The Friends


This has been as strange year to take over the position of Secretary to the Friend's of St. Wulfram with very little happening, although it has given me a chance to `get a grip` with the position. I must thank Jean Parker for the smooth handover and it is reassuring knowing that she is always on hand should I need advice.

Although we did mange a few lunches before lock down The Thatch at Bottesford , Syston Farm Shop , Everest, and The Recruiting Sargent . These lunches have become a regular and enjoyable event for members. At present we have no idea when we can continue with these lunches.

It was a very varied programme that John Manterfield and Graham Cook had arranged for this year but sadly these also had to be cancelled. I must thank John and Graham on the time spent on organising these events which hopefully can be rearranged at a future date.

Outstanding projects:- New display panels in the north porch. £1.000 Security Camera in the Trigge Library. £2.000 Both of the above projects have been agreed at previous AGM'S. Unfortunately little progress has been made due to the present circumstances.

Val York


About The Friends:

  • founded in 1952
  • our main aim is the preservation and beautification of St. Wulfram's Church
  • open to all who love this magnificent building, whatever their creed
  • we have a programme of events, social and fundraising as well as lectures
  • at our annual meeting each October members decide how our funds should be spent.
  • We are a registered charity no. 1066896
  • We obtained a grant of £25,000 from the Local Heritage Initiative; with this we have installed a touchscreen in the visitor centre, and created this website with the help of numerous volunteers
  • also a grant of £5000 from Nationwide, providing an audiotour of the church for visitors
  • We publish postcards of the church, notecards and notelets; also guides to the Trigge Library, the Hatchments & Royal Arms and the Reredos.
  • Each year we publish a Christmas card.

Recent achievements:

  • the gilding of the text round the base of the nave roof, and the liming of the angels.
  • the forming of the visitor centre in the north porch including displays (with the help of grants from WREN and Welland Partnership), and royal arms
  • conservation of textiles: the red Kempe altar frontal, blue Lady chapel frontal and the "choir of angels" frontal, green and gold chasuble
  • cleaning and repair of Bishop Wand's crozier and the sanctuary lamp
  • uplighting of angels in the roof of the Lady Chapel
  • lighting of the tower vault
  • 3 series of winter lectures about aspects of the church building and its history
  • new lighting system for the nave and chancel


If you would like more information, or wish to join The Friends
(minimum subscription is only £10 p.a.)

The address for Correspondence is:  the Hon. Secretary, 12 Ravendale Close Grantham Lincs NH31 8BS

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