Welcome to the home page for the
Friends of St Mary's Church, Wivenhoe, Essex
The church of St Mary's is located
in the heart of lower Wivenhoe and is valued both as
a building and a centre of worship for the community. The Friends of St
Mary's comprises a diverse group of residents and non residents, not all church goers, all of
whom are dedicated to preserving this historic building for today and
FOSM is affiliated to St Mary's Church, registered charity no.249505.
FOSM was formed in 1993 to help raise money
to support various projects associated with St Mary's Church building
and fabric. FOSM has a membership of approximately 100 households. It puts on
events such as coffee mornings and the Wivenhoe Watercolour Challenge. It
sells a range of items under the
banner of Wivenhoe Designs.
Membership of the Friends of St
subscription to the Friends of St Mary’s is a minimum donation of £5 per
person, per year.
membership £20 p.a., Life membership £100, Joint Life membership £150.
a free copy of Wivenhoe News each quarter.
To obtain a
membership form, including standing order and gift aid declaration, please
Baines, FOSM Membership Secretary, 37 Valley Road, Wivenhoe CO7 9LZ 01206
823523 or email:
We welcome new
The funds and how
they are spent
To the end of
2008 the total given to St Mary’s since the founding of FOSM in 1993 is
£36,342. In addition agreement has been given for window repairs to be done
early in 2009 bringing the total to £40,207. The list of items is too long
to include here but ranges from regular payments for electricity for
floodlighting to major expenses for repairs to the buttresses, guttering,
and the organ bellows. Most recently, the carpets were replaced and the
floodlights also to give a more efficient use of electricity. The money is
generated by subscriptions, donations, the Co-op dividend card scheme,
running Water Colour Challenge and an Autumn Fayre, and having a stall selling Wivenhoe Designs at virtually every event
in Wivenhoe and of course all those at St Mary’s.
The donations in
2008 included a legacy of £21,371.19 from the estate of Mrs Dorothy Moss,
for which we are very grateful.
If you would
like to know more about the above scheme and how you can help FOSM please
contact Maureen Smith 825653.