August - The Friends of St. Giles

The Friends were established in 1996 as a separate charity with the sole purpose of raising a capital sum that could be made available for major works or unexpected costly repairs at St Giles Church.

Over the years the Friends have made small donations for a variety of projects at the church, the most recent being £5000 towards the organ restoration. The need to help finance major expenditure has not arisen until now.

The Parochial Church Council is currently considering how best to provide toilet facilities and if it is agreed to provide these within the church then the Friends will be prepared to make a major financial contribution from the funds built up over the years.

The Friends have been fund raising continuously over the 20 + years of their existence with a variety of events every year and to date in 2019 we have had a jumble sale in April and a French Evening in May jointly with St Nicholas Church. Funds raised have been boosted by investing them wisely with the benefit of good professional financial advice. Why not become a member of the Friends at a minimum cost of just £10 per annum and also join our ongoing 250 Club? This costs just £12 per annum (£1 per month) with 50% of the monthly income going in five monthly prizes with the other 50% going to the Friends’ funds.

Contact our Secretary Sue Ellis, on 01689 607256 or email for a membership or 250 Club application form.

We are having a stall at the Farnborough Fayre on Saturday 7th September – come and talk to us there – find out more about what we do – find out how you can get involved. We look forward to meeting you. We look forward to being able to help St Giles Church with financial contributions for many years to come but we need you to support us to enable us to do just that.

Charities to be supported 2019

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergencu
March Guide Dogs for the Blind
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August Friends of St. Giles
September The Cystic Fibrosis Trust
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Welcare in Bromley

Many thanks to all who have agreed to sponsor one of this year’s charities.  

Eddie Roberts

See below for totals raised for charity 2018

Money Raised 2018

Month Charity
Jan/Feb Certitude £277
March MIND £388
April/May Christian Aid* £1,710
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,329)
Jul/Aug London City Mission /
Church Mission Society
September Friends of St. Giles £415
October Poverty and Hope £587
November Crisis £693
December Welcare in Bromley £1,232
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,171
  (Total in 2017 £6,820)

* excludes street collections.

About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot. At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  

There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charities are supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events.  There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart.  

If you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with our co-ordinator:

Eddie Roberts, 01689 851267


Charity Film Night:
Stan & Ollie (2018)

Monday 23rd September 8:00
St. Giles Centre

Stan & Ollie is a biographical comedy-drama film directed by Jon S. Baird and written by Jeff Pope. Based on the later years of the lives of the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, the film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

It premiered in October 2018 at the BFI London Film Festival.

The film was released in the United States on 28 December 2018 and in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2019.  

The film focuses on details of the comedy duo's personal relationship while relating how they embarked on a grueling music hall tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland during 1953 and struggled to get another film made.  

At the 76th Golden Globe Awards, Reilly was nominated for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards the film earned three nominations, including Best British Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Coogan.