St. Margaret’s Church, Rainham is a medieval building which needs continual upkeep both internally and externally. In fact it is one of the finest ancient buildings in the Medway Towns and undeed Kent with many unique features.
Established in 1978, the Friends of St. Margaret’s was set up to help raise money for the restoration, preservation, repair, maintenance, improvement, and beautification of the Church and it’s grounds.
Membership is open to all who share our common concern for the wonderful heritage which has been passed down to us from those before us. We are now the stewards for our lifetime, and it is essential that we act to ensure we are able to pass this historical place of worship on to future generations.
Unlike many historical sites this Church receives no direct government support nor does it have recourse to any funding from within the Church of England.
Over the last five years we have undertaken the following projects:
Preservation of the mediaeval wall paintings
Cleaning of the Celure
Repair and protection of Brasses
New carpet in the chancel and chapel and Choir stalls
Replacement of notice boards
Kitchen units in the lobby
New Alms Plate
We also organise several social events during the year, details of which are advertised in Church, in the Sunburst magazine and on the Church website.
Please continue to support us and if you are not already a Friend perhaps you may like to consider becoming one and help to contribute to the tremendous work done for our church. Annual membership is £12 per person or £25 per family. Forms are available at the back of the Church or speak to the Membership Secretary on 01634 260338.
If you would like to join the Friends of St. Margaret’s you can download an application form here.
An Update from the Friends
After lots of complications and hold-ups along the way we have been able to have the preservation work done on the medieval wall paintings, everyone who has seen them agrees that it was well worth doing and is impressed by the difference it has made.
The brasses, have now been repaired and are back in place. The carpet has been laid in the chancel as well as a matching piece in the chapel. This has in part been made possible by the generosity of Martin Lukehurst of Gerald Lukehurst & Son who supplied the carpet at cost price, thus making no profit for himself. In these difficult economic times this has been a very kind gesture to the Friends and the Church, and we are most grateful to him.