The Friends of St Mary’s Church, Lenham was established in 2013 by a small group of local residents who wanted to preserve the fabric of St Mary’s, the beautiful church that lies in the heart of the village.
The aim of the Friends of St Mary’s is to maintain and preserve the building for the benefit of the community. We provide an opportunity for individuals, families and local businesses to become involved in the care and conservation of this irreplaceable Lenham landmark. We hope that our work will enable the building to play an even bigger role in the life of our community in the future.
The Friends team are all local volunteers, and we raise funds for our work through membership subscriptions, donations and the social events we organise throughout the year. We’ve spent almost £75,000 on maintaining and improving the church building since we were founded. Our annual village barn dance, held in the historic Tithe Barn with a band and a fabulous raffle, is always a sell-out. Other popular events have included quizzes, concerts and a Safari Lunch; we hope that you’ll join us at future events. The money we raise is entirely separate from the normal running costs of the church, we use our funds solely to protect, preserve and enhance the historic building.
Sponsors and supporters
We’re grateful to the following local businesses and organisations for the support and assistance that they give to us, as we all work together to preserve the Grade I listed church building for our community.