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Friends of St.Andrews (FOSA)


Fundraising for St Andrews Church



Book Sale and Coffee Morning

On Saturday 1st February 2020 from 10am to 11.30am at Highbanks, 1. Broadway, we shall have a huge selection of books and jigsaws plus a raffle, bring and buy table, tea, coffee, cake and savoury treats. Do come, enjoy the chat and help to raise funds for a new heating system for the church.


Hot puddings taster evening

On Saturday 29th February from 7.30pm in the Village Hall come and taste as many puddings as you can manage! This time they will be hot, many traditional favourites and a few new ideas for you to try. Tea and coffee will be available too. Admission will be £5 and there will be a raffle.



Pete Davidson has kindly agreed to organise another quiz for everyone to enjoy on Saturday 14th March staring at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. There will be refreshments provided at half time and the bar will be open. Tables of eight or smaller numbers will be welcome as usual. For more information or to book please phone Liz and Pete Davidson.

Thank you to Liz and Pete and everyone who came to the talk about Alaska on Friday 24th January. About £225 was raised very pleasantly.


The Fundraising Group: Liz Davidson, Margaret Jones-Evans, Mary Paine and Jean Willoughby.








Wickham Skeith Churchyard Conservation

 Churchyards are a mosaic of habitats which are great for wildlife. They can be peaceful havens containing old and distinctive trees, wildflowers, lichens, rare fungi, mosses and ferns and they provide food and shelter for many animals including small mammals, amphibians, slow worms, insects and birds. Even the gravestones and the churches themselves form an important part of the churchyard habitat.

 Churchyards are not just communities of the dead; they are thoughtful places, reflecting the impact of time on humankind and our efforts to escape oblivion. They are expressions of history – full of personal and community stories.

The big challenge with looking after church land is that it is often seen to be most cost effective to mow and prune everything and concrete over everything else! We are lucky that the churchyard at St Andrews has been managed carefully by volunteers according to a plan to safeguard areas of wild flowers. There are barn owls and pipistrelle and serotine bats that use the churchyard and recent work in the church took this into account.

We have recently engaged contractors to cut the grass and this will be an ongoing commitment. Now we have to carry out some sensitive tree surgery to remove dead and falling branches and make the churchyard and adjoining footpaths safe for walkers.

We would be grateful for any donation, large or small, towards the upkeep of this special area. We have a small ‘churchyard conservation fund’ which contributes to the cost of grass cutting. Thank you to those who have already contributed.

If you use the churchyard for quiet reflection, for dog walking or just visiting, we hope you enjoy its peace and its wildlife. If you don’t know the churchyard, do take a stroll up there and enjoy this peaceful part of our village.

Donations towards the Churchyard Conservation Fund should be given to the church wardens Liz Davidson or Margaret Jones-Evans . Either cash or cheques to Wickham Skeith Church Fund (Churchyard) will be most welcome.