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A Church of the Caterham Team Ministry: Caterham Deanery - Diocese of Southwark - Church of England
Annual Report – Guild of Friends of St. Lawrence’s Church

2023/4 has been a busy year for the Guild. Three committee meetings were held during this period as well as an AGM on 15 May 2023.

A regular schedule of services was held at St Lawrence’s during the year, including Wednesday evening prayers, Time and Space services, a summer ecumenical service in August and the annual carol service with Time and Space in December. A  range of fundraising events were held including a coffee morning in September, a well-attended icon exhibition, guided tours of St Lawrence’s and the very successful Summer teas many of which were accompanied by choirs and musicians in St Lawrence’s. The Repair Café moved to new accommodation – the Westway – but continued to make a welcome contribution to Guild funds.

In terms of works, new wooden cupboards were successfully installed to hold the equipment used for the teas with plans to also install screens behind which furniture could be stored. Design plans for a new kitchen/toilet have been developed and are currently being finalised. It is hoped that we can then move onto the next stage and put the design forward for faculty permission for the work to be carried out.  As this project will be on-going for a while the possibility of installing a temporary toilet is being investigated for the summer months.

Other key activity in this period included the approval of an updated version of the Guild Constitution at the AGM in May 2023 and extensive work to clarify and update the Guild membership list.

Looking forward to 2024/5 we are hoping to continue to grow the membership and encourage a wide range of fund-raising activities.

Helen Moulsley and Laura Zajdlic
Hon. Secretaries

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