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The Friends of St Thomas were formed in 1997.  A story was gaining ground that St Thomas Church would be closed following a partial roof collapse.  A subcommittee was formed from Kenton P.C.C and one of the measures to be adopted to prevent the closure was the formation of the Society of Friends for the church. This was considered important to widen the support to all villagers and townsfolk who recognised the long history involved as part of our heritage.

 In 1998 the church was closed.  A major appeal was made to raise the £25,000 which English Heritage required before providing a further £65,000 to meet the cost of work to ensure the integrity of the fabric.  In particular the damaged roof was repaired, enabling the church to re-open. The project found favour and services were resumed on Easter Day in 2000. 

On 23rd October 2003 the 'Friends' gained charitable status.  Its charitable objects are:

"To maintain, repair, restore, preserve, improve, beautify and reconstruct for the benefit of the community, the fabric of the Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Mamhead its monuments, fixtures, furniture, stained glass, ornaments and other chattels and its churchyard."

President's Address

The Church of England is one of the channels through which the Christian revelation has flowed down the centuries and around which our culture, our national identity and sense of community have grown.  Our church buildings, from the size of Exeter Cathedral to the intimate scale of Mamhead Parish Church, are an affirmation, in stone, that this is a Christian country regardless of whether it is also a country of Christians.

We hope that we may gain support for this beautiful church as a place for worship, a place where children may be baptised, where marriage vows are made and where we can mark the passing of our dead. 

Our being here on earth is mysterious and we will always fail to explain it but this small church is:

"A serious house on serious earth it is, 
In whose blent air all our compulsions meet"    Philip Larkin   'Church Going'   

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