Friends of All Saints

Friends of All Saints’ Staplehurst

Registered Charity No. 1037964

The Friends of All Saints’ Church Staplehurst is a registered charity with very simple objectives: to maintain, repair, restore, preserve, improve, beautify and reconstruct, for the benefit of the public, the fabric of the Church, its monuments, fixtures, fittings, furniture, stained glass, ornaments and other chattels, and its churchyard.

Since 1994, The Friends have undertaken a number of activities to provide funding towards several projects. These have included the gas-fired central heating, bells restoration, electrical winding of the clock, the provision of a vestry and draught excluding doors to the West Tower, the kitchen with accessible toilet and repairs to the south facing roof. The Friends recently made a significant contribution to project funding for the lighting scheme.

On top of project funding we also contribute towards regular maintenance and this includes tuning of the historical organ and day to day repairs such as floor repairs. We recently paid for new bell tower louvres to the South and West faces and a significant contribution to repairing stained glass window damage.

Membership of the Friends is open to anyone. Membership details can be found below or download our Membership Form here:

Committee Members

Committee MemberOfficeTelephoneEmail
Andrew BradyChairman & Membership Secretary01580 891840Andrew Brady
Mary ShawHonorary Treasurer01580 890360Mary Shaw
Tony NorfolkSecretary01580 892104Tony Norfolk
Maureen BriceCommittee Member01580 891842Maureen Brice
Ann FulcherCommittee MemberN/AN/A
Alaine SummersCommittee MemberN/AN/A
Janet PinkCommittee MemberN/AN/A
Frank PageCommittee MemberN/AN/A
Sue ElwellCommittee MemberN/AN/A
Brian SummersPCC Representative to FriendsN/AN/A

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Forthcoming Events

Lunch at the London Beach Hotel Tenterden – Friday the 14th of October 2016

We have arranged a lunch at The London Beach Hotel on Friday 14th October. This is not only a fundraiser for the Friends but also a pleasant and sociable way to catch up on each other’s activities during the Summer. The cost will be £12.95 for a 2 course lunch. Puddings will be available at individual’s extra cost. All welcome. Please sign up on the board at the back of church or contact Maureen Brice on 891842.

Shepherds’ Market – Saturday the 3rd of December

Our Shepherds’ Market will be on Saturday the 3rd of December in Church. More details to follow.

Recent Events

Church/Village Trail and Cream Tea

On the afternoon of the 20th August we held a Village Trail and Cream Tea event. Although the weather wasn’t on our side, a number of people, young and old enjoyed the trail and a delicious cream tea.

BBQ & Mini Auction

92 people enjoyed a relaxing barbecue when Alaine and Brian Summers kindly opened their house and garden to us for our Fund Raising Barbeque on Sunday the 17th of July. Great food and company and the weather was glorious. I would like to thank everyone that took part in the event, we raised £2820 a fantastic amount, a mini auction accounting for over half of the sum.

I would like to thank Alaine and her team for their organisational skills, the whole afternoon ran like clockwork. I also thank Brian for his sterling work on the 3 barbecues ably assisted by Paul Brooker, no fun given the hot weather. I would also like to thank Rev. David Jones, who was our auctioneer on the day. To all those people too numerous to mention individually that helped with and donated towards the raffle/tombola/bottle stall/auction, those that loaned chairs, tables and gazebos galore and helped out in the kitchen and elsewhere along with setting up and clearing away – a big thank you.

Alaine and Brian would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support and all those who helped in so many ways, saying that they couldn’t have done it without them!

2016 A.G.M.

The Friends of All Saints held their 22nd Annual General Meeting in the church on the evening of 11th May.

There were 27 members and 1 non-member present. Andrew Brady, Frank Page and Tony Norfolk were re-elected on to the committee to join fellow members Mary Shaw, Maureen Brice, Sue Elwell, Ann Fulcher, Janet Pink, Alaine Summers and Brian Summers who represents the Parochial Church Council.

All the reports were accepted without comment and there were no issues raised. Due thanks was given to all the members for their commitment and support over the year during which £3,017 had been paid in grants to the church to cover essential inspection and maintenance work.

The meeting was preceded by light refreshments.

Brain Game March 2016

The Brain Game on the 12th if March raised just short of £370. A big thank you to all that supported the event or helped organise it. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Afternoon Tea at the London Beach Hotel Tenterden October 2015

This event on the 24th of October was a fantastic event with around 31 people attending and enjoying an afternoon tea of finger sandwiches and a traditional cream tea. The London Beach donated back to the Friends in support of us as a charity.  We received £321 back from them which was fantastic. A big thank you to the London Beach Hotel and to those attending.

August Bank Holiday Walk 2015

The Bank Holiday walk and lunch on Monday the 31st of August was very successful given the weather. Twenty people in all participated with eight intrepid souls (pictured below) actually doing the very pleasant walk alongside the River Beult, albeit in persistent rain, and sixteen enjoying a convivial lunch at the Stile Bridge Inn afterwards.


Donations from the day amounted to £158, encouraging given the weather. Our thanks to Caroline Highwood for leading the walk and to committee member Maureen Brice for organising the event.

Andrew Brady


Brain Game 2015

The Friends of All Saints’ Church Staplehurst held the ever popular Brain Game on Saturday the 7th of March. We had eleven teams enter the Brain Game this year, an increase on last year by two teams. We followed our normal practice of eight rounds of questions, a marathon round with an interval halfway through where we played the heads and tails game.

Team members bring their own food and drink and it is always interesting to see what feasts people put on.

A team called Absent Friends won this year with 91 points with the Five Amigos team in eleventh place with 63.5 points and only 10 points between the top three teams. The winning prizes were bottles of wine with the team in last place awarded an apple each.

Feedback was that everyone had a very enjoyable evening. After a very small amount of costs we raised £412.75. A big thank you to all the teams for entering and helping to raise funds for the maintenance of All Saints Church. I would like to thank all my fellow committee members and others for their hard work on the evening.

Andrew Brady



The Friends, administered by an elected committee, continues to spearhead fund raising and social events.

Membership of The Friends is open to anyone interested in the objects of the society and who has paid an annual member’s subscription of at least £5. All Friends members – who pay Income Tax – should sign a declaration form to enable the tax to be reclaimed on their contribution, which increases the gift by some 28%.

Members receive informative Newsletters which give updates on the progress of projects and details of fund raising events to support and enjoy. A very wide variety of events is planned to ensure that all members find something of interest.

Becoming a member is very simple and your support will be much appreciated. Telephone Andrew Brady the Membership Secretary, on (01580) 891840 for further information.

Friends of All Saints Church – A fund raising body which helps finance projects of maintenance and improvement to All Saints Parish Church Staplehurst. It aims to involve members of the community through the promotion of a varied programme of events.

If you would like to join or find out more please complete the form below or download the Membership Form here:

Andrew Brady

Chairman & Membership Secretary

Bone China Mugs

Friends Bone China Mugs

The Friends of All Saints Staplehurst have new stock of white Bone China mugs.

Similar to previous versions, the new mugs are the same shape, the Topaz style, a white bone china mug with the image of the Church and Friends text in dark green as shown to the right.

The mugs are available at £5.50 each or £30 for a set of 6.

An ideal memento of a wedding or baptism celebrated at All Saints’ Church.

If you would like a mug (or a set of 6) please contact Andrew Brady on (01580) 891840.

Waiter’s Friends

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The Friends of All Saints Staplehurst have a new item of merchandise, a waiter’s friend.The waiter’s friends are available at £4.00 each.

An Ideal Gift for the Wine Enthusiast.


If you would like a waiter’s friend please contact Andrew Brady on (01580) 891840.

A recap of 2014

The Friends organised 3 main events in the year, the Brain Game, a Summer Barbeque and Auction and The Shepherd’s Market. The ever popular Brain Game in March 2014 raised £352. Although numbers were a little down on previous years with only 9 teams a fun evening was had by all.

Another truly marvellous event was the Alternative Flower Festival in July. This was wholly organised and run by a committee comprising of Marion Christie, Janet Dowswell, Valerie Dilnot, Christine Ward, Cathy Parsons-Smith and Sylvia Lade, and all village organisations were invited to make a display and which many did. As a result they raised a fantastic £2606.44 which they kindly donated to The Friends. This was especially successful in that by its nature it involved all the village and attendance throughout the three days was very good. My thanks to them all for their herculean effort in bringing this to fruition.

A new event was a Friends Fund raising BBQ and Auction in August. This was the brainchild of one of our committee, Alaine Summers and her husband Brian, who opened up their lovely garden for the afternoon and who between them organised and ran whole thing magnificently including doing all the cooking, a demanding task with the numbers of people there, 65, and two barbecues. The total profit was £1820 with the auction alone raising over £1000. Our thanks go to Alaine and Brian, to all who came along, to those who gave the auction lots, and prizes for the other stalls too, and to those who bid so generously. The weather was very kind to us but we would have coped well even if it had rained as there was something like 9 gazebos.

Once again the Shepherds’ Market was very well supported with just short of £900 raised. I was indebted to Maureen Brice for her organisational skills, the other committee members and non-committee members alike for their sterling work and of course to all the stall-holders, several of whom commented that it had been their best year.

A number of people commented on the good atmosphere at all the events last year. It’s nice to know we are putting on things that people are enjoying as well as helping to raise awareness of our work and funds and financial support for the building maintenance.

Andrew Brady