The Guardians of Martock Church


In 1996 a Charitable Trust was formed and the charity, to be known as The Guardians of Martock Church, is dedicated to raising funds on an on-going basis for the repair, restoration and upkeep of the fabric of the Church.

The Guardians are supported by people from all sections of the village community. The Trust is completely independent of the PCC of All Saints' Church and any funds raised remain the assets of the Trustees.

The Trust document defines “the fabric of the church” as “the Church and Churchyard and contents including monuments, ornaments, furnishings, bells, organ, windows, and other embellishments and equipment of the Church as an ancient building of beauty, historic and architectural interest.” Since then responsibility for the churchyard has been taken over by the Parish council.

The main fund raising activities are events, primarily concerts, in the church – plus an annual raffle. The Guardians have staged over 107 concerts since 2002 that have been attended by over 15,000 people, raising over £60,000. The next event to be organised by The Guardians is below.

Roger Mark's Cornish Armada Jazz Band

Thursday, 19th October 2017 at 7.30 p.m.

Roger Marks has been leading his Armada Jazz Band on trombone for many years in the West Country and on overseas trips, but many of the original players no longer wish to travel and just meet once per month at a venue in Honiton. So Roger formed his "Cornish" version of the band some years ago and they gave a very well received concert in Martock Church in 2015 and were voted the best of all the eighteen traditional jazz bands that had played in Martock up till then.. The Guardians of Martock Church are delighted that they have agreed to return. They will play a range of popular tunes composed between 1861 and 1944 including The Battle Hymn of the Republic; My Gal Sal; Oh! How I Miss you Tonight; Happy Days are Here Again; I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles and the catchy Jazz Standard Burgundy St Blues.

Tickets £9.00 on the door or £8.00 from Martock News, Martock Gallery or 01935 822706.

Accompanied children aged under 16 will be admitted free.