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Hollyhocks st St. Mary's House & Gardens, Bramber

The Friends of St. Mary's

The Friends of St. Mary's exists to secure the future of this historic house and its contents, together with its extensive gardens so that the house, together with its remaining gardens, can continue to be enjoyed by the many thousands of visitors annually.

Since its formation in 1991, the Friends have been instrumental in raising funds for restoration projects through membership subscriptions and organising events and functions.  The projects supported include the restoration of the Monks' Walk, the installation of a shutting window, reinstatement of the blocked-up window in the east facade, display cases for the collections held at St. Mary's, installation of a small stained-glass window in the Music Room, and new decorative cornices in the Music Room.  In a major fundraising effort, 13,000 was raised towards the rebuilding of the main Music Room window, and funds have also been raised for a new Music Room roof and the replacement of the wooden guttering and downpipes. New bookshelves designed by Roger Linton were installed in the Music Room. The Victorian Glass House has been restored and was opened in May 2016 by Lady Egremont. The Friends have also given a substantial donation towards the repair of the Music Room roof.

However, restoration work is an ongoing task, and your help is urgently needed!

How you can help

bulletBecome a Friend
bulletIntroduce your friends to the house
bulletBring a group to which you may belong
bulletSupport our concerts and other events
bulletDonations, however small

Benefits of being a Friend

bulletFree entry on open days
bulletBring one guest at a reduced rate on open days
bulletPrior information about special events and concerts
bulletNewsletter twice a year
bulletSpecial activities (eg, outings) arranged for Friends
"A Fanfare for Elizabeth"

A Fanfare for Elizabeth

A Friends Outing

A private outing for Friends

Further aims

bulletRaising funds for purposes connected with the house and its collections
bulletSponsoring exhibitions, publications and events
bulletFunding specific restoration projects

2018-19 Subscription rates (annual)

bulletEach additional person at same address
bulletFamily (2 adults + children under 16)
bulletLife membership:  10 x annual subscription

Join the Friends now

The following leaflets and forms may be downloaded from this page as Acrobat PDF files: gift aid form ; donation/legacy form ; Friends of St Mary's leaflet (with joining form)

St. Mary's House, Bramber, West Sussex  UK  BN44 3WE   tel. 01903 816205     last updated 20/12/2016