The Friends of St Lawrence Church, is a Charitable Trust (Reg. 1063271) set up to help provide funds for the upkeep of the Grade 1 Listed church and its grounds, situated in Stratford sub Castle, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
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Examples of funding by The Friends, including floodlighting to improve security.
Previous generations have done a pretty good job in maintaining the Church of St Lawrence and it behoves us to do a similarly good job so that the generations yet to come can share in its beauty. Our church has witnessed the naming, marriage and departure from this world of local residents for at least 8 centuries…. more than 800 Christmas Days and Easters!
The burden of the upkeep of the Church is now too large just to be funded by those attending services and yet there are many who attend the services irregularly or not at all, who would be saddened if the Church and its surrounds were not looked after and kept up as a quintessential English Country Church should be. So the Trust was set up to involve the wider community in the task of maintenance.
The Chairman of the Trustees is Ian McGill 01722 338210
Please consider supporting The Friends by taking out Membership from £10 pa - details below.
EVENTS The Trust regularly organises events within the village which are designed not only to raise money but to help engender a good community spirit.
Stratford sub Castle Primary School - Annual Christmas Art Competition
The Friends provide book tokens as prizes for the Stratford sub Castle Primary School's Annual Christmas Art Competition.
The children's paintings, displayed on the back of the church door and at the ends of the pews, provide a bright and cheerful display.
This sponsorship fulfils part of The Friends' aim of promoting a good community spirit.
Many residents of Stratford sub Castle, former residents and other interested people, kindly support the Friends' aims by taking out membership. The Annual subscription is £10 single, £15 couple, renewals running from the date of joining.
Life-Time Membership is also available, with a one-off payment of £100 single, £150 couple.
As a Registered Charity (no. 1063271), The Friends are able to benefit from Gift-Aided subscriptions, enhancing the donation by 25% at no extra cost to the individual tax-payer. Members qualify for member-rate tickets for our events, and their accompanied children under 16 are admitted free.
If you are interested in joining The Friends, please contact Rosemary Winson, Publicity & Membership, Tel: 01722 325183 or email email@example.com
The Friends Newsletter is published twice a year and distributed with the Parish Magazine or directly to those FoSL members who live outside the area.
It is also available on this webpage: View the latest Newsletter.
* The Friends of St Lawrence Church - Registered Charity No. 1063271
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