St. Mary's Guild was formed for Christian ladies to support the Parish church. The Guild forms the backbone of the general fund raising for the maintenance of the Parish church and in particular for the restoration of the roof. The expense of maintaining a medieval building is quite staggering and so the Guild is very active, holding many events such as jumble sales, coffee mornings, tea parties, quizzes, concerts, the annual Flower Festival, Open Gardens and Christmas Bazaar. The Guild is also responsible for all the flowers in the church and all of the decorations for special events.
St. Mary's Guild aims to form friendships through their activities and all its members bring their own talents to fulfil this. The new altar kneeler the Guild has worked on has brought lots of people together to produce a magnificent piece of artwork. Apart from their own fund raising, the Guild also supports and donates to many other charities and good causes. These have included, in 2005, the Matthew Rusike Children's Home in Zimbabwe and the Children's Society. The Guild also goes on a number of outings during the year, a highlight in 2006 being a trip to The Prince of Wales Garden at Highgrove House.
St. Mary's Guild meets informally in their members homes on the second Tuesday of each month. The date and venue is in each month's parish newsletter and new members would be most welcome.
Further details can be obtained from the Joint leaders now are Val Swallow and Veronica Plowman