The Friends of St Nicholas

Registered charity No. 278948

The “Friends of St. Nicholas” is a charitable society formed in 1979 to collect funds for the maintenance of St. Nicholas Church, Godstone.

The constitution states that...The objects of the Society shall be the maintenance, repair, improvement, restoration, reconstruction and renovation of the church, its furniture, ornaments, fabric, organ, and churchyard and all items covered by the architects quinquennial inspection of the church, premiums for insurance of all such items and heating necessary for the maintenance of the fabric and the organ.  Funds collected by the Friends are to be used exclusively for these objects.

The principal fund raising activity is the 50/50 Club.  The name comes from the fact that half of the money raised by the 50/50 Club is donated to the Friends and the other half is returned to lucky members whose numbers are selected at one of the two “Draws” held each year.  In the 34 years since the 50/50 Club was formed The Friends have been able to donate £80,000 to St Nicholas Church.  Among the larger projects funded in recent years were the renewal of the church heating system (£7,000), the complete rewiring of the church (7,000), the repair of the lychgate roof (£5,000) and a new signboard £1,000).  In addition there have been regular payments towards the cost of heating and insurance and general maintenance items.  Recently the Friends have paid for the survey of the spire roof (£600) and will also be very much involved with raising the funds needed to re-shingle the spire.

If you would like to become a Friend you can join the 50/50 Club – it costs £6 per unit per annum and each unit entitles you to two draw entries per year one at our Spring Draw and one at the Autumn Draw.  Any number of additional units can be purchased.  Gift aid can be applied to the half of the unit cost that becomes a donation.

Normal donations and legacies to the Friends of St. Nicholas are also most welcome and they too can be gift aided (subject to the normal rules). Please contact Mike Anthony, the treasurer if you would like to join the 50/50 Club or make a donation (01883 740182).

 

For other enquiries please contact the Chairman, Philip Anderson (01883 742655)

 


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