Welcome to our website where we celebrate the beginning of the fifth year of the Friends of Wateringbury Church



FOWC invites you to spend time in the beautiful and tranquil Italian Garden of David and Yvonne Marks, nestled in the Heart of Wateringbury.


11AM – 4PM

Admission by ticket £4.50 to include tea, coffee and cake

Tickets on sale via Frances English (01622) 812471 or email friends@fowc.org.uk

or at Church after the Sunday service

All proceeds will go directly to our charity.



Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 15 July 2015 at 8pm

The Friends of Wateringbury Church’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday 15 July 2015 at St John the Baptist Church, Wateringbury at 8pm.  Members and public are all welcome.

The AGM will review the Financial Statements for the period to 31st March 2015 and, if considered fit, approved and elect/re-elect trustees to the Board.  If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please submit your name to the Secretary with a proposer and seconder by Wednesday midnight 08 July 2015.  At the AGM, only members of FOWC will be eligible to vote, so please bring along your membership card/identification.

As the AGM is FOWC’s formal annual public meeting, members are encouraged to submit written questions in advance by Wednesday midnight 08 July.  However, the Chairman will take any questions arising during the meeting at item 12.

1. Introduction

2. Apologies

3. Declaration of Interests

4. Statement of Accounts

5. Membership Update

6. Business Update

7. Comms and PR Update

8. Chairman’s Review of the Year

9. Election and re-election ofTrustees

10. AGM Planning 2016

11. Chairman’s Forward Look

12. Questions




FOWC would like to thank everyone who joined us at our Pimm’s tent at the Wateringbury Fete.  It was a beautiful day and was a great success all round.  Thanks to you we raised a whopping £520.02 profit!

Our target of £15,000 by March 2016 is growing closer and closer!  Thanks to you we have raised £13,800!





Over the last four years we have raised a magnificent £13K through individual donations, business donations and fundraising events.  All monies go directly to the maintenance, improvement and preservation of the church and churchyard to promote public interest in the church, its history and its work.

At the end of March, every household in Wateringbury received a membership leaflet through their letterbox.  At only £10 per annum, we ask that you consider taking out a new membership for 2015 or renewing your current membership.  Please help us to continue our improvements for the church and churchyard.  If you haven’t received a leaflet, then please feel free to ring Frances English (Secretary) on 01622 812471 and she will send you one or pick up a leaflet at the church or post office.

Our first completed project has been funding the new internal church door.  Hope you’ll agree it looks great!

Anyone can become a Friend of Wateringbury Church, even if they aren’t churchgoers or even living in the parish. Perhaps you may value the building, its history and traditions, or just feel it’s important for the village to keep the church in good condition. Our overall aim is to assist with the maintenance, improvements and preservation of the church and churchyard, thereby promoting public interest in the church, its history and its work. Join us to help the church maintain its role at the heart of our village.


Thank you for your support at the Christmas Craft Bazaar!

The sale of chutneys, adult manicures and children’s nail painting and donations raised an excellent sum of £68.50.

It was a very enjoyable day and thank you to all of those who supported us.

Eleanor English (CIBTAC/CIDESCO) hard at work




THE FRIENDS OF THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, WATERINGBURY (FOWC) has been registered by The Charity Commission for England and Wales as a charity – Number 1151983. This follows the recognition last year by HMR&C of our charitable status for tax purposes, making all donations eligible for Gift Aid. This is really good news, as it will make our task of raising money for the church more rewarding and a bit easier.