Who are we?

The Friends of St Mary’s is an independent organisation, separate from the church and its council. All money raised by the Friends comes from a combination of fundraising events, regular giving and applications for grant aid. The organisation was set up in 2007 and is a Registered Charity No. 1121282.Its membership comprises people from all over the world who have a common concern for buildings of architectural importance. Our Patron is Sir Roy Strong.

Our Aim

The medieval craftsmen who were inspired to build our church, and the men and women who have modified it through generations since, have given us the best of their time in the name of the Christian faith and for the community. It is the aim of the Friends of St Mary’s to support the Parochial Church Council (which has responsibility for the day-to-day running and upkeep of the church) in preserving their work and building on this legacy by reinterpreting and remodelling where appropriate.

The Friends’ objects are ‘the preservation, restoration, improvement and development of the church buildings, fabric, fixtures, fittings, stained glass, ornaments, monuments … belonging to the church of St Mary the Virgin, Ross-on-Wye’.

Recent completed projects include the removal of the stained glass window to its new position to the north of the main entrance to allow the provision of toilets where the window had previously been. New floodlights, partly funded by the Friends and partly by the Town Council were installed in 2020.

The Friends are also keen to see the church building used more for community events and to provide for Ross in the 21st Century a building that is once more appropriate for our

This is important, challenging and costly work which requires involvement from the local community.

Please consider supporting us by becoming a Friend. Look out too for our events, the next being the Open Gardens weekend in June 2022.