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







Thank you very much to all those who supported us at our Strawberry Tea Party in September.

The afternoon was a great success, helped by the glorious sunshine, the delicious cakes, the wonderful strawberries , the moreish Pimm’s and the garden games.  We took over £900 in the afternoon so a huge thank you to all those who contributed in whatever capacity; baking cakes, providing raffle prizes, donating to the White Elephant Stall, for displaying posters/handing out fliers and for simply coming to enjoy a late summer’s afternoon in the garden!

Of course, all monies raised go directly towards the aims of our charity.


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.