Charity Registration Number 296477
The Friends of Bromham and Sandy Lane Churches was set up as a Trust in March 1987. It aims to assist the Parochial Church Council in the maintenance, improvement and conservation or restoration of the buildings, grounds, fittings, furnishings and amenities of both the parish church of St Nicholas, Bromham and the church of St Mary the Virgin and St Nicholas, Sandy Lane, Wiltshire. The Friends also promote the use of both churches as centres of Christian worship and appropriate cultural activities for the benefit of the local community.
The Trust achieves these aims by raising funds and providing some volunteer time. Members of the Friends mainly contribute through their annual donations. This is usually £10 per person but a number of people give more. Members also support events organised by the Management Committee.
Membership of the Friends is open to anyone, not just members of the church. Both churches are an important part of our national heritage and have many unique features and memorials which are of interest to both historians and those interested in churches and church architecture. Both churches are held in high esteem by the parish and also those who have some connection with Bromham or Sandy Lane.
Donations and fundraising by members of the Friends past and present have allowed us to make substantial contributions to many works and to buy equipment for both churches, ensuring their futures as places of worship and cultural activities.
If you would like to find out more, please contact the Chairman, Mrs Carol Drew, on 01380 850908 or the Membership Secretary, Moya Wallis, on 01380 859611.
A History of St Nicholas Church, Bromham, Wiltshire its Chantry Chapel and early Patrons
by John Drew 2013.
This book with illustrations, charts the history and development of Bromham and its parish church from the Saxon period to the reign of Elizabeth I. The book looks at political reforms during this period and how they forced change and affected the local community. A section of the book deals with the lords of the manor of Bromham Battle, many of whom were patronised by the Kings and Queens of England and were influential not only locally, but also nationally and in some cases internationally. This book also dispels the myths which have grown around the Bromham monastery and Battle House.
The book is priced at £8.00 and all proceeds from this publication will go to the ‘Friends of Bromham and Sandy Lane Churches’. The book is available from the author by ringing 01380 850908 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.