Welcome to our website where we celebrate the sixth year of the Friends of Wateringbury Church
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AGM - Tuesday 19 July
Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 19th July 2016 at 8pm
The Friends of Wateringbury Church’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Tuesday 19th July 2016 at St John the Baptist Church, Wateringbury at 8pm. Members and public are all welcome.
The AGM will look to approve the Financial Statements for the period to 31st March 2016 and, if considered fit, approve 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 Tuesday midnight 12 July 2016. At the AGM, only members of FOWC will be eligible to vote, so please bring along your membership card/identification.
As the AGM is the FOWC’s formal annual public meeting, members are encouraged to submit written questions in advance by Tuesday midnight 12 July 2016. However, questions will be taken on the night.
Frances English – Secretary – 01622 812471
undertaking extraordinary, challenging cycle sportives to raise money for the Church spire shingles – click here for more details and to sponsor!
After many years of being baked by the sun and battered by the elements, the wooden shingles on the Church spire have finally perished and are in urgent need of replacement. All 14,000 of them. Before it is too late.
It is hoped that work could start on the spire next Spring – depending on funding. It could cost as much as @£70,000 for oak shingles. FOWC has pledged at least £10,000 towards the cost of the re-shingling…
FOWC is offering you a unique opportunity!
For only £1 per shingle, you can sponsor a shingle – or as many as you would like – and we will put your name in a special Commemorative Book which will be kept as part of the village’s legacy.
If you would like to sponsor a shingle and be part of this generational legacy project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone FOWC Secretary Frances English on 01622 812471. Alternatively, look out for us at village events, including the Strawberry Tea Party on Sunday 11 September 2016.
Strawberry Tea Party – Sunday 11 September, 2-5pm, Manor Farm, Wateringbury ME18 5PP. Come along and spend a lovely afternoon in one of the village’s prettiest gardens. FOWC’s renowned Pimm’s Tent, Homemade cakes and refreshments, Strawberries and Cream kindly donated by Hugh Lowe Farms, garden games, raffle and lots more. More details to follow!
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THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SUPPORTED US AT YVONNE’S ITALIAN GARDEN LAST WEEK! DESPITE THE INCLEMENT WEATHER, MANY PEOPLE CAME TO ENJOY THE TRANQUILITY AND BEAUTY OF THE WHITE GARDEN – AND OF COURSE THE DELICIOUS CAKES AND COFFEE!
A magnificent £250.00 was raised plus £80.00 for sponsor-a-shingle
Thank you for your tremendous support
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SUPPORTED US AT ‘HAVE WE GOT NEWS FOR YOU’ EVENING ON FRIDAY. THERE WAS AN EXCELLENT TURN-OUT AND SUCH WERE THE FASCINATING STORIES FROM FLEET STREET, THAT WE ALL WANTED MORE! IT WAS AN EVENING PACKED WITH FUNNY AND POIGNANT MOMENTS OF AN ERA THAT SADLY WILL NEVER BE EXPERIENCED AGAIN.
A magnificent £259.00 was raised plus £40.00 for sponsor-a-shingle
Thank you for your tremendous support
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SUPPORTED FOWC’S PIMM’S TENT AT THE VILLAGE FETE. IT WAS A FABULOUS DAY AND WE RAISED OVER £500!
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THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED OUR STRAWBERRY TEA PARTY!
ON THE AFTERNOON, WE TOOK A TREMENDOUS £780.11! THE TRUSTEES WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED; BROUGHT ALONG DELICIOUS CAKES, DONATIONS FOR THE RAFFLE, THEIR TIME OR BY SIMPLY COMING ALONG AND ENJOYING THE AFTERNOON.
THIS MEANS THAT WE HAVE NOW REACHED OUR £15,000 TARGET – THANK YOU!
The Chairman and Board of Trustees offer sincere thanks to those who have supported and continue to support the Friends over the last five years. The Board looks forward to enabling further projects with your continuing support as part of your village legacy.
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For your support in coming to the beautiful and tranquil Italian Garden of David and Yvonne Marks, nestled in the Heart of Wateringbury.
We raised a magnificent £353!
All proceeds go directly to our charity.
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.