Friends of the Parish Church

The Friends of Saffron Walden Parish Church Spring 2022 Newsletter

Proposed visit to Lincoln Cathedral on 9th September 2022

Reminder, following the email, to please let me know if you are interested in this trip which will consist of coffee on arrival, the tour and then lunch - the afternoon is free. Let me know if you are interested in visiting the inside of Lincoln Castle ( price c £15) during the free time. We need 25 people to make the tour viable so please reserve your place before 30th May. Priority booking to members. If there are a few remaining seats these will then be offered to non members so act swiftly. Cost between £27 and £31 for the Coach and the Tour, depending on numbers.

Ideas welcome for a trip next year please. Suggestions so far Norwich and Southwark, do you have a preferred choice?

Pamela Mugliston - 01799 521 697
Secretary of the Friends of the Parish Church


Cathedral Trips to Ely 28th April, Bury St Edmunds 22nd June 2022 and Lincoln 9th September 2022

Friends Ely Trip 28 April 2022

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Above photos taken on our trip to Ely Cathedral on Thursday 28th April 2022. Click on each to enlarge.

Detailed Forms relating to Bury St Edmunds will be issued in the first week of May to all those already booked. Payment will be due by the end of May.

Pick up times will be:

Thaxted Rd Bus Stop (Peaslands Rd End) 9.00

The Common Bus Stop 09.10

Station Street 9.20

Swan Meadow 9.30

Our tour is booked for 11am and will last approximately one hour and then we are booked for lunch at 12.30. Free time in the afternoon to explore the town, note each tour is booked for Market day.

Departure time will be c4.30pm to be determined on the day depending on the weather.

Pamela Mugliston - 01799 521 697
Secretary of the Friends of the Parish Church

20 April 2022

About us

Founded in 1933, the Friends of St Mary’s Society  provides funds for the maintenance of the fabric of the Church and for carrying out improvements and adornments. It is a Registered Charity (No 253119) and is administered by the Chairman, Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer and twelve committee members with the Rector as President. We normally hold our AGM on the second Sunday in September to coincide with St Mary's Patronal Festival.

The Work of the Friends of the Church

Although a church has stood on this site for 800 years, the present building was remodelled 500 years ago under the supervision of John Wastell, master mason for King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, and externally apart from the spire has remained unchanged. Internally,  over the years,  many of the original tombs, chapels, pews and colouring have been removed and Victorian stained glass and the re-erected Chancel Screen and the Rood have had a great effect on the interior.

Whilst the Friends have been responsible for many practical schemes, such as the inner doors of the West Porch and the voice reinforcement  system, they have also striven to bring colour and beauty to the church. The last years of the 20th century were very fruitful, with the provision of embroidered kneelers, colourful banners and the creation of the Chapel of Remembrance. We aim to use local craftsmen and women in all our projects and are careful to ensure that the schemes blend happily with the spirit of the building as it was conceived long ago.

New-Banner-2880-Nov2016-crop-3In 2018 we made a major contribution to the Building Programme by funding the Welcome Furniture which is a great asset to the Church.

Friends' Newsletters

Spring 2022 Newsletter
Spring 2020 Newsletter
Spring 2019 Newsletter
Spring 2018 Newsletter
Spring 2017 Newsletter

Joining the Friends

We do hope that you will join us so that we can continue to contribute to the beautification of our Church. See below:

You can help us by joining the Society. Membership includes parishioners and other supporters, residents of Saffron Walden and many from further afield.  Becoming a member helps to ensure that our work can continue under the guidance of the committee of the society.  Membership costs a minimum of £5 per year (single) or £8 (family) payable by 1st April each year.  Contact us via the Parish Office to find out more or download our leaflet which includes an application form.