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 [email protected]

What we do

We are involved in running 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 four major annual events which have become an established part of the Barnes calendar:

Barnes Charity Ball in February

Barnes Music Festival in March

Barnes BookFest in September

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.

Please also see a most interesting talk by the architect Ted Cullinan on the rebuilding of St Mary’s Barnes

Also available is the history timeline

Over 1000 years of Barnes History

Barnes Music Festival
9th to 24th March 2024
Twentieth Century Society Cullinan Event
Thursday 25th April 2024
Barnes BookFest
20th to 22nd September 2024
Barnes Charity Fashion Show
9th & 10th October 2024
Friends Choral Evensong
Sunday 13th October 2024

Annual reports