Over twenty years ago a group of Long Wittenham residents got together and founded the Friends of St Mary’s to raise funds to provide for those little extras for the church when normal Parochial Church Council funds are already stretched.
The Friends is a registered charity that runs a number of events throughout the year, one of the highlights being the Harvest Supper in the Autumn.
Some of the ‘extras’ that the Friends have been able to provide over the years include: repairs to the church bells, installation of the hearing loop, reprinting the guide book, oil painting restoration and new chairs. More recently, they helped to provide a much needed all-access toilet and kitchen to make the church a friendlier and more useful facility in the village.
Anyone can become a Friend. The annual membership subscription is only £10 (more if you wish) but your best contribution will be by supporting and helping with the Friends’ events. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
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