St Martin's, Brasted



Like many cherished institutions, our church has been adversely affected financially as a consequence of the Covid-19 epidemic as a result of being closed for many weeks while we have continued to bear the cost of fixed overheads.

Contrary to widely held belief, the church is entirely funded by local donations, mainly from parishioners, and by income from longstanding investments. In recent years, we have begun to sell some of our investments to balance the books and this has been necessary at a higher level this year. Clearly, continuing to sell our investments is not a viable solution in the long term and so I am appealing to you now to help in whatever way you can.

One of the ways in which you can help is to consider making a donation via our new online fundraising at

Your support is / will be very much appreciated!

Another way you can help comes absolutely free. Though admittedly it may not raise a huge amount of money, it is well worth doing. If you ever use Amazon, please consider nominating the St Martin's Brasted Heritage Trust as your favourite charity. It's very easy to set up by clicking on the image and, once set up, the Heritage Trust remains as your default charity until you decide to nominate someone else. It's zero cost to you, you still have access to the same range of goods at the same price and the Heritage Trust gets 0.5% of the value of your purchases entirely funded by Amazon! All the proceeds from the Trust go towards the upkeep of St Martin's Church. Please go to to set up the Trust as your nominated charity.

Again your support is/will be very much appreciated.

CD OF OUR ORGAN, played by Stephen Davies

Many of us remember the organ recital which Stephen Davies gave during Advent of 2018. In January of this year he came back into the church to record some of the very last works written by Bach and Brahms:

1 Ricercar a 3 (J S Bach)

2 Sung Chorale: Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele (J S Bach)
3 Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele (Brahms)

4 Sung Chorale: Herzliebste Jesu (J S Bach)
5 Herzliebste Jesu (Brahms)

6 Contrapunctus 4 from 'the Art of Fugue' (J S Bach)

7 Sung Chorale: O wie selig seid ihr doch (J S Bach)
8 O wie selig seid ihr doch (Brahms)

9 Sung Chorale: O Gott, du frommer Gott (J S Bach)
10 O Gott, du frommer Gott (Brahms)

11 Contrapunctus 11 from 'the Art of Fugue' (J S Bach)

12 Sung Chorale: Herzlich tut mich verlangen (J S Bach)
13 Herzlich tut mich verlangen (Brahms)

14 Sung Chorale: O welt, ich muss dich lassen (J S Bach)
15 O welt, ich muss dich lassen (Brahms)

16 Ricercar a 6 (J S Bach)

The resulting CD has now been released and Stephen has donated some copies to us, expressing the wish that they be sold in order to raise money for a charity which the church is currently supporting. These CDs are in the church and cost £10; all proceeds will be donated to Porchlight. Please contact Gloria Toplis (07751 173800, if you would like to buy one.

New History and Guide for St Martin's

St Martin’s Church, Brasted now has a new guide book for the first time in nearly thirty years.

Original source material was used in compiling the long history of the church, making this new book an amazingly comprehensive work. There are 44 pages and 22 photographs.

Readers can also use the book in a self-guided tour to learn more about the many features of the church and their part in its history.

Copies are now available at £3.50, or £5.00 inc UK P&P. Either from St Martin's, checking this website for when it might be open, or from Roger Rogowski (

All proceeds after costs go to St Martin's.