Friends of St Mary, Upleadon

2023 Christmas Coffee morning and Raffle

There is still time to buy your tickets in preparation for Saturday’s Christmas Coffee morning and Raffle draw on the 2nd December from 10am to 12 noon. If you’ve received tickets through your door and have not yet returned the money and stubs please do so as we’d hate for you to miss out on the chance to win. If you’ve not yet seen any tickets and would like some, please contact Tim Bassett or Phil Cooke or message us through Facebook. You can also buy tickets on the day of the draw at the Coffee Morning. Tickets cost £1 each, or come in a book of 5.

Lots of fabulous prizes to be won including: Luxury Christmas Hamper, Half an English Lamb (jointed and prepared), a half case (6) of mixed wines, Tesco shopping voucher, ‘Market to your Door’ shopping vouchers, Afternoon Tea for 2, Hand crafted solid Oak chopping board, Home made decorated Christmas Cake, Bottle of Champagne, and probably others. Cheaper than the National Lottery and far better odds as well!!

There will also be a cake stall selling home made cakes, craft stalls with hand made items, a bring & buy bric-a-brac stall and also a small raffle on the day.

Tea and coffee will be available with home made mince pies as well.

The coffee morning starts at 10:00am in Upleadon Village Hall and the draw will take place around 11:45am, just after the short FOSMU AGM.

April’s Coffee Morning was a great success. Many people came along to Mary and Barry Freeman’s house for great cakes, coffee and chats. The autographed Repair Shop winning ticket was drawn by Julie, one of the Teddy Bear ladies and the book was won by Belinda Murphy. Including the Repair Shop book raffle, Bring and Buy items (fresh cakes, books, bric-a-brac) and an additional raffle for smaller items, a total of just under £500 was raised which will go to support the upkeep and maintenance of the church building, churchyard and the Upleadon Memorial Cross.

Previous Events

Christmas Raffle

The Christmas Raffle draw took place on Saturday 10th December at approx 11:45am. The list of prizes and prize winners is as follows:

  • Luxury Food Hamper – 1095 – Anna Rickards
  • 1/2 English Lamb – 629 – Paul Teasdale
  • 1/2 Case of Wine – 486 – Hazel Berry
  • Afternoon Tea for 2 – 291 – Di Tickner
  • £30 Tesco Voucher – 954 – Carol Dunn
  • Christmas Cake – 307 – Guy Cook
  • Bottle of Whisky – 677 – Rebecca Parsons
  • Autographed Children’s Repair Shop Storybook – 997 – Paul Carter
  • Bottle of Gin – 970 – Rich Moody
  • Pamper Hamper – 1067 – Shelly Bassett
  • Oak Chopping Board – 981 – Alan Drain
  • Christmas Essentials Hamper – 974 – Mary Gough
  • Box of Chocolates – 833 – Simon Gayther
  • Box of Biscuits – 1019 – Julie Tatchell

Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets and who came along to support the Coffee Morning event.

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