St. Mary’s is the parish church of Peldon, a village south of Colchester, Essex.

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The Friends of St. Mary’s (Registered Charity 1114809) fundraises for repairs, restoration work and improvements to this Grade 1 listed building, for it to continue as a place of worship and a community venue for use by all.

Since 2006 the Friends has raised over £50,000 for such work, but more fundraising is needed to help get this building into good order for the next generation. We intend to do just that, and enjoy ourselves along the way!

Find out what we’ve achieved and How you can support us.

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‘Research and Presentations’ – report

A large audience came to this evening of local history, which was hosted by the Friends of St. Mary’s. Presentations were given by Prof. Bill Tamblyn, Elaine Barker, Mike Watson, and Geoff Gonella. Bill gave a progress report on the Peldon history research that has been carried out since the introductory Talks by Patrick Denny, […]

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Peldon Fete 2019 – CANCELLED

Sorry, but due to worsening wind conditions the Fete has had to be cancelled. Our apologies to all affected, but the changeable wind affected the safety of the tents. The Grand Draw is hoped to be run at another of our events, so would ticket-holders please bear with us while we re-arrange things. Thank you.

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Next event: ‘Research and Presentations’

On Wednesday 15th May there will be an evening about the local history of Peldon – the houses, people, groups, and all the latest scandal!! It starts at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s church, Peldon. Admission is a £5 donation to the Friends of St. Mary’s.

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Peldon village carols 2018 – Reminder

ALL ARE WELCOME for the Carol Singing around Peldon on: Tuesday 18th December, starting at 6.30pm at the Peldon & Wigboroughs Community Hall. There will be festive nibbles and mulled wine afterwards in St. Mary’s Church, 8 to 8.30pm

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Next event: ‘We wish you a merry..?’

Peldon History Lectures presents: ‘We wish you a merry..?’ Prof. Bill Tamblyn unravels the history of carols – from being originally sung from the medieval church steps to the modern practice of singing around the streets, and of course the ‘carols’ we hear in the shops and on the media. Wednesday 12th December at 7.30pm […]

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Come and help us!

St Mary’s is Peldon’s only Grade One listed building. The Friends of St Mary’s was formed over 10 years ago, to fund-raise for improvements to the fabric of the building. The Friends run concerts, talks, exhibitions, dances and festivals in this building, and we have raised (and donated) well over £40,000 but … There are […]

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Webmaster’s report for the 2018 AGM

Background The Friends’ website is:   www.friendsofstmaryspeldon.org.uk   . It has been running since 2011 and has had one facelift in that time. The title ‘Webmaster’ means the person who maintains and uploads the content of a website. Who’s Who I upload relevant news about the Friends and its activities, such as notices of events, reports of […]

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Notes from the Friends AGM, 2018

The AGM was held on 31st October 2018. After the preliminaries the Treasurer introduced the Financial Report for the financial year 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2018. To the nearest pound, the starting balance was £14,684, net profit from events was £5,170, income from subscriptions,sponsorship and donations was £680, and misc. income items and […]

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