Friends group aim in bid to build for church future

St Thomas Church St Annes
St Thomas Church St Annes

Officials at a landmark Fylde church are looking to set up a Friends organisation to help raise funds and preserve its future.

St Thomas Church, St Annes, is 115 years old this year and vicar Rev Chris Scargill is keen to promote it as a resource for the whole community.

He said: “We are conscious that, much as we love it, St Thomas is not just ‘our church’. It’s an important landmark and feature of the St Annes townscape.

“As well as the building offering a place for spiritual refreshment and quiet reflection, we plan to develop it as a venue for concerts and exhibitions and hope that in this way an increasing number of people will come to value it as a place of beauty and an important part of our local heritage.

“Our aim is for the Friends of St Thomas to be an umbrella organisation for people from across the community, both religious and non-religious, who want to work in co-operation with the worshipping congregation to maintain and protect this important part of the St Annes scene for present and future generations.”

Anyone interested is invited to attended a meeting at the church on Friday at 7.30pm. Details from (01253 725551 or