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

We look forward to you joining us at our forthcoming events during the year


Sunday 7th September 2014 – 2-5pm

Manor Farm Gardens

Everyone welcome

Following the success of last year’s ‘Strawberry Tea Party’, FOWC invites you to come and join us again in the beautiful gardens of Manor Farm (by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Mark English).
Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy a good old-fashioned English country ‘house and garden’ afternoon.  The English family has lived at Manor Farm for generations and much of the property is unchanged from a century ago.  Kent’s finest strawberries, once again kindly donated by the English’s cousins, Hugh Lowe Farms Ltd on Seven Mile Lane, are superb and may be purchased with cream.
Glasses of Pimm’s will be on offer and there will also be an opportunity to buy tea/coffee and homemade cakes.  To complete the afternoon, a White Eleaphant stall and Raffle will be run while you relax and/or play garden games.  Whilst some garden seating will be provided, you might like to bring along a rug/folding chairs.
On a safety point, please take care when walking in the rockeries and on the uneven paths.  Please also take great care to keep children back from the edge of the pond.

Admission is free and pedestrian and car entry is via the Farm entrance in Old Road.

So, please consider joining us for a family afternoon in relaxed surroundings with the Friends.





Thank you for supporting us at our Pimm’s Tent at the Church and Village Fete

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to support us at our Pimm’s Tent on Bank Holiday Monday and at the Village Fete.  We are very pleased to announce that we made £303.12 for both days.

Over the last three years we have raised a magnificent £10K 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 2014 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.