About us

The Friends of St Nicholas was formed in 1995, to raise funds to help keep the 900-year-old church of St Nicholas in good repair for present-day use and future generations.

All the fundraising is directed towards the fabric and maintenance of this Grade II*- listed building. We do not fund the day-to-day running of the church. The churchyard and parish burial ground are maintained by the Great Wakering Parish Council.

Since 1995, our fundraising has led to several grants from, among others, English Heritage and the Friends of Essex Churches. We have supported major repairs to the tower, the spire and roof, as well as numerous smaller repairs around the church.

Most of our members live locally, but we also have many members with past connections with Great Wakering who now live outside the village.

We run a year-round programme of fundraising activities, including coffee mornings, talks and coach trips to places of interest. See some of our events here.

All our activities are really well supported. The Friends play a useful part in promoting community life in the village, as well as raising funds for St Nicholas Church building.