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.


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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Peldon v. The Wigboroughs Cricket Match – Report

As part of the celebrations for the opening of the new P&W Community Hall, the annual cricket match between Peldon and the Wigboroughs took place on Sunday September 3rd 2017. It became a jolly affair with some players turning out for both sides when it appeared that one team were men or women short (one […]

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Congratulations to our new neighbour !

The Grand Opening of the new Peldon & Wigboroughs Community Hall was held on the 2nd September, with a superb opening ceremony and a star-studded evening concert. Well done to all involved on the day, and to committees and supporters past and present.

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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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