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.

Friends of All Saints Invite you to Sing for your Supper

Since 1994, The Friends have undertaken a number of activities to provide funding for 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, repairs to the south-facing roof, and a significant contribution to the project funding for the lighting scheme.

Come along to All Saints’ church on 18th June for a very special evening of music, food and camaraderie!

The Friends of All Saints are delighted to present a musical soiree, led by local resident and professional musician Stephen Higgins, joined by some of his friends and colleagues. The past couple of years have been tough for all of us, and what better way to banish the Covid blues than to assemble together, share food, wine and company, and above all to SING together again? Stephen and his special guests will lead you through some much-loved songs- ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan, music from the war period, popular classics and maybe even some Last Night of the Proms classics!

No previous singing experience is required- only a wish to join together as a community and help to fundraise to help preserve this beautiful church and its grounds for all of us to enjoy.

Tickets are just £10- to include delicious canapés, and there will be a licensed bar all evening serving wine and soft drinks.

For more information, or to book your place, please email Val Wallis at valwallis1@btinternet.com or pop into either Made by Kent or Stamps coffee shop in the village to buy a ticket.

When they are gone, they are gone! So don’t miss out and reserve your place today

On top of project funding, we also contribute towards regular maintenance and this includes tuning of the historical organ and day-to-day 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 interested in the objects of the society and who has paid an annual member’s subscription of at least £5. Membership details, including an online contact form, can be found below, or download our Membership Form here and send it to Membership Secretary, Andrew Brady.

Recent Event

It was great to see so many at the Brain Game in March, a very good start to our fundraising events being able to take place. The evening raised £334.

On June 18th, commencing at 7:30 pm, there will be a musical evening at the Church led by Stevie Higgins. More details will be in the June Parish Magazine but put the date in your diaries now.

Val Wallis

Chair Friends of All Saints’ Staplehurst

Committee Members

Committee MemberOfficeTelephoneEmail
Val WallisChairN/AN/A
Mary ShawHonorary Treasurer01580 890360N/A
Dermot BuddCo-opted Acting SecretaryN/AN/A
Andrew BradyCo-opted Membership Secretary01580 891840Andrew Brady
Louise BriceCommittee MemberN/AN/A
Janet PinkCommittee MemberN/AN/A
John PerryCo-opted MemberN/AN/A
Tony HenleyPCC Representative to the FriendsN/AN/A

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Making a Donation

Anyone can make a donation to The Friends for the maintenance of the church either directly to a member of the committee or via our Give a Little Donation page.

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Membership

The Friends, administered by an elected committee, continues to spearhead fundraising 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 fundraising events to support and enjoy. A very wide variety of events are 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, at (01580) 891840 for further information.

Friends of All Saints Church – A fundraising body that 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 program of events.

If you would like to join the Friends please download the Membership Form by clicking the image below and post or email it to the Membership Secretary (contact details are on the form):

If you would like to join or find out more information about the Friends please complete the form below which will be sent to the Membership Secretary:


Friends Merchandise

Friends Pens

We have a small range of merchandise to help us raise funds. Please check out our Merchandise page here.