The Parish of Abbots Langley

Friends of St Lawrence

'The Abbot himself holds Langlei.  In King Edward's time it consisted of five and a half hides, now of three.  There is sufficient land for fifteen ploughs.  Two and a half are the demesne and there are four ploughs there and a fifth could be made' from the Domesday Book 1086

Since Saxon times, St Lawrence the Martyr, the village Church, has been a focal point of Abbots Langley village life.  From the 12th century the Church has been available to serve all who live in Abbots Langley, not just the people who worship here regularly or who use it for baptisms, weddings, blessings and funerals.  Many people use it as a quiet place to retreat to; it is open daily between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm.  It is also used as a venue for concerts and occasional plays.


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.  Those who subscribe, make donations or attend our social functions, are all 'Friends'.

The Committee meets regularly to plan fundraising activities.  The Trustees and members of the Committee are a mixture of those who attend church regularly and those who do not.

The Committee:  The Revd Dr Peter Waddell, Pat Colwell, Susan Coultrup, Dorothy Deane, Wendy Meldrum, Mark Palmer (Treasurer), Jan Taylor and Andy Taylor (Chairman).

The Trustees: The Revd Dr Peter Waddell, Pat Colwell, Susan Coultrup, Mark Palmer, and Jan Taylor.

You can download the Chairman's Report 2017 for activities during 2016 here.



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



On a building of this age, there is always something that needs doing!  The Church building is subject to an inspection every five years and is due again this year (2017).  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.


Enjoy our social activities:  apart from subscriptions and the occasional bequest, 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 (see below) and tickets for most events, where applicable, are available through the Church Office (01923 261795).  All are welcome, so please register your interest early to avoid disappointment!

If you don't live locally so cannot support the Friends through the social activities you can support them through a regular donation - for more information contact the Church Office (01923 261795; who will be pleased to put you in touch with either the Chairman or the Treasurer.


2017 Diary of Activities

Please put the dates of our events for 2017 in your diary - see list here - and we look forward to seeing you.  If you want further details on any event or to book tickets please send an e-mail via this website.

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The coming week...

Monday 19th June

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in  St Lawrence

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringing practice at St Lawrence


Tuesday 20th June

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.00 for 7.30 pm  Mothers' Union Midsummer Supper at Hunters

8.00 pm  Seekers leaders meeting in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence


Wednesday 21st June

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Funeral of Margaret Plows at the Crematorium

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Quiet Reflection in the Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence


Thursday 22nd June

8.15 am  Prayer for the local church and community in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence


Friday 23rd June

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hub, High Street

10.00 am  Craft Group in Bedmond Church

2.00 pm  Craft and Conversation in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

4.30 pm  Wedding rehearsal in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

6.15 pm  Youth Choir practice


Saturday 24th June - Albantide

11.00 am  Albantide procession leaves St Peter's Church, St Albans

12.00 noon Festival Eucharist in St Albans Cathedral

2.00 pm  Wedding Blessing for Neil and Natasha Munday in St Lawrence with Christening for Leaonard Munday

4.00 pm  Festival Choral Evensong in St Albans Cathedral

5.00 pm  All Age African Event in St Lawrence church hall


Sunday 25th June - Trinity 2

8.00 am  Holy Communion

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer