The Friends of St George's

The Charity of the Friends of St George's was formed in 1955 to support the Church and Ypres British Settlement. The Church and the Settlement were the centre of both the spiritual and social life of the British community, the great majority of whom consisted of the gardeners employed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

President: The Right Rev. Robert Innes. The Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe

Vice-President: The Lord Astor of Hever, DL

Chairman: Sir Edward Crofton, Bt

Vice-Chairman: Dr D.F. Gallagher

Hon. Treasurer: Mr W.L. Leetham

Hon.Secretary: Mr M.A. McKeon

Membership Secretary: Miss E. Speare

The Objects of The Friends are to promote interest in the life and work of St. George’s Church, to provide a link between members in the UK and the church community in Ypres, to co-operate with other bodies such as the Royal British Legion and Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the benefit of the church, and to help in the maintenance of the church fabric and the life of St. George’s. In recent years The Friends have supported projects which have included:

  • Specialist cleaning of the magnificent stained glass windows
  • Purchase of a Chaplaincy House
  • Restoration of the Colours, Standards and Banners hanging in the church
  • Redecoration of the interior walls
  • Updating the sound system within the church
  • Replacing the external iron railings
  • Refurbishment of the Church Hall

Click on the Become Our Friend link below, and we will be in touch with details of how to join The Friends. You may also download the membership forms if you prefer

Testimonial One

I first visited Ypres over ten years ago and stumbled across this lovely church, almost by chance. It was like walking through a door into a world that has all but disappeared. I felt an immense sense of calm. I was amazed by the memorials, regiments that have been amalgamated many years ago; simply uttering these forgotten names seemed to bring them alive again. It seems that every inch of space is taken up in memory of a unit or individual. A must see when visiting this historic city!

Testimonial Two

A hidden gem. I was on a coach tour and we were given a couple of hours to wander around Ieper, and found this wonderful Anglican church. It seems hard to believe that there is a small, active congregation in this small corner of Belgium but I have since been back to Ypres and attended a service, which was poignant. If I lived here, I would visit weekly.

Annual Pilgrimage

Our Annual Five Day Pilgrimage is being planned for 2018. This will place in April or May.This has proven to be a moving trip for all those who have taken part in previous years; next year is the centenary of the Armistice and is expected to be even more poignant.