FRIENDS OF ST MARY’S

St Mary’s Church, Bampton

For further information please contact:  

Chairman – Mike Connor mrhc1@icloud.com

Secretary – Jill Hall ejhall014@bitinternet.com

The Friends of St Mary’s is entirely independent from the Community Church Council and a registered charity inaugurated in 1994 as a non-denominational trust to build up a substantial  long-term endowment fund (a fighting fund) to assist with major restoration projects (which regular giving cannot possibly afford).

The Endowment Fund, the interest from which accumulates to provide the help for large projects, has been established but needs to be maintained  to continue to be able to help with the upkeep of this ancient and impressive building; particularly restoration and repair of monuments, ornaments, furnishings, organ, windows and other embellishments.  Most recently FOSM has assisted with the bell, roof and organ appeals and is now engaged in a project to repair and restore tombstones and monuments in the churchyard.

FRIENDS OF ST MARY’S AFTERNOON TALKS, TEA AND CAKE 2022

All talks in the church at 3pm  Tickets £8 per talk from Charity Shop or ejhall014@btinternet.com as from the New Year

FOSMs very much hopes that it will be able to host its three Sunday afternoon talks again in 2022. These fundraising events have proved very popular and have introduced us to many topics and themes usually presented by local residents who have been willing and generous in supporting FOSMs.

Dates for your 2022 diaries:

Sunday 6th February – “Fifty Years of Bar and Bench” by Honour Judge Christopher Compston (fact and fun)

Sunday 6th March* – “Family History and the Lure of the Graveyard” Alan Simpson from Oxford Family History Society

Sunday 3 April – Professor Sir Martin Landray FMedSci “THE ROAD TO RECOVERY: finding treatments in a crisis”

Please click here for more information about these talks and other events in the parish.

* FOSMs is currently actively involved with the restoration of 9 “at risk” tombstones in the church graveyard.  OFHS has mapped and recorded all graves and monument within the church graveyard and recorded in detail, where possible, family names, dates and history.  If you would like more information about your local family history contact www.ofhs.org.uk  and come to the talk.

We look forward to welcoming you!   Please watch for posters in the New Year