Friends Of St Lawrence
The Friends of St Lawrence is a registered charity whose aim is to raise contributions by subscription and planned events and apply the funds for the preservation of the fabric of the St Lawrence Church building.
What We Do
The committee meets regularly to plan fundraising activities to raise much needed funds to maintain the fabric of the church.
On a building of this age, there is always something that needs doing! The Church building is subject to an inspection every five years. The latest one took place towards the end of 2017. Following receipt of the inspection report the Parochial Church Council (PCC) decides on what can be achieved within the available resources and when priorities have been established the Friends may be approached for assistance. The Trustees and Committee ensure that the purpose for which the funds are raised is covered by the aim of the charity.
Supporting Our Fundraising
The Friends of St Lawrence raises much of its income through a programme of planned activities. Events in the past and planned for the future include safari suppers, quiz nights, car treasure hunts, barbecues, talent shows, concerts, curry evenings, coffee mornings, open gardens, etc.
Details of the activities planned for 2022 and tickets for most events, where applicable, are available through the Church Office and via our Events page. All are welcome, so please register your interest early to avoid disappointment!
Projects which have been funded by the Friends since 1992 include the following:
Conservation and repair of the 15th century font = £1,980
Redecoration of the interior of the Church, including replacement of the internal lighting = £18,922
Contribution to the floodlighting scheme = £3,355
Replacement oak doors for the tower = £2,900
External repairs to the Church, re-pointing the tower wall, etc = £20,000
Contribution to the replacement sound system = £3,635
Re-gilding of the tower clock = £1,750
Re-roofing of the south porch = £20,000
Re-leading of two windows in the Corpus Christ Chapel = £18,300
Stone tracery work - £40,000
Becoming A Patron
If it is important to you that St Lawrence church building is maintained as a valuable part of the rich history of Abbots Langley now and for generations to come, become a Patron of The Friends of St Lawrence. You can do this by giving a donation of your choice on a regular basis and then you will be helping to preserve St Lawrence church building.
The benefits of being a Patron are: a regular half yearly newsletter, advance notice of forthcoming events, a diary of events , some freebies (including coffee and a bacon butty at the Christmas coffee morning), a badge to show that you are a Patron, and, of course, the knowledge that you are helping The Friends of St Lawrence plan their fundraising in a more structured manner.