Friends of Hartest Church



We have raised 10% of our target!


A huge 'thank you' to those who have given to the appeal so far. We still need more funds - urgently - to save your church. Remember that any sized donation is welcome. Give online at htts://, put your gift in the church wall safe or hand it to a PCC member (details in the church or on the notice board outside). You can also support us:


v By joining the 50/50 Club for £1 a month - with a chance of winning £50, with extra prizes at Christmas.

v By going to fundraising events such as the Emergers Gig on 25th November.

v By buying our cards and postcards – we have some great Christmas cards.

v By using our library and paying the very small charge for borrowing.


Full details about your PCC members, how to join the 50/50 Club or other church groups, details of forthcoming events and cards for sale are just inside the church door on the right. The library is just beyond this on the far side.


If you are not familiar with your church why don't you visit and have a look round? It is always unlocked during daylight hours.

Do you remember Richard Seabrook from the television series ‘Seabrook’s Year’? If you make your way towards the altar you will find his shepherd’s crook on the wall to the left. Why not join us for services? You might particularly enjoy our family Carol Service (complete with real donkey) on Sunday December 17th at 4.00 pm.


If you are thinking of giving to the Appeal and have any queries or wish to talk to someone then get in touch with me, Jane Ackroyd, at or 01284 830428. I should be very glad to answer any questions about giving now or leaving a gift in your will. 

Newsletter from the Friends of Hartest Church August 2017

The Friends of Hartest Church is a secular group of local residents who actively fundraise to support maintenance and restoration projects for the fabric of All Saints Hartest. In addition Friends are very generous in offering free professional advice as well as physical help for maintenance as well as cleaning and flowers.   In recent years the Friends have contributed significantly to the repair of the Bell and other items.   Currently the Friends have committed funds for new gates at the Church which will be installed in the coming months and are working with the PCC on major projects including the possible installation of a kitchen, new stairs and a WC.  
The monthly 50/50 draw whereby the winner receives £50 (and £50 goes into the Friends' funds) is now run by Arabella Michel.   If you are not already a member do sign up . It costs just £1 per month.  Details are elsewhere in this issue.

Do come along to our next events and support our hard work:-

The Harvest Supper on Friday 29 September at the Institute
- a delicious supper of home made cottage pie and apple crumble.  Details elsewhere in this issue.

"The Emergers" Gig on Saturday 25 November in the Church - the extremely popular local folk band.  Monies raised from this concert will be channelled specifically towards a new music system for the Church which is urgently needed. More details in next month's Contact.

If you are not already on the Friends mailing list and would like to be, just email me to sign up so you are kept up-to-date with news and projects (and might be invited to help!)

Gill Leeming


New gates are being installed at the entrance to All Saints. The pedestrian side entrance will be wide enough for pushchairs and wheelchairs and the lighter metal gates should be easier to manage. The new gates, and the gradual reshaping of the yew trees that border the path to the church, will help to make All Saints more visible and improve the look of this beautiful corner of our Green. Work is also planned on the interior of the church. Consents are being sought to install a lavatory and basin cubicle, kitchen sink, and a staircase to replace one of the ladders used by our bellringers. The new installations will go into the ground floor of the tower so the interior and exterior views of the church will be preserved unchanged. Ralph Carpenter is giving his architectural services free of charge, Lorraine Lines is managing the plannning and administrative tasks and the Friends of Hartest Church are raising funds for the work - thank you all. If anyone has any queries or comments Jane Ackroyd will be pleased to hear from you on


Newsletter  from the Friends of Hartest Church December 2016

This year The Friends have held four fund raising events including two wonderful concerts (both shared with the PCC) - Churchgate Sinfonia in June, and The Emergers Folk Band in November.    

 In April we had another fascinating talk from Clive Paine on the History of Hartest Church, and in September the popular Harvest supper was once again a full house. 

 Together with money from the flower festival in June, two private donations, the regular income from the sale of books (£101.30 this year!), and (biggest of all) the 50/50 Club the total raised during 2016 was £2,451.30 which is amazing.  The balance of funds held is now £7051.09 (of which £1250 is reserved to spend on the kitchen).


50/50 CLUB

In January 2013 the 50/50 Club was launched which we hope will be a major fund-raiser.

Membership is available to anyone over 16. Members don't necessarily have to live in Hartest and one person can have more than one ticket.

For just £12 a year (£1 a month) you can have a regular number which will go into a monthly draw, which will take place on the FIRST SATURDAY of each month at the Farmers Market in Hartest, at 11am. 

We have decided to continue with one prize of £50 each month with the exception of December when we shall have three prizes to distribute the remaining prize fund available.

How to join:  Click here for details and application form  Your membership will cost just £12 pa and last one year starting from April, renewable annually.

 If you'd like to participate in the first draw in April, you should return your application form no later than 31st March.

However you can join at any stage during the year, you just won't be eligible for all twelve draws. The cost will £1 per month, per ticket for the number of months remaining up to and including March.

  Please join and encourage others too. The involvement of the community will significantly strengthen applications that the Friends make for grants for larger projects.

 For further information about The Friends of Hartest Church, and if you'd like to participate in any way, please contact :Gill Leeming 01284 830178 /

FRIENDS OF HARTEST CHURCH – BOOK EXCHANGE / FOR SALE. Because the donations of quality books has been very generous, we have decided that if you wish to, please feel free to buy one to keep. Just leave an amount of your choosing, in the donation box which is found by the right hand side of the books at the back of the next pew. We are so appreciative to all of you who are supporting this branch of fund raising by The Friends of Hartest Church. To remind you, books to borrow for 50p are on the pew at the back of the Church by the South door. Contributions of “new” books to the library are very welcome. Happy reading!!