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.

"Between 2002 and the end of 2018, the Guardians staged 125 concerts or talks that were attended by 18,000 people and raised some £80,000 towards refurbishment of the church building."


The next Guardians event is:


Saturday 27th April 2019 at 7.30pm

Yeovil Concert Band

The Band was formed in 1999 with just eight members but has had around 36 members for many years, between them playing 15 different types of instrument, making it suitable for performing a wide range of music, with 16 brass and 19 woodwind instrumentalists plus a percussionist. Coming previously in 2012 and 2013, they last came to Martock in April 2017 and were then conducted by Band Sergeant Tom Griffin. He had also conducted the Yeovilton Military band here two months earlier.

Tom Griffin has now been posted elsewhere. The Concert Band’s Musical Director is now Jim Bennett who studied trumpet at the RCM and has played in 3 Symphony orchestras and as a soloist with another. He also leads the Sherborne Youth Band and Gillingham Silver Band and teaches music at Bedford School and several others in Somerset. He also plays jazz in his own group, with residencies at London venues and plays with three local jazz bands.

The Concert Band will play a wide range of music, including songs from stage shows and films, marches, folk music, classical suites, tributes to classical and popular composers, famous singers or musicians. Their selections on previous visits to Martock have been universally pleasing and expertly performed.

"Tickets will be £9 on the door or £8 in advance from Martock News , Martock Gallery or by phoning "Evie" on 01835 829 576. Accompanied Children under 16 admitted free