Newsletter – Issue #01 Feb 2012

Welcome… to the first newsletter of the Friends of St Arvans.

Following the launch in July 2011, we can report that we have received a very good response from local Friends, together with those Friends who have moved to other parts but still have strong ties with the Church and the village of St.Arvans.    As stated in our launch leaflet, subscriptions from Friends will be managed apart from general church funds and all monies will go towards the cost of maintaining the general fabric of the Church.

Our sincere thanks for all donations to date

Friends from the past… To our very pleasant surprise, during October last we had an unexpected visit from Andrew Wells and his wife Sally.    Andrew is a close descendent of the late Nathaniel Wells of Piercefield Park (home of Chepstow Racecourse). As outlined in our launch it was Nathaniel who was responsible for financing the octagonal Church Tower which was built in 1820, when he was High Sheriff of Monmouthshire and Church Warden of St. Arvans, a position he held for 40 years. There is a memorial tablet in the Church to commemorate the life of both Nathaniel and his wife Esther.

Church Roof Restoration… The establishment of Friends has coincided with the announcement that work is to commence in Spring 2012 on the necessary replacement of the Church Roof. This is a major project primarily financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, against matched funding from church activities and various grants. Friends will be making a contribution to the overall cost which is anticipated to be in the region of £200,000.

New Notice Board… In addition later in the year, Friends will provide the Church with a new external notice board since the current one is showing its age.

Updated Web Site……. We are also pleased to report that the Church Website ( is currently being updated and rewritten with a section for Friends. The cost of this work is being met out of a small local grant given to Friends.  We hope that the revised website will enable many of our Friends to keep up to date with what is happening in relation to the Church.

Please help others become Friends….. As we continue to further grow our family of Friends, should you have relatives or personal friends who have moved away but may wish to join, please pass their name on so we may make contact or forward them a Friends Leaflet, which can be obtained from the Church, the St.Arvans Meeting Rooms or the Village Shop.

The Next Newsletter…………… will be issued later in the year, when we will give a progress report regarding ongoing work, together with a series of articles that will cover the history behind some of the distinctive features within the Church

We look forward to being in touch again later this year.