St John the Baptist church stands at the top end of The Street and dates back to the 12th Century.
For further information and details of services go to spw.org.uk or telephone the rectory and parish office 01252 783057.
Charity Commission no. 1114720
The building we see at the top of the hill, Puttenham Church, is the image we recognise and recall of Puttenham village. Since the 12th century, thus for 900 years, it has been a major element, perhaps the major element, of the village’s identity. But it is also a working building, which from time to time needs significant alteration or improvement to help or extend the way it can be used in the 21st century. Enabling this to take place now preserves the heritage we have been bequeathed, just as in the past others preserved it for us to enjoy now.
The Friends of Puttenham Church (FOPC for short) is an independent secular charity, set up in 2006 and recognised by the Charity Commission. It seeks to preserve the heritage of the church building and support its adaptation to the needs of modern life. In doing this it naturally works with the local ecclesiastical parish, but is fully independent of it. FOPC is concerned with only this one ancient building in Puttenham village.
FOPC’s funds come from members’ annual subscriptions, donations and fundraising events. Gift Aid can be reclaimed on subscriptions and donations by eligible subscribers and donors.
If you would like to participate in helping to make this part of Puttenham’s heritage available to present and future generations, please contact John Hewitson (01483 810431 – firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further information on FOPC activities and membership arrangements.
Puttenham, being on the North Downs Way long-distance footpath, attracts many walkers and this led to the opening of the Eco Camping Barn – just off the village street – in 2005. Set in part of a Grade II Listed Building, conversion was done very much in harmony with the old place, and the Eco Camping Barn now welcomes hundreds of walkers and cyclists a year by offering simple overnight accommodation between Easter and October.
The Eco Barn has many “green” features, including solar panels (on the bike shed roof!), rainwater harvesting and local varieties of apple trees in the garden, with the entire project run by a small environmental charity – and wholly by volunteers, who invite others to join them.
Details can be found on the website www.puttenhamcampingbarn.co.uk and if you would like further information about volunteering please contact Hilary Perry on 01252 324082.
Puttenham Church of England School is an infant school for 4 – 7 year olds and is set in the heart of the village with a population of just over 100 pupils. For further details on applying for a place at the school contact the school office.
Telephone: 01483 810317