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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Some dates for 2018 – UPDATED

Please note the following Friends events confirmed so far: Highland Fling – 10th February, starting at 7pm. At Peldon & Wigboroughs Community Hall. Winter Warmer – 23rd February, starting at 7.30pm. At St. Mary’s Church. Peldon Village Fete – 9th June, starting at 12 Noon. At Lodge Cottage, Lodge Lane, Peldon.

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Peldon Village Fete – Report

Over the years we have always managed to put on a village fete of some sort in Peldon, incorporating things like Open Gardens, Parachuting Teddies, Owls, Cream Teas and a band, but in recent years we have been thwarted in finding a suitable location for a Dog Show and more attractions. Thankfully the Kearney family […]

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Greek Night! – CANCELLED

Sorry but due to insufficient numbers this event has had to be cancelled. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused, and we hope to see you at our next event, the cricket match  see here

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Peldon Village Fete – Final Details

Our Fete gets bigger and better each year, but it still keeps the character of a traditional Village event. First of all, it’s now the Peldon Village Fete, Dog Show and Craft Fayre. At a bigger venue, in Lodge Lane, Peldon CO5 7PZ. With a wider range of stalls, activities and attractions. And we welcome back […]

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Friends and Wigboroughs Group join forces for two events

The Fiends and the Wigboroughs Community Group will host two major events this year: Cricket Match:  Peldon vs. The Wigboroughs (3rd September at Elmdale,Little Wigborough, 2pm – 5pm) Christmas Bazaar:  2nd December at St. Mary’s Church Peldon, 11am – 3pm) Let’s give them our full support!

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Change of Secretary to the Friends

Due to his very busy schedule Bill Tamblyn has stepped-down from his position of Secretary to the Friends of St. Mary’s. He feels that there is much work to do, not only for his other interests but also in his role as Church Warden. He will continue to be a member of the committee of […]

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Remaining Friends events in 2017 – UPDATED

Please note the following amended list: 17 November, ‘Youth Must Have Some Dalliance!’ from 7.30pm, at St. Mary’s Peldon. Please park vehicles on the  church side of the road. 2 December, Christmas Bazaar, 11am to 3pm, at St. Mary’s Peldon. Hosted jointly by the Friends and the Wigborough Community Group. 19 December, Peldon Village Carols, from 6.30pm, meet at […]

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Peldon Fete and Craft Fair – Advance details

This will be an even bigger event this year! It will include: the usual food, drinks, stalls and children’s activities; the traditional fete games and side shows; PLUS a fun-type Dog Show; PLUS a Craft Fair; PLUS A Flypast by an aeroplane! Make a note NOW – 10th June. from 11am, at The Kearneys, Lodge […]

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News on the inner door to the North Porch

Within the Friends it was hoped that this could be repaired & restored to English Heritage specifications, and that a catch and handle be fitted. At the 2016 Friends AGM the meeting discussed the possibility of having the door removed and displayed separately, and a bespoke replacement door made and installed. As of March 2017 […]

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A donation from ZEPFEST!

The ZEPFEST Commemoration was a wonderful example of cooperation between Peldon and the Wigboroughs in staging a major community event. ZEPFEST covered its costs and raised money for Peldon and Wigborough community causes. Peldon’s share was £2000 to the Friends of St. Mary’s  and £2000 to the Village Hall project. What a wonderful gesture and […]

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