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The Tenpenny Villages Benefice of Alresford, Elmstead and Frating with Thorrington

If you are interested in becoming a Friend please click here for further details.

 Registered Charity No. 299309



The Friends of Elmstead Church

Honorary President – Mrs Beth Chatto OBE


Most of us enjoy the simple beauty and peace of our lovely church of St Anne & St Laurence which has been a part of village life at Elmstead since medieval times. Whilst the main parts of the church were built in between the 12th and 14th century, some of the materials used in its construction date back to Norman and Roman times and not surprisingly, parts of the building as well as the interior furnishings require a bit of tender loving care!  The Church is a beautiful Grade 1 Listed Building and as the materials required to repair the church are so expensive, there is an ongoing need to raise money to keep the church safe and sound for the future, used as it is for Christenings, marriages and funerals, as well as being a focal point of many other village activities.

Many of us lead very busy lives and we often don't get to church as often as we'd like to, but there is a very good way of helping your church and your community and this is by joining the Friends of Elmstead Church.

Be like the Knight who helped protect our Church

One illustrious individual, Sir Thomas De Weston, was thought to have been a “Friend” and a full sized oak effigy of this 14th century knight can be seen within the church - so in a way he is still a very solid supporter!  Come and see him.

What do the Friends of Elmstead Church do?  The charity was set up in 1987 to raise money to help the Parish keep the church well maintained for future generations.  



What are the funds used for?

Planned works

Previous restoration work, funded by the Friends


Our Events

We run a number of events throughout the year to raise money for our projects. Why not come along to take part or, better still if you wish, help run them! These events have something for everyone and are a great way of meeting people and having fun, at the same time as really making a difference in your community.

Art Exhibition - held annually over two days in June when usually more than 20 local artists exhibit as many as 100 paintings & drawings, all of which are for sale at very reasonable prices. Ploughman's lunches and other refreshments abound!

Annual Cricket Match - is an all comers event between village and church members - children and ladies included.  It is a fun day held at the Cricket Ground on Church Road.

Other Events - we're always open to ideas and have previously held musical evenings, organised the village fun cricket match in collaboration with Elmstead Cricket Club, arranged Garden Safaris and even clay pigeon shoots.

Events already planned

Our next event is an Auction of Promises and Harvest Supper on Saturday 7th October 2017 at Park Farm, School Road. For further details, whether to support it or attend, please call Val on 01206 823774 or Morag 07791 673821. We would love to see you there.

The 2018 Art Exhibition will take place over the weekend of the 9th & 10th June; if you are interested in exhibiting your work please get in touch.

The Committee

Peter Cobbold                                                                            Brenda Meridew - Membership Secretary

Andy Downton - Churchwarden & Treasurer                  Emma Peck - Hon. Secretary

Charles Gooch - Chairman                                                     Pauline Scott - Rector

Morag Hellen - Trustee                                                           Val Skinner

Barrie Meridew - Trustee