Friends of Sutton Veny Church
What We Do
Helping to care for the building and churchyard of St John the Evangelist's Church Sutton Veny
Friends of Sutton Veny Church (FOSVC) is a charitable organisation set up to enable all those with a connection to this special building to contribute to its care; ensuring that it continues both as a vibrant component of village life and the peaceful resting place, not only for past villagers, but also for many Australian servicemen and women from WW1.
How We Help
Making and maintaining a connection
Preserving the past
Our church is architecturally splendid. Designed by JL Pearson, who later went on to design Truro Cathedral, it is a very fine example of Victorian Gothic. Now more than 150 years old, the church has been well maintained, but this comes with associated costs that are likely to increase as the years' pass.
A useful & used community building
Some Friends may be regular churchgoers but many are not. While it is the responsibility of the regular churchgoers, and not the Friends, to fund the religious activity of the church, hopefully both groups share a desire to see the church used more as a community space.
Fit for the future
It is possible to respect the heritage of the church while improving its utility as a community building by the provision of facilities that are currently lacking eg. a toilet, catering facilities and heating improvements. We plan to help the Parochial Church Council raise funds to turn their plans into reality.
Late April sees the church and its churchyard playing a central role in the ANZAC commemorations that Sutton Veny takes very seriously. On the morning of ANZAC Day (25 Apr) the church was filled with all pupils and staff from school, some parents, grandparents and also special visitors with Australian or New Zealand connections. One Australian lady had even planned her UK tour around being in Sutton Veny on ANZAC Day. She was not disappointed. The service itself, lead by the Headteacher, Rachael Brotherton, was very moving. As was the subsequent ceremony during which the children laid on each Commonwealth War Grave a posy of flowers and rosemary, together with a poppy sent from Geraldton RSL in Western Australia.
On the following Sunday (28 Apr) the village ANZAC service saw yet more visitors with Australian & New Zealand connections at the church. No Bundaberg rum, but plenty of tea, sandwiches cakes and of course ANZAC biscuits were served in the village hall afterwards at a gathering which reinforced existing friendships and made some new ones.
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