The Friends of Steep Church charity has been running events and raising funds since 2015. Its purpose is to protect and enhance All Saints’ Church, a nearly 900-year-old church in Steep, a rural village in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

Strong as All Saints’ is in terms of history and beauty, it very much remains a ‘living’ community asset. A vital part of the visual landscape for everyone, the church enjoys wide local support at Easter and Christmas, when the congregation has on occasion exceeded 250 people, and acts as a welcoming backdrop for musical events, exhibitions and lectures. It is a popular setting for weddings, in addition to serving as a final – serene – resting place for loved ones.

The Friends charity is established to engage with the entire community in seeking to ensure a strong and vibrant future for this historical treasure.

 
Governance:
 
The Trustees of Friends of Steep Church are:
  • Rev Canon John Owen – President
  • John Trewby – Chairman
  • David Erskine-Hill – Secretary
  • Phyllida Barnes
  • Peter Cruttenden
  • Marie-Marthe Gervais
  • Trevor Hines
  • Treasurer: Felicity Telford
  • Minutes Secretary: Deidre Mitchell
  • Committee members: Fran Box, Mike Cope
Friends of Steep Church is a registered charity.
The Charity Commission number is: 1192838
It is hoped the next AGM of Friends of Steep Church will be held in mid 2022.
 

The church is a  strikingly beautiful building dating from about 1125, with extensions and improvements from the period 1180-1200. Substantial restoration work was undertaken in the mid-1870s, when the wooden spire was added.

 The interior contains some notable features, ranging from the 14th century font to the 20th century memorial ‘Whistler windows’, dedicated to the memory of Edward Thomas, the renowned poet who lived in Steep and who was killed in action at Arras in 1917. The church has also benefited from outstanding local craftsmanship associated with Bedales School and the Edward Barnsley workshop.

 

Donations

If you’d like to donate to the Friends please click the button below.

For information, the Charities Aid Foundation Bank is at 25, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4JQ

Please also consider joining the Friends where your membership will be very much appreciated. The form for completion is below.

Who are the friends? 

Friends of Steep Church is a charity which has been set up to conserve and enhance the church for future generations. Its formal purpose is ‘to assist in the restoration, preservation, maintenance, re-pair, improvement and beautification of the Parish Church of All Saints’, Steep.” We will help the Parochial Church Council in looking after all aspects of the fabric and surroundings of the church. Apart from the substantial building, this could include the monuments, the fittings and fixtures, and stained glass, as well as the furniture and ornaments in the church. The setting of the church is equally important and we will also be taking an interest in the maintenance and improvement of the churchyard belonging to the Church.

The Friends will raise funds and use the money to make grants to those directly responsible for the care of the Church. The charity expects to be holding exhibitions, concerts, lectures and other fund raising activities in the church and, perhaps, further afield.

​Become a Friend ​

By becoming a Friend, you will be directly contributing to conserving and enhancing the church and joining all those who have its interests at heart. 
You will receive –

  • the annual report
  • an invitation to events of the Friends
  • news of concerts and other events connected with the church 

To become a Friend, we would like you to pay –

  • a regular subscription. This can be any amount of your choosing, but we would suggest a minimum annual subscription of £15 (£10 for those under the age of 25). 

Alternatively, you can support the work of the Friends through a donation or bequest. The charity’s bank details and address can be found on the Standing Order form below.

If you are a taxpayer, a Gift Aid Declaration increases your subscription by 25p for every £1 donated, so it would also be helpful if you could complete the necessary information on the attached Gift Aid form.

Please return completed forms to: The Secretary, Friends of Steep Church, 77 Church Road, Steep GU32 2DF