Friends of St. Botolph's Church, Heene, launch April 2016

What's happened so far?


A highly successful Quiz evening on Saturday, February 3rd got the year's fundraising off to a good start, raising £252 for church funds. Adrienne and John set and posed the questions to the 30 other attendees (although thanks must also go to John Gibbons for setting some of the questions), and the meal midway through the proceedings saw everyone enjoying chilli or vegetarian chilli and rice or cottage pie, followed by a wonderful selection of desserts provided by the 'catering team', Adrienne, Valerie, Jackie, Christine and Cleo. A most enjoyable evening was had by all and there have already been requests for another quiz night later in the year!


Our Advent Fair on Saturday, 2nd December, raised over £920 for church funds. Visitors to the Fair were able to participate in a "Gentle Exercise" drop-in class, to listen to a Beginners' Recorder Group, and to watch a demonstration of Oriental Fan Dancing, as well as browsing and buying at the various stalls, buying tickets for the raffle, and enjoying the refreshments.
A 50% share of money raised by the sales of the book "Solace of War", by congregation member Shirley Dixon, has been donated to the church and adds another £75 to the coffers.

Up until mid-July this year, our Friday Coffee mornings raised nearly £550, table sales have brought in more than £115, CD sales have produced a profit of £150 and our children's art morning in June brought in £12.

A concert given by the U3A Inspired Instrumentalists on July 15th, with guests Lee Everett, swing singer, and instrumental quartet "The Dotted Crotchets" attracted a highly enthusiastic audience of about 120 and raised more than £830 for church funds. Three very different styles of music in one spectacular evening's entertainment!

Our St. Botolph's Day Fair on  June 17th raised  £966. We were blessed with beautiful weather, meaning that it was possible to have Victorian games, the children's art competition and the plant stall outside, as well as the option for people to sit outside with their refreshments. The bell tower was open for visitors and people had the opportunity to try their hand at ringing a bell. Inside there were the book stall, bric-a-brac, gifts, bottle draw, grand raffle, Pimms and strawberries, other refreshments (including Ploughman's lunches).

On Saturday,   June 10th, we had a visit from the Wealden Wind Quintet. This excellent group from Kent gave a concert of music by Beethoven, Mozart, Gourlay, Gounot, Parry-Jones and Harrold, including arrangements of British Folk Songs and tunes from Gilbert and Sullivan. £198 was raised.

Our Lenten Soup ad Roll Lunch - on Sunday, March 19th - brought in £125.

A Victorian Games Evening attracted more than 60 people to the church on February 25th, with nine teams of seven competing for the skittles trophy! Bagatelle, shove-halfpenny, floor skittles and Carrom were also available for everyone to play, and Ploughman's Supper refreshments were much enjoyed. The event - another sell-out! - raised £470.

The first FOSBCH event of the New Year was a highly successful team Quiz Night on Saturday, 14th January, when (including question mistress, question setter and scorer) 42 people, arranged into 7 teams, crammed into the St. Botolph's Room to enjoy the quiz and delicious hot meal. Everyone appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves and the event raised  ​£330, with most of that going towards the repair of the church clock. This event was sold out more than a week in advance!


The church "Looking Forward to Christmas" Open Weekend, Friday 25th - Sunday, 27th November, together with the Music at Heene Folk Evening on the Saturday, raised a grand total of just under £1000. 
Our "Takeaway Supper and Quiz" on Saturday, 24th September, proved very popular, and made a profit of £175!
John Collins organ recital 'coffee concert' on 20th August raised approx. £140.
The "Summer Sounds" concert given by the St. Botolph's Church Choir and friends on Saturday, 16th July, raised about £240.
Our Cream Tea on Sunday, 26th June raised another £180 for the repair fund.
Our Celebration Summer Fair on Saturday, 11th June raised in excess of £940.
A 'Spring into Summer' Concert given on Saturday, 4th June, raised £188.
A successful Quiz Night on Saturday, 21st May - much enjoyed by the 34 people who attended - raised £355.
The most successful Music at  Heene Concert ever in terms of profit took place on Saturday, 14th May when the U3A Inspired Instrumentalists and Community Spirit Choir took centre stage. The final result was a profit of £1010!
A weight-loss challenge undertaken by a member of the choir came to an end on April 3rd raised £220 for the church repair/building fund as well as providing £330 for the Twins and Multiple Births Association.
Our Community Lenten Soup and Roll Lunch on March 13th raised £160. An amazing effort from everyone involved!
The table sale after the service on January 31st raised over £50.
Our soup and roll lunch on January 24th raised £95.
Would you be interested in becoming a member of the Friends of St. Botolph's Church, Heene?

Whether you are a member of our regular congregation, a local resident who enjoys listening to the bells, someone interested in local history and the preservation of old buildings, someone who used to live and/or worship locally but have now moved away from the area, or someone who married or was baptised here or has ancestors buried in Heene Cemetery ... whoever you are, we would be delighted to welcome you as a Friend!

If you are interested in joining FOSBCH then please contact Jackie by email on or complete the form below and you will receive regular newsletters and information to keep you right up to date with the latest developments at St. Botolph's.

The group was set up in early April 2016, just before major repair work on the church was started, and since then lots of things have been going on to encourage community links and to raise funds.

Many events and activities have taken place to help with our fundraising since the launch of the Friends and more are planned or in the pipeline, so do please take a look at our forthcoming events page for further details and put the dates in your diaries. We would love to see you at St. Botolph's.