Friends of St Mary's Barnes

Who we are

The Friends of St Mary’s Barnes aim to raise funds for the upkeep and renovation of our historic church building and churchyard and promote awareness of its place in the history and life of Barnes. St Mary’s is the oldest building in Barnes dating back to the 1100s, as well as an award-winning piece of contemporary architecture, and has always been at the heart of the Barnes community. Through the events we run throughout the year, we raise considerable funds for maintaining and enhancing the church building and churchyard, as well as for nominated charities, and bring many people from Barnes and beyond into our inspiring building.

We are led by an Advisory Council made up of people in the congregation and in the wider community of Barnes. If you wish to make a donation or receive more information, please contact the chairman Andrew Summers at

What we do

We run a series of events throughout the year including concerts, lectures, exhibitions, shows and balls and everyone coming to these events is regarded as a “Friend”. These include three major annual events which have become an established part of the Barnes calendar:

Barnes Charity Ball in February

Barnes Music Festival in March

Barnes Charity Fashion Show in October

Please click on these events to go to their individual websites for full information. See also the full list of Events 1995-2015 and Annual Reports for each year below.

Also available is the history timeline Over 1000 years of Barnes History

See architect Ted Cullinan’s lecture on his design vision for the rebuilt St Mary’s.


Forthcoming events

Friends Annual Choral Evensong with the Bishop of Hereford Rt Rev Richard Frith 9 October 2016 – free entry with collection
Barnes Charity Fashion Show 12/13 October 2016 – tickets available in September
Book Launch of “The Beauty and the Horror: living with life’s contradictions“ by Bishop Richard Harries with John Humphrys 27 October 2016
Barnes Charity Ball 3 February 2017 – tickets available in October
Barnes Music FestivalMusic & Place” 11-26 March 2017 – tickets available in December


Annual reports