Friends of St Clement Danes

Test 2 - John Samuel Thomas Who are The Friends of St Clement Danes Church?

The Friends were founded in 1976 by John Samuel Thomas (picture on the right) then Resident Chaplain of St Clement Danes. John served in the RAF from 1941 to 1946 and then 1951 to 1976 achieving the rank of Group Captain and Assistant Chaplain in Chief, Air Ministry.

In 1996, under Air Commodore Felicity Peake’s tenure of leading the Friends (picture below), the Friends achieved its charitable status.

Air Cdre Dame Felicity Peake

We are a group of individuals who share a common goal in seeking to provide an important underpinning to the work and ministry of the Central Church of the Royal Air Force. We also help to bring the church to life through our activities, including an annual concert featuring the choir of St Clement Danes and The Central Band of the RAF or The Band of the RAF Regiment. We have a Friends Service annually followed by a buffet lunch as well as the production of two editions of our own magazine Oranges and Lemons. This is full of relevant and interesting articles and a platform for you to contribute and communicate with other Friends.

We welcome new members from all walks of life.

More details on aims, achievements and why you should join The Friends of St Clement Danes can be found here.

MIssion: To encourage growth in the membership of the Friends of St Clement Danes through promotion of what St Clement Danes provides spiritually, socially and culturally.

Strapline: Enabling the sacrifices of the past to support the challenges of the future.

Constitution: The Friends of St Clement Danes' Constitution can be found here.

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Annual Friends Concert 2017

Friends of St Clement Danes Annual Concert taking place on 26 November 2015 at 7pm

18 October 2017

This year's Annual Friends Concert will be held on Thursday 30th November 2017 within the St Clement Danes Church

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Church Electrical Work

Electrical work in the church

27 April 2015

Major electrical works undertaken in the church

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Stolen Statue

Stolen statue

24 September 2014

A statue had been stolen from St Clement Danes

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Royal Auxiliary Air Force Roll of Honour

Royal Auxiliary Air Force Roll of Honour

12 March 2013

Dedication of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Roll of Honour and Laying Up of the Sovereign’s Colour at St Clement Danes, The Central Church of the RAF

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Flt Lt Walker

The congregation at St Clement Danes Church in London for the funeral of RAF Flight Lieutenant William Walker

12 March 2013

The funeral has taken place of retired RAF Flight Lieutenant William Walker, thought to be the oldest veteran from the Battle of Britain and one of those whom Churchill dubbed “The Few”

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Lunchtime Recital Series Launch

Woodwind Quintet June 2010

24 October 2011

The Woodwind/String Ensemble of the Central Band of the RAF (PDM & DOM personnel with members of Salon Orchestra)

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Czechoslovak Legionaries Association

Czechoslovak Legionaries Association

13 July 2010

The Czechoslovak Legionaries Association started their pilgrimage at St Clement Danes

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RAF Mountain Rescue

RAF Memorial at St Clement Danes Crypt

24 November 2009

A new Memorial has been unveiled by ACM Sir Jock Stirrup in the Crypt of St Clement Danes

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A carved head's journey

Carved head

27 July 2009

From the ruins of St Clement Danes to New Zealand and back

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Sword comes home

312 Sqn badge

11 June 2009

After being lost for a decade, Flt Lt Ada Vrana's sword comes to rest

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