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The Friends of Burpham Church is a registered charity (No. 1103789) established in 2004 to raise funds to help maintain the structure of St. Mary the Virgin, Burpham, West Sussex both as a place of worship and as a resource for the use of residents and visitors.  It is separate from the Parochial Parish Council, which runs the church and is responsible for its day-to-day upkeep.

Most of the parish would have worked to build the church when it was first established.  During the intervening centuries just about everyone, including the vicar, paid to keep it in good repair.  The cost of keeping the church open is now about £25,000 a year, and repair and maintenance costs are about £6,000 per annum.  Even with a generous and relatively large congregation this is a challenge, and the burden needs to be spread wider. 

Since its creation in 2004, the FBC has contributed over £57,000 to the physical maintenance of the church.

By becoming a member of "Friends of Burpham Church" you will be contributing to the upkeep.  Gift Aided donations or Gift Aided standing orders would be very much welcomed.  If you would like further information, please contact:

Ian van Stratum - Chairman of the Trustees 

Douglas Evans - Treasurer 

To contact us about FBC charity  matters only please email:




For church related matters please contact local PCC or the vicar  Celia Woodruff

phone: 07807 899119

email: celia.woodruff1@gmail.com

Registered Charity No. 1103789