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 9.30 am and 5.30 pm.  It is also used as a venue for concerts and occasional plays.

THE FRIENDS

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 2018 for activities during 2017 here.

WHAT HAS BEEN DONE

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

WHAT NEEDS DOING?

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.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Enjoy our social activities:  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 2018 (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!

Recently the Friends announced their PATRONS' SCHEME.

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.

The Friends have currently pledged to raise £40,000 for the repair to the stone tracery around the windows (without this work the windows are in danger of falling out).  We have so far raised £23,000. 

For further information please see the Patron packs at the back of the church, or speak to Andy Taylor on 07939 055031;   ajt@andrewtaylor.plus,com.

2018 Diary of Activities

Please put the dates of our events for 2018 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...

Weekly Leaflet

Weekly Leaflet

 

Sunday 22nd July, The Eighth Sunday After Trinity

8.00 am Holy Communion in St Lawrence
President & Preacher: The Revd Peter Waddell
9.30 am Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence
President & Preacher: The Revd Peter Waddell
12.30 pm Christening for Theodore Mitchell
6.30 pm Evening Prayer in St Lawrence
Leader: The Revd Peter Waddell