How the Friends raise funds for St Mary's Church Hadleigh

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Friends of St Mary's Church Hadleigh raise much-needed funds through donations, legacies, fundraising events and book sales. Individuals and businesses become Friends by making donations.

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St Mary's Church Hadleigh

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Our main fundraising event is the annual Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh event. This year it will be held on Saturday 1st  June 2024.

This year 25 gardens were on show, including the famous garden at Benton End, which will again be on show this year.

In 2019 the event raised nearly £3,600 for The Friends of St Mary's. The 2020 edition had to be 'virtual' because of Covid-19 restrictions, so the Gardens sub-committee organised a photography contest covering 77 Hadleigh gardens. It went live on 6th June 2020.

The 2021 event was moved to September: 35 gardens participated and there was also the photo contest. Over 600 visitors bought programmes and £6,500 was raised for The friends of St Mary's. For 2022 the event moved back to June and raised over £6,000 again.


Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh 2020 Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh 2020 photography contest

  • "Hadleigh Suffolk 1900-2000: A Century in Word and Pictures" by Roger Kennell

  • "Hadleigh Suffolk Then and Now"

  • "Signs of the Times" Roger Kennell

  • "The Inventory" Sue Andrews

  • "The Hadleigh Corset Factory of P&S"

  • "Hadleigh Deanery Tower through Six Centuries" Roger Kennell

  • "Hadleigh During World War Two 1939-1945 - The Home Front Story" Roger Kennell

  • "Hadleigh Suffolk and the Reformation – Notes from a lecture at St Mary’s" David Cornick

  • "Living with a Legacy: Today’s Churches & Yesterday’s Reformations - Notes from a lecture at St Mary’s" David Cornick

  • Historic Picture Postcards

repairs to the church

Repairs to part of the church roof