The Friends of St Andrew’s was formed in 1992 as a registered charity (No: 1031539) with the specific aim of assisting the Parochial Church Council in maintaining the fabric and furnishings of our beautiful church. Since that time, the Friends have contributed several thousands of pounds towards cleaning the medieval monuments in the church, including the stone pulpit and tombs, redecorating the chancel, treating several areas for death watch beetle and dry rot and re-leading the tower roof.
Our most ambitious projects were the cleaning and conservation of the two fine medieval statues of the Annunciation, the Virgin Mary and the Angel Gabriel, on the west face of the tower and of St Andrew, our patron saint, on the east side of the tower. These three statues date from the middle of the 15th century and have miraculously survived the unwelcome attention of the iconoclasts of the Reformation and Civil War periods.
Much of our fundraising is through social events such as concerts and lunches. The Friends also have an annual day out, visiting some of the other St Andrew’s churches in the diocese and, of course, enjoying lunch in a local pub.
We invite you, particularly if you have reason to be thankful for the ministry of St Andrew’s through baptism, confirmation, marriage or bereavement to join the Friends in caring for the heritage of our Parish Church. A single membership is only £20 per annum per household. Cheddar Parish Church has no endowments and the Friends provide the only guaranteed regular income for the maintenance of this magnificent 500 year old building.
Like each of us St Andrew’s needs friends. We extend to you the invitation to become a FRIEND. If you would like further information please contact our Membership Secretary, Godfrey Burstow, 01934743546, or eMail Burstow333@btinternet.com