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.