Friends of St Marys

the strainer archWhat is “Friends of St Mary’s” ??

Friends of St Mary’s is a registered charitable trust, established in 2006, dedicated to raising funds to help maintain, restore and preserve the fabric of the beautiful Church of St. Mary Rushden, for the benefit of the whole community. The present building was mostly erected in the 12th century and has a superb tower and 172ft spire. Inside there is a strainer arch (one of only three in England) and a 14th century pulpit and font.

Throughout the year “Friends” puts on a wide variety of entertainment, from concerts featuring a wide range of music, Pudding Club evenings, Sunday Cream Teas and Curry nights to participation in National Heritage celebrations. These have featured demonstrations of rural crafts by stonemasons and woodcarvers, a display of birds of prey flown in the church and Teddy bears parachuting from the tower !

Everyone is welcome to join us on any event, whether a registered member of “Friends” or not. For those taking out annual membership, the subscriptions are just £10 for an individual, £15 per couple and £20 for a family of up to four. There are great benefits too … discounts on ticketed events, regular updates on all activities, twice yearly newsletters and the opportunity to attend the annual FREE “Friends” Day held every summer.

Our current membership is a little over 100 people of all ages from babies to nonagenarians. If you would like to join them, or want further information, feel free to contact John Allen on 01933 652222 or



Enjoy a slice of Rushden past and present – pick up this unique memento of our town!  The DVD includes an aerial view of the town and surroundings taken from a quad ‘copter (can you spot your house or school?).  There are present day photos of well known buildings and landmarks, contrast with how they looked 100 years ago or more.

A soundtrack & commentary with lots of information about how Rushden has changed and is still changing.

An insight into how the DVD was made, using the latest technology.

 DVD Sales are now only at The Wetlands Centre, Rushden Lakes and cost a reduced price of £5.00.

The DVD makes an ideal gift with a difference!


 Future Events

Curry Supper Night  on Saturday 12 January 2019 @ 7pm in the Church Hall

As an alternative to Pudding Club, the formerly Curry Night is making a welcome return! Featuring both a meat and a vegetable curry plus rice and sambals, with an activity relating to curries, spices and Indian cuisine. We are hoping that many of you will want to give this a try. Tickets are now available from Rob and John or tel:01933 652222 at £6 members or £8 non members.

Bangers & Mash Supper Night on Saturday 23 March

This will be a first for Friends of St Mary’s but it is hoped will generate both interest and enjoyment. With a selection of locally made sausages (including vegetarian) buttery mash, fried onions and either roast gravy or a choice of pickles, mustards and sauces, there should be something for everyone! More details in due course.