St Peter and St Paul’s Church,    

Syston,  Leicestershire


Friends of St Peter and St Paul's Church

About Friends.

The Friends was formed in 2014 in order to raise money for improvements to the church that would not otherwise be  possible. It is a large building to keep in good repair, and the congregation manage to do this, but in order to improve facilities we are appealing to local people for support, as the church is not just used by the congregation, but for all sorts of community events. It is also used throughout the year by St Pater and St Paul’s Academy.

As their first project Friends are raising money for a small extension at the back of  the north aisle in which to install two toilets for the disabled (and for others to use) and sink. Our next step will be to commission a survey at the back of the church. We will also be applying for grants to help us.

Who can join? Anyone who would like to help support our beautiful Grade 1 listed ancient church and is willing to commit to giving a minimum donation of £10 each year. One-off donations are equally welcome, and if made in memory of a loved one can be recorded in our 'Dedication book' which will be left in the church.


Do members of  your family have historic connections with St Peter and St Paul's? Perhaps you'd like to let them know about our new venture when you next see them? The Friends committee will be organising various social and fun events in the coming year, please check for information about these below.

Leaflets about Friends are available at church events or in the church porch. Alternatively, contact the Membership Secretary for more details. He is Brian Austin, and you can e mail him at   We'd love to hear from you!

A Recent event

On Saturday 6th January 2018 a Twelfth Night Concert was given in the church by the Ratcliffe Chorale. Over a hundred people celebrated the end of the Christmas season in style! The tickets included interval refreshments. Friends would like to thank those who donated raffle prizes and the shops in Syston who sold tickets for this event, which raised £770 for the building project

We have now raised over £14,000 in the past three and a half years, which is amazing!

Please help us by 'spreading the word' about Friends’ and their building project.


Events coming up in the next few months.

Friends will soon be planning a programme of events for the next twelve months, which will include an open day of the Parish Church.



A Special Remembrance Book of Syston Soldiers who died During World War Two now on line for all to access

As you may already know, the Friends of St Peter and St Paul's Church, Syston spent two years collecting photos and information about the Syston servicemen and women who are commemorated on Syston’s local war memorial. The photos have now been used in a memorial book that forms a valuable historic document. The Friends have also arranged for the memorial book to be available on line on the church’s website. Just go to the main menu below and click on ‘WW2 Syston Book of Remembrance’.


The album was dedicated last year at the Remembrance Day service in the Parish Church and copies of the book are kept permanently in the church, the library, the Council offices and in the Methodist Church. The Friends of the Church committee would like to thank all who have helped in any way with this important historic project.