The Friends of St Peter's Great Berkhamsted is a charitable trust dedicated to maintaining and enhancing St Peter's Church and the churchyards that belong to it.
From the war memorials to the chime of bells above the High Street, the rich heritage of St Peter's Berkhamsted is cherished by locals and visitors, parishoners and non-churchgoers alike. The Friends provide an opportunity for individuals, families, local institutions and businesses to become involved in the care and conservation of this irreplaceable heritage.
Launched in 2013, the Friends is a group of local volunteers who work with the PCC, heritage organisations, architects and local government to conserve and improve our irreplaceable heritage. Recent projects have included repairs to the church clock, conservation work on the medival brasses in the church, and restoration work on an Elizabethan coat of arms which was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen in 2016.
The Friends is also undertaking a major project to restore the Rectory Lane Cemetery. This beautiful graveyard, hidden across the road behind the Rex Cinema, is a tranquil haven abundant with wildlife, Victorian monuments and Commonwealth War Graves. The Friends are working to restore the gravestones, improve the paths, install new seating and enhance this green space as an asset for all the community to enjoy. The project has secured funding from a number of courses including the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets.
Please consider supporting the care and conservation of our irreplaceable local heritage by getting involved with the Friends of St Peter's. Find out how you can volunteer, sposnsor a project or make a donation on the Friends of St Peter's website.