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 APRIL    
1
Footpaths Walk Village Car Park 2.30pm
 3 Parish Council Meeting followed by planning committee Village Hall 7.30pm
 4 Coffee, Craft & Chat    Church 10.30am
12
WI talk - The Kings Supporters Village Hall 2pm
 14 Cream Teas & Silent Bids Pictures Auction    Church 2.30-4.30
18 Coffee, Craft & Chat Church 10.30am
18
School  Life in WW2 History Soc talk Village Hall 7.40pm 

 MAY
1
Parish Council Meeting followed by  planning committee Village Hall 7.30pm
5
Canterbury Cathedral Choristers Concert      Church 7pm
 6 Footpaths Walk Village Car Park 2.30pm
10
WI AGM and Cream Tea Village Hall 2pm
11
Pre-School Quiz Night Teston Hall Evening 

  Local Residents, we need you!  
Macmillan Crossroads Care Kent & Medway provides a volunteer service and support people affected by cancer and their carers.  The team provide quality information and guidance, along with a helpful assessment process to understand what support is needed, and in return volunteers provide companionship, emotional support, light housework or gardening, social outings, shopping and escorting to medical appointments. Do you have a good listening ear, the first and most important part of helping?  In-house training is available and volunteering expenses can be reimbursed in line with our volunteering policy.  If you feel you’d like to make a difference when someone needs a helping hand, contact Jen or Charley on 01622 817114, charley.macmillan@crossroadskent.org or find us on Facebook Macmillan Crossroads Volunteer Service  

VILLAGE PEOPLE
 
Please let us have your news and tributes by 17 April for our May magazine.  Entries are free

OFFICE CLEANER REQUIRED
1 hour per week in Wateringbury For further details please call 01622 813870 or 812852  ask for Heather or Mary

WATERINGBURY FLOWER CLUB  www.wateringburyflowerclub.co.uk          

The Club meets on the third Wednesday evening of each month at the East Malling Institute (behind the King & Queen pub) April is a workshop guided by our own member Jean and also our in house club competition with the title Spring Surprise. May sees Robin  White, an old friend , with his title The Link is Green.  Robin is very popular as he keeps us in stitches while flower arranging. Jean Schofield                 

 TESTON & WATERINGBURY PRE-SCHOOL

Thanks to all the mums, nans and aunties who attended our special mothers’ day workshop, great messy fun was had by all, with the children making pop up flowers and planting sunflower seeds for their mums to take home.         

 I would also like to thank Mark and Jerry for bringing in and showing the children and parents all their amazing animals.   The children got to hold and get up close to Cynthia, a very friendly but rather large python, a skinny pig called Walter, Stinky the pygmy hedgehog, Cilla the chinchilla, Cynthia the gecko, Ozzie the bearded dragon and my favourite Gaston the chameleon who I’m sure is still in the hall somewhere, we just can’t find him!         

 Our theme for term 5 is ‘Seasons and Weather’ where we will be learning about different weather conditions and temperatures relating to each of the four seasons.  In our craft activities the children will be making weather mobiles and painting season trees.       

And finally a day to put in your diaries, we will be hosting a Quiz Night in Teston Village Hall on Friday 11 May at 7pm in aid of Teston Preschool.  All are welcome, £10 per head including a sausage and chip supper.  To book a table, ideally 6-8 people, please contact me, Tina, on 07805 796353.  

VILLAGE HALL CURRENT ACTIVITIES 
Surely there’s something for you?

Parish Council Meeting
.  First Tuesday evening of the Month.        wateringburypc.kentparishes.gov.uk

Woman’s Institute.         Second Thursday afternoon of the month.            thewi.org.uk      01622 813076

 History Society                  Third Wednesday evening of the month.             https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory 

Wateringbury Players      Annual panto plus.              All ages welcome.     wateringburyplayers@hotmail.co.uk

 Kent Acting Studios       Saturday mornings  Tudor Price    www.kentactingstudio.co.uk 07899982392

 Baby & Toddlers          Wednesday and Friday mornings 10am-Noon         Linda    01732 522437

Watch Club
. Youth club   Fortnightly Sundays 4-6pm. 10 to 18 yrs.             Lisa Glascote lisatalman@yahoo.co.uk

Pilates
              Monday & Thursday morn  Nicola Wignall  01622 813686 Pilates             Monday 4.15–6.30pm Charlie Wilson           www.charliepilates.com  07887364922

Tai Chi
                        Thursday  11-12pm       Linda Rimington 01622 890720

Zumba            Tuesday  7-9pm Tanya Shepelev.        www.tanyashepelev.zumba.com

Swing Into Fitness
          Tuesday 10-11am       Louise Nicholson     www.swingtrain.com

Latin & Ballroom Dancing
. Friday 7-8pm  Denise Sharp 07747712413

Happy Feet Dance Academy. Mon 4.45-8.30pm 3-16yrs.      Stacey Fell 07979655075

 CIM School of Dance.     Thursday 5.30-7pm        5-12yrs. Chrissy Marcelino        email.INFO@CIM-DANCE.COM

Phonics Time  Monday 11-12pm  3-4yrs Rebecca Trowell 07793768205

Badminton Club             Thursday 7.30-9.30pm      Rod Moodley    rodmoodley@tiscali.co.uk If none of the above is for you what about joining us in looking after our splendid village hall. Contact Mike Hoiles  mikejhoiles@aol.com  07956 396985.    

FOOTPATHS GROUP

Next Walks  Easter Sunday 1 April Meet village hall at 2.30pm for local woodland walk.  Note later summer time start of 2.30pm
 6th May   A river walk meet at village hall 2.30pm          

I was surprised so many turn up for our March walk.  It was a little damp to say the least!  Rain began just before the start and continuing throughout; I decided to cut a little short to about 2½ miles.  Taking the Wardens path to Upper Mill, still frozen from the recent snow, then on to Old Road, down to through the Ford on the stream intending here to carry on to Gibbs Hill but instead took the path to Pizien Well, from there some road walking as conditions underfoot were getting worse and a tad slippery. KFR  01622 813763

  WATERINGBURY CLUB         

 If you enjoy a game of snooker in pleasant surroundings and a pint at a competitive price then do go along to the Club (entrance on the Tonbridge Road about 25 yards from the traffic lights) Opening hours are: Monday 7-11pm, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday and Thursday 4-11pm, Friday 1.30-11pm, Saturday Noon- 11pm, Sunday Noon – 7pm

NETTLESTEAD AND WATERINGBURY PRESCHOOL AND OUT OF SCHOOLS’ CLUB

This term we have been celebrating Chinese New Year, the children had fun decorating their Chinese dragons and fans. They have also tried eating noodles with chopsticks, which was very messy but fun. Recently we had a surprise adventure - we accosted a police car that was parked behind the setting and asked if the children could be shown around the vehicle.  The children sat inside and were shown the various equipment and listened to the siren.  Thank you to the two officers for giving the children this wonderful opportunity.

Calling out to the Wateringbury community
The Preschool and Out of Schools Club offers an invaluable service to families in the community.  We are a non-profit making charity pre-school and are run by a voluntary committee of parents.  As such, the parents have a say in how the setting is run and support us in raising much-needed funds.  We would welcome involvement from the local community.  So if you feel you would like to become part of the committee or  support us in any way, do get in touch  Clare    01622 813120; Email: enquiries@nwps.org.uk  

WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE           

 
On 12 April Pat Mortlock will be telling us about ‘The King’s Supporters’, which is a look at the mothers and wives whose support was vital for the monarchs of the Tudor period.  The monthly competition is ‘An example of Lace’.  The meeting starts at 2pm., visitors very welcome, why not come along and bring the ‘Flyer’, inserted in the March Rostrum which offers Free Admission. In March we held our “Competitions Day” when our ‘Hickman Cup’ (Decorated Napkin Ring) and the ‘Flower Cup’ (Novelty Container of Spring Flowers) were both won by Gillian Sessions, and the ‘Freda Robbins Plate’ (Lemon Drizzle Cake) was won by Janet Marshall.  All the competitions were closely contested, and our congratulations go to the worthy winners.

HISTORY SOCIETY

On Wednesday 18 April in the village hall, Mary Smith former Head of Maidstone Grammar School will talk about School Life during World War II.  Visitors are welcome at £3.  Free refreshments from 7.40pm with the talk starting just after 8pm. Our February meeting was Aviation on the Medway where we learnt about the Short brothers and why in 1914 they chose to build their factory at Rochester esplanade, this was because they needed smooth water for their flying boats/sea planes to take off.

Maidstone Mencap's Storybook Sponsored Walk &
Fairytale Family BBQ
 Saturday 28 April 2018  10am-3pm

Cobtree Hall, Willington Street, Maidstone ME15 8EB


This is a storybook character themed walking event for the whole family to enjoy following a Fairytale Adventure Route around Mote Park, 2.7km or 3.9km.   Entry: Children £1 Adults £2.50 includes medal for children, bottle of water, burger/hotdog and parking for adults. Entry closes 14 April.  Entry and Sponsorship forms and more information available from Sarah Heath at  01622 670464 or  office@maidstonemencap.org Can't manage the walk, can't sponsor but happy to donate? Follow  link from our website at   www.maidstonemencap.org/donations. Thank you for helping to raise some essential funds to support adults and children with severe learning difficulties and disabilities and their families.  

WATERINGBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Wateringbury students and staff enjoyed a Movement and Journeys-themed book and art week to mark World Book Day.  Each class chose a book as a focus and from which to develop writing and art.  Each child created a work of art around the theme and these were professionally framed and hung in the hall to create the Wateringbury Gallery.  Parents and children were delighted to browse the exhibition and the variety and quality of the artworks was remarkable. 
We had four performances during a very busy March: Year 5’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of their work in English; they wrote the script themselves, drawing on their deep understanding of the play through a trip to the Globe theatre and class time spent exploring the Shakespearean text.  Year 6 showed off their many talents at Year 6s Got Talent! – a fundraiser for the leavers but, more importantly, a chance for each child to shine and take responsibility for one aspect of the show. 

Our after-school Drama Club performed their play Superstar to both school and families with the children taking on particularly zany roles and costumes! And, finally, the centrepiece of our Easter Service at St John’s was a new sung story, A Tale of Three Trees, in which all children participated with many taking solos and speaking parts.
e-Safety is often in the headlines and it is a challenge for both schools and families to prepare children for a swiftly-changing online world. We held two ‘webinars’ for parents and a practical session about privacy settings and how to manage them. 

Cycling safety is another area we’ve tackled with both Year 5 and Year 6 undertaking the Bikeability course. By offering it to Year 5, we’re hoping to encourage younger pupils to cycle to school.
Our school has celebrated some stunning sporting achievements with our U11 girls’ football team winning the Maidstone area final; they will be representing Wateringbury at the regionals! 

Our U11 boys’ team made it to the finals and narrowly missed winning the cup.  Our netball team kicked off the season with an unbroken winning streak.  We’re delighted to have revived this excellent game and we are grateful to all our sports coaches and parent volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure our children experience the excitement and beauty of sport and games.
Our busy term closed with a favourite school tradition: the annual Easter egg hunt, lovingly set up by our parent organisation FOWPS.

 The new term starts Monday, 16 April and our annual St George’s Day assembly takes place at the flagpole on 23 April.  Term 5 is always a busy one with final preparations for the Year 6 SATs examinations as well as the Year 2 SATs and the Year 1 phonics check. 
Chasey Crawford Usher – Headteacher  www.wateringbury.kent.sch.uk  

WAR NEWS  april 1918
April       10/11   Messines, Armentieres and Merville taken by Germans               
 12  “Backs to the Wall” order to British Army issued by Haig     

In April 1918  the thrust of the German Spring offensive shifted from the Somme to Ypres in Belgium and the Pas de Calais and this is reflected in the location of Wateringbury’s dead in April. Fred Gurr, was born in Wateringbury. The son of a brewery worker, he was one of a family with 8 children. He was brought up on Bow Road, attended Wateringbury School, winning a number of prizes, and was a member of the Wateringbury Scout troop. Two of his elder brothers served in the war. He was only 19 when he was killed on 9th April serving as a gunner in an artillery battery. He is buried in a cemetery in Beuvry, near Bethune, in the Pas de Calais.

In December 1917 Frank Cruttenden married Lilly Sharp, a close neighbour from Bow Terrace, in Wateringbury Church. It was one of only 5 marriages held that year. Probably Frank was home on short term leave from the front. Frank and Lilly were from large families, Frank’s parents having 10 children (4 had died by 1911) and Lilly’s parents 11. Frank’s father, like Fred’s, worked at one of the breweries in the village and Frank also attended Wateringbury School. By 1911 Frank had left home and was working as a “Boots” in a Maidstone hotel. Two of Frank’s brothers also served in the army but survived the war. Three months after his marriage Frank was dead, killed in action in the Ypres Salient on 10th April, the same day Messines fell to the Germans, He was 31 years old. The photo published in the Kent Messenger in June recounts the circumstances of his death: he was sheltering in a dugout with others when a shell landed killing all. His battalion’s war diary (the 5th battalion South Wales Borderers) lists by name the 9 men and one officer killed in action that day. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

Henry Cheesman also married in Wateringbury Church during the war, in September 1915, one of 8 marriages that year. Henry’s family were recent arrivals in Wateringbury where he married Gladys Martin, daughter of the publican of the Queen’s Head on the Tonbridge Road. They had a daughter the following year, baptised in Wateringbury Church in June 1916. The photo is courtesy of John Gilham of the “Wateringbury Remembered” web-site to which it was contributed by Henry’s granddaughter. Henry was in The Black Watch, part of the Royal Highlanders. He had been wounded earlier in the war, but recovered, before being killed, aged 26, near Ypres on 26th April. He is buried in Haringhe cemetery. Gladys’ widow’s pension record survives, from which we know she received a pension of just over 20 shillings a week (about £100 in today’s money) including 6 shillings for her child.

The Leney board met twice in April discussing the implications of the conscription of its Managing Director, Bertram Leney, and how to get him released from military service. A considerable degree of “co-operation” with other Kent breweries is evident in the board minutes.. The scouts paraded in Maidstone on St. George’s Day under the Wateringbury scout leader, Mr. Edgar A. Smith, also head of Wateringbury School and Church choirmaster. They were led by the bugles of the Wateringbury troop. Mr. Smith made an appeal in the parish magazine for the recycling of all paper which would be collected by the Scouts from homes. High paper prices, however, resulted in this being the last magazine for over a year. Terry Bird  -More details at        (https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory/). 

 Canterbury Cathedral Choristers in Concert on Saturday 5 May at 7pm at the Church Adults £10 Accompanied Children £2.  Tickets from PO  Tonbridge Road and Handy Store, Bow Road or from 01622 299713.  This expected to be a popular event so we recommend buying your tickets in advance

 EAST MALLING SINGERS Spring Concert  Saturday 14 April  7.30pm in East Malling Church THE ARMED MAN by Karl Jenkins Tickets £12, Concessions £10, school children free 01622 750943  or boxoffice@eastmallingsingers.co.uk or on the door if available     Gravesham Choral Society and Orchestra Rochester Cathedral Saturday 21 April 2018, 7.30pm VERDI REQUIEM Tickets £15 Full time students £5 Please book in advance to avoid disappointment Box Office 01474 816684 or on the door    

Maidstone Mencap Plants, Books & Cakes Sale, Sat 12 May, 2.30pm, Cobtree Hall, Willington St, ME15 8EB Donations received with thanks Contact: Lesley 01622 892433    

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS IN WEST MALLING.
Textile artist and embroiderer Angela Collins will be holding a  workshop on 21 April at The Clout Institute, West Malling.  At just £25 per day including refreshments workshops provide excellent value for money.  They are suitable for anyone interested in embroidery, mixed media and paper craft.  Call 07766 117779 or email saturdaystitcher@gmail.com for further dates and info.  

 MARCH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING NOTES

New Councillor
  At the start of the meeting Dave Mitchelmore was co-opted onto the council.

Allotments  Invoices had been sent out to allotment holders for this year’s rent of £20.  There are 3 vacant plots, anyone wishing to rent an allotment should contact the Parish Clerk.

Borough Councillor Simon Jessel reported that the focus of all meetings he attended were budget related.  The council was struggling to meet its statutory duties in the face of cuts in its funding from central government who had reduced its financial support by 48% and after 2022 a further 30% cut was expected.  T & M had reduced its staff to the minimum needed to maintain essential services.   In order to balance the books very difficult decisions will have to be made.  The Borough Council have set an increase of 3% (the maximum allowed by central government without the need for a borough wide referendum).  This represented an increase of £5.91 a year for a band D property over last year’s council tax.  Consideration was currently being given to leasing out the Council Chambers at Kings Hill during the day for use as a Magistrates Court, charging for parking in all T & M owned car parks including Wateringbury  (although against the charges would have to be off-set the costs of monitoring those parked), selling the council offices and leasing them back.

Crime Report
   There were a total of 20 crimes listed for December 2017 1 burglary, 1 theft, 2 violent crimes,  4 criminal damage, 6 vehicle crimes,  6 criminal damage arson.  Councillors were concerned at the number of criminal damage arson crimes and asked the Clerk to try and find out more details.

 Cross Roads  The Chairman reported that successful discussions had been held with KCC on draft plans to ease the congestion at the traffic lights. The scheme would be funded by accessing monies from a Government Scheme designed to improve quality of life. The proposal is to create a new third lane for the A26 extending both sides of the cross roads. Traffic from Maidstone turning left into Bow Road or going straight ahead to Tonbridge will use the new lane which will start just after the Shell garage and continue over the crossroads to just beyond the Village Hall. This will give space to create right turn filter lanes for traffic turning into Red Hill and Bow Road.  Similarly, Bow Road will also have a new third lane starting from the Car Park for ahead and left turn traffic creating space for a new right turn lane. The land to be used for the new lanes is already owned by the Parish Council and KCC.  There will also be a new light controlled pedestrian crossing for Red Hill. If the draft plan is approved by the Joint Transportation Board  monies will be released for an in depth study of traffic, etc with further work starting on 5 April.  Any monies must be used within the next financial year.  These more detailed plans will then be the subject of public consultations and be on the Parish Council agenda for its June meeting.  If the scheme is approved by all relevant authorities work could start about August.  All councillors felt the plan was well worth pursuing since it should ease traffic congestion and therefore lower pollution levels  

Planning 
No objections were raised to:  Proposed loft conversion to part of existing roof to accommodate master bedroom 3 Mill Lane  Listed Building Application demolition of existing rear lean to and construction of enlarged replacement and repairs to party wall  238 Tonbridge Road   Single storey lounge/study and utility room rear extension  13 Tonbridge Road -       

Parish Partnership  
Councillor Wells reported on the meeting he had attended on 15 February.  Items he felt were particularly relevant to Wateringbury were: The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Matthew Scott had attended the meeting and set out his aspirations and priorities for Policing.  These included supporting vulnerable people, and making sure those with mental health issues who came into contact with the police had the right support and maintaining visible and accessible policing.  Particular reference was made to the financial challenges around the policing budget which had resulted in a £12 increase to the police element of Council Tax.  However this increase represented a significant commitment and investment in neighbourhood policing as £1 per month funded 200 additional police officers.  This also enabled a further 80 call operators to be recruited to improve the 999 and 101 call handling.  Government funding for local policing remained unchanged and Mr Scott would continue to press and lobby for increased funding. Setting Council Tax   The Cabinet Member for Finance, Innovation and Property emphasised that the Borough Council’s financial position remained challenging, especially against a continuing reduction in Government funding.       

 Village Warden 
The chairman informed the meeting that John Ibbs, who had recently moved out of the village, would resign from his post as village warden with effect from 31 March.  The clerk was asked to write to John to thank him for all he has contributed to village life over his years in post.       

Open Forum  
The topic of dog fouling at the playing fields was raised and discussed.  A resident, who had recently acquired a dog, was greatly dismayed at the amount of dog poo which was not picked up particularly on the path from Fields Lane to the Playing Fields and on the fields themselves.  She had learned that before the fields were used for football matches players and parents of young players had to mount a ‘pick up’ exercise to removed dog poo from the pitches.  Possible solutions were: asking the dog warden to visit more frequently, asking residents to report any they knew who did not pick up after their dogs, and provision of dog poo bag dispensers at the fields. 

Next meeting  
The public are very welcome to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30pm in the village hall on Tuesday 3 April.       

Delicious Cream Teas to enjoy and an opportunity to join Sealed Bids Auction for 3 pictures on Saturday 14 April 2.30-5pm at the Church All proceeds to Tower Re-shingling Appeal.              

Pictures being auctioned are an original  water colour painting of Wateringbury Church by Frank Oakley dated 1988  Measurement inc frame 17” x 14”     43 x 36 cm:

 
Print produced by The Newgate Gallery, Newgate St, London  of Graham Clarke print produced in 1970s for the Marley Group’s Trade Calendar showing old cottage with roof being repaired.  Measurement inc frame 20 ½ “ x 16 ½ “     52 x 42 cm: 

Madonna & Child print Measurement inc  old damaged frame  20” x 32”     51 x 81 cm
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NNUAL PARISH CHURCH MEETING  26 April at 7.30pm


The APCM is the time when the church reflects on all aspects of church life in the past year and looks to the future.  In our digital age all the reports are circulated before the meeting so they are no longer read out but it is a time to ask questions and make suggestions.  If you would like a copy of the reports please contact Sandra the parish administrator 01622 815218 or email parishofficeemwt@gmail.com

All welcome. COFFEE BREAK – Wednesdays 4 and 18 April  - 10.30-12.30

Did you know that there have been lots of research projects  which  prove what all knitters have known for years. – knitting is good for your health and wellbeing!  The click of the needles are a great stress buster and help to keep the hand joints moving too.   If you have access to the internet just google Knitting and Health and read all about it.   So if you would like to learn to knit or to refresh your skills do go along to the Church and enjoy coffee and home-made cake and get some informal training.  Or - like many do - just go along for a pleasant morning.    Pauline  01622 814673

PRIESTLY PONDERINGS          
 
Rev Nick Williams                                                           
 The Vicarage, 2 The Grange,                                                                
 East Malling

parishofficeemwt@gmail.com              
 
01732 843282      

As I write we are well over half way through Lent. The joys of refreshment or Mothering Sunday with its change in the colour of vestments and hangings to Rose are past and we have returned to the deep purple of repentance and reflection or at least we have until Palm Sunday when we change to the colour red, the colour of blood and sacrifice as we call to mind Jesus entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the way they lead us into the events of Holy Week - the last supper, the arrest, the trial the crucifixion and the joy of the resurrection on Easter Day.   There is a full programme of the traditional services being held in Churches throughout the benefice throughout this period including the dawn service at 6am on Easter morning at East Malling and I hope to meet as many of you as possible at some of the services.  

When I wrote for the last edition we had just received the proposals for the reorganisation of Malling deanery which as I’m sure you recall would have quite far reaching effects on the parishes of this benefice. The results of the consultation are now in and two of the three PCCs have met to discuss them. I would like to thank those of you who took the time to participate in the consultation, your views are important and have been taken into account in the PCC discussions and my response to the plan. Thus far the results have been overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals but as I said one PCC has yet to meet and I await their views with interest.  

So, in our spiritual lives we are bringing to a close that time when we particularly reflect on our lives and take stock of our behaviour as we look forward to the new life offered to us by Jesus Christ in the joy of the resurrection. But we are also reflecting on the results of the consultation and looking forward to the opportunities it offers us to further the kingdom of God in our three parishes.  
Yours in Christ 
Rev Nick Williams  

CHILDREN'S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION
 

The total this year from Wateringbury boxes was £340.43. Last year over £1.6m in loose change was collected from boxes across the UK.  The total from the Wateringbury Christingle candles was £44.80.  Thank you all for your continued support.          Maria White

GOOD NEWS!
           

We are delighted to announce that the work to re-shingle the spire of our lovely church is due to start on Tuesday, 3 April.  We are immensely grateful to everyone who has given of their money, time and talents to enable this project to proceed.  We are indebted to the Friends of Wateringbury Church, All Churches Trust, the Friends of Kent Churches, the Wolfson Foundation (Church Care), the Rochester Bridge Trust and the Alan Evans Memorial Trust, all of whom have either given us grants or pledged them towards this work.           

 However we are still somewhat short of our target figure, and would really welcome further contributions.  Donations can be made either by cheque (payable to Wateringbury PCC), which you can give to our Treasurer, Richard Dunn, or either of our Church Wardens.  If you can Gift Aid this it will add a further 20% to your donation (at no cost to you!), but we would need your name and address.  Alternatively: to donate £3 text WATS45 £3 to 70070 or to donate £5 text WATS45 £5 to 70070            

For any further information, please feel free to contact me via email: ezgummer@tiscali.co.uk   Liz Gummer  Church Warden 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 13-19 MAY - CAN YOU HELP?
           
A house-to-house collection is planned again for this year.  If you are able to volunteer to deliver and/or collect  envelopes  from  a  street  in  the  village  this  would  be  very  helpful.  Support  and  guidance  is  available  for  new  volunteers.  Please  contact  Becky  Bowie  on 01622 813396 or becky.bowie@gmail.com.   

BENEFICE SERVICES IN APRIL
Church Face Book Page       
fb.me/wateringburychurch

SJB Church website              
www.wateringburychurch.org.uk
Friends of SJB Church           www.fowc.org.uk
 

 Easter Sunday  1 April
6am Dawn Service East Malling
9.45am Easter Communion  – East Malling
9.45am  Easter Communion  – Teston
10am
 Easter CommunionWateringbury

Sunday 8 April

9.45am  Holy Communion– East Malling
9.45am Come and Praise - Teston
10am  Matins - Wateringbury
 6.30pm Evensong  - Teston

Sunday 15 April
 8.30am PB Communion – Wateringbury
 9.45am Holy Communion  – East Malling
9.45am Parish Communion - Teston
10 am Family .Service – Wateringbury

Sunday 22 April
8.30am Holy Communion – East Malling
9.45am Morning Praise  – East Malling
 10am Holy Communion – Wateringbury
6.30pm  Parish Communion    - Teston

Sunday 29 April Benefice Service  10am in Teston Church


Every Monday – 2-3pm – Scout & Guide HQ, Glebe Meadow – Toddler Praise

Every Thursday  -  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  Communion Service every Wednesday at noon and 6pm on Sundays

For Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and other arrangements  please  contact  the Vicar Rev Nick Williams on 01732 843282 or email  father.nick@btinternet.com For all other enquiries, please contact the Administrator on 01622  815218 or email    parishofficeemwt@gmail.com  

The worship team wish all readers a Joyous Easter
 

Special Services  

Easter Sunday 1 April 10am
Come and join us for our service which will be led by Canon Derek Carpenter

Saturday 7 April Messy Church 3-5pm (includes tea) The theme this month is God’s Wonderful World.  All families with young children are most welcome

 IN OUR SORROWS - FROM THE PARISH REGISTERS
Funeral - We extend our deepest sympathy to the loved ones of
 David John Skinner   (23 February)