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Like many other ‘Friends’ organisations, the aim is to support our churches in various ways, but mainly by providing financial assistance for the upkeep of the fabric. When the buildings are of the age of St. Nicholas’ and St. Barnabas’, the cost is considerable. We are fortunate that our predecessors have generally maintained our churches to a high standard; our duty is to ensure that we pass on a similar legacy to our successors. We do hope that you are able to support our work by becoming a ‘Friend’. Whatever your contribution, you can be sure that it will be used to good effect to maintain our ancient parish church in Abbey Fields, and its mission church in Albion Street.

Why become a friend?

  • You may love the churches and the fact that, without them, the normal rites of life – baptism, weddings and funerals – could not take place. But you may hesitate to give a total commitment in terms of faith and commitment to God.
  • You may have a personal or family connection with our churches but are not able to attend regularly because you live away from the area.
  • You may already be an active member of our churches – but the friends organisation will concentrate on maintaining the fabric of our buildings rather than its day-to-day running costs.

Whoever you are and wherever you are from, by becoming a friend you can express your support and make a tangible contribution to our churches.


How do I become a Friend?

St Nicholas Stained Glass Window

Anyone can become a friend of St. Nicholas’ and St. Barnabas’ Churches for a minimum annual membership of £10, or life membership of £200. If you are a UK tax-payer, we can reclaim 25p on every pound donated, so that your minimum annual membership would be worth £12.50 to our funds. You will receive regular newsletters detailing the activities of the church, and giving information about the projects that the friends are supporting. We hope to arrange outings from time to time so that we can see how the friends of our cathedrals and other great churches in the UK are supporting their ministries. Please contact us if you would like to become a Friend.


Where can I find out more?

There is a wealth of information on this website about the everyday life of this parish and its buildings. Do take your time exploring – you’ll find over ninety pages and hundreds of photographs on this site, although you might find the following pages of particular interest.

Link:  History of St Nicholas Church
Link:  History of St Barnabas Church