The Friends were formed in 1998 specifically to raise money for the maintenance of the Grade I listed church building.

It is recognised that many people see the church in the community as an integral part of their environment, even if they do not attend services on a regular basis. Some 150 people have joined The Friends and between them have raised over £40,000, most of which has already been spent on various projects of repair and restoration.

We publish a newsletter four times a year with details of on-going repair work, glimpses into the history of the parish and details of our future events.

In fact, local parish history seems to have been a very popular subject with talks and illustrated lectures drawing many people together to expand their knowledge.

The Friends hold various functions throughout the year to raise money for the fabric of the church.

At present we have about 150 members who see our work as being important to the community in general. Membership costs £10 per year per household, with concessions of £5.

If you would like to make a donation to the upkeep and preservation of this historic Grade 1 listed building then please contact a person in the panel on the right side of this page who will be pleased to assist you.


The ultimate responsibility for the care, maintenance, repair and insurance of the parish church is vested in the Parochial Church Council (PCC) under “The Parochial Church Council’s (Powers) Measure 1956”. This cannot be delegated to another body by law.

“The Friends” scheme is set up under the aegis of the Parochial Church Council of St Stephen’s Parish Church, Hackington, Canterbury, whose officers control its workings.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Stephen’s has passed a resolution establishing “The Friends” as a sub-committee, and has two members of the PCC as members of “The Friends”.

“The Friends” are responsible for raising funds for the PCC solely for the purpose of maintaining and conserving the Parish Church. Any funds raised by “The Friends” will be used solely for that purpose, and under the direction of the PCC. “The Friends” committee shall be free to use its funds for necessary expenses incurred for fund-raising purposes. Accounts and an annual report shall be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting each year.

“The Friends” will be responsible for organising membership, service to members and events for fund-raising, and will report regularly to the PCC (via the Executive Committee).