The Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, St. Osyth, Essex

"SERVING GOD THROUGH LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS"

 

Sadly, the "Friends" of the Parish Church was dispanded at the end of 2016.

The Friends were until the end of 2016 a registered charity and the inspiration of the late Roy Bennett and were formed in 1987 with Tom Grantham as the first chairman. He was succeeded by Guy Smith and Mrs Yrina Morgan-Kendall, from whom Mr Mark Roberts took over in 2000. During its existence it raised many thousands of pounds in a wide variety of ways in addition to the main events of Open Gardens, Flower Festivals and Christmas Fayres, with support given to the Church for its roof, foundations, the tower and bells, the chairs in the nave, stonework restoration, the recent conservation and moving of the Darcy monument and numerous other projects.

The Friends were been blessed with a series of officers who kept the charity running successfully, and who organised the various fund-raising events in aid of the fabric of our historic building. They in turn were helped by others, not necessarily members, and by the general public who supported their efforts.

Although the Friends was disbanded in 2016, it is the intention that the main fund raising events like the Christmas Fair, the Flower Festival and Open Gardens will continue to be held on an anuall or bi-annual basis.

HISTORY

The Friends were dedicated group of people whose sole purpose was to raise much needed funds to help maintain the fabric and fittings our beautiful, historic village church. The building dates back to the 12th century, and has major 13th and 14th century work, apart from the early 16th century nave with its outstanding brick piers. This all takes considerable looking after, as well as bringing up to date. Regular fund raising events included our August Bank Holiday Weekend Flower Festival, the Christmas Fayre and June Open Gardens Weekend.

The objective of the Friends was to help keep the fabric of our historic and beautiful building in good condition for the future enjoyment of everyone.

It did not use its funds for the day to day running of the church.

As such membership was invited from all who appreciated contribution the building makes to our village.

The fund-raising activities were also directed towards events in which the whole village could participate or attend, and enjoy as well as help to preserve the building and enhance a visit.

Maintenance and restoration are ongoing necessities for any old building. Over the last few years the "Friends" gave over £30,000 towards rectifying major problems and making improvements to the church and in 2013 contributed £15,000 towards repairs to the roof.

The monument to Thomas Darcy who died in 1589 (see photo above) which was in a precarious state in the church room was successfuly restored in 2015 and moved from the church room to a new position in the south aisle of the Nave. The consertvators did a splendid job replacing many missing parts with deliberate approximations and cleaning the whole. The church was congratulated by English Heritage on tackling such an expensive job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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