All Saints

Turvey

High Street, Turvey, Bedfordshire

Header graphic of Organ pipes at All Saints Turvey

FAST - Friends of All Saints Turvey

All Saints' Church is there for everyone, be it for a baptism, a wedding or a funeral or just somewhere to visit when we feel like it - an integral part of our village.

Just as the maintenance of our own homes has to be paid for, so too does the maintenance of our church. And this is why a charitable trust in the name of "The Friends of All Saints, Turvey" was created in November 2000, its sole purpose being to raise funds for the maintenance and preservation of our parish church.

Since then the Charity has been instrumental in raising well over £100,000 for the church through fund raising events and through donations made by local people. For example in the summer of 2014 over £5,000 was raised by villagers in our latest venture, "The Talents".

All Saints, Turvey is a fine example of English church architecture and features in "England's Thousand Best Churches" by Simon Jenkins, who says, "These churches were and still are glorious. I regard them as a dispersed gallery of vernacular art... without equal anywhere in the world".

Sadly though, our church, like so many parish churches, has suffered from the ravages of time and the death watch beetle. During 2004/2005 extensive repairs were carried out to the nave roof. A substantial part of the funding for that work was provided by FAST.

The latest survey of the church fabric has shown that further extensive repairs are needed, this time to the roof of the south aisle. Once again FAST is striving to raise substantial funds towards the cost of these repairs, through events, gift-aid donations and standing orders.

Throughout the centuries All Saints has been at the centre of our village, providing a welcome to all. Now it is our turn to put something back and give substantial support to the preservation of our church for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Trustees:
His Honour Richard Bray (Chairman), Mrs Georgina Elliott, Mr Daniel Hanbury, Mr Rodney Petty, Mr Mike Marshall, Mr David Allender, Mr Tony Higgs Mr Anthony Ormerod, Mrs Katy Knowles, Mr Rob Spray.