1000 years, St Thomas is still the focal point of the village of East Clandon. A Grade
I listed building, it is situated in one of the best
preserved villages in Surrey and within a local conservation area.
Friends Of St Thomas of Canterbury help preserve the church building for
both villagers and visitors alike.
aim of The Friends is to raise money to provide a source of funding over
the long term:
help with the costs of preserving the church and churchyard
major items of expenditure
help with urgent or unforeseen repairs
assist with additional facilities aimed at preserving and enhancing
the church and churchyard
There is a Friends newsletter giving details of fundraising
activities, major works to the building and information about possible
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FROST has been raising money to support St Thomas of Canterbury for a number of years; our previous Rector Barry Preece observed that in his view the Church would not now be going without that support of FROST in helping to maintain its fabric.
The importance of FROST was again confirmed at our last quinquennnial.
Within the Church of England every church building must be inspected by an approved architect or chartered building surveyor every five years; these inspections are called "quinquennials".
This regular system of review is designed to ensure that church buildings are kept in good repair, and rectifying any problems or issues could be very expensive.
The conclusion of the architect who undertook our latest quinquennial was:
The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury is an outstanding small medieval church building, beautifully restored in the late 19th century and cared for immaculately by those within the Parish and wider village
The inspecting architect struggled to find anything wrong with the building. This is a reflection of outstanding care and all involved with the building should be congratulated.
Our Rector Barnaby Perkins says that he has never seen such a positive conclusion to a quinquennial.
So a huge thank you to all our friends. Without your support we could not maintain the fabric of our beautiful Church as we do, and provide such a wonderful spiritual and peaceful environment.
We can of course not sit on our laurels; a 1000 year old Church will always need care and attention. So please do continue to give your wonderful support.
Read about recent and current projects FROST has supported on the Projects page.
We raise our money mainly through a number of events; again recent and planned events are set out on the Events page.