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 Guardians Concert is:

Thursday 26th April at 7.30 p.m.

The Lyra Singers from St Petersburg

in a concert of sacred & secular music from the great Russian composers

The Lyra SingersThe Lyra Singers have been touring Britain every Spring for some years and we are delighted to be able to fit them in this year. They comprise a soprano, contralto, tenor and bass and they are graduates from the finest music colleges and Opera theatres in Russia. Readers may remember the Blagovest Ensemble who sang here four years running from 2005 before huge audiences. We can say with confidence that the Lyra Singers will give an even more attractive performance.

Tickets £10 on the door, £9 from Martock News, Martock Gallery or 01935 822706. Accompanied children under 16 admitted free.