Friends of St Matthew's Church Otterbourne

‘The Friends’ was launched in 2002 with an organ concert at Cranbury Park, the home of our patron, Mrs P Chamberlayne-Macdonald, who is Patron and a staunch and well liked parishioner. It was formed not only for the regular churchgoer, but for people who have a special link with St Matthew’s and are not able to attend regularly, especially if they have moved away, thus being able to give a legacy to this wonderful Victorian Keble Church to flourish.

Our objective is to raise money for projects within the Church, which will assist the Parochial Church Council. We are not permitted to give financial support to the building, but there are many other requirements that does benefit the Church


In the past we have provided:

  • large print hymn books,
  • Chairs for the Church Room,
  • assisted with the loop system (which has helped

the hard of hearing to enjoy the services at St Matthew’s).

  • Made the pews more comfortable with cushions

(not to allow the congregation to slumber!)

  • We have assisted with the new lighting in the Church.
  • Helped to fund the restoration of the listed Lewis organ.
  • Produced calendars of the village.

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Welcome to the 'Friends of St Matthews Church Otterbourne'

As our slogan says:

‘We are promoting the Church, not only for ourselves, but supporting the ministry to work within the community and provide for our Children’s Children.’

Our normal functions for the Friends are:

  • A Summer Cream Tea, Bi-annually ‘Burns Night’ and on the alternate years ‘A Punch ‘n’ Pies’.
  • We have had visits to: Romsey Abbey and the Three Keble Churches (Ampfield, Hursley and Otterbourne).
  • A programme is in the planning stage.

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