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The Friends of St Lawrence Church, is a Charitable Trust (Registration no.1063271) that was set up in 1998 to formalise fundraising for maintenance of the Grade 1 Listed church and its grounds, situated in Stratford sub Castle, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

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The burden of the upkeep of the Church is 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 involves the wider community in this task. 

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!

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Examples of funding by The Friends, including floodlighting to improve security.

The Chairman of the Trustees is Ian McGill 01722 338210

Please consider supporting The Friends by taking out Membership from £10 pa - details further down this page. 

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. Members and non-members are all welcome.

A Thanksgiving Service for Robin Petherick,  a former Trustee of The Friends, has been arranged for 22 October 2024.  Details in this News article.


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

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 website: View the latest Newsletter.

Stratford sub Castle Primary School - Annual Christmas Art Competition

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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.

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In February 2024, The Friends received the following message from the Churchwardens:



I am sure many of you will have noted the reports in the Parish Magazine about the need to do urgent work on the church roof. The work was finished in November to a high standard, and it should mean that no further work will be needed in the foreseeable future. The work cost £30,000 which in many parishes the church community would have had to find. We are however blessed in Stratford with a supportive community which values its 12th Century church with its surrounding churchyard. Incidentally, the snowdrops look fantastic at the moment. That support is shown by residents giving talks about various topics which are extremely well attended and by visiting choirs.

The upshot is that the Friends of St Lawrence have been able to support this crucial work with a grant of over £11,300. This has meant the church finances have just balanced!

Your churchwardens would like to thank the Friends Committee and everyone who has supported them, for your amazing support.


Sue Thomson and John Walsh


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

To comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, 'The Friends of St Lawrence Church' has prepared a Data Privacy Notice.  You can view it by clicking here.

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