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1ST WATERINGBURY GUIDES
1st Wateringbury Guides are an active unit enjoying many
activities, and are looking to recruit new girls to join the fun! Guides is
open to girls age 10 to 14 years old, and spaces are available with immediate
start. The programme has included over
recent months, indoor climbing, ice skating, cooking and baking, map reading, a
camp fire, and plans are in place for learning some First Aid, swimming, a
pamper evening and involvement in a community project. Two of the Guides are
taking in part in a County trip to Croatia in July, which is very exciting! Girls may come along for a taster evening –
just contact Patricia Arnold (email@example.com)
or Carolyn Peal (firstname.lastname@example.org) to
Please let us have your news and tributes by 17 February
for our March magazine. Entries are
Christmas Engagement Congratulations to Alan Fisher
and Lisa Reynolds of Southborough.
Cole - 23 June 1943 to 13 November 2016
Back in 2003 after a local BBQ, a
small group of adult football players in Wateringbury got together and decided
to set up a new football team. Val as a
stalwart of both the current adult team and indeed the local league was very
helpful in assisting us to get set up and gave us her honest view (as was her
style). She was always available for
support when we needed advice or when we had fallen foul, due to inexperience
of the league rules - which were many! Quite often when we were playing at home she’d
come down and watch the team on Bow Meadow wearing her famous red Liverpool
shirt and if you were having a bad game - watch out! The stalwarts of this original team, now
playing as a veterans' side, were very sad to hear of Val’s passing and as such
we would all like to pass on our best wishes to her family. She was a wonderful, colourful character and
will be very much missed around the village.
You'll Never Walk Alone.
Jack Tate - 30 July 1931 to 16
Jack was born in County Durham the eldest of 4
children. His father Alfred,
a coal miner from the age of 14, vowed that none of his children would have to
go down the pit, and none did. Education was the route he encouraged his
children to take. Jack passed his 11 plus and went to Stockton Grammar
School and did well at his studies.
At 18, like all his generation, he
was called up and served his National Service in the RAF becoming a Radar
Mechanic. On being demobbed Jack answered an advert in a magazine and won
an apprenticeship with a firm of Civil Engineers in Bracknell, Berkshire.
His hobbies were golf, football, cinema, theatre and ballroom dancing and it
was dancing that led to his meeting and marrying Vera in St Peters
Church, Cranbourne, Berkshire in 1955. Jack’s career as a Chartered Engineer gave the family
the opportunity to live in many parts of the country before they moved to
Wateringbury on New Years’ Eve 1974.
He took advantage of early
retirement to work to improve Industry Standards (BSI) and to serve on
the Parish Council. He was a volunteer for the Kent
Association for the Blind for 16 years and latterly served on the Parochial
Church Council and the Deanery Synod. Jack was a gentle Geordie,
respected as a consummate professional and a much loved family man who had 4
children, 6 grandchildren (who adored their Grandad) and 3 great grandchildren.
Gerry De Knop, M.B.E. (1925-2016)
John Gerald De Knop, known to all as
Gerry, died peacefully in his sleep on the 13th December. He had
been in hospital since falling and breaking his hip some four weeks earlier.
Gerry had many virtues but the one
that stood out to me was his positive mental attitude, more than in any other
person I know. It was an attitude of mind which he brought to the many
activities of his varied life, and one which was infectious to those he met. He
maintained it throughout the medical problems experienced in his recent years.
Gerry was the only child of a Belgian
father and an English mother. His father had served in the Belgium army during
World War I and, during a leave taken in England, had called unexpectedly on
his English pen-pal, Gerry’s mother, meeting her for the first time. His
parents married shortly after World War I ended, and lived briefly in Belgium
before settling in London where Gerry was born in 1925.
He attended William Ellis School in
Highgate, joined the Royal Air Force aged 17 in the middle of World War II, and
was stationed in Rhodesia. He then followed a career in local government and
Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. In 1974 he was appointed as
County Supplies Officer of Kent County Council (K.C.C.) and moved with his
family to Mill Lane in Wateringbury. His achievements at K.C.C. included the
setting up of a new centralised distribution hub, and for this he was honoured
on his retirement in the 1986 Queen’s Birthday Honours with an M.B.E.
After retirement, Gerry lived an
active life, contributing his energy and wisdom to many Wateringbury bodies:
the school governors, the parish council and the local history society,
including time as Chairman of the last two. He was also a member of Maidstone
Probus until a few years ago, serving as Chairman in 1998.
Gerry is survived by his wife
Phyllis (Phyl), who he married in 1950 following a first date at the 1948
London Olympics, their three children, three grandchildren and one great
Terry BirdGwen Henderson died just before Christmas. She was thewidow
of Rev John Henderson the last vicar of the sole parish of Wateringbury
(1963-78) and died in Somerset where she and John retired.
Poppy Appeal Success
Larry and Angela Collins would like to thank all
those who helped collect for the Poppy Appeal last November. They are delighted that the magnificent sum
of £3,000 (subject to gift aid verification) has been raised. Without the dedicated help of local collectors
and friends and all the static collection points in Wateringbury, this could
not have been possible. Thank You.
VILLAGE HALL QUIZ EVENING
Our annual quiz evening is to be held on. Saturday 18 February at Wateringbury Village Hall. Doors Open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.
Yes it’s that time; we promise you a fun and
entertaining evening. Phil Rex has again
kindly agreed to do all the hard work in compiling the questions and will be
the Question Master for the evening. All
you need is a team of 6 to 8 people (or come on your own, we will match you up
with others to make up a team). As
usual, a raffle…and prizes for the quiz winners…(and losers)! Please bring your own food and drinks. Tea and coffee will be available. The cost is £8 per person and proceeds will be
used to help maintain and equip our splendid Village Hall. Even if you cannot make it please spread the
message about the evening. After all, we
should be kind to those who don’t live in Wateringbury. To book a place or a table please ring Phil Rex on 01622 814483 or e-mail email@example.com
BABY & TODDLER GROUP
very busy Christmas period with our party, which included a children's
entertainer, Father Christmas and lunch, we are now into our winter
term. Crafts have already begun with the Chinese New Year and Valentine's
Day. If you are interested, why not join us, we have various toys and
equipment, we do craft and singing sessions with the children. The cost is £2
for the first child and £1 for any other children, this includes tea/coffee for
the adults and snacks for the children. We are open on Wednesdays and
Fridays during term time from 10.00am to 12 noon. For more information contact Linda Simmonds on 01732 522 437.
FRIENDS OF WATERINGBURY CHURCH (FOWC), CHARITABLE UPDATE
As we enter 2017, I am pleased to inform
you that considerable progress has been made in enabling the Parochial Church
Council (PCC) meet its funding targets in support of the ‘Re-shingling of the
Church Spire’. At the end of last year the FOWC Board of Trustees met
with the Chairwoman of the PCC Buildings Committee, Liz Gummer, to receive a
build update and to conduct ‘due diligence’ of potential funding use, on behalf
of everyone who has made a donation supporting the work of FOWC, in particular
the Spire Project (our current main effort).
You will recall that the FOWC had already committed £10,000 to the Spire
Project however, owing to your generosity we are in a position to potentially
offer much more - a minimum of £21,000, dependent upon the FOWC Board of
Trustees’ agreement. This FOWC article
has been coordinated with an update on the Spire Project provided by the PCC
Buildings Committee; please refer to the PCC article in this Rostrum and to the
first PCC report to the FOWC on our website for more detailed information on
project progress. In addition, I refer you to an excellent PCC profile-raising
piece on Facebook with text-giving facility, which we hope will encourage yet
Over the course of 5 and a half years,
FOWC has raised £27,500, something we can all be very proud of. I am extremely
grateful to you all for the support you have given to the ‘Object’ of our
You will wish to know that I have formally
called on Reverend Nick Williams and briefed him on our work to date. I
will be meeting again with him to discuss the work of FOWC in early 2017; as
you would expect, he is extremely keen to support our work.
Looking ahead to 2017, we look forward to
continuing our momentum in raising funds and supporting the Spire and future
projects. The dates for potential events in 2017 which we hope you will
support, are in draft as follows:
25 Mar (1930hrs) Membership Drive and
04 Jun (1200hrs) Pimm’s Tent Village Fete
(1930hrs) AGM in
10 Sep (1400-1700hrs) Strawberry Tea Party - Manor Farm
13 Oct TBC (1930hrs) 'Talk Two'
18 Nov (1100hrs) Church Christmas Bazaar
You will note that we are planning to
continue the talks in this our 7th year of operation. If you know of
anyone who you think might be a good speaker and would be prepared to speak for
an hour on a topic of interest, then I would ask that you notify the Secretary
in order that the Board might consider your suggestion. I have set a new
target of £30,000 to be achieved by the end of FY17/18, and we look forward to
your continued support helping us to make this next milestone. Please
note the above dates in your diaries and please encourage others to support our
work as we go through the year.
Lastly, I offer FOWC’s sincere thanks to
Mr and Mrs Mark English for the use of Manor Farm for meetings and the gardens
for the Strawberry Tea - we hugely appreciate their continuing support.
Wishing you joy in
WAR NEWS, FEBRUARY
start of unrestricted submarine warfare by Germans.
Germany starts withdrawal from Somme to Hindenburg line.
RMS Laconia, a British passenger
liner with American passengerssunk by German submarine.
German destroyer raid on Margate and Broadstairs.
months without any war fatalities, February 1917 saw the death of John Jury in France. John’s father was
an agricultural labourer, living in Canon Heath. His mother had 12 children
born alive, but, by the time of the 1911 census, 6 had died. John attended
Wateringbury School and in 1906 won a Kent Education Committee medal, presented
to him on Empire Day by General Sir
George Wolseley. He worked in one of the breweries before volunteering
for the army early in the war. After a period in India, he transferred to the 1st
Battalion Royal West Kents, and died of wounds, aged 24, received in the
(along with H Fisher from Teston) was on board the troopship SSTyndareus,
on its way to Hong Kong from the UK. It was hit in early February by a mine off
South Africa. All, including the ship’s
dog, were successfully taken off as a result of the discipline of the troops,
forming up as if on parade. The event became the subject of an oil painting by Stanley Llewellyn Wood.
magazine relayed the government’s message that unrestricted submarine warfare
by the Germans meant that there was a greater need for food economy and need to
lend the government more money to fight the war. To invest in the War Loan
required a minimum amount, but the vicar believed some working men had saved
more than this in gold sovereigns. Since the previous year the village had had
a successful Schools War Savings Association, allowing children to save small
sums. The Adult Association had not done so well with only 12 members in total.
The vicar thought that many were misinformed about the right to get their money
back at any time in case of need; a public meeting would be held to encourage
war saving .
The Parish council met for a second time
in 1917 and decided to order up to 3 tons of ground lime as a fertiliser from
The British Portland Cement Manufacturers Ltd at Halling, Owen English of Manor
Farm agreeing to collect from the station. Orders for 25 cwt. of seed potatoes
had already been placed for the allotments.
was experienced. The Girls School log reports on 5th Feb:
“A good deal of snow has fallen in the night and is still falling. The Teachers were again unable
to reach school until 9.45 a.m. A number of girls are away, 57 being present. A
good deal of time has been taken up in clearing away the snow brought-in, in
thawing the frozen taps & waste pipe in the lobby.”
food continued as issues in the village throughout 1917, but the weather
Terry Bird For more details see the web-site of Wateringbury
Local History Society (https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory/). At the top right of any page there is a
search box; for more information on any bolded name insert the name in this
At our December meeting we all
enjoyed a Christmas lunch, prepared by the committee, accompanied by jacket
potatoes and followed by delicious deserts. During the lunch Margaret Watson
entertained us magnificently with both seasonal and light hearted music played
on her harp. The afternoon
ended with the raffle, answers to the quizzes and the announcement that Gillian
Sessions’ Christmas table decoration had received the most votes.
In January Ian Porter came along
to give his talk ‘Suffragettes’ to our members. Ian’s talk was accompanied by
photographs which were passed round to the members, illustrating the hardships
and struggle the suffragettes went through to ensure that women be granted the
right to vote. Ian had our
attention throughout his interesting and informative talk, leaving us with
admiration for what these ladies had achieved for us. The competition ‘to wear something in
green, purple and white’ was well supported, and following a fashion parade was
won by Christina Caldwell.
speaker on 9 February is Chris
Wade, who will be talking to us about “Kent in Four Seasons” and the competition is a drawing, painting
or photograph of flora or fauna.
GROUP WALKS Both the December and January walks were blessed
with good weather. In December we walked out to Pizien Well via Millpond &
Rocks Farm returning along Old Road. In
January we had a river walk to Teston Bridge returning via Tutsham Farm and
Waregrave’s Wood. Both were good walks with great company. Wishing everyone in
the village all the very best for 2017 from the walkers.
Next walk: Sunday 5 February - meet at
2pm at Village Hall for a local walk.
March walk: Sunday 5 March - again meet
at Village Hall for 2pm start.
Kevin Reynolds - Tel: 01622 813763
Freestyle dance classes for children aged between 5-11
An opportunity for your children to learn Freestyle dance
whilst having fun. Classes will be held at Wateringbury Village
Hall after school on Tuesday’s,
starting from 21st February 2017.
Please email Chrissy
for further details - firstname.lastname@example.org
WATERINGBURY LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY The
Society’s next meeting is on Wednesday 15 February 2017, when the
speaker will be Captain Brian Laverick-Smith who will give a talk
entitled "Bother on the Hover"
which he describes as a rather tongue in cheek description of his life
driving the world’s largest Hovercraft across the channel. Set mainly
against its history in Dover from 1998 till its demise in 2000, it focuses on
the people that he met and the experiences that have occurred erring
to the more lighter side of life. Fully illustrated with slides and
videos. Visitors are very welcome (£3) to the talk which is in
Wateringbury Village Hall, free tea or coffee from 7.40pm with the talk
starting at 8pm.
FOOTBALL CLUB ACADEMY – REQUEST FOR HELP
may be aware, we have now established a very successful football academy which
is attended by children both in and outside of the village with the majority
attending Wateringbury CEP School. The
field is alive with over 20 youngsters every Saturday who have a huge passion for the game. We are now looking for an enthusiastic adult, or indeed pair of adults, to take on a group of children in the 2016/2017
season, running a formal team playing in a local league. You will not be short of players and after a
year in the academy we would hope to have a good grounding in the game. They just need guidance and leadership. If you are interested and would like to have
an informal chat about the role please contact Karl Smith on 07774 649751. Please note you will be required to satisfy
all the usual background checks and have a DBS check carried out which will be
paid for by the club.
term started hard on the heels of New Year’s celebrations and the children
looked slightly the worse for wear! However, they have quickly settled into the
new year and their new goals and resolutions. Happy New Year from all of us at
December was a
busy blur of Christmas nativities, productions and Carol Services. Our
Christmas giving this year reached an impressive and generous total of £810 and
will support the efforts of Save the Children in Syria and will also fund
special projects in our link school,
‘Birds of Hope’ in northern Lebanon, which is educating 2,000 Syrian refugee
Fayre was a huge success with almost £3,000 raised for the school (and one of
the most magical grottos around for miles!). We are grateful to our parent
organisation, FOWPS, for their extraordinary support and commitment to hosting
events which create a real sense of community and purpose.
We bid farewell in December to one of the school’s
longest serving teachers, Mrs Claire Worrall, and we wished her well on a
career path in special needs education, an area she has long been interested
in. We are delighted to welcome Miss Rebecca Hodge who joins us in Year 1.
Internet Safety (e-Safety) is a rapidly
growing area of the curriculum as we strive to ensure our students understand
the nature of the Internet and how to keep themselves safe online. We always
mark Safer Internet Day which, this year, falls on 7th February. The
theme this year is 'Be the Change: Unite for a Better
Internet'. The children will explore various aspects of the Internet –
its creative and practical applications and its risks - throughout the day and
will conclude the day with an assembly to parents in the afternoon.
In addition to our weekly school
newsletter, a group of motivated Year 6 pupils now produce a monthly children’s
newsletter (their idea entirely). It is written and produced by the Year 6
editorial team and it’s full of short articles and snippets about school life,
quizzes, competitions and jokes. It’s a rollicking good read and we’re proud of
their initiative and efforts!
This term ends
on Friday, 10th February and we return to school on Tuesday, 21st
Chasey Crawford Usher – Headteacher
JUMBLE SALE - SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY - 1.30-3.30PM Wateringbury Village Hall
WATERINGBURY EXPLORER SCOUTS
Good quality men's, women's and children's clothing and shoes,
toys, bric-a-brac, books, CDs and DVDs
Light refreshments will be on sale
adult entrance 50p, children entrance free If you have any items of jumble you would like to donate, please
contact Nicola on 07969 444968 to arrange for collection
TESTON & WATERINGBURY NURSERY GROUP
theme for term 3 is ‘Superheroes and Princesses’ where we will be making hero
masks, princess wands and Spiderman biscuits as well as a dressing up
week. The children will also be making
brightly coloured flags to go on top of the castle. As you may be aware it is the Chinese New
Year on 28 January (Year of the Rooster) and to celebrate this we will be
making Chinese lanterns and learning to write their name in Chinese. During this term the children will also be
taking part in a sponsored bounce-athon to raise money for the preschool and
our chosen charity this year is The Brain and Spine Foundation. We also look forward to our fortnightly visit
from the mobile library where the children get to choose a book or two for our group story
time. A little note of apology to some
of our mums whose washing loads must have increased due to the ingenious hiding
places of some of the children during recent hide and seek games in our garden! If you are interested in joining our
preschool please contact Tina Driver
on 07805 796353 and come along for a
WATERINGBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL - JANUARY NEWS
Here we are in a new year and we have lots
going on. Firstly
though we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped in making
the school's Christmas fayre another resounding success. Santa's
grotto was another fantastic adventure for the children, based on a Harry
Potter theme, the ladies who created it pulled another wonder out of the bag. We would be
lost without them. Along with a
great family feel, craft stalls, good food, mulled wine, the choir singing
carols, crafts for the kids and much more, we also raised a good amount of
money that will help the school children this year.
Coming up we have the school disco, quiz and
curry night, bag to school, golf day and much more. All are welcome to help us
support our school, in this current funding climate every little helps.
Rob Brydon-Brown, Chairman of FOWPS
JANUARY PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
Chairman announced the resignation of David Marks and thanked him for all his help
and support during his time on the Parish Council.
Cllr Matthew Balfour, Kent County Councillor-
stated County Council were having discussions on the possible devolution of
services from County to Borough/District level. Cllr Balfour would like discussions
also at parish level. County Council to have a campaign to make drivers more
aware and be considerate to other road users.
subject of ambulance blue lights/sirens in the village on Boxing Day was raised
and Cllr Balfour agreed to follow this up
Report - On or near Allington Gardens, 1 theft, 1 anti social behaviour, 1
criminal damage. On or near Leney Road -
1 burglary . On or near Warden Mill
Close - 1 violent crime. On or near
Petrol Station - 1 antisocial behaviour, 1 criminal damage.
Clerk wished to continue to use her own computer and the use of iCloud would be
Evans resigned from the Parish Council and left the meeting.
It was agreed there should be further
investigations on play equipment inspections.
The payment to the Parish Council for the
maintenance of the shrub beds at the traffic lights and the grass area at the
corner of Canon Lane would be greatly reduced by KCC. It was agreed to hand the maintenance back to
the County Council. It was agreed the
Clerk would amend the budget for 2017/18 to take into account this reduction.
The budget was agreed.
Ibbs, Village Warden reported dog fouling still a problem but slightly better
recently. Over-flowing waste bins has
been resolved. Rubbish at a bus stop had
been removed. John regularly collected
litter and asked anyone to contact him if they came across litter. John does make regular inspections of the
play equipment and reports any problems to the Clerk. The Chairman thanked John Ibbs for his work
on behalf of the village.
was agreed to ask KCC again for road markings at the crossroads for vehicles
turning off Tonbridge Road.
The Clerk would chase up the refurbishment
of the fingerpost sign at the crossroads and the repair of the village sign
near the school
discussed offers received for the lease on Drayhorse Meadow. Further information was required.
Planning - No objection to - Proposed garage with
storage over 1 Broomscorft Cottages 189 Canon Lane & Removal of existing
conservatory & Construction of new single storey rear extension 25 Leney
also agreed to write stating concerns over TMBC decision to ban PCs attending
site meeting with planning officers without consultation. Also to support comments by East Malling
& Teston PCs to TMBC on the screening report for 841 houses on land East of
Next meetings: The public are very welcome to attend the
next meetings of the Parish Council at 7.30pm
in the village hall on Tuesday 7 February and Tuesday 7 March 2017.
BIG CHRISTMAS CARD A very big thank you to everyone who supported the Save the Children Emergency Appeal by
signing the Big Christmas Card in the church and making such generous
donations. The donations to the Big Card amounted to £370.50, to which can be added £47.50 of Gift Aid which the charity
will claim, making a total of £418.00.
To this figure can be added the retiring collection from the Crib Service which
amounted to a further £279.40.
This makes a wonderful total of £697.40 which
has already been posted first class to the charity for immediate help for the
children suffering in Syria and elsewhere. Ted
and Jane Bates
GRAND CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday
26 November The total raised to date is an amazing £1620, Many thanks to all who
helped in so many way to make the day such a success.
CAROL SINGING The magnificent
sum of £344.33 was collected for Parkinsons UK by the Church Choir and
carol singers from the congregation at the switching on of the
Christmas Lights at the North Pole pub on Friday 2 December. Organiser
Hilary Cayzer thanks everyone for their generous support.
CHRISTMAS TREE Thank you tothe
Skinner Family at Bijou Nursery who donated a magnificent tree for the Church
CRIBS AND ANGELS We had a delightful assortment of cribs and angels so thank you to
all who loaned them. We still have one
crib set awaiting collection from the church.
£206 was raised for church funds.
TWELFTH NIGHT QUIZ: The winner of this year’s Quiz was Pat Gill with 49 correct
answers. There were 6 runners-up with 48 correct answers and they were Gordon
& Sheena Self, Mary & Ian Nicholson, Susan Levett and David Walsh,
David Gill, Jeff Hann, and Christine & Alastair Byron. Their names were put
in a hat and in Church on Sunday 8 January the winning ticket was drawn, namely
David Gill (husband of winner Pat!). The answers are now on the notice board at
the back of the Church. Many
thanks to Jan Pursey who set the questions and well done and thanks to all
those who tackled the Quiz. £124 was raised for church funds.
DATE SIMPLY SOUP LUNCHES will be served
in the church during Lent on Wednesdays 8, 15, 22, and 29 March and 5
April. So make a date in your diary
to come along and enjoy homemade soup and good company.
COFFEE, CRAFT AND CHAT – Wednesdays 8 & 22 February - 10.30-12.30
February we return to meeting on alternate Wednesday mornings in the
church. Do join us for homemade cake and
coffee and optional knitting, etc. For
more details please phone Pauline (814673) or Gillian (813076).
BENEFICE MOTHERS UNION
month it is the members’ AGM and Bring and Buy followed by a talk on Dementia
by Min Stacpoole. The meeting is at 39
Phoenix Drive at 1pm on Thursday 2 February.
On 2 March at 1pm the meeting is in East Malling Church when Caroline
Hattersley will give a talk W@W Women at the Well.
PONDERINGS Rev Nick Williams
email@example.com The Vicarage, 2 The Grange East Malling ( 01732 843282)
Brothers and sisters in Christ, those of you who were
relieved that Christmas with all its stresses and excesses was finally over
will perhaps be saddened to find out that it has a few more weeks to go before
it finally ends with the feast of Candlemas on February 2nd. For many of us it
has been a time of rejoicing and reflection as we have rejoiced with the angels
at the birth of Jesus Christ, wondered at the crib side with the shepherds and
journeyed with the magi to the stable at Bethlehem, Candlemas brings all that
to an end and our attention is moved from the cradle to the cross as we prepare
for Lent and the mysteries of the great feast of Easter.
This is a time given to us to reflect, not only the whole
of the Easter story but on the part that we play in it. It's a time for us to
reflect on who and what we are and the way in which our life interacts and
meshes with the life of the people around us. Are we a force for good in the
world around us or are we something less than we could be? Do we fulfil our God
given potential or are we content to potter along never questioning and never
changing for fear of getting the answer wrong?
This new season of the Church year gives us the space to
reflect on exactly this sort of question and if we are honest with ourselves
the answers that we receive. Your local Churches have also been reflecting on a
subject that I would like to invite you to join us in thinking about. All three
Churches that make up our benefice (Wateringbury, East Malling and Teston) have
been looking at the question of a new service pattern. On one hand this is a
purely pragmatic reflection as one clergyman now has to do the work previously
done by five and finds it difficult to be in two different places at the same
time. On the other hand it gives us the opportunity to ask ourselves whether
what we offer appeals to those outside as well as inside the church. There are
many reasons why people are unable or unwilling to join us in Church at any of
the services and events that go on throughout the week but one of these may be
that times and what goes in Church isn’t appealing. So I ask for your help,
spend a few moments reflecting on what if anything would make you more likely
to come and see what goes in your local Church whether that be Teston,
Wateringbury or East Malling and let the parish office know the result of your
thoughts. It may be that the times of the services are wrong for you, that the
service style is not what you are looking or any other factor. This is your
opportunity to tell us what you think and in doing that to help us make the
Church a stronger more accessible part of the community in which we live.
I look forward to hearing from you and I’m sure that your
answers will give us all much to reflect on. Rev Nick Williams
SAVE OUR SPIRE
The Church spire is in urgent need of replacing the existing worn out
wooden tiles (shingles). We need to have the shingles replaced before
structural damage is caused by water ingress, woodpeckers and boring insects
which would obviously have serious financial implications. Initial estimates
suggest the cost may be in the region of £65,000.
Thank you to everyone who has responded to our appeal so far. To
date from personal donations, grant applications, and a generous offer of
£21,000 from the Friends of Wateringbury Church we have available £31,500. Subject
to further successful grant applications and your help we aim to commission the
work within the next few months and have asked the architect to draw up a
detailed specification so we can obtain up-to-date quotes and availability from
specialist firms. Oak shingles will be used as these have a life-span of
80 years against 30 years for Cedar. Please see www.facebook/saveourspire for a bird’s eye view of the
So please help the village
church reach its target. There is now a
quick way to do this using your mobile phone - to donate £5 text
WATS45 £5 to 70070. Alternatively
cheques can be made payable to Wateringbury PCC and sent to the Church
Treasurer, Richard Dunn, 10 Red Hill, ME18 5NW. If you are a
UK tax payer and Gift Aid your donation we can claim from the Inland Revenue an additional 25p for every £1
donate. Thank you.
our website www.wateringburychurch.org.uk Sunday
5 February 8am Communion - East Malling
9.45am Family Service – East Malling
Service – Teston
10amMorning Praise – Wateringbury Sunday
12 February 9.45am Eucharist – East Malling
Holy Communion - Wateringbury 6.30pm Evensong - Teston
19 February 8am
Communion – Wateringbury 9.45am Eucharist – East Malling 10
am Family .Service – Wateringbury 6.30pm Eucharist
26 February 9.45am Eucharist – East Malling
Holy Communion – Wateringbury 6.30pm
Eucharist - Teston
- 9am in East Malling Church – Holy Communion
Pilsdon Community, 27 Water Lane, West Malling - Rev
Viv Ashworth invites you to the Barn Chapel to join members of the community
for a Eucharist Service every Wednesday at noon and 6pm on Sundays
For Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and other
arrangements please contact
Vicar Rev Nick Williams on 01732 843282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other enquiries, please contact the
Administrator on 01622 815218 or
Services - World Day of Prayer
- Friday 3 March Coffees from 10am, Service starts at
10.30am, Wateringbury Church
The Christian women of the
Philippines wrote this year’s service and it has been translated into 1,000
different languages and dialects to be used, throughout the whole world. Over 5,000 services will be held in the
British Isles and our local service is right here in Wateringbury, so do come
along and be part of a world-wide circle of prayer.
The theme for 2017 is ‘Am I Being Unfair to You?’ and the
service focuses on the Bible story of the workers in the vineyard found in the
gospel of Matthew ch 20 vs 1-16. In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan – named locally as
‘Yolanda’ – struck the Philippine islands in the western Pacific Ocean. This is mentioned in the service but you will
also hear the stories of a girl, a mother and an older woman, recounting their
situations and their hopes and fears.
OUR JOYS AND SORROWS - FROM THE PARISH REGISTERS Funerals -
We extend our deepest sympathy to the loved ones of: Valerie Anne Cole (6
Jack Tate (9 December)
Joan Goodwin (13 December)