Droxford Village Community
Friends of Droxford Church
St Mary and All Saints Church, in the heart of this ancient village of Droxford, was built in about 1120, and is a Grade 1 Listed building. It is a priceless example of Norman architecture that has served the local community well for almost 900 years.
Over those years the use made of the church will have changed but, as the only substantial stone building in the village for much of the time, we can be sure that it was not restricted to church services. Such records as do survive indicate that churches were used for markets, local celebrations and shelter as well as the more ceremonial forms of Christian worship.
In the secular world that is England in the 21st Century we have again to look to such purposes for our churches if they are to survive as functioning buildings. Droxford Church has a fine record for weddings and christenings and the exceptional acoustics make it perfect for concerts and other performing events. The world has, however, changed since the 12th Century and these days people expect a degree of comfort in their lives. Such facilities as toilets, a kitchen and comfortable seating are essential for all religious and secular events.
The Friends of Droxford Church (FODC) is being established as a secular organisation, independent of the Parochial Church Council (PCC), to realise the vision of this unique building at the centre of our Community. The intention is to raise funds for its restoration and development as a community venue, through subscriptions, applications, and fund-raising events. Contrary to popular belief the Church of England does not financially support its church buildings and St Mary's costs some £10,000 a year to run and open daily.
FODC is fully supported by the Rector and the Parochial Church Council which has approved the constitution and will be represented on the FODC committee. At this time when major repairs are also required to preserve the roof and tower, the coordination of both the fund-raising and the building projects will be paramount.
If you, personally, care about the future of our village and the ancient building that is at the heart of it, and you would like that building to continue to serve our community as well as be available for the christenings, weddings and funerals of generations still to come, please join the Friends by committing to one of the forms of membership outlined below.
To learn more about Friends of Droxford Church, to become a Friend, or just to be kept up to date, please visit our website.
- St Mary and All Saints Church