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

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.

 

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 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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

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; adminstlawrence@abbotslangley.org.uk) 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.

Follow us on Facebook Fair Trade Logo

Choose products with this Mark
www.fairtrade.org.uk


The coming week...

Monday 14th August

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringing practice in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 15th August

9.30 am  Mornng Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

2.00 pm  Funeral of Joan Robertson at the Crematorium

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 16th August

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

12.00 noon  Bell Toll for WW1 soldier Rowland Botwright

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Thursday 17th August

8.15 am  Prayer for the parish and community in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Bell Toll for WW1 soldier:  Leonard Henry Bowsher

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Friday 18th August

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Craft Group in Bedmond Church

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hub, Abbots Langley High Street

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Sunday 20th August - the Tenth Sunday after Trinity

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Holy Communion in Bedmond Church

12.30 pm  Sunday Lunch Club in St Lawrence Church hall

5.00 pm  Malawi meeting in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Monday 21st August

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringing practice in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 22nd August

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

8.00 pm  Property Committee meets in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 23rd August

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence