Fundraising & Volunteering


Friends of St Mary's

About Us

Joining Friends of St Mary’s is an opportunity to participate in the fellowship of St Mary’s, its mission of education and learning and can help you to target your charitable giving.

We support the welcome, witness, mission and ministry of St Mary’s by helping to make it an inviting place both to worship and visit. We fund the maintenance of and improvements to our historic church building, its fabric, fixtures and fittings.

Recent examples of our support:

Dean’s Chapel restoration      £20,000
New reception area               £8,150

You can support us by attending our social and fund-raising events, an annual subscription and donations. Membership application form [LINK]

For further information, please contact our Chair Clive Black

For details of our social programme, please contact our Hon. Secretary Heather Partis 

President: Sir Martin Dunne KCVO

Registered Charity 503629


Minutes of the 2019 AGM

Accounts for year ending 31 December 2019


Capital Campaign

Campaign 2023

Campaign 2023 has been launched to raise £3 million to safeguard the future of St Mary’s ahead of its 900th anniversary in 2023.

It aims to raise £2 million to fund urgent repairs to the landmark tower to avoid its closure, and a further £1 million build an endowment fund to ensure the fabric, music and ministry of St Mary’s for the next millennium.

To find our more, please visit the Campaign 2023 website at where online donations can also be made.

To get in touch with the team behind Campaign 2023 about making a donation or offering support in other ways, please email or phone 07980 300309.


Many people give of their time and talents to help St Mary’s in many ways, and do invaluable work towards the day to day running of the Church. If you feel you would like to assist in any of the following ways once when we reopen please email or visit the Parish Office.

Become a Guide

Are you interested in history and meeting people? 
Our GUIDING TEAM are looking for more people to join them, to help maintain St Mary’s proud record of being open to visitors every day of the year, apart from Good Friday and Christmas Day when the Church is open only for services. 
St Mary’s Church, with its famous Beauchamp Chapel, attracts around 38,000 visitors a year from all over the world, and is a major tourist attraction in the area. 
Volunteers are needed who can give a regular commitment of as little as two hours a week and who can be a friendly welcome to visitors or, after support and training, become a fully fledged guide. 
Volunteers do not have to be expert historians, but a love of historic buildings and people is an excellent start. 
If you are interested in becoming a Guide, or would like further information, please ring the Parish Office team on  01926 403940 option 1 or


If you would like to take an active part in services, there are roles for Sidespeople, Readers, Intercessors and others. If you are interested, please contact the Rector, Vaughan Roberts on

Visitor Services Team Volunteer

Information to follow.  

Churchyard Maintenance

As we have a “closed” churchyard, its maintenance falls to the Town Council, whose responsibility is to mow, and to manage the trees. There is, however, untapped potential for planting and maintaining garden areas within the Churchyard, to include shrubs, spring bulbs and other flowers. If you have the time and aptitude please contact the Parish Office  01926 403940.

How can I help?

Make a regular standing order to St Mary’s

By doing so you greatly aid St Mary’s budgeting as many of our fixed costs are paid out monthly. Furthermore you have no need to remember to write a cheque or find the right amount of cash every Sunday. We have special cards for standing order givers to place in the collection plate at each service. Click here for a standing order form.

Fill out a gift aid declaration form

If you are a taxpayer you can complete a gift aid declaration which enables us to reclaim from the Government the amount of tax you are deemed to have paid on the amount you agree to give us. Whether you pay by standing order or by numbered envelope, please complete one of these forms if you haven’t already done so. Click here for a gift aid declaration form (fill in Personal Details and Gift Aid sections only).

Complete a gift aid envelope

If you can't give by standing order, you can still help by putting your cash donation in a gift aid envelope, available in the Church, and completing the details on the front. Again, this enables us to claim back the tax on your donation.

Please consider donating to St Mary's to preserve this historical and beautiful building, just a £2 can make a huge difference.