On Saturday 21st September 2013 we celebrated the launch of the Friends of St. Mary’s Church, Chartham. We created the Friends to support our local church in its maintenance and preservation for all generations to enjoy today and for many years to come. We are a new organisation and our object whilst raising funds, is to make it enjoyable for everyone, and if you are interested in supporting us in this worthwhile cause please come and  join us. Please see our Events page for all the information of past events and forthcoming events.
Below you will find photos of the present committee. We are hoping to expand our small group in the coming months, so please do come back and have a look! 
We have also provided a copy of our Terms of Reference which we will be working towards in the coming months and years. 
This website has been created to give you an insight into St. Mary's Church and as an information portal for our activities, particularly our events, AGM and newsletters. Of course, we would love you to join us in our journey of preserving our beautiful church, so please visit our Join Us page and learn how you can do just that. 
We look forward to welcoming you and updating our site for you. 
With very best wishes, 
The Friends Committee

Sheilas Christmas Message


This is the role I hadn’t thought I would still be holding as we approach another new year of The Friends of St. Mary’s, but as we were unable to secure a suitable candidate I have said I will continue in a consultative role for the time being.

I have to say that it does have a place in my heart, and I enjoy seeing how it has grown and prospered over the six years since it all started, but I also feel that the time is right now for a younger and fresher approach to the running of the charity.

I have a wonderful team of people, working hard to raise much needed funds for the ongoing maintenance of our beautiful church of St. Mary’s, and to them I say a huge thank you for all their hard work and dedication.

I also want to thank all our loyal members who support us both financially and at our many events.

Without all of you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Christmas, and a bright and healthy New Year.

Sheila Finn – Chair.

Sheila Finn


Tony Frost
Treasurer, Website & Newsletter Editor.
Janet Onslow

Committee Member

Genista Spencer
Committee Member
Jill Hills
Committee Member
Julia Power

Events Coordinator

Rev. Phil Brown
President & PCC Representative
Muriel Ritchie
Committee Member
Gay Griffiths 

The Friends is established to assist in the maintenance, preservation and repair of the fabric (but not the moveable objects) of the church of St. Mary’s Chartham in the Diocese of Canterbury and to preserve and protect it as a place of Christian Worship.


In furtherance of the above the Friends may:


  • Arrange and provide for and join in arranging and providing for the holdings of meetings, exhibitions or lectures.


  • Collect and disseminate information on all matters affecting the objects. The cause to be written and printed or otherwise reproduced and circulated gratuitously as shall further the objects.


  • Raise funds by any lawful means and through any lawful activity, and invite and receive contributions  from  any person or persons by way of subscriptions and other donations, subject to the Proviso that fundraising events shall not be inconsistent “with the customs of the Christian faith”. In cases of disagreement as to the principles of the fund raising, “The Principal Officiating Minister” of St. Mary’s  Church will decide the matter.


  • The Friends shall not undertake any trading activities in raising funds for the objects.


  • Make grants of money and gifts of other property to the PCC of St. Mary’s  Church Chartham, exclusively for the purpose of the said objects, and generally assist those responsible for the care and maintenance of the Church.


  • Invest the monies of the Friends not immediately required for the said objects as may be thought fit, and as may be required or imposed by law at that time.


  • Do all such other lawful things as necessary for the attainment of the said objects.

taken from our 'Terns of Reference' document


Here you can download a copy of our full constitution, terms of reference, AGM Minutes, and other documents as they become available,.

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