Who are we?

An evening of political commentary from Quentin Letts (The Times) and Jason Beattie (Daily Mirror) in St Mary’s Church, Friday 19th November, 6.30pm

Jason Beattie, the Political Editor for the Daily Mirror and great grandson of former St. Mary’s Rector Ernest Beattie, 1926-1936, will join How Caple’s own Quentin Letts, the political sketch writer for The Times, for an opinionated discussion of current events and Q&A evening moderated by St Mary’s own unopinionated (for the evening) Professor Adrian Kendry, former NATO Senior Economist. All proceeds go to the upkeep and enhancement of Ross-on-Wye’s Parish Church. Wine and refreshments will be available.

St Mary’s Church also happens to be holding it’s biannual Christmas Tree Festival over this weekend – this will be the first opportunity to see it – added value!

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’.

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 time but which also retains the best of the past.

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