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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Peldon Village Carols – CANCELLED

We are sorry but this had to be cancelled on the night because of not enough singers and people to knock on doors. We hope to try again in 2018. Perhaps there is something we are not doing right, so if you have any ideas please contact the Chairman of the Friends, Bill Tamblyn. Contact […]

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Christmas Bazaar – Report

This was held on 2nd December, at  Peldon & Wigboroughs Community Hall. It was an extavaganza of crafts, jewellery, food, ornaments, plants, stocking fillers and other gifts. There was even a honey stall from a beekeeper from Mersea. Other attractions included a bottle tombola and a well-stocked raffle. There was also a Father Christmas and […]

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‘Youth must have some dalliance!’ – Report

This concert on November 17th was an extravaganza of music, vocal and instrumental, from the time of Henry the Eighth no less! The 20 singers and instrumentalists from Towering Angels (Quire) and Colchester Waits had the audience spellbound. The church was nearly full, and the Friends provided drinks and nibbles.  

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Notes from the Friends AGM

The AGM was held on 25th October 2017 with 11 attendees. After the preliminaries the Treasurer introduced the Financial Report for the financial year 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017. To the nearest pound, the starting balance was £12,863, net profit from events was £3,709,  income from subscriptions/sponsors/donations received was £3301, misc. income items […]

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Fundraising and Achievement, 2016/17

Please see the following extract of the Warden’s Review for 2016/17: Church Fabric Projects Inside the church Even more plastering was needed as many, many square metres of old plaster loosened and became dangerous. The donation of £5,000 from the Friends helped the church to get re-plastering and limewashing done. Work was also carried out […]

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Webmaster’s report, 2017

Report Background The Friends’ website is:   . It has been running since 2011. The title ‘Webmaster’ may sound unusual, but it’s the normal job title for the person who maintains and uploads the content of a website. Who’s Who I receive news, photos and other contributions from various sources, and I endeavour to upload […]

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New Event just added

Our Next Event is: ‘Youth Must Have Some Dalliance!’ A concert by Colchester Waits and Towering Angels (Quire). 17 November @ 7:30 pm At St Mary’s, Church Road, Peldon, CO5 7PT More information Here

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The Friends donate £5,000 towards urgent repairs

During 2016-17 the Friends were proud to donate £5,000 towards the re-plastering of many square metres of faulty plaster , and subsequent limewashing. This brings the total donations by the Friends towards repairs, restoration work and improvements to £50,856 since formation in 2006.

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Friends AGM, 2017

Wednesday October 25th at St. Mary’s. 7.30pm start. Nominations (with seconders) for Chairman and Secretary need to be in to Bill Tamblyn before the meeting.

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