Friends of All Saints' Waterden

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Service of Lessons and Carols 2017

The biggest event of the year at Waterden is the Service of Lessons and Carols held at 4.00pm on Christmas Eve. Held by candlelight this is a hugely popular occasion and the church is packed with people and, unless you arrive very early, it's standing room only. This year the Friends of All Saints' Waterden will be offering mulled wine, tea, and mince pies afterwards to all the attending the service.

So, follow the usual advice: come early, park carefully on the verge to leave plenty of room for any tractors passing by, wear warm clothes and footwear (there's no heating at Waterden), and bring a torch! We look forward to seeing and hope you'll join the Friends yourselves.


Why we need your support 

Waterden’s Anglo-Saxon church has miraculously survived for 1000 years. It is much loved by locals and others for its beauty and spirituality and is still used as a place of Christian worship and a destination for visitors and pilgrims. But it has been a struggle to keep this Grade II* listed church and its churchyard in a good condition. Now a group of volunteers has set up a Friends group to put the maintenance of the church and its graveyard on a sustainable footing. 
By becoming a Friend you will help to provide a regular income to ensure the church continues for future generations. The money will cover daily maintenance and running costs. We also want to make the church better known locally and further afield by telling the fascinating story of the church and promoting it as a place to visit.

First AGM and Formal Establishment

We held the first AGM of the Friends of All Saints’ Waterden on Monday 23 October where we established the Friends group formally. Michael Prest was elected chairman, Adam Bunkle treasurer and Lucy Hodges secretary. Four people were elected to the committee - Kit Pike, Alan Schmidt, Kate Libowitz and Richard Powell. The meeting approved the aims of the Friends. The committee will be working on a programme of events for 2018.


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Individual Annual Membership is £15, Joint Annual Membership £25, Individual Life Membership £100, and Joint Life Membership £200. Click here to download a Membership Form.


Churchyard clean-up

On Monday 14 August nine people spent five-and-a-half hours slashing, mowing and strimming the overgrown churchyard. It is now free – more or less – of brambles and nettles. While the cattle looked on in amazement, we laboured away, stopping only to munch chicken kebabs from the barbecue and drink Alison Wakeman’s welcome tea. We hope to keep the churchyard looking this neat and tidy from now on.

Thanks to Adam Bunkle, Kate Libovitz, Kit Pike, Christine Abel, Andy Culshaw, Cath O’Driscoll, Sarah Dyson, Michael Prest and Lucy Hodges for their efforts.

Since then Richard Powell has been keeping the vegetation under control. We are very grateful to him for his hard work.

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