Refurbishment of the Alexander Room (or Choir vestry)
  Organ CCTV
Upgraded lighting for the Quire, Sanctuary and Trinity Chapel
Security CCTV
  Re-siting of the organ blower

Membership of The Friends is open to all. The Friends aim to provide a link between people who have an affection for St Paul's, whether current or former members of the congregation, local people, or visitors from further afield.

Keeping in touch

The Friends promote concerts and other events, and there is an annual meeting to which all members are invited. The wider the membership, the more truly can The Friends fulfil their aims.

How to join

For more information on The Friends please see their leaflet which also has membership application form. Cut it out, and either send it to the Membership Secretary at the church address or email .

It helps greatly if you pay by Standing Order as this reduces the administrative costs as well as making it easier for you. If you pay income tax, we would be very grateful if you would sign the Gift Aid declaration overleaf. This enables us to reclaim the basic rate of income tax for every £1 you give.


Individual   £10 per annum
Family   £15 per annum
Corporate   £50 per annum