ABOUT THE FRIENDS
St Mary's Church is Studham's oldest building and like many ancient churches, St Mary’s has a continual need for regular repairs and restoration work. The Friends help contribute towards the costs of preservation of the fabric of the church and its surrounds, towards repairs, replacement of major items, and help with the maintenance costs of fixtures of special importance.
The Friends’ funds are not used for general housekeeping costs, such as heating, lighting, costs of services etc. These are borne by the Parochial Church Council (PCC). As a point of interest you may be surprised to hear that no funds are received from the Church of England and reliance is placed upon the generosity of the Parishioners and the Village community to pay through the PCC, to the Diocese a charge for "Ministry Cost."
The majority of the Friends do not actually participate in the religious aspects of the church; but we do wish to support its heritage and ensure it is in a good state to hand over to the next generation.
We encourage everyone to enjoy the church and its surrounds and all are welcome at our events. Some of which are organised for the benefit of the village community, so you could describe us also as Friends of Studham Village.
Friends help to ensure that:
the fabric of the church is preserved for future generations.
the church is available to everyone for worship and family occasions such as baptisms, weddings and funerals
the church continues to be an important part of the community of Studham and available for the many visitors who come to this part of the Chilterns.
The Friends are friendly and knowledgeable and welcoming. If you would like to join us and help others enjoy this wonderful place, please click here.
The Village of Studham
Situated in the southern tip of Bedfordshire, Studham is very close to both Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Surrounded by undulating peaceful countryside yet close to some major towns with excellent communication links to London.
History of St Mary's, Studham
St Mary's is situated at the end of Church Road, and although it is a little way from the centre of the village, it remains a focal point for many activities. The building of the present Church was started in 1198, and it was consecrated in 1219 by the Bishop of Lincoln.