The Friends of All Saints. Registered Charity No. 1064496.
The Friends of All Saints …are celebrating their 18th year!
The pride of our local conservation area, All Saints' Church is designated a Grade 1 listed building by English Heritage. This brings constraints when dealing with repairs, often demanding expensive matching materials and labour-intensive methods. All of which means a weighty responsibility for the Parochial Church Council.
In 1985, with the Victorian church organ needing a major overhaul, a large-scale appeal raised enough money to make the project possible, despite its daunting cost of £77,500. The success of this appeal led to the idea of a separate team of supporters to help maintain the fabric of the church and in 1997 THE FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS, WITLEY was established.
Over the past eighteen years, the Friends have contributed £64,529 to the £295,388 cost of repairs. Click HERE to see the grants made by The Friends of All Saints, Witley since their foundation in 1997. Much of this has gone towards the essential but unexciting task of keeping the walls and roof watertight, but there has also been assistance with conservation of the early 12th century wall paintings.
Click HERE to see the storyboard we produced explaining their history and how to interpret them and to see the enhanced photographs taken of the wall paintings. You do not need to be a churchgoer to be a Friend, you just need to care about the character of our village and want to help keep an important and historic building at the centre of village life for all villagers. Beautiful old buildings need a lot of upkeep - and certainly need Friends!
You can help by becoming a regular Friend, or by making flexible donations or simply a one-off small amount - every donation is important to us, whatever the amount, and will help to secure the future of the All Saints church building.
If you would like to find out more about the Friends of All Saints, or if you would like to join, please call or email or print the application form and send to:
John Roffe, Hon.Treasurer,
The Friends of All Saints, Witley, May Cottage,
Tel: 01428 682363