Friends of Sutton Veny Church

Friends of Sutton Veny Church

(Registered Charity Number: 1188816)

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


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.



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.


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.

For More Information

Follow this link to view a summary document that also includes details of membership and payment for a subscription - Friends of Sutton Veny Church

The charity’s Annual Report and Accounts for the past year can be viewed at this link

Forthcoming Events

  • Covid-19 compliant events are under consideration
  • The 2021 Annual Produce Stall and Friends Thank You Party will be held again in late July or August. Date to be advised.

Latest News

Funding Boosted by Two Large Donations

27 October 2020

The Trustees are delighted to share the news of not one but two £20,000 anonymous donations. With funds now standing at over £50,000 the Friends are much better able to support the PCC’s plans to create a more useable community space at the rear of the church by improving the heating, installing a toilet and…

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August 2020 Annual Produce Stall and Friends Thank You Event

27 October 2020

Delayed from July, this went ahead on a breezy August Bank Holiday Saturday under Covid-19 restrictions and was organised to encourage a flow of people through it rather than a gathering. Thank yous were said to all groups who support the church as well as subscribing members of Friends of the Church (churchgoers, cleaners, flower…

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AGM – 31 March 2020

04 May 2020

The first Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Sutton Veny Church on 31st March had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The message that would have been delivered at the meeting by the Chairman, Christopher Elliott, was an upbeat one. The annual report and accounts can be viewed via this link. 

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Carol Singing for Fun ……. and in aid of the Friends – 21st Dec 2019

07 March 2020

It was a vile night in terms of weather, but the turnout was astounding. About 30 adults and 20 children met up in the church for a quick rehearsal (aided by some mulled wine) before taking a meandering route up to The Woolpack and singing to an assortment of bemused High Street residents and a…

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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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