The Friends of St Mary's

What We Offer

Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter: whoever finds one has found a treasure. (Eccles 6)


The Friends have been in existence for 20 years, formed in the early 1990s to raise money to help pay for a major restoration of the building. Over the years they have raised many thousands of pounds through such diverse events as the pantomimes, duck race, open gardens and gourmet breakfasts.

Betty Holmes was the founder chairman, followed by Sheila Knight and, since 2010, Chris Beadle. That year heralded a new era for the Friends with the arrival of several other new committee members, who brought with them exciting, new ideas.

Today's Friends remain faithful to the original constitution which states that the Friends exist "to beautify and assist in the maintenance of St Mary's Church, Old Basing and to protect it as a place of Christian worship". We rely on the people of Old Basing & Lychpit to perpetuate our aims and for this we owe them a great debt. Long may the partnership remain

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