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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

Maintaining

Church Candles

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.

Using

Service

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.

Improving

Church Service

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.

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Forthcoming Events

9 September - Trustees Meeting

Date & Details to be advised - Autumn evening talk followed by supper in the Village Hall.

Latest News

Friends of Sutton Veny Church – Evening Talk with Supper Fri 29 Nov

17 October 2019
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Friends of Sutton Veny Church Summer Party – Saturday 27th July

03 August 2019

Good weather and good company combined with the Steeple Rocks Choir in good voice to make a very successful inaugural Friends of Sutton Veny Church Summer Party on Saturday 27th July. The tents erected on the Alexander Field adjacent to the churchyard extension were not needed for shelter, but provided a good base for the…

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Friends News – 4 – 5 May 2019

14 May 2019

The church, but mainly the churchyard, was on show over the early May Bank holiday weekend. On Saturday 4 May Sutton Veny hosted the annual seminar of the Wiltshire Living Churchyards and Cemeteries Project. Based mainly in the Village Hall, the gathering of over 50 people heard a range of stimulating talks before being led…

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Anzac Service 2019

01 May 2019

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…

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