The Friends of St Lawrence Church

The Friends is a Charitable Trust * set up to help provide funds for the upkeep of the Church and the Church grounds.


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 Trust regularly organises events within the village which are designed not only to raise money but to help engender a good community spirit among the residents.

The Chairman of The Friends is Ian McGill   01722 338210


Many local residents of Stratford sub Castle, former residents, and other interested people kindly support the Friends' aims through Annual or Life-Time subscriptions.


New members are  welcome to join throughout the year with 12 month subscriptions running from the date of joining. 


Subscriptions are:

Annual £10 single, £15 couple;   Life-Time £100 single, £150 couple.

Members qualify for member-rate event tickets and their

accompanied children under 16 are admitted free. 


To become a Friends Member, please contact:

Rosemary Winson, Publicity & Membership
Tel: 01722 325183 or email

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Replacement of the clock face -  just one of the projects funded by 'The Friends' during 2019. 

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The Friends Newsletter gives the latest news about the Trust's activities. Published twice a year, it is distributed with the Parish Magazine or directly to those FoSL members who live outside this area.

Read the Friends most recent Newsletter.


* The Friends of St Lawrence Church - Registered Charity No. 1063271

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Friends Events

2022 & 2021

2020 & 2019