The “Friends Of St. John The Baptist Church, Capel” were formed on March 12th 1991 to raise money in times of need to maintain and improve the fabric of our 12th century Church, which stands at the centre of the village. The Friends are a registered Charity (Reg No 1002376).
“Friends” represents not only church-goers but also members of the local community who take a keen interest in its history, up-keep of the village and maintenance of its buildings.
Over the years contributions have been made to roof repairs both to the west porch and the north aisle. Also the path was re-laid. Internal improvements to the toilet and kitchen brought the church up to modern standards. Income is predominantly derived from two sources. Firstly, the fantastic “tea ladies” produce and serve Sunday teas in the church throughout the summer and autumn and well into winter. Capel Teas have a reputation far and wide and have become part of the local scene and add greatly to village social life. Dates for this year are displayed right.
Secondly, every year there is the annual Capel Classic Car & Bike Show which attracts around 650 exhibits from all over the south of England – see full details on the hyperlink. This has now been “twinned” with the Capel Horticultural Annual Show. It’s a great day out for all the family. Over the years these two combine have come to be largest village show in Surrey. A great display of community spirit.
If you would like to know more or be involved with any of the Friends’ works, then please contact the chairman Andrew Forsyth – phone 01306 712422 – e-mail “firstname.lastname@example.org” – all comments and contributions most welcome.