Friends of Repton Parish Church

St. Wystan’s Church is forming a Friends group for those in the community who are not members of the congregation, but wish to support the maintenance and improvement of the church building, as a precious part of Repton’s history, a prominent landmark, and a community asset. 

Friends of Repton Parish Church has been set up as a registered charity with trustees, currently chaired by the vicar, being a mix of members of the congregation, representatives of the local community, and others interested in the history and archaeology of the building.  Trustees are the vicar (ex officio);  Virginia Davis and Stephen Gould (representatives of the Parochial Church Council); Andy Austen, Richard Finch, John Perks, Jonathan Sheldon, and Mel Thomas.

Professor Mark Horton, who with Cat Jarman has led recent excavations in the vicarage garden, has agreed to be President of the Friends. Professor Martin Biddle, who for many years led excavations around the building is a patron along with Mr Mark Semmence, Head of Repton School. Previous Bishops of Repton are also supporters as honorary patrons.

It is envisaged that Friends will be involved with practical help maintaining the building and churchyard, and also with fundraising for specific projects. It has been suggested that the initial Friends project will be funding new energy efficient floodlighting to illuminate the spire and tower, replacing the previous set up that has been out of use as it has been impossible to obtain replacement bulbs.

For more information about the event and how to become a Friend, see, call 01283 619686, or talk to one of the trustees.

The Friends of Repton Parish Church are pleased to announce their Spring concert will be held in St Wystan’s Church, Repton on Saturday 20th April starting at 7:30pm. There will be a varied programme of music by Derventio Brass, conductor David Blackwell,  upported by Voices and Derby City Singers. Formed in 1993 they are based in Derby, Derventio being the ancient Roman name for Derby, besides performing locally they have given concerts around the UK, in France and the Netherlands. The programme will include pieces of music from Jupiter from "The Planet Suite”, five movements from “Threepenny Opera Suite”, and “Charivari” where they will be supported by the Voices and Derby City Singers. 

Tickets are £10 which includes wine or soft drinks and nibbles during the interval.
Tickets are available in advance from Andy Austen, 01283 702448 or email

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