Friends of St Peter's Church

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The "Corona Roamer" Calendar

At the start of the lock down, Steve James, from Portesham, decided to lighten the mood by

wearing fancy dress each day when he walked his dogs. Every day brought us a new

costume. He soon caught the attention of a wider audience and appeared in the Dorset

Evening Echo, and the Daily Express.

His wife, Lucy, captured the moment by photographing the daily ritual. To remember the

extraordinary times, Lucy had a handful of calendars printed for themselves and friends.

With kind permission from Lucy and Steve, further copies have been printed to raise money

for St Peters Church. The church, and friends of St Peters, have been fundraising for a toilet

and servery to be installed. Currently, St. Peters does not have a toilet, and this excludes

some people from using the church.

If you would like a copy of the calendar for yourselves, or to give as a gift for family and

friends, they are available from the village. They are called the “Corona Roamer” calendar,

and would make a great memento of these troubling times. We are asking for donations of

not less than £10 towards the cost if you would like one.

We would like to thank Lucy and Steve James for their support.

The calendars are available from:

Rev. Margaret Preuss Higham 01305 873978 or Phil and Helen Lannon 01305 871034

Click the pic to view Steve's many alter ego's


We are an independent charity (registered charity no. 1108114) that promotes and assists in the care, maintenance and preservation of the fabric of St. Peter's Church. We are run by a committee of Trustees which currently comprises Lesley Balmer (Treasurer), Geoffrey Hawtin (Chair), Lorna Hawtin (Membership Secretary), Martin Jolliffe, Vaughan Jones, Ann McKinna (Secretary), and Chris Rod.

St. Peter's Church, as we know it, has stood in the centre of Portesham since 1500, although parts date back much earlier, to the 12th Century. Over that time it has been lovingly maintained, resulting in the priceless heritage we can all appreciate and enjoy today.

Becoming a member of the Friends of St. Peter's is open to all. There is no need to be a churchgoer in order to be a Friend but just to have a desire, for whatever reason, to help preserve this wonderful building. As a Friend you will be invited to our Annual Meeting and will receive a newsletter with the latest news and details of forthcoming events.

Funds are raised through subscriptions and special fund-raising events. These funds are used to make grants to help cover the costs of expenditure which the Trustees are satisfied fall within the aim of the Friends.

The annual subscription js currently £12, renewable on 1st April each year but for anyone joining after 30th September the initial subscription is reduced to £6. Alternatively, a subscription for like membership is £150. Additional donations are always welcome.

If you would like to become a Friend, please complete an application form which are available in the church, from the Membership Secretary or can be downloaded here.

The form includes a section for those who wish to pay by Banker's Order as well as a Gift Aid declaration for those UK taxpayers who would like to make their contribution under this scheme. By doing so, for every £1.00 received the Friends can claim 25p from the Inland Revenue.

The completed form should be returned to the Membership Secretary:

Lorna Hawtin, Manor Farm House, 17, Front Street, Portesham DT3 4ET.

If you would like further information she can be reached on 01305 871043.

Since its establishment in 2004, the Friends have contributed funds for:

• Weatherproofing, resetting lead and stonework on the east gable

• Rustproofing and repainting rainwater fittings

• Replacement and refurbishment of the north and west doors

• Pointing and weatherproofing the windows inside and out

• Refixing lead hopper and downpipes

• Treatment of steel beam and fittings in tower bell chamber

• Installation of new porch step

• Refurbishment of the church clock

• Resealing roof lead

• Woodworm treatment in clock chamber

• Automating the clock

• Conservation work to a memorial on the church wall

We wish to thank all our current members for their contributions and look forward to welcoming new members.