The Friends of All Saints' Church, Basingstoke
Registered Charity number 1076500
The Friends aim to:
- form a fellowship for all those who wish to be associated with All Saints' Church
- be a link between those at All Saints' and those beyond, whose care for All Saints' inspires them to play a part in maintaining and enriching its fabric and furnishings for future generations
You can help in this work! By your prayers, by your active interest, and by your gifts.
For over 100 years people have attended All Saints' Church. During this time many have had reason to form a strong link with All Saints'. They have come to this church for weddings, baptisms, to celebrate both special personal events and for the major festivals of the Christian year, and to commit loved ones into God's tender care and devotion. Many have valued their link with All Saints' and have found peace, beauty and a sense of God's presence in this fine and spacious building and welcoming congregation.
All Saints' was dedicated in 1917, replacing a temporary iron hut of 1902. Built to the design of Temple Moore it ranks among his major achievements. In recent years there have been many additions including windows designed by Cecil Collins and made by Patrick Reyntiens, and the head of Christ by Dame Elizabeth Frink. It is a Grade II* building, its reputation being known far and wide.
As well as being renowned for its architecture and artistic merits, All Saints' is a lively, worshipping and witnessing church. It is also regularly used for services by local schools and organisations and for concerts by various choirs and musicians.
It is the duty and privilege of those who attend All Saints' to conserve the building for future generations and to show something of God's love to all those who come here. Many would like to share in this or would like to maintain a connection with All Saints' but, for various reasons, are unable to make a full commitment to this. However if you would like to maintain a link with All Saints', even if you live at a distance, you would be warmly welcomed and greatly valued as a member of the Friends of All Saints' Church.
The Friends play an active part in the life of All Saints' through underwriting, funding or supporting the maintenance and improvements to the fabric and contents of the Church. Members also play an active part, through regular working parties, in the cleaning of the interior of the Church and in tidying up the surrounding grounds and gardens. But it is not all work and no play and there are other opportunities for Members . The Annual General Meeting of the Friends forms the basis for a Church Service for the Members of the Friends who also play a significant role in the service. After the business part of the AGM a bring and share lunch is enjoyed. Most years a social evening is held for Members and their friends in the autumn.
More information can be obtained from the Friends Secretary.
Become a Member of The Friends by downloading this application form, completing it and sreturning it with your membership subscription.
Friends may wish to remember All Saints' Church in their wills. A suggested form of bequest is:
I bequeath to the charity known as "The Friends of All Saints' Church, Basingstoke" a sum of ..........pounds (free of legacy duty) and I declare that the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer for the time being shall be good and sufficient discharge of the same.