September 2020 -
Friends of St. Giles

Usually at this time of the year I peer out onto my porch and find, like magic, lots of bric a brac for our stall at the St. Giles Fayre. People are always most generous. This year is so different.

The Friends have recently contributed to the fund for two additional bells in the tower in memory of our first chairman Stan Eperon. We are still hoping the loo project will be going ahead and we have funds to support that project.

Our only fund raising project at the moment is our 250 club, if you wish to support this please contact Sue Ellis on 01689 607256.

Julia Hoadley

About the Friends

You can help us keep in touch with you from time to time by becoming a "FRIEND OF ST. GILES THE ABBOT".   The Friends exist to help raise the funds necessary to maintain the beauty of St. Giles the Abbot Church and its Churchyard for future generations to enjoy. For a small annual subscription you will be included on our mailing list and be advised of, and invited to, any function held, as well as special services that may interest you.  We are a registered charity, which enables you, if you so wish, to Gift Aid your subscription, thus enabling us to claim back tax that has been paid by you. 

If you are a keen or budding fundraiser or just willing to lend a hand at events, then you are exactly what we are looking for. This is a great way to meet new friends, socialize, do something great for a fantastic cause, or even look impressive on your CV.

The Friends of St. Giles, is administered by a small Executive Committee comprising the Rector and Churchwarden (both ex officio), the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and not less than two or more than five elected members. The Committee meets quarterly with these meetings also attended by the Financial Adviser with one further meeting to approve the accounts prior to the A.G.M

For more information or an informal chat, please contact Julia Hoadley 01689 853632.  You may download a Membership Application Form from our downloads page, or contact our Membership Secretary Sue Ellis, on 01689 607256.

Charities to be supported 2020

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergency
March Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August The Primrose Trust
September Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December The Maypole Project

Charities supported in 2019

Month Charity  
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergencu  £753
March Guide Dogs for the Blind £543
April / May Christian Aid £948
(May / June The Parish Fete) £4557)
July / August Friends of St. Giles £320
September The Cystic Fibrosis Trust £482
October Poverty and Hope £722
November CRISIS £623
December Welcare in Bromley £988
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £5379
Total for 2018 £6171

2019 once again saw many different charities supported. The issues associated with each charity were raised for consideration by the congregation. We are very grateful for all those who have worked so hard to sponsor a charity, and for all the people who have contributed to the various collections.

The Farnborough Bake Off raised an additional £1287 for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Eddie Roberts


Charity Film Evenings

These are suspended until further notice.

About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot. At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  

There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charities are supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events. 

There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart.   If you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with us.

Eddie Roberts, 01689 851267