Friends of Long Sutton Church
The Friends of Long Sutton Church (FOLSC) was established in 2005 with the sole aim of providing financial assistance to the Parochial Church Council (PCC) who have responsibility for the maintenance of the church building. Contrary to popular opinion, the church authorities do not contribute to building maintenance costs and without our additional support, there is a strong likelihood the church building would deteriorate. Holy Trinity Long Sutton is a fine Grade 1 listed building, constructed in Blue Lias with ham stone dressings. It features an imposing Somerset tower, while inside it has an ornately carved oak screen dating from the 15th century, complemented by a stunning painted pulpit. Sadly, to maintain the condition of our church, like any ancient building, this involves constant sympathetic repairs from skilled craftsmen.
We have a small number of volunteer trustees who manage the activities of our charity and are supported by our members who mainly live in Long Sutton and the surrounding villages and hamlets. New members are always most welcome and membership details can be provided by any of the trustees. In addition to funds raised by membership contributions and donations, we organise a programme of events each year and our aim is to have fun while raising money for an excellent cause. FOLSC donations do not extend to religious aspects of the church.
Our activities vary from year to year with details published here on the village website as well as by local advertising. A summary of previous activities is detailed on this website and normally involves participation in eating, drinking, dancing, music, lectures or combinations of all of the above! Our members, many of whom are secular, come from a wide cross section of the local community who have a single aim to support a very fine building which is the focal point of our village and with their continued support will remain so for many generations to come. We have charitable status and are registered with the Charity Commission against number 1109211. We welcome any questions with regard to membership, events or other FOLSC activities as well as suggestions or ideas for future fund raising/social activities.
Our AGM for 2017 will be held in the School Hall on Thursday the 23rd of February. Come along at 7-00pm for a chat with friends. The meeting proper starts at 7-30.
FOLSC organises a variety of events to raise funds for the ongoing maintenance of the church. Below you will find details of upcoming events and reports of events already held.
Mouse Racing - Saturday, 9th April
FOLSC organised their opening event of the 2016 season on Saturday 9th April, A Grand Mouse Race Challenge which coincided with the scaled up event at Aintree. Whilst the demands of copy deadline means our full event report will not appear until next month’s edition, I am reliably informed by many of our guests they had as much (if not more) fun than had they made the trip to Merseyside! In the interim thanks to all from our community who turned out to cheer on the rodent racers and to those of you who did not you missed a night to remember. Hopefully some of our punters came away with a profit but if not they will all have been compensated by a hilarious event with the added benefit every pound of profit raised will go towards the FOLSC fighting fund. Many thanks to you all!
Summer Party - Saturday, 16th July
What a night we all had! Our earlier publicity advertised the FOLSC ‘Shorts & Shades’ party as the event of the local summer season and judging from feedback received from our guests this was no mere exaggeration.
The village Hall was decked out to reflect summer holidays and our Pimms’ bar quickly put arriving guests in the party mood. We were royally entertained with two excellent sets by local band Twisted Vinyl. Dressed in slick dark suits combined with low lighting, smoke on stage and a sultry night, the parallels with the Fab Four were clear and the atmosphere was much as it would have been in Liverpool's Cavern Club 50 years ago. Despite their youth the band performed some fantastic covers of hits from the Shadows, Elvis and much else besides, finishing with what else but ‘Twist and Shout’!
In the interval burgers and sausages were served, complemented by a fine array of salads; many thanks to Martin Underwood for being our BBQ Chef for a second year. ‘Pudding’ was provided in the form of ‘stop me and buy one’ ice cream which certainly hit the spot on a sticky July evening. We will report the financial result in September but early indications are good that profits delivered should result in a landmark figure for the fighting fund. At this stage we would just like to thank all from our community who turned out in strength to party with us and also to the hardworking team at the Long Sutton Village shop who sold all the tickets to make this a sell-out event.
A Jekyll & Hyde Moment with FOLSC
To conclude the 2016 season FOLSC scored another first by bringing live theatre to Long Sutton on Sunday, 16th October. Our capacity audience forsook the attractions of 'Poldark' and 'Strictly' and instead enjoyed the Pantaloon Theatre Company's unique interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson's murky tale of murder, mystery and transmogrification.
A talented young cast of just three actors retold the 1886 tale when Jekyll discovers a drug that transforms him, thus enabling him to unleash his dark side onto the streets of Victorian London. He soon, however, discovers the price of his double life and the production explores the struggle between good and evil, the conscious and unconscious until it is finally revealed the honourable Dr Jekyll and the dastardly Mr Hyde are one and the same person. The minimal but effective stage props, supported by creative lighting and with interludes of music, comedy, panto and audience interaction, meant the show had something for everyone. We received a subsequent message from the cast to say how much they had enjoyed their visit with such a brilliant village hall and friendly and welcoming audience!
The evening provided a further boost to the fighting fund with a combined profit on our three outings in 2016 amounting to a smidgen over £2,900 – what a fantastic result!
- Oompah Night
- Summer Party
- Murder Mystery
Minutes of Meetings
Chairman: David Aitken
Tel: 01458 241335
Secretary: Geoff Pringle
Tel: 01458 241371
Treasurer: Phil Godfrey
Tel: 01458 241137