Rostrum wishes all
readers, contributors, distributors and advertisersA Merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year.
December 2016 3 School Christmas Fayre - School, 12 to 3pm 4 Footpaths Walk - meet at Village
Hall car park, 2pm sharp
6 Parish Council - Village Hall, 7.30pm
followed by planning committee
10 Christmas Craft Fair - Village Hall, 9.30am
Cribs, Angels and Teas - Church, 2.30 to 4.30pm
13 Christmas Wreath Making Workshop -
14 History Society Members Christmas Social Evening -
15 9 Lessons and Carols by Candlelight – Church, 8pm
24 Crib Service – Church, 5pm
Midnight Communion – Church, 11pm
25 Christmas Praise – Church, 10am
January 2017 8 Footpaths Walk - meet at Village Hall car
10 Parish Council - Village Hall, 7.30pm
followed by planning committee (please note change of date due to
12 WI Talk - Suffragettes - Village Hall, 2pm
18 History Society - Talk "Kent
Disasters" - Village Hall, 7.40pm
27/28 Pantomime (oh, yes it is)! - Sleeping Beauty - Village Hall
5 Footpaths Walk - meet at Village Hall car
7 Parish Council - Village Hall, 7.30pm
followed by planning committee
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR AT
THE VILLAGE HALL on SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER Doors open 9.30am
until 4pm£1 entry for Adults
free Lots of craft stalls, teas
and coffees on sale with cakes and mince pies
Come along and buy some unique gifts for friends and
for the upkeep of the village hall
ANGELS AND CRIBSAT WATERINGBURY CHURCH SATURDAY
AND SUNDAY 10
AND 11 DECEMBER 2.30-4.30pm Visit the churchto see
displays of nativity sets and angels
Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and angel cakes and biscuits
Craft Stall Raffle for
knitted Nativity Set
VILLAGE PEOPLE Please
let us have your news and tributes by 17 January for our February magazine. Entries are free.
New Arrivals..... Our
daughter Kirsty and her husband Mark
Goldthorp had a son, Elliot Jack
Charles, on 11 September. He was
born at their then home in Berkhamsted; they have since moved to
Tonbridge. Hurrah! Mike and Maggie Hoiles.
Ted and Doreen Vincent are delighted to
announce the arrival in Wales of their first great-grandson Winter Edward Bowie
who was born in Pembrokeshire on 10 November weighing 7lb 14oz.
Belated Golden Wedding
Congratulations to Diana and Alan Burbridge of Love Lane who married at Boughton
Monchelsea Church on 19 November 1966.
Thanks - Sue
Cockburn would like to thank everyone who sent messages of condolence and
who attended the funeral of her husband Philip who passed away peacefully
at home on the 18 October.
Syd Thomsett thanks all who contributed towards the £825
donated in memory of his wife Vera. £685 was sent to The Heart of
Kent Hospice and Wateringbury Church received £135 (half of the donations
made at the funeral service).
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
to everyone in the village, with special thanks to the loyal band of
parishioners, including Rostrum reporters, who regularly attend our meetings.
Richard Tripp, Chairman, on behalf of the Clerk and Parish Councillors
Penny, Pat, Nathan, De
and Cathy at
The Post Office send Season's
Greetings to all readers. Last posting dates are Tues 20 December for
2nd class post and Weds 21 December for 1st class items. Normal opening hours will operate in the week
before Christmas. Closures will be on 26
& 27 December 2016 and Mon 2 January 2017.
Benny and Rupal at The Handy Stores wish everyone a Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year. Over the
holidays their revised opening times will be: 24 Dec - 6am to 7pm; Christmas
day - closed; 26 & 27 Dec - 7am to 2pm; 31 Dec - 7am to 8pm; 1 & 2
January 2017 - 7am to 2pm.
Philip Cockburn FCIB, FAAI,
FInstEx, FICM, FBIM 13
March 1932-18 October 2016
was born in Newbiggin-by-the-sea, Northumberland. His family came to London in 1936 with his
father’s work. In the South Philip’s
Geordie accent caused amusement. In 1940
when his school was evacuated to Cornwall, Philip’s parents decided it would be
better to send him to his grandparents in Wallsend near Newcastle. However when enemy action came to the area
he returned to his parents’ home in
Brockley, South East London where he and his young sisters were fascinated by
the Doodlebugs flying above them to
attack London. When the family home
severely bomb damaged Philip returned once again to Newcastle and completed his
the age of 16 he went to work for Barclays Bank. At 21 he was called up for his National
Service. He served in the RAF becoming a
Pilot Officer flying Meteor jets. He
greatly enjoyed his time in the RAF and maintained a life-long interest in WW2
and flying. In 1956 he rejoined Barclays
Bank. His banking career took him to
live and work in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. He ultimately became Corporate Finance
Director and retired in 1987 after 40 years service.
In retirement Philip held a variety of
directorships and served the community in various roles. He was a governor of Sutton Valence and
Wateringbury schools, a director of Age Concern and for several years Chairman
of Wateringbury Parish Council. The
village owes a debt of gratitude for his help when plans were being made to
rebuild the village hall. Philip along with his wife Sue, (Clerk to
the Parish Council) fully supported the project, including the transfer of the
old hall from council ownership to a new Charitable Trust, which enabled grants
to be obtained.
enjoyed athletics and all sport. He
always gave 100% to all he did and was a man who commanded respect and was
known for his integrity and fairness. He
was a caring supportive husband, father, grandfather and
great-grandfather. In his final years,
as his health failed, he was cared for devotedly by his wife Sue.
FOOTPATHS GROUP WALKS
Our next walk is on Sunday 4 December out to Pizien Well for just a
short walk on the level! Meet at the
village hall car park at 2pm.
Next local walks are on Sunday 8 January for a walk in the woods if not too wet. And on 5 February for a river walk to Teston Bridge, conditions permitting.
I hope to lead these walks but please check with Syd (see back cover of
Kevin Reynolds, 01622 813763
WAR NEWS, DECEMBER 1916/JANUARY 1917
10 : Lloyd George replaces Asquith as prime minister
12 : German peace proposal
17 : Zimmerman telegram
December 1916 and January 1917
saw the village spared further war deaths. The vicar writes in the December
parish magazine solely about “The National Mission of Repentance and Hope” with
no secular content included. “Messengers” had been appointed to visit the
parishes of Wateringbury, Nettlestead and Teston in early December with joint
services for all three parishes, in Wateringbury for men only, in Nettlestead
for women only.
In January he returns to a more
usual style magazine. Because of the Mission, it had not been possible to send
each serving man from Wateringbury a Christmas parcel. Instead it was to be
sent with New Year’s greetings, including the statement that Wateringbury was
“encouraged by the reconstruction of our government”. It contained a photo of
the new War Shrine (see November’s Rostrum) with a copy of its dedication
service, together with “a little Red Book of Scriptures”. Soldiers received a
woollen scarf that could be folded up into a cap, and sailors a game called
The magazine contains a “Roll of
Honour”, a list of 252 men from the parish, parishioners’ sons and sons-in-law,
serving in the land forces, and 42 men in the sea forces. There is no longer
information about their battalion or rank, but an asterix highlights 104 serving
somewhere abroad; 19 had been wounded, some multiple times.
Amongst the “men” serving in the
land forces are Elsie Blest and Ellen Keat. Elsie was the daughter of William Blest of
Broomscroft, Canon Lane, who after nursing at Hayle Place V.A.D. Hospital in
Tovil since its opening in October 1914, had transferred in October 1915 to one
of the many war hospitals in Etaples, “a dirty, loathsome, smelly little
town" (Lady Baden-Powell) near Boulogne. Ellen Keat had been the nurse of
the Wateringbury and Nettlestead District Nursing Association before the war
but had left to do war work.
Three broad themes in village
life will be repeated throughout 1917: fear of air raids, concern for food
security and the necessity of war finance. At Malling Petty Sessions two people
were prosecuted for infringing, in Wateringbury, the Lights (Vehicles) Order of
October 1916: one was fined 10s; the other had the case dismissed.
1917 the Parish Council came to life after semi-dormancy through much of 1916:
the roof of the Village Lock-Up had received attention, but the walls were
still in need of repair; the supply of lime (as a fertiliser) for the
allotments was agreed and a government scheme to distribute seed potatoes to
allotment holders was adopted, despite costs being unknown. The Leney Board
decided to invest £5,000 in war loan, the first of a series of such
investments. Despite the adverse impact of the war on the business, it still
was capable of generating substantial amounts of cash.
Terry Bird https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory/
PARLIAMENTARY BOUNDARY CHANGES
The deadline for comments on the Parliamentary Boundary
changes is 5 December . Many people may not be aware how urgent the need is to
review the changes, form an opinion and submit comments either for or against
Comments and information can be obtained online
Also, comments in writing can be made to this postal address. Boundary
Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London,SW1P 3BQ
TESTON & WATERINGBURY
As we continue with
our term theme ‘Colours and Shapes’, we will be busy making a variety of
different shaped Christmas tree decorations to hang on our Preschool Christmas
tree which the children will decorate (unsupervised!!) so parents beware they
may like to decorate yours at home!
We have a new
addition to our Preschool, we have adopted a snow leopard called Laila from The
Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden. Laila was born in Antwerp Zoo in April 2010 and
was hand reared after her mother sadly died when she was 2 months old. She
transferred to Smarden in September 2011. We will keep up to date with her
progress by a monthly newsletter and pictures which we will be sharing with the
children, and each child will be given the opportunity to take home our cuddly
Laila for a few days to take out and share their experiences with.
We will finish our
term with our ever so popular Christmas concert in Wateringbury Village Hall on
Wednesday 21 December for all our families and friends.
I must also mention a
big thank you to Teston Farm Shop who kindly donates fresh fruit for our
children’s café which runs throughout the morning playtime.
Our children enjoy
choosing a fantastic range of seasonal fruits we receive every week.
If you are interested
in joining our preschool please contact Tina
Driver on 07805 796353 and come
along for a taster session.
FOOTCARE SERVICE AT THE DOCTORS SURGERY, PELICAN COURT
Age Concern Malling is starting a
new foot care service at Wateringbury Surgery.
The service will be held between 9.30am to 1.30pm on Fridays 16 and 23
December, 6 and 27 January, 10 February
and 3, 14 and 28 March. The cost is £13
per session. To book please phone Age
Concern Malling on 01732 848008 or 01732 871746.
thanks to those of you that came along to our production of Godspell performed
in the Church last summer. We are also delighted to announce that as a result
of your support we are able to donate £600 to Wateringbury Church, and £400 to
the Wateringbury School Roof Fund with an additional £200 to a school music or
are well underway for the next Wateringbury Players pantomime, Sleeping Beauty by Ben Crocker.
This classic tale, complete with Prince and Princess, King and Queen,
Fairies, Cats and a few surprise characters will be performed in the Village
Hall on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January 2017.
tickets are priced at £10 with a child concession of £5 on Saturday Matinee
only. They go on sale on Monday 19 December at both the Post Office
and the Handy Stores. Proceeds to Homeless Care Maidstone and St
John the Baptist Church Wateringbury with a donation to Rape Crisis.
hope to see you there.
December meeting on the 14th we
will not be having a speaker but are holding a Christmas Social Evening, during
which we plan to have a quiz, drinks, mince pies and nibbles and a
raffle. Visitors very
October speaker, Paul Oldham, came along to tell us how the “Mote Estate had
affected Maidstone History”. During
his talk Paul took us back through the centuries to explain how the ‘landed
gentry’ had affected and changed not only the land around Maidstone but had
also altered and removed roads, to ensure their properties remained detached
and exclusive. He mentioned
one particular family with the surname ‘Marsham’, who have been remembered with
a street named after them and a ward at the local hospital, together with ‘King
Street’, re-named after King Henry VIII visited Maidstone. Paul’s talk was very interesting
and full of information and he ended by saying “History is all around us if
only we have eyes to see it”.
Preston was our speaker in November whose talk “Malting and Malthouses”, took
us through the many processes of making ‘barley grain’ into ‘malt’, which
turned out to be more complex than many of us realised, and we learnt that the
process could also be varied to produce different types of malt. James
explained the process of making malt using drawings and photographs of
Malthouses, two of which had been located in Wateringbury and Nettlestead. He
explained to us malt is no longer made in Kent, and many of the Malthouses have
now been demolished, though some have survived and been converted to other uses
although they are often mistaken for former Oasthouses.
Malthouses have very small windows,
and this often can be the clue to distinguishing the difference, as James
showed us with some photographs of locally converted Malthouses at West Malling
WATERINGBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL.
Well, what a busy start to the school year we have had. Our AGM
was held at the school and we welcomed some new members to the team as well as
saying fond farewells to some old friends. Fresh members with new ideas are
always a welcome addition and we look forward to some new ventures and some
twists to some old ones too.
We have already held some great events, a 70s quiz night to
coincide with the school's 40th anniversary was compiled excellently by Craig
Lightheart raising £240 for the Raise the Roof campaign.
A family photoshoot
was another great day hosted by Time Photography
Now we are full steam ahead
for our Christmas fayre which will be held on Saturday 3 December between 12
and 3pm. Entrance is free to all comers so come along and enjoy, hot festive
food, the Christmas cafe, craft stalls, holistic therapies, games and of course
our wonderful Santa's grotto.
We would like to thank John Evans for very generously sponsoring
our Christmas fayre once again this year. If anyone wishes to donate a raffle
prize please contact me on the email below.
We are also hosting a Christmas wreath making evening on 13
December. This will be a great evening of fun and craft made possible by Sarah
Hudson. We need booking in advance so numbers can be provided for.
Thank you everyone for your time and generosity that makes our
efforts to improve the children's learning environment so worthwhile.
Brydon-Brown - 07855127415 email@example.com
WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
Woods came along in November to show us how to ‘Print on Silk Scarves’, six
members took part during her demonstration and printed some very individually
coloured scarves. The competition ‘my
favourite scarf’ was won by Janet Coltham.
8 December our members will be enjoying their Christmas Party, 1.00 for
1.30pm (members only). During lunch we will be entertained by Margaret
Watson who is coming along to play seasonal music on her harp. The competition is a small Christmas table
our meeting on 12 January 2017, Ian Porter is our speaker and he
will be telling us about ‘Suffragettes’, which promises to be a very
interesting talk. Tthe competition is to
wear something in green/purple and white. Visitors very welcome.
enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WATERINGBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
As the winter winds begin to bite and rehearsals for Christmas
productions commence, there’s a spirit of anticipation in the air. Schools are
busy places at any time of year but never more so than at Christmas. Our
dedicated and fun-loving team of parents kick off the season with our popular
Christmas Fayre on 3rd December from 12:00-3:00pm. Our grotto now has a
well-deserved reputation and it’s worth every minute of queuing. And from crafts to
cakes, raffles and ribbon, there’s much to enjoy. All
are warmly invited and we hope to see you there.
Christmas performances take place on 6th/7th December at 2:00pm
for our infants and 13th/14th December for our juniors. The school is full of the
sound of songs and carols and the rustle of costumes and crêpe paper.
traditional Carol Service takes place on 19th December at 6:00pm at St John the
Baptist and we invite you to join us for carols, music by our professional
brass ensemble, children’s songs and readings and the chance to hear our new
vicar, the Reverend Nick Williams.
Another long-standing and favourite tradition is our ‘Stories
Round the Christmas Tree’ on 20th December. Children return to school in the
early evening in cosy pyjamas, carrying pillows and blankets, and settle down
around the tree for hot cocoa and Christmas stories by candlelight. It is
indeed a magical evening.
November included a number of special events: our Remembrance Day
service included parent governor Steve Wright who spoke movingly about his
family’s trip to France to visit the grave of his great-grandfather who died in
the trenches in World War 1. Personal stories make the enormous loss and
sacrifice real to the children and they listened intently, particularly
impressed with the beautiful piece of ‘trench art’ that Steve brought to show.
We marked Children in Need with a day that knocked spots off as
the children wore spotty-dotty accessories and raised a generous donation for
less fortunate children. Fundraising efforts were sky high earlier in the month
as well, as Year 5 teacher Hannah Fraser completed a sponsored skydive, jumping
more than 30,000 feet and raising more than £1,000 towards our capital campaign
– a new library roof, windows and refit! It’s not too late to donate to our
campaign. Please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/wateringburycepschool
to donate online.
Term ends on Wednesday 21st December and the new spring term
begins on Tuesday, 3rd January. The children, staff and governors of
Wateringbury CE Primary School join me in wishing our community joy and peace
this Christmas-time and may the generosity of spirit that is Christmas be in
our hearts every day.
he Chairman opened
the meeting by extending condolences on behalf of the Parish Council to Mrs
Susan Cockburn on the loss of her husband, Philip. It was agreed that a donation of £50 would be
made to the Heart of Kent Hospice in memory of Philip Cockburn.
Apologies for absence were received from KCC Cllr Matthew
Balfour. Cllr Catherine Moreland was
Announcements - A Finance and General Purposes Meeting is
due to be held on 23 November at 7.30pm.
T & M Borough Cllr
advised the following:
- Funds from Central Government to the Borough
would be cut in the future. This in turn
would affect Parish funding and although money may be available from the
Borough Council, a lot more would be expected in return. Overall in the next 4 to 5 years a reduction
of 30% is anticipated.
- There is a possibility that changes will be
made to Planning Committees.
Crime Report - Two
reports had been extracted from the Kent Police website for July and
August. Councillors agreed that more
information on these crimes was needed, especially those events of a violent
nature. A request is to be made to the Kent
Police to this effect.
A26 - A query was raised
about the changes proposed to road realignment at the junction of Pizien Well
Road/A26. Further clarification is to be
sought from Kent Highways.
Parliamentary constituency boundary changes - Councillors felt
strongly that Wateringbury should be included in the Tonbridge & The Weald
Constituency instead of the proposed move into the Chatham & Aylesford
Draft Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council Local Plan - there are no
proposed new, identified development sites in Wateringbury up to 2031. However, if sites are considered justifiable
and deliverable then they may be considered.
Concern was expressed about additional access that may be required
through the parish boundary from development on Broadwater Farm at Kings
Wateringbury Sports & Recreational Association - it had been noticed
that the wall of the roofed building used by the Association may need attention.
Tonbridge & Malling Area Committee of KALC - Parish Councils may
obtain funding for clearing vegetation from pathways, etc but the rate per
metre is very poor. At the PPP meeting
Speedwatch was discussed and it was felt that there is a lack of police
involvement and support in this project.
It was suggested that when the police radar van parked in the church
lay-by it would be better for it to monitor the speed of traffic travelling
towards Mereworth. A letter will be
sent to the police to ask them to
bear this in mind in
the future. It was also suggested that a
camera be added to the traffic lights at the crossroads to record any vehicles
jumping red lights and accelerating through that area.
Kent Community Rail Partnership - several email
communications had been sent but unfortunately the address had changed,
consequently responses are still awaited.
An enquiry asking when the level crossing gates will be removed is to be
posed to the KCRP.
Report on the Cemetery - the hedge is to be cut back.
Village Warden Report - The furniture in the play area in
The Fields are in need of preserving treatment.
Cllr John Evans will kindly donate the materials. It may be possible that the Community Payback
Scheme will carry out the work.
Public Discussion - among the points raised by residents were:
- Compliments on the condition of the
- The subject of training of Parish
- Concerns about the issue of an alcohol sale
licence to Red Hill Farm Estate and other proposed events to be held in that
- A water leak at the bottom of Bow Road/off
- In Glebe Meadow, near the lay-by there is a
hole left by BT.
single garage to front garden at 15 Red Hill - Councillors objected on the
grounds of height, position and elevation of the proposed building.
Proposed orangery and
garage conversion at 15 Red Hill - No objections.
Proposed garage with
storage over 1 Broomscroft Cottages, 189 Canon Lane - Councillors had no
Minor revision to
TM/16/01989/FL to allow alteration to front rear garage and lowering of porch
roof at 20 Red Hill - no objection was made.
Details of condition 5
(phasing strategy) pursuant to planning permission TM/134/01535/OAEA (mixed use
development) Kings Hill Phase 3 Gibson Drive, Kings Hill - insufficient
information was available to make a decision.
Next meetings The public are very welcome to attend the
next meetings of the Parish Council at 7.30pm
in the village hall on Tuesdays 6 December, 10 January (please note change of
date) and 7 February.
The Vicarage, 2 The Grange, East
Brothers and Sisters in Christ by the time you read this brief
letter we will have left behind us the season the Church knows as the ‘Kingdom
Season’ or ‘All Saints to Advent’ and entered into Advent. It’s a curious season, its name is relatively
new but it serves to make that portion of the Church year which is vitally
important to all Christians and which contains many of the great festivals of
remembrance that serve to remind us that we do not live our lives in solitary
splendour with no sense of that which has gone before us or that which is yet
The season begins with the festival of All Saints when we remember
all the Saints of the Church members through baptism of the same family as us.
People from whom we can draw inspiration and example, people in whom the grace
of God has been powerfully at work, yet people who in some cases leave us
wondering how such flawed individuals ever became Saints, until we realise that
if God can work his purpose out through them and their lives then why not through
each of us as well.
We remember the departed in the Commemoration of All Souls, sadly
now overshadowed by the commercialisation of halloween, but properly celebrated
as the time when we remember with thanksgiving all those more 'local saints’. The people who we have personally known, whose
lives have touched ours; the people who gave us life or nurtured our faith, the
people who will always hold a special place in our heart.
Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday invite us to a different sort
of remembrance, the time when we look back and remember not only all those who
have given their lives, both civilian and service personnel, in wars throughout
the ages but also those who have returned damaged in some way and live with
consequences of war.
The cycle ends with the festival of Christ the King which beckons
us into the season of Advent, the beginning of the Church year with its own
themes of judgement, repentance and of course anticipation as we await the
reminder of the birth of Christ the King in the stable at Bethlehem.
The kingdom season, it seems to me, is an entirely appropriate
time to have held my institution, induction and installation as the new Vicar
of this benefice. Appropriate because on one hand we can look back and rejoice
at the ministry of those who have gone before me as Vicars here. Without doubt
many of you will have joyful memories of the times you all shared and it’s
right that these times should be remembered and celebrated. On the other hand
we are now beginning a new time in our life as a benefice. We can look forward
to new experiences, new challenges and new opportunities in the service of God.
Just as no two years are exactly the same when we look back over them so the
future will not be the same as the past and we may find ourselves in places we
never imagined or indeed wished we could ever go. All we can do is place
ourselves wholly in God’s hands and ask him to make clear to us the path he
would want us to walk together. Rev Nick
TWELFTH NIGHT QUIZ This
year the theme is A, B, C (all answers will start with these letters). Quiz sheets are still only £1 from Jan and
Mike Pursey 814324. A good quiz to do
with your Christmas visitors. Completed quiz sheets to be returned before Twelfth
Night - 6 January 2017. There are
prizes! Proceeds to church funds.
MOTHERS’ UNION The meeting on 1 December
will be in East Malling church at 1pm when Elaine Welch’s topic is Christmas
Decorations. On 5 January members will enjoy a New Year lunch at The North Pole.
For the past 11 years rather than purchasing individual Christmas
cards for local friends and neighbours you are invited to write your good
wishes on a single Big Christmas Card, and make a donation to a nominated
charity. Over these years a substantial sum has been raised. The chosen charity
this year is Save the Children’s Emergency Appeal to further the charity’s excellent
work in caring for the welfare and wellbeing of children.
Note Change of Dates and Times Watch Club are meeting in the Church
on Sunday 4 December,4-6pm for our Christmas Party and again
in the Church for our Epiphany Party on Sunday 8 January, 4-6pm.
On Sunday 29 January we hope to be back
in the village hall from 4-6pm We wish
everyone the Blessings of Christmas and a Happy New Year - Lisa and the team
We had a fantastic time at this year's Shining Bright party, 50
children joined in our Jungle Book themed party. If you ask the children who
the King of the Jungle is? you are likely to get this answer, " I'll tell
you....J E S U S is!, He's the king of me!, He's the king of the
universe, the jungle and the sea! Thank you to all those who helped on the
night and thank you to those who donated sweets, needless to say the children
loved them! Thank you, Lisa
GIFT SERVICE Many
thanks to all who gave toys, vouchers and toiletries your generosity means
others less fortunate in local Womens’ Refuges will have a happier Christmas
knowing that others care.
CHURCH CHOIR AT SWITCH ON OF NORTH POLE
year, instead of singing carols round the village you can join in the fun at
Church choir will once again be singing carols at the switching on of the North
Pole Pub’s Christmas Lights at 6.30pm
on Friday 2 December. This year, instead of singing carols
round the village, you are most welcome to come along and join in with the
church choir to help raise funds for Parkinson UK. Snow guaranteed!
CRAFT AND CHAT - Wednesdays - 10.30-12.30
Many are enjoying our mornings in the
Church and some are reviving their crafting skills, particularly knitting and
crochet. In December we will meet on Wednesday 7 December for Christmas
nibbles. We then have a short break and
meet again on 28 Decemberfor a trip to Brookside Garden Centre
to visit their delightful Christmas Grotto. If you would like a lift to
Brookside please phone 01622 813076.
popular request we will meet in January
on every Wednesday in the church vestry to cheer ourselves up in this often
dreary month. For more details please
phone Pauline (814673) or Gillian (813076).
After our meeting on 19 December we will
take a short break. We return on Monday
9 January. All babies and pre-schoolers and their carers are welcome to come
and join in the fun. We meet in the Guide
and Scout HQ, Glebe Meadow 2-3pm More
details from Edna (01622 812922)
Please check the Church Lost Property Box
(on the pew near the font). There are
lots of small items: any not claimed by 6 January 2017 will be found new homes.
PARISH ANNUAL ACT OF REMEMBRANCE
Many thanks to those who braved the
pouring rain to tidy the church and churchyard on Saturday 12 November to
prepare the church for this special service.
Thankfully on Remembrance Sunday the weather was dry for the service which
moved from the church to the village war memorial for the 2 minute silence and
the laying of wreaths and crosses. There
were 177 adults and 140 young people
(representing all the village’s uniformed organisations) at the service.
SERVICES FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY Visit our website www.wateringburychurch.org.uk
First Sunday in month 8am
Communion - East Malling
Family Service – East Malling
9.45am Family Service – Teston 10amWateringbury 4 December
- Christingle 1 January
Second Sunday in month 9.45am
Eucharist – East Malling
10am Holy Communion - Wateringbury 6.30pm
Evensong - Teston
Third Sunday in month 8am Communion – Wateringbury 9.45am
Eucharist – East Malling
10 am Family .Service – Wateringbury 6.30pm Eucharist - Teston
Fourth Sunday in month 9.45am
Eucharist – East Malling
10am Holy Communion – Wateringbury 6.30pm Eucharist
Sunday 29 January 10am Benefice Communion