Parish Church is a Grade 1 listed building, described in Simon
Jenkins’ book, “Britain’s Thousand Best
Churches” as one of the finest Norman churches in the
country. Thousands of people visit Melbourne and its Parish
Church every year and the people of Melbourne are justly proud
to have such a fine building in the town and want to see it
preserved and thrive.
task of maintaining and enhancing this magnificent 900 year-old
building is the responsibility of the Parochial Church Council
(PCC). As a result of generosity and good management, the
church is in good repair. However, it was recognised that,
if Melbourne Parish Church is going to be kept in good order
for the people of Melbourne and beyond for the next 900 years
and is to continue to give pleasure to visitors and spiritual
inspiration to all who spend time inside it, the building
would have to engage more effectively with wider society and
would need to expand the numbers of those involved in its
care and upkeep beyond the local worshipping community.
these ends, the Friends of Melbourne Parish Church was formed
in September 2003, receiving charitable status in May 2004.
There are, at present around 200 Friends, who not only help
care for the building but also benefit from a lively programme
of talks, concerts and exhibitions in the church, as well
as visits to other relevant places of interest.
have recently been delighted also to be able to extend membership
to a number of local businesses who recognise the importance
of the church in Melbourne life and in bringing visitors to
All those who care for the future of this building are extremely grateful to the following local businesses for membership of The Friends: