Fundraising & Volunteering


Friends of St Mary's

About Us

The reason for our existence is to assist in beautifying the Church, together with its goods and ornaments, for posterity.
We manage to fulfil these tasks with members’ subscriptions, donations, fund-raising and bequests.
We have an impressive list of projects which the Friends have undertaken in our thirty years of existence.
If people are interested in joining the fee is £10 annually which includes the two Newsletters published each year. Read the latest edition below. For information about membership please contact the  Membership Secretary or download the application form here.

Notice of the AGM 2018

The AGM will be held on Saturday 22nd April at 12noon in the church. Please see:
Chair's Report
Accounts Report to the AGM
Minutes of the 2017 AGM
Application Form

Patron: The Right Hon.The Earl of Warwick
President: Martin Dunne, Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire
Registered Charity: No:503629

Capital Campaign

There is still a long way to go and we continue to fundraise. If you would like to know more, help or support us in any way, please contact us on  01926 403940 or at Alternatively write to: 
Campaign Office,
Collegiate Church of St Mary,
Old Square,
CV34 4RA

Campaign Director Alison Giles
Campaign Administrator Felicity Bostock


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 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

Gift Shop Volunteer

If you can spare a few hours a week to work in our gift shop please contact the Parish Office  01926 403940

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.

Join the envelope scheme

If you don’t wish to commit to a standing order you can give using our numbered envelopes. You have one for every week of the year, and you can give a regular, or a variable amount, as you wish.

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.

Complete a gift aid envelope

If you do none of the above, you can still help by putting your cash donation in a blue 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.