Parish of Northaw and Cuffley

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.

 if you would like an Application Form, download here, or to find out more, please email 

The FOST Team

Jenny Blumsom

Brenda Camp

Clive Johnson

Liz Johnson

Chris Kilgour (vicar)

Kate Prest

Chris Ruge-Cope

Dan Ruge-Cope

Please contact us at if you would like more information about the work of the Friends.

Forthcoming Events

Our 2020 events will be announced shortly