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Friends of West Mersea Parish Church

We are a non-religious charity, set up to preserve the historic building at the heart of the village of West Mersea.


Grade I listed buildings take a lot of money to maintain and keep in good repair.  

The Friends were set up in 2011 to raise funds to tackle the pressing repair issues.  

So what has this all got to do with me, a non-religious person?

Architecture & Community

Well it’s partly to do with our architectural heritage, which is for everyone – not just the religious. It’s a pretty special building, so special in fact that its architectural and historical importance has been recognised by English Heritage who has deemed the church a Grade 1 listed building for many years. 

The church is not just for the regular worshippers. The church hosts many weddings and funerals throughout the year; did you know that anyone who lives within the parish boundaries has a right to get married in the church or to have their funeral service there. Many of the people who attend such events may never go to church otherwise but still enjoy its benefits on these special occasions.


Lots of other people use the church who are not necessarily churchgoers: the Mothers and Toddlers Club and Messy Church for mums and pre-school children and The Mersea Island Choir for instance and more recently the hundreds of people who have enjoyed some of the fabulous events staged in the church by The Friends.

Without the church it would be difficult or impossible to reproduce the community togetherness that these activities bring.

Less than a cup coffee

Just £2 per month.

  • Annual Membership

    Every year
    12 months Membership to Friends of West Mersea Parish Church
    • Discounted tickets on concerts and other events
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