Thank you for looking after me. Bits of me are nearly 1,000 years old, and I do need a little tender loving care occasionally.
And this why the 'Friends of Barham Church' are so important -
they raise funds specifically for maintaining the structure, fabric and safety of this historic and beautiful building - for the benefit of you, and for generations to come.
What we do
We raise funds towards maintaining this historic and magnificent building
The Friends of Barham Church was formed in 1996 to involve the wider community in the task of raising funds for the specific purpose only of maintaining the fabric, structure and safety of the church - nothing to do with the 'running costs' of the church or services, etc. Many of our donors are not 'regular church-goers' but are those in our midst who truly care about the importance of this historic focal point to our communities, both present and future generations.
How you can help and support the Friends of Barham Church
By adding your name to our mailing list, or amending your details if already on our list, you can be sure of being notified well ahead about events and what's being planned. Too often we hear members saying 'if only someone had told me' (especially when we did the very popular Battlefield trips).
Clearly we do not share your details with anyone outside of the organisation - see our privacy rules.
Click button below to add or amend your details on the list.
Most of our members set up a standing order with their bank for an annual or monthly standing order. There is no set amount - just whatever is comfortable for you. As a charitable organisation we can claim back an additional 20% (the current basic rate of tax) on all your donations (provided you are a UK taxpayer) and we would ask you to complete your Gift Aid form (link on the donations page) to help us do this.
We've had some wonderfully generous bequests and one-off donations - please consider the Friends of Barham Church and the critical fundraising needed to maintain our historic church -simply click here to make a one-off donation - you choose how much.
Usually there are one or two events organised each year, ranging from local events to trips further afield to interesting places. There have been several very well supported trips, including a few to the War Graves in France (headed by our local specialist historian). And, if you would like to run an event too, whether a quiz, meal, bazaar or outing, please let us know - any help towards raising funds is always greatly appreciated.
why we do it
Our task is to keep this building safe for current and future generations
The Barham Church of St John's belongs to the whole community, not just the worshipping congregation who, alone, could never meet the critical costs of maintaining this historic and beautiful building. As the centre of our community for over a thousand years, its continuation as such remains as important as ever. Since 1966, thanks to the participation and generosity of the community, ‘Friends’ have raised in excess of £150,000 towards the maintenance, preservation and perpetuity of this church.
A brief history of Barham Church
The church is mentioned in the Doomsday Book (1086), but history suggests that there was a church in Barham as far back as 809 AD. The earliest visible parts of the present building date back to the 12th century, with additions and further construction continuing over many hundreds of years. The church shape is cruciform, although the addition of the 15th century south aisle has 'unbalanced' the symmetry. In the 1880's the Nave floor was lowered, the Choir and Chancel raised, and the entrance porch added.
The Parochial Church Council of Barham is a charity, licenced with code 606007 in the diocese of Canterbury, for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011.