Friends of St. Mary's Church, Shrawley
The Friends committee was founded in 1972 to support Shrawley Church following the amalgamation of the parishes of Great Witley, Little Witley, and Shrawley into one ecclesiastical parish of Shrawley and the Witleys. The original parish groups decided to form their own local church committees to look after day-to-day matters, responsible to the Parochial Church Council as the legal organisation.
In 2015, after a number of changes, the Parish of Shrawley and the Witleys was joined into a combined benefice with Abberley and Teme Valley North [Knighton, Lindridge, Stockton, Pensax], giving the new incumbent the ministry of nine church buildings.
The main work of the Friends today is to raise funds for the maintenance and operation of Shrawley Church. It arranges, either alone or with other village organisations, a range of fund-raising events each year. When there is a need for major maintenance work, as in 2006 when the church roof needed repair, the Friends, with help from other village groups, raised over £20,000 and bid successfully for grants of £53,000.
The Friends also run a '100 Club' with a monthly prize money draw. For more information on this and how to join, please contact the secretary, Paul Gorrod.
Anyone can be a Friend of St. Mary's. There is no residence or financial qualification and all help is welcome. Work is managed by a committee elected annually and meeting on average, 4 times a year. The Priest-in-charge and the Churchwardens are members as of right.