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 stmarythevirgin@upleadon-village.co.uk


Previous Events

2023 Christmas Coffee Morning and Raffle

Lots of fabulous prizes were 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 with laser engraved design, Home made decorated Christmas Cake, Bottle of Champagne, and several others.

There was also a cake stall selling home made cakes, a couple of craft stalls with hand made items, and a bring & buy bric-a-brac stall.

Due to an unfortunate electricity supply issue, we were left without electrical power from 0930 onwards, just as we were setting up and warming the hot water urn and mince pies! I think the British ‘Keep calm and Carry On’ spirit won through though and kettles of hot water were ferried from a nearby house so we were able to still make cups of coffee and serve our home made mince pies. There was enough light in the hall for everyone to see and with coats on and the high number of people in the room, it wasn’t too cold! A photographic competition was also held and we might be doing something later with those photographs that were entered – watch this space as they say!


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.


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.


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