Friends of St Nicholas
Contact details: Peter Evans, Chairman
7 West Street, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JT
Tel 01305 871527.
We are an independent charity that aims to bring together all those who care for the church of St Nicholas, Abbotsbury.
Why be a Friend?
Perhaps you have family ties in the parish or have used the church
in the past and would like to maintain a link. You may be a visitor, enjoying the tranquillity, history or architecture and would like to support the upkeep of this beautiful building.
It may just be that you wish to see the church continue to play a part in the lives of ordinary people in Abbotsbury, just as it has for the past 700 years. Members of the church meet the needs of the ministry but the Friends help maintain, restore and enhance the structure and furnishings of the church and its environment. Friends members may not be Anglicans, Christians or hold any beliefs – our common ground is a desire to preserve the building. As a Friend you will receive a newsletter (by email where possible) with all the news and details of forthcoming events.
What do we do?
The objectives of the Friends of St. Nicholas are to assist in the care, maintenance and preservation of the fabric of the church. The financial pressure of increasing costs for maintenance and repair make it essential that we all help to ensure it is able to meet the demands of the future. Over the years we have supported the church fabric in a number of ways:
- making a significant contribution towards the cost of replacing the lead on the roof following a theft
- paying for the maintenance of the Victorian clock on the tower, providing a portable lectern and replacing the church gates
- supplying equipment such as tea urns, curtains and a vacuum cleaner
- supplying large print prayer books
- installing the sound system
- contributing to the church flower fund
There is much we have done and, with an increasing membership, much more we can do. We invite all those who love this church to join us in our work and encourage you to become a Friend of St. Nicholas Church, Abbotsbury. Membership forms will be found in the church or may be obtained from our treasurer, c/o 7 West Street, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JT (tel: 01305 871527).
Forthcoming events in 2017
Friends Members Day –
Saturday December 2nd
This is the day the members of the Friends get together to renew their membership and to meet each other socially. There are two events on the day:
Coffee Morning – 10-12am in Strangways Hall
Wine & Cheese – 6.30-8.30pm at 7 West Street, Abbotsbury
Whilst these events are primarily for members they do provide an opportunity for potential new members to come along and find out more about us (and hopefully to join).
The Quangle Wangle Choir – Concert
December 16th at 3pm.
By popular request we are pleased to announce the return of the Quangle Wangle choir to Abbotsbury church this Christmas. They gave us an exciting concert in May and we look forward to their return visit. Come and get into the Christmas spirit! Sing along with a few well-known festive favourites; sit back to enjoy a variety of songs from lively folk carols that celebrate mid-winter feasting and merriment, to thoughtful songs in praise of the baby himself. There will be something for everyone including mince pies and mulled wine.
Tickets are £7 for adults & £5 for children and are available in advance from the box office: (tel: 01305 871532 open 9 am – 6 pm) or at the door.