The Church in Ringwood

The Domesday Book records a church at Ringwood, which would probably have been a wooden building. The next was of stone but in the early 1800s was found to be in such a bad state of repair that it had to be demolished and rebuilt.

The present building (listed Grade II*) was erected in 1853-5 and contains many memorials and so on from earlier times, including a brass to John Prophete, Rector of Ringwood, who died in 1416. (This memorial was conserved and resited with money raised by “The Friends”.) There is also an unusual double piscina in the sanctuary.

Other late twentieth century additions include a “New Forest” wall-hanging in the Lady Chapel and a “Millennium” triptych, and of course the toilets!

Why is it important?

The church is a well-known landmark, standing as it does on the A31 at a north-south and east-west crossing of main routes. It is well loved by the people of Ringwood. Many perhaps don’t come Sunday by Sunday but still want it to be “there” for services of baptism, marriage, funerals, Remembrance Sunday and so on, and would want to “own” it as part of their heritage. 

The church also hosts concerts and other town events and plans are in progress to give more open space and make the seating more comfortable.

What do we do?
In a building of this age and size there is always maintenance work needing to be done. Currently there are problems with damp in many areas, and urgent work needed to the windows of the Lady Chapel. Occasionally grants are available for specific works but there is no regular Government funding for churches, which are such an important part of our heritage.
The Friends raise much-needed funds for essential works and for enhancement of the building to the glory of God and for future generations.

Who are we?
Chairman - Peter Goodwin - 01425 402028 - pggoodwin@btinternet.com
Secretary - Anne Steer 
Treasurer - Martin Bishop
Membership Secretary - Diane Rayner - 01425 473845 - dianerayner211@btinternet.com

Funds raised so far

£55,000 to build the toilet block
£10,000 to have the tower roof re-leaded
£15,000 for conservation and re-siting of the John Prophete memorial brass
£6,000  for a CCTV System
£15,000 towards the new lighting system
£3,500  towards general maintenance

We are now raising funds towards providing more comfortable seating, and opening up space for concerts, exhibitions, and so on. This will also provide more flexible space for worship.

How can you help?
By joining The Friends and supporting our fund-raising events!

By suggesting, helping at, or even organising, events

By leaving The Friends of Ringwood Parish Church a bequest in your Will - Your solicitor will be happy to advise you.

What do you get?
• Enjoyment of varied Friends events
• Regular newsletters
• Discounts on some events
• A “feel-good factor” by helping preserve a part of our national heritage for future generations