The Friends of St. Martin's Church, Dorking, were formed in 1981 to raise funds for preserving, maintaining and renewing this splendid Victorian building and its fabric, furniture and fittings. Of course, the congregations finance all the day-to-day running costs, but it is a big and important church with considerable expenses and they struggle to cover all the costs. The Friends build up a fund to help when major repairs are necessary. Over the years since 1981 £98,100 has been contributed ...mostly towards keeping the roofs on!
Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the ancient parish church of Dorking stood on this site near the Roman road of Stane Street. The present church was built between 1866 and 1877, designed by the Surrey architect Henry Woodyer. In an innovative development since 1976 the church has been shared between the Anglican and Methodist congregations. As a significant building in the centre of the town, it is often used for concerts and civil ceremonies.
Membership implies no involvement other than the making of a financial contribution. Friends will receive regular reports of the support received and the work undertaken. The Friends of St. Martin's Church is a registered charity and therefore if you are a taxpayer and fill in the Gift Aid Declaration, your subscription would be worth even more to us.
A membership form, a Gift Aid Declaration and a banker's standing order can be downloaded below. Alternatively please pick up a printed copy of the leaflet and forms from just inside the entrance to St Martin's. Please complete them including the amount of the contribution you would like to make. We suggest a minimum subscription of £10.
Please send these forms to:
Pear Tree Cottage
27-29 Dene Street
Charity Registration Number 283966