Friends of St Mary, Upleadon

The Church has been at the centre of our village community for centuries; it is part of our cultural heritage and has provided a strong foundation, always being there to mark important life moments such as weddings, baptisms and funerals. Beyond that it is an important community resource.  In addition, the 1st World War Memorial Cross recognises the sacrifice and remembers those from or connected with Upleadon who fell and served.

The Friends of St. Mary Upleadon was formed with the aim of raising funds to support the maintenance and repair of our village church and memorial cross, in recognition of this community responsibility.  The Friends have two simple aims: to maintain and beautify the fabric of St Mary the Virgin Church and its churchyard, and to maintain the Memorial Cross.  This is not just for the benefit of those who worship at St Mary but for all who live or work in the village but also for those who visit the village and see the church as an asset and a focus for the community.

Anyone is welcome to become a Friend, either individually or even as a company. In fact you may want to buy membership for someone else as a gift; perhaps a family member who has moved away but still wants to keep that link with their old village.

No funds raised will be used to support the religious running costs of the church. If you wish to donate for Church running costs, please email

Fundraising Events

FOSMU held a Jumble Sale in Newent Memorial Hall on Saturday 9th April, from 9am to 12 noon. There were queues of people waiting when we opened the doors at 9am and they all dashed in, hoping to get a bargain or two. Over £280 was raised for FOSMU and many items are left over so we’ll be selling them at other events and might be holding a jumble sale in Upleadon Village Hall sometime soon! Becky was also there with her craft and gifts stall selling a wide variety of home made gifts, wax melts and fragrances