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 is a registered charity which raises funds for vital repairs, restoration work and improvements to this Grade 1 listed building, for it to continue as a place of worship and a community facility for use by all.

The Friends have raised over £45,000 for such work, but more fundraising needs to be done to 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.


Remaining Friends events in 2017 – UPDATED

Please note the following amended list: 25 October, Friends of St. Mary’s AGM, from 7.30pm, at St. Mary’s Peldon. 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 the Peldon & Wigboroughs Community Hall car park.

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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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Appeal for volunteers

There are many groups who run events in Peldon and the Wigboroughs, and they all need energy and ideas from volunteers. The Friends has a reputation of being a lively bunch, but in reality the Committee plus a small number of volunteers do all the work in staging events. Will you come forward and take […]

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Highland Fling – Report

The ‘Fling’ has been a part of the Peldon Year for over 30 years. It has continued through good times and bad, but in recently it’s become a major highlight of the year for Peldon and the surrounding area. This time we were at Abberton & Langenhoe Village hall with 54 people plus members of […]

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Highland Fling – Full details

Please note the different venue this time, Abberton & Langenhoe village Hall.               Directions: Drive to the Abberton crossroads, where there is a derelict pub  (formerly ‘The Lion’). Turn into Fingringhoe Road (the road at the side of the pub). Then 1st right into Edward Marke Drive. As the road […]

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Notes from the Friends AGM

The AGM was held on 29th November with 15 people present. After the preliminaries the Treasurer introduced the Financial Report for the financial year 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016. To the nearest pound, the starting balance was £8,645, profit from events was £2880, income from subscriptions & general donations was £1680, misc. income […]

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Christmas floral displays

As usual the Christmas events were decorated with superb floral displays. Thank You to all that worked so hard on them. See more pictures Here

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Webmaster’s end-of-year message and report

Many thanks for using or providing input to this website. I wish you all the compliments of the season, and a happy and healthy New Year. Geoff Gonella December 2016 Report Background The Friends website was started by Bill Tamblyn in 2011, and managed by Bill until 2014, when I was appointed to take over […]

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