St Mary's Church Building
St Mary’s Oxted Heritage Trust
The Trust is a registered charity, its object being to support the repair and restoration of St Mary’s Church Oxted, any buildings situated within the curtilage of the church including the hall, and the construction of any buildings within the curtilage.
It is independent of the Church and works closely with the Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s, Oxted to ensure a co-ordinated effort in the activities of the Trust.
The Trust was formed in 1988 under its Patron Lord Howe (then the local MP who became Deputy Prime Minister) and raised significant funds to support the Church Tower appeal and other projects in the late twentieth century. The longest serving Trustee was Margaret MacNaughton, known for fiercely protecting its independent status.
In 2001 the Trust formed the Oxted Community Hall Appeal Committee and successfully fundraised £825,000 for the project it led: the design, construction and delivery of a new Community Hall for Oxted, completed in 2007 and opened by HRH The Duke of Kent.
An appeal was launched in 2013 to support a major Church refurbishment project. In 2018 the Heritage Trust funded the external works to the church and St Mary’s PCC benefitted from £81,900 which together with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Garfield Weston grants enabled the main exterior works to be completed in the sum of £110,000 plus fees.
In 2021 the trust has funded £15,000 for a new glass door for the church porch and £15,000 to fund a new gas boiler.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Trust, or would like to donate to support the aims of the trust, we would love to hear from you. Please use the ‘Contact us’ tab on the menu here. Please mark the message ‘For St Mary’s Oxted Heritage Trust’
If you would like to donate directly to the Trust, their bank details are:
Account Name: St Mary's Oxted Heritage Trust
Sort Code: 60-16-09
Account number: 62639552
More information on the building can be found in this guide.