VILLAGE DIARY JULY1
Footpaths Walk Mereworth School layby
Parish Council Meeting followed by planning committee
WI Cookery Demonstration
Church Fete with Bells On
Church 11AM - 2PM 17
Friends of Wateringbury Church AGM
History Society Coach Outing
Shipwrecked Holiday Club
10-noon 2, 9,
16, 23 Cream Teas
SEPTEMBER 4 Parish Council Meeting followed
CHURCH FETE WITH BELLS ONin the church and
churchyard Saturday 14 July -
11am to 2pm
lunches, tea, coffee and cakes, ice creams,
games, the opportunity to buy home-made jams,
chutneys and relishes, and
a chance to ring the
church bells and more
COACH OUTING TO PARHAM HOUSE, Nr Arundel Wednesday
25 July Coach leaves from The Wateringbury at 9am The cost is £45 per person
which includes coach travel, a guided tour of the house, entrance to the garden
and tea/coffee and biscuits. You may
bring your own lunch or purchase it at the Big Kitchen Restaurant.
There is also a gift shop,
nursery and garden shop.
If you would like to come
please contact the History Society
who are organising the
trip 01622 812148
THURSDAYS 2, 9, 16
and 23 AUGUSTCREAM TEASAT THE CHURCH 2-4pm
Do go along and enjoy home-made cake and
in the tranquillity of our ancient village
church and churchyard
PEOPLE Please let us have your news and tributes by 17
August for our September magazine. Entries
are free Wedding
Congratulations to Alan Fisher and Lisa Reynolds
who were married on 14 June at Yalding Gardens. The happy couple live in Southborough.
You to TonyGosby
for sharing his artistic talents and providing Rostrum with so many delightful
cover pictures over the years. Tony has
decided the time has come to lay down his sketch pad so we send him our sincere
thanks and best wishes.
Honnor (2 July 1932 to 5 May 2018)
Roy was the third generation of his
family to run the family business latterly from Earl Street in Maidstone. He and his late wife Ann lived for most of
their married life in Red Hill where they raised their sons Andrew and
Simon. Health problems in their
advancing years caused them to move to Coxhill Manor in Cobham to be closer to
members of their family.
RINGING REMEMBERS 1,400 bell ringers died during the First World War.
Honour their memory by becoming one of 1,400 new
bell ringers this year and be part of a nationwide moment by ringing on the
centenary of the Armistice on 11 November 2018.
Find out how to take part by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
WATERINGBURY FLOWER CLUB
On 18 July at 7.30pm in East Malling Institute
Gill Smaggasgale area vice chair will give a demonstration titled Tutti Fruitti. In August the Club have an outing to a
private garden in. Westerham.
The Kent area show which was in
conjunction with the Garden Show at Detling last month saw members of
Wateringbury win lots of prizes, Anne
Ford a novice won her class and the award for best use of plant material, Iris
Shaw a first, Pat White, Adele Stewart-Lord, also won prizes and Jean
Schofield highly commended. Jean Schofield for Wateringbury Flower Club WATERINGBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Wateringbury Summer
Party on 30 June marked the
start of the final countdown to the summer holidays. The Friends of
Wateringbury Primary School (FOWPS) wanted to trial a new idea so rather than
our traditional Summer Fete, they organised bands, a barbecue and inflatables. Thank you
to FOWPS for all the effort they put into organising this splendid event
and all the other fundraising occasions throughout the year. Funds raised this year have purchased new key
stage two playground equipment (monkey and chin-up bars), a new interactive
BenQ board for the Year 3 classroom and other classroom resources.
Volunteers are part of
the life and fabric of our school. We would be much the poorer without the
parents, grandparents and community members who give up their time to support
children with reading, classroom work, and extra-curricular clubs and
activities. Our annual Volunteers’ Tea Party on 28 June was our opportunity to
honour them and thank them.
Our Year 6s are putting the
finishing touches to their Leavers’ Production on 12 July which is followed by
The Leavers’ Service at St
John’s on 19 July (9am) is an opportunity for us all to say farewell and good
luck to our Year 6s and their families. We are so proud of the children we send
out into the wider world! Farewells also
to staff who are moving on to new schools and opportunities. Abi Woodhouse,
Deputy, takes up a Head of School position at a Pupil Referral Unit. Sarah
Rees-Porter, English Leader, joins Woodlands Primary and Adam Russell, Year 3,
is pursuing a career change within law enforcement and youth protection. We wish them all well.
Our refurbished library will be
officially opened at our Open Evening on 18 July. The £124,000 raised
(including £90,000 from the Department of Education via the Diocese) has given
us a new roof, windows, heating system and carpet as well as ‘book nooks’
designed by the children: a tree house, a cave, and an old-fashioned sofa in
our fiction area. We are hugely grateful for all the community support behind
this major project.
Outdoor activity is always a
priority and our first Cycle & Scoot day was a huge success. Our grounds were open to all wheels and the
children loved racing round. Our Sports
Day with traditional competitive races and team-building class activities takes
place on 6 July.
Our last day of term will be 20
July. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank our local community for supporting our school throughout
the year and to wish you all a peaceful and relaxing summer.
Chasey Crawford Usher –
PHONE FOUND late May near Mill Pond in a "Stilgut" black
speckled print case with a large letter "M" mounted on the front of
the case - details from
FOOTBALL CLUB Calling
parents of all Year 1s and 2s who will be moving into Year 2 and 3 next year.
You may be aware that Wateringbury
Football club started a Youth Academy in 2016 for Years 2 to 3 and has been
overwhelmed by its success......So much so we are now starting a 2nd successive
Year 4 team from the current Year 3’s for next season in a local league.
The club is very proud of its FA Chartered Standard award and has
recently funded 4 coaches through the FA Training Level 1 Coaching course.
We’ve already had enquires from Year 1
& 2 parents about next year and as such this is an open invitation for your
children to join us on Saturday mornings
on the Wateringbury Village playing
field from 10am to 11.30am for
our fun and informal training sessions.
You are welcome to come along between Saturday 7th June to Saturday 14th July for
free taster sessions or if you prefer the new term begins on Saturday 15th
September. Annual fees are expected to be in the region of £65 (currently
under review) which is great value and your child will in turn receive a club
hoodie and training top as part of this fee.
Having been involved as an ex Governor
at Wateringbury School it’s been wonderful to watch pupils I’m familiar with
develop in terms of their skills and confidence, so why not pay a visit. We are
all very proud of what we’ve achieved. The club is certainly going from
strength to strength.
philosophy is to not plunge our children into competitive football too early
& as such we passionately believe this has paid dividends in developing
early skills and is undoubtedly keenly supported by parents Hope to see you & please drop me a line
if you are interested.
Smith, Academy Coach
(07774 649751 email@example.com)
COUNCIL MEETING NOTES
Dennis Stones was
co-opted as a new member on to the Council.
The Chairman had
been contacted by Stephen Tickner who had expressed an interest in re-joining
the council as long as other councillors were happy. 5 voted in favour 1
equipment will be installed on the Village Hall wall between 13-19 June.
The delivery of a
dog waste bag dispenser is still awaited – it will then be installed in the
A quotation for
repairs to the wet pour in the lower playing area had been received of
£1,026. It was reported that swing seats
had been damaged. The Council will replace the seats with
second hand flat seats and dog proof cradle swing seats and obtain another
quotation for the wet pour repair.
Local Plan was discussed at a recent KALC meeting. It was felt that the Government is pushing
Local Authorities to increase the number of homes being built in the area. Consultations of the Plan will be in late
September for a 6-week period. The Parish Council reiterated that no
application had been received to build houses on land near Fields Lane and that
the current high pollution levels could prevent further
Crime Report: In
May there had been 3 reports of criminal damage with vehicles in The Brucks,
Leney Road and Bow Road having their tyres slashed. Abandoned vehicles in Hanbury Close and Love Lane
were reported to the Local Authority. A
man was detained by police patrol after he was seen trying door handles on
vehicles outside the church. There was a
road traffic collision involving several cars on Red Hill in April. A resident had received a phone call claiming
to be HMRC and threatening court action – the resident put the phone down.
are currently being leased.
A letter had
been received asking the Council to reconsider funding the repair of a shed on
the site. After consideration, members
agreed this on a one-off basis. An
inspection is due soon of the allotments.
During May the
Wateringbury Community Speedwatch Group had carried out 17 one hourly sessions,
during which approximately 5,000 vehicles passed by. There were 500 observations of speeding
vehicles which generated 100 letters sent to repeat offenders and 23 letters
sent to high end offenders (travelling at 45+ miles per hour in a 30mph
were found to have no road tax and/or MOT.
The Council agreed the Speedwatch Group were doing an excellent job.
A request had
been made to install a seat in the cemetery.
Councillors will meet with the family who made the request to ensure
that the design of the seat is appropriate.
During the public
session the following matters were brought to the attention of the Councillors:
Residents had observed some
anti-social/suspicious behaviour amongst a group of people meeting in the
playing fields, under the trees near the cricket equipment lock-up. In an attempt to deter these meetings, they
had moved the picnic table from underneath the trees into the upper play
area. The Clerk will contact the PCSO
The water/sewage leak on Bow Road near
Maidstone Autos is still a problem and has become very unpleasant. Southern Water were responsible and had been
contacted by KCC. A resident advised
that she had contacted the Environment Agency, T&MBC, KCC and Southern
Water and felt that these organisations were playing off against one another.
Weeds growing around properties in the
Crossroads area are making it look unkempt.
The triangular shaped area by the petrol
station on the A26 (which is maintained by the KCC) has 7 advertising hoardings
on it. A resident considered that as we
are in a conservation area they should be removed.
The Parish Council was asked if they would
consider the installation of a disabled swing in the upper play area of the
Large commercial vehicles have been
observed parking in Fields Lane making access to and from the Tonbridge Road
difficult and causing disturbance to residents in the early morning. The Council advised the KCC would not allow
double yellow lines in this area.
The subject of proposed changes to the
layout at the Crossroads was brought up by another member of the public and the
possible impact it may have on further development in the village. The speaker raised his concerns that if
pollution levels were reduced by those changes, it could lead to the
development of land in Fields Lane.
A local resident thanked the Parish
Councillors for looking after the village.
The next meeting is on Tuesday 3
July at 7.30pm in the Village Hall (upper meeting room). Please note there is no meeting in August.
Approved minutes of the June meeting will appear on the Parish Council
website in due course.
Academy will be holding a Summer
Coaching Camp for the school holidays, they will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and
Wednesdays 10am-3pm at the Wateringbury Fields for 7-11 year olds. Both boys and girls are welcome. Any parent
wishing to register their child please contact Dennis 07523-619856 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
WAR NEWS, JULY/AUGUST 1918
July 15 Second Battle of the Marne is
final major German offensive of war.
16 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and family
20 Germans retreat on Western front
losing all territory gained since start of Spring Offensive. August 1 Allies capture Archangel in
8 Start of the Hundred Days Offensive by
allies with substantial gains from first day.
The war turned
decisively in Britain’s favour in July and August 1918. The village suffered no war fatalities
although more were to come before the end in November.
1st July school re-opened after the soft fruit picking holiday and
was visited by 2nd Lieutenant Jack Horscroft who had, according
to the boys school log, won the Military Cross (M.C.). Jack seems from his various entries in the
school log and parish magazine to have had an exemplary time at the school.
However, the girls and infants
school logs during July note a darker matter, the incidence of influenza. By the end of July the infants school log
reports 17 children absent “most of them suffering with influenza.”
July 1918 saw the first of three
waves of the so-called “Spanish Flu” to hit the U.K. In July there was a high infection rate but
relatively few fatalities. U.K. deaths
reached a peak in the second wave in November 1918. There was a third wave in February/March 1919.
It caused over 200,000 deaths in the
U.K. - fewer than the war. It affected
the whole world and most estimates are for over 50 million deaths globally,
many more than for the war. Towns and
rural areas, upper and lower classes, men and women were all equally
affected. Children and the old were less affected than
those of military age, for reasons still not understood. The Wateringbury Scouts, despite the
incidence of flu, camped in the grounds of Wateringbury Place for a few days in
August and on the Bank Holiday over 300 people attended their sports held
there. It rained continually.
At the Leney Board meeting on 19th
July broad guidance was given to the Managing Director, Richard Tapply, for
wage increases, suggesting an extra two shillings (10 pence) a week for men and
an extra one shilling (5 pence) for women and boys. Unfortunately we do not
know the absolute level of wage rates for the brewery. The following month it was decided to invest a
further £5,000 in war bonds bringing the total such investment by the company
John Chalkley, an army deserter,
was arrested by Police Constable Baker in Wateringbury in August and ordered by
West Malling magistrates to be handed over to the military authorities with a 5
shilling bonus being awarded to the arresting P.C. Chakley’s connection
with the village, other than being here, is not clear.
The Malling military service
tribunal met in August and its proceedings were reported in the Kent Messenger,
including the cases of 4 Wateringbury men. Conscription had been originally introduced
for single men aged 18 to 41 years in January 1916, and later that year had
been extended to include married men. From
April 1918 those up to 50 years of age were included and 3 of the 4
Wateringbury cases were married men in their forties. Military service tribunals were often
criticised for being inconsistent in determining who should be exempted because
their work was of “national importance”; but in the case of a Wateringbury coal
delivery man consideration was deferred pending a review of all involved in the
coal trade in the district. Terry
PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT
is with regret that I have to record that my predecessor Cllr Michael Cayzer
has passed away, his contribution to the council and village life will be
my last report I am pleased to welcome to the Council, Margaret Daily and David
Michelmore. We now have three female
councillors giving us a better balanced council in terms of gender
continue to face the challenge of reduced funding. Over the past year we decided that the
continued costs of repairing the stables roof at Drayhorse Meadow were long
term unsustainable and accordingly agreed that best value would be achieved by
reroofing them. This unfortunately
resulted in an increase the rates for this year but there will be a much
reduced maintenance bill in future years.
discovered that the Council was paying for insurances for the Recreation Field
that should be paid by the Wateringbury Sports and Recreation Association. At the next insurance renewal date WSRA will
be assuming costs for their own insurances.
long standing village warden John Ibbs has relocated outside the village and
tendered his resignation. We thank him
for his service to the village. Council has decided to delay appointing a
successor so that it can reappraise the need for, and role of, a Village
Warden. If a new warden is to be
appointed a revised job specification will be prepared most likely at reduced
and the resulting pollution continue to be a major issue for the village. We have made significant progress getting KCC
Highways to take action and at long last we will see improvements to the
crossroads. KCC have obtained monies
from the Central Government, Local Enterprise Partnership: Congestion Strategy
fund. This will enable a third
carriageway to be constructed on the A 26 so that vehicles wishing to turn
right do not stop the flow of onward traffic. There will also be a new third lane on Bow
Road with a similar aim. Fortunately all
the land needed for the new carriageways is already owned by the Village or KCC
Highways. We expect the improvements to
complete early next year. Less
stationary vehicles should result in lower levels of pollution on the A26.
in the village car park is an ongoing issue and we are discussing with the
owners, T&MBC, about installing Pay & Display ticketing to discourage
inappropriate all day parking.
thank our dedicated village Speedwatch team their continuing commitment to this
are grateful for the important work of Rostrum, led by Christine and Trudy, in
recording village life and their continued presence at Council meetings is
Council would not function without the commitment of it’s Clerk to the Council,
Sue Cockburn and we thank her for her continued dedication.
JOINING THE WATERINGBURY
you been to some of our shows and thought you’d like to join in the fun? Planning for the next pantomime has already
begun so if you are interested it would be great to hear from you. We always
welcome new members for all roles whether it be acting or helping behind the
scenes. We meet on Sunday evenings at
Wateringbury Village Hall from September onwards at 6.30 pm.
Children and Youth Members
can join from the age of 7 years and Youth Members from 11 – 16 years but, in
order for a Child or Youth Member to take part in the pantomime, we would need
an adult family member or friend to sign up first to undertake Chaperone
training which can be completed online. The Chaperones share the responsibility of
looking after the children during the performances and dress rehearsal. The training will need to be completed by the
end of September and more details can be found on the KCC website:
If you have any questions please
contact us at: email@example.com WATERINGBURY
FOOTPATH GROUP 1 July is a requested
walk from Mereworth along the Swanton Valley through to Peckham Hurst. Meet at Mereworth School at 2.30pm. 5 August 2.30pm at
for a local walk
The June walk was up to Bow Hill house
then along the path to Small Profits. For
the second time we were unable to find the path that should have taken us to
Hunt Street near Tutsham Farm. So, we
took a diversion along the farm track where we found the exit from the lost
path. Considerably overgrown, (reported
to KCC). From here we went to Smiths
Hall West Farleigh, passing through a field of sheep to Tutsham Mill then on to
Waregrave’s Wood. With the aroma of Wild
Garlic, Ransoms, filling the air and back to the start. KFR 01622 813763
TESTON AND WATERINGBURY PRE SCHOOL We are continuing
our ‘sports’ theme this term talking to the children about the different types
of sports they enjoy, and how to keep fit.
All our school leavers bring in their PE kit where they learn to change
by themselves, good practice for big school.
We have also had visits from local school teachers to meet the children
and talk to their keyworkers to make sure all needs are met when they arrive
for their first days at school.
Our sports day will be held on the Teston Village green on Friday 13 July. All parents/carers and families welcome but
beware there is always a mums race followed by a dads race, which seems to get
more competitive each year! After the
races there will be a picnic, raffle and of course our popular ice cream man
Roy will be paying us a visit.
We would like to thank Teston Farm
Shop for their much appreciated support in supplying all our fresh fruit for
our children’s café every day free of charge.
A big thank you to Chris Douglass and team from the village hall
committee who do a great job in looking after the hall and making it safe for
our children each day.
As always, this time of year is
emotional for staff when we say a big farewell to our lovely children. We wish all of our children leaving the best
of luck in their new big school, hope you had great fun with us over the past
couple of years, we certainly enjoyed helping prepare you for school. Finally we say farewell to a valued member of
our team, Debbie Bond, who will be truly missed by both staff and children and
we all wish her the best of luck in her change of career. We start back on Monday 3 September Tina Driver on 07805 796353
WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE On 12 July
in the village hall our speaker will be Julia Davis who will give her cookery
demonstration ‘A Taste of Summer Desserts.’
This will feature the use of seasonal fruits and will suggest fresh
ideas on how to improve the look and taste of our favourite desserts. The monthly competition will be Recipe and Photo of a Favourite Dessert.
In June the speaker was Andy Thomas
who gave a wide ranging talk about unexplained mysteries, conspiracy theories
and the cover up of some recent events.
The talk ranged from the question of how the pyramids were really built
to crop circles, UFO’s and much else. He
left his listeners with much to think about.
PRAISE It was with great sadness that I read of the demise
of Toddler Praise. I brought my grandson
Bertie along many times on Monday afternoons to play, sing, learn and listen.
It was the highlight of our week.
I hope I speak for all the parents and carers of the
toddlers who experienced the care and love of Sandra, Ruth, Ros, Edna and the
Rev'd Jim when I say a huge thank you to you all. The songs and books will never be
forgotten. Christina Davies MESSY
CHURCH? WHAT IS IT?
About fourteen years ago a young lady called Lucy
Moore decided she wanted to try something different from set services and approached
her vicar to try something new for families, for any family who perhaps didn’t
come to church. It would be a light touch Christian focus that was informal
with activities for all, where children and families could try out crafts, sing
and have a meal together. ‘Messy’ referred more to the informal approach
although frequently there was paint and glue involved!
The idea caught on big time. There are posters, books
and other merchandise available and when we met up with Lucy earlier in the
year she had just returned from a visit to Australia! Messy Church has gone
The Messy Church I started at my
previous church is still going strong seven years on. So we have
just started with young families in and around Wateringbury with a focus on families with children up to eight
years and meeting in the church on the first Saturday of the month from 3pm –
5pm. We sing action songs, have a Bible story, perhaps games and then creative
activities. We come back together to sing and we finish with tea. An August meeting will depend on a response
at the July session so watch out for a notice on the Church board at the cross
roads or e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org!
Benefice Holiday ClubThis summer, come and travel back in time,
when our Time Machine return for a “Ship Wrecked” Themed
Holiday ClubOn Mon 13 – Wed 15 August from 10am-12pm at Wateringbury
We will be
playing lots of outdoor games and sports, make many different crafts each day,
have singing, dancing , face painting, refreshments and more. The Holiday Club is open to all primary
school aged children. Pre-school
children are most welcome if a parent or carer stays and joins in the fun
These days will be led by
experienced ‘children and youth
workers’ from different local
Last year we had a number of
secondary school children who made the most fantastic Young Leaders, we would
love that help again if any young person is interested.
This year we have needed to introduce a small
fee of £2 a family per
day. Children are welcome to do all 3
days or the odd day(s).
It would just
be lovely to see lots of children ready for some summer fun.
information or to book a place(s) please contact Lisa
Glasscote on 07950 852899/e-mail email@example.com
Saturday7 July Messy Church -
3-5pm when the theme is ‘The Lost
Sheep’. We are hoping to run Messy Church on 4 August if there are
enough families so if you are intending to come and are not on our circulation
please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be craft
activities, short bible story and prayer times and ours will always end with
Sundays 1 July and 5 August - 10am Eucharist
A Communion service based on the Church of England Common Worship
Service Book. Rev Nick Williams always
prepares a service sheet so it’s easy to follow. Sundays Cool (for all children) meets in the Vestry during this Service.
Sunday 8 July Morning Praise and 12 August Matins – 10am
Both Services will be led by
Secondary Division for those
at Secondary School meets for discussion (and a second breakfast) in the Vestry
in July and will be on holiday in August.
Sunday 15 July and 19 August 8.30pm Prayer Book
A quiet service using the
beautiful words written by Cranmer in 1662.
Rev Nick also gives a short address.
10am Family Service
All age informal services
led by the Sundays Cool team with well known hymns.
Sunday 22 July and 26 August – 10am
Eucharist The choir leads our singing
of hymns which are usually lively and easy to sing. Sundays Cool meets in the Vestry.
Sunday 29 July Benefice Service - 10am
in Wateringbury On the 5th Sunday
of the month the 3 churches in the Benefice meet together for worship and
Whether you are a first-time visitor, a regular
participant or a returning friend, we hope you will be able to join us over the
summer. Refreshments are served after all our
10am services so do stay for a chat if you can SERVICES IN THE BENEFICESunday 15 July 7pm SOS in East Malling Church
service for those who appreciate a less formal style of worship.
Every Thursday 9am Communion in
East Malling Church
IN OUR SORROWS - FROM THE PARISH
We extend our deepest
sympathy to the loved ones of:
whose funeral was on 5 June and
whose memorial service was on 6 June
Friends of Wateringbury Church
Charity No 1151983)
General Meeting Tuesday
17 July 2018 at 7.30pm
St John the Baptist Church, Wateringbury at 7.30pm.
and public are all welcome.
The AGM will look to approve the Financial Statements for
the period to 31st March 2018 and, if considered fit, approveand
elect/re-elect trustees to the Board. If
you are interested in becoming a trustee, please submit your name to the
Secretary with a proposer and seconder by Tuesday midnight 10 July 2018. At the AGM, only members of FOWC will be
eligible to vote.
As the AGM is the FOWC’s formal annual public meeting,
members are encouraged to submit written questions in advance by Tuesday
midnight 10 July 2018. However,
questions will be taken on the night.
English – Secretary - 01622 812471 email@example.com MESSAGE
FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
FRIENDS OF WATERINGBURY CHURCH
On behalf of the FOWC President and Board of Trustees, I
would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our community and
beyond who have done so much to support FOWC raise the donation sum of £25,000
towards the re-shingling of the Church spire which took place in May and June
2018. As Friends will know from
Friendsmail, in mid May, following a period of due diligence, the Board of
Trustees agreed on the donors’ behalf to pass the cheque for £25,000 to St John
the Baptist Parochial Church Council in support of the re-shingling
This time nine years ago, FOWC was established on request
of the PCC with a view to raising funds for the maintenance and upkeep of the
Church and churchyard. Since then over £32,000 has been raised in support of
this charitable aim and within this you, as donors, have enabled the legacy
project of re-shingling the Church spire in oak, which will last for at least
another two to three generations.
I hope that you will feel a true sense of pride whenever
pass by the church. The re-shingled
spire is your legacy to future generations and I thank you for it. Charitable
As many of you
know, we had a fabulous Morgan event at Manor Farm in May, raising almost £400;
our next event will be our annual
Strawberry Tea Party held at Manor Farm on Sunday 09 Sep 2018, 2-5pm. I hope you will put this in your diary and
consider coming to the event in order to continue to support our charitable
Again, I thank you for your kind
and generous donations.
English, CBE - Chairman FOWC PRIESTLY PONDERINGS Rev
Nick Williams The Vicarage, 2 The Grange, East
July and August are
for many people relatively quiet times in church terms with many people taking
the opportunities offered by the school holidays to go away with their families
or to visit relatives. My offering for
you this month is therefore relatively short but I hope it contains something
of interest in that I have to tell you about the results of the consultation on
the Malling Deanery Mission and Ministry plan.
As you will be aware the plan proposed
the joining of Teston with Barming, Wateringbury with Mereworth and West
Peckham and East Malling with Larkfield.
Many of you in response to my request were kind enough to share your
views on this proposal with me and I ensured that those views were included in
my response to the working group who were examining the idea.
I’ve since received a reply to our
response which in summary says that there will, in the short term, be no formal
changes but all the parishes concerned should consider working more closely
together. So for the time being things
will continue as they are. As always you
will continue to be in my prayers, and please remember to enjoy any time of
rest and relaxation you can.
Yours in Christ
Rev Nick Williams
Do go along to the church between 10.30-12.30 and enjoy coffee, delicious
cake and chat. If you enjoy jigsaws we
now have a jigsaw puzzle lending library.
At the church fete on 14 July 11am-2pm we will be having a stall selling
some of the items coffee breakers have made – well worth a browse. We hope to see you there!
Annual Plant Sale Thank Yous
to all who supported our sale in so many ways which raised £800 for Church
Funds and the raffle for the tower
re-shingling appeal which raised £66.
Special thanks to the Skinner Family at Bijou Nursery and Martin and
Debra Cronk at Cromar Nursery who were extremely generous in their giving of so
many top quality plants. Their kindness
and generosity is overwhelming.