The beautiful tower of St Mildred's Church can be seen from all approaches as it welcomes people to Tenterden. There has been a Christian settlement here for over a thousand years and the church that we see today originates from the 12th century. As with all medieval buildings there is a constant need for stewardship of the building - and being Grade I - it brings a large bill.
The Friends of St. Mildred's was formed in 2014 with the specific aim of inviting the whole community of Tenterden - and any others - to help keep this beautiful building in good condition. No matter what our religious affiliations are - or are not - we must treasure and nurture our ancient churches in all their uniqueness and beauty; a vital part of our English heritage.
We welcome you to help us in our efforts to restore and maintain this special place in the heart of Tenterden. Please do your part by filling in the Application Form to become a member and giving what you feel you can afford. You will become a very welcome Friend.
What we have been doing
To celebrate the creation of the Friends of St Mildred's, Handel's Messiah was performed on 27th April, 2014 to a packed church. Since then we have organised and maintained high quality musical performances, including popular operas, very well supported by members and non-members. The Friends are pleased to have been able to provide sizeable grants to the Parochial Church Council for essential major repairs to the roof and the Tower.
The Events Committee is always planning ahead to provide an exciting programme. More information is available on our website. As a Friend you will - of course - be amongst the first to hear about any upcoming events.
How you can help
The Friends of St Mildred's raise money through members' annual subscriptions, events, activities, donations and sponsorship. The money raised is not for the religious side of the Church, but purely for the care and restoration of the Grade I building.
Stained Glass Windows
- By Becoming a Friend and filling in the attached form - and the Gift Aid Declaration if it applies to you
- By Standing Order - please fill in the attached form
- By Bequests - if you are considering your Will perhaps you might like to remember The Friends of St Mildred's in any charitable donations
- By Supporting our Fundraising Events
Many of the stained glass windows need to be repaired and restored. If you feel you would like to fund/part fund the repair of one of these as a lasting memorial to someone you loved, we would really like to hear from you.
The Friends of St Mildred’s Church, Registered Charity No. 1159264
Helping to maintain a thousand years of history