The Friends have a special affection for this historic late 12th century church which overlooks the Thames in the ancient village of Iffley, Oxford.
We were founded in 2001 and our main purpose is to help maintain the fabric of the church building and its surroundings. In 2010 the Friends funded new, improved lighting inside the church and in 2014 we contributed to the cost of restoring the font and researching the origins of the marble used in its construction. Next year we shall be donating £20,000 to help repair the shelter coat on the West Front and South Porch.
The Friends raise funds through a varied programme of events throughout the year. We also provide opportunities to learn more about our church, and Romanesque architecture in general, with an annual lecture and away day to other Norman churches of note. You can find out more about past and forthcoming events by clicking the relevant links above.
Friends are not necessarily worshippers at St. Mary’s but we do regard the church as part of our heritage. We are committed to preserving and enhancing this wonderful building so that others, now and in the future, may enjoy it as we do.
For a small annual subscription you can join us in this worthwhile and enjoyable work. For further details please contact me by email Juliette Gammon or phone 01865 717622. Or, for a downloadable membership form, click here.
Chair, Friends of St Mary’s Iffley