Friends of St Thomas
A church has existed in Northaw since the early 13th century when the first building was erected to commemorate the murder of St Thomas a Becket in Canterbury. The present building is the third on the site, rising from the ashes of one which was burnt down in 1881. Through the generosity of parishioners and local families, funds were quickly raised for the beautiful church we know today which was consecrated in 1882.
The Friends of St Thomas’s (FOST)
FOST was set up in 2014 to bring together an association of
Friends to support its work and to raise funds initially to restore its
murals. More recently its fundraising
activities have been broadened to include the cost of preserving the fabric of
the church; major repairs; ornaments and furnishings and generally enhancing
and updating St Thomas’s. Restoration of
the murals has been delayed because of essential maintenance work but it is
hoped to progress this work in 2020.
Becoming a Friend
You don’t have to be a churchgoer to be a Friend. Whatever your connection with this church - whether you live locally, were married or christened here or went to Northaw School - you can be a part of its future history by becoming a Friend of St Thomas’s for just £1 per month. Alternatively, you can become a life member (£250 for a single membership; £300 for joint membership).
As a Friend you will receive a periodic newsletter to keep you up to speed with FOST’s activities, including the annual Friends Day. By joining FOST you will be doing your bit. Helping to preserve for future generations the legacy of that generation who built and embellished this Grade II* listed building.
The FOST Team
Chris Kilgour (vicar)
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about the work of the Friends.