The Friends of St Mary's Barnes aim to raise awareness of the church, which is the oldest building in Barnes dating back to 1100 as well as an award winning piece of contemporary architecture, and to raise funds for its upkeep and renovation

We run a series of events every year including concerts, lectures and exhibitions and everyone coming to these events is regarded as a "friend". Barnes celebrities who have taken part in recent years include Tim Rice, Gyles Brandreth, Aled Jones, Patricia Hodge, Chris Patten, Peter Snow and Sir Christopher Frayling. Funds raised have been used to pay for a new heating system, floodlighting, stone paving, notice boards, the induction loop, the engraved glass door and repairs to the tower, weathervane, clock and churchyard

The Friends of St Mary's Barnes 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

For a full report of our activities do read our Reports

Read Annual Report 2013 Annual Report 2009
  Annual Report 2012 Annual Report 2008
  Annual Report 2011 Annual Report 2007
  Annual Report 2010 Annual Report 2006

St Mary's Archaeological Investigations 1978-83. Copies of the booklet available to purchase from church office

Forthcoming Events in 2014

Sunday 12th October at 6pm: Annual Friends Choral Evensong
Thursday 16th October: Barnes Charity Fashion Show
Thursday 27th November: Stephen Dodgson Tribute Concert
Barnes Charity Ball 2015 will be on Friday 6th February

Recently celebrated Events

Barnes Charity Ball February 2014: For a review of this successful evening click on Past Events here

30th Anniversary of Rehallowing: St Mary's was rebuilt in the early 80s following a disastrous fire, creating the inspiring blend of the medieval and the contemporary which we enjoy today.  The re-hallowing of the church took place in February 1984 and to mark the 30th anniversary of this significant event, we held a special service on Sunday 23rd February.  Our preacher was Canon Juergen Simonson who was Rector of Barnes at the time and the service included many items from the original service including the anthem composed for the occasion by Carl Davis  

Barnes Music Festival took place from 22nd March to 6th April centred on St Mary's.  

For more details of all past events click here