MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
to all our
readers, advertisers, distributors and
contributors. Thank you for all your
support in 2017.
Christine, Trudy and Ted
VILLAGE DIARY DECEMBER 2017 3
Meeting followed by planning committee
7 mile walk
JANUARY 2018 1
Meeting followed by planning committee
Downton Abbey WI talk
Gadds Hill (History Soc)
Wednesday Coffee & Chat
THE WATERINGBURY PLAYERS
Our next, eagerly awaited, production will be Camelot The Panto
by Ben Crocker. You are invited to come
and join King Uther and his Knights as they try to help Prince Arthur win the
hand of his true love Guinevere, while fighting the evil King of Tangled Wood
(and his Mum). Will the muddled medieval
magic of Merlin overcome the evil schemes of Morgan Le Fay? We hope you will join us to find out.
Performances take place on Friday
26 and Saturday 27 January 2018 at Wateringbury Village Hall. All tickets are priced at £10, with a child
concession of £5 on the Saturday Matinee only.
They go on sale on Saturday 16 December at both the Post Office and the
Many thanks for supporting our production of Sleeping Beauty last
January. As are result we were able to
give £658 to Maidstone Homeless, £500 to St John The Baptist Church and a
donation of £200 to Rape Crisis.
VILLAGE PEOPLE Please let us have your news and tributes by 17 January
for our February magazine. Entries are
New arrival congratulations to
Mark and Sara Graves and
grandparents Nick and Lynne Graves
on the arrival on 19 October of Rosy
Platinum Wedding Anniversary
Greetings to Ted and Doreen Vincent who will celebrate 70 years of marriage on 7 January 2018. This is also Ted’s 92nd Birthday.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all
residents. We thank you all for your
support in 2017 and hope that in 2018 many of you will come along to Parish
Council meetings and be motivated to join us in gifting time to support local
initiatives to enhance our village community.
Richard Tripp on behalf of all
We wish everyone a Joyous Christmas and a Peaceful
New Year. Thank you all for your support
of the village church over the past year which is much appreciated. Particular thanks to those who have so
generously supported our appeal for funds to re-shingle the church tower. Work is scheduled to start in April
2018. We are very close now to the
figure needed to complete the work. If
you feel able to make a donation this would be most welcome. Every £1 donated helps us reach our target. We hope many of you will be able to join us for
one of our services this Christmas.
Peter Bond and Liz Gummer
Rual at The Handy Stores wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Over the holidays their revised opening times
will be Christmas Eve 7am - 5pm, Christmas Day Closed, Boxing Day 7am - 2pm, 27-30 Dec 6am - 8.30pm, 31 Dec and 1 Jan 7am - 2pm.
Pat, Nathan, De, Cathy and Jenny at The Post Office send Season’s Greetings to all
readers. The last Posting Dates are 20 December for 2nd class post
and 21 December for 1st class items.
COUNCIL NOVEMBER MEETING
Michael Wells, thanked Mike Pursey for collating the role of honour for the
Remembrance Day service.
There is a vacancy on the parish council - for
further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01622
County Councillor Matthew Balfour
reported on the following items:
for improvements to the Wateringbury crossroads are slowly taking shape. Consideration will need to be made to
existing utilities and the space available for change. Once designs have been produced they will be
presented to the various committees and hopefully work will be carried out
before summer 2018.
spaces in secondary schools in the area are becoming a problem. This has arisen because of the way in which
Central Government created and funded academies in the past. There is an element of uncertainty about who
will be responsible for funding schools in the future - either Central
Government or County Councils.
local roads seem to be in good order and potholes have been filled.
service - road gritters have been tested in readiness for the winter. Salt boxes have been filled and any requests
for replenishment should be directed to the KCC. Motorists can be prepared for icy road
conditions by ensuring that the tread on tyres are within the recognised limit,
anti-freeze is used and that drivers reduce travelling speeds.
Borough Councillor Simon Jessel
reported on the following items:
had attended three finance meetings and the budgets are crippling. A
planning application had been made for 134 houses to be built at Kings Hill -
all 3+ beds, ie no provision for affordable housing. There are plans to build a new primary school
in the area, but no consideration for secondary school places. The Councillor felt that little allowance had
been made for the increased infrastructure required that would go alongside
these proposed dwellings.
Government is pushing for more housing and there is genuine concern that if
TMBC cannot meet its target on the Local 5 Year Plan, then construction
companies may put forward their land holdings for development.
Reports taken from the Kent Police website for
August 2017 showed 2 violent, 1 anti-social behaviour and 2 criminal damage
arson crimes. From e-watch there was a
report of a break-in to outbuildings and of tools stolen from a van in Old
Road. Councillors have asked for more detailed
reports in the future as the information currently supplied is somewhat vague.
Car Park Last month a positive meeting was held with
TMBC regarding the car park by the village hall and this has raised many
questions. Further meetings need to be
held with village hall representatives to discuss any possible changes of
ownership and their implications. TMBC
will be asked for a ballpark figure regarding maintenance costs. Eventually, proposals will be put forward to
an open meeting.
Speedwatch Group report: during October 11 sessions were carried out.
There were 284 observations of speeding vehicles which generated 36 letters
sent to repeat offenders, of which 3 were hand delivered by police officers. Seventeen letters sent to high end offenders
(45+ mph in a 30 mph zone), of which 4 were hand delivered by police
officers. The observations also
highlighted 3 vehicles being driven without Road Tax and/or MOT.
During the Public Discussion
session the following items were brought to the attention of the Council:
who has organised the group Friends of Wateringbury, advised that a number of
signs had been cleaned on the major roads through the village. Some signs are irreparably worn and he will
prepare a list of these. The finger
signpost at the crossroads, although now well restored, is still missing some
detail. Alan Button was thanked for
agreeing to replace a section of fence on Bow Road. Thanks were extended to the Rostrum Amenity
Fund for their support in providing fluorescent jackets for the Friends.
Mike Witts, former
Chairman of the Fete Committee, advised that help is very much needed to formulate
plans for next year's fete. Due to various reasons, numbers on the
committee have reduced considerably. More volunteers are needed to ensure the success of next year’s
fete on Sunday 3 June 2018. Records
from previous years have been kept so there is a good foundation to build on -
it needs people prepared to give their time and energy to this well-attended
event. If you are able to volunteer
please call 01622 812027.
At the planning meeting the following applications were
considered: Demolition of lean-to and erection of single storey side
replacement extension at 159 Pizien Well Road.
Comment: as long as the Listed Building officer is satisfied the Parish
Council has no objection
of garage to annex including single storey rear extension
Cobnar, 567 Red Hill. Comment: no
objection Conversion of an existing garden studio/outbuilding into a proposed
annex associated with a residential dwelling Manor Farm, 108 Old Road. Comment: no objection
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 5 December and 9 January.
WAR NEWS December / January 1917/18
December 3 Inconclusive end of Battle of
Hostilities on Eastern front
Britain captures Jerusalem.
Armistice on Eastern front.
8 President Wilson’s “Fourteen
of 1917/18, from late November (Battle of Cambrai) to mid-March (German Spring
Offensive), passed without fatalities for the village. But the toll to date was recognised by a
service at the Church commemorating the 26 from Wateringbury School killed, and
the following day by the unveiling of a temporary memorial at the school to the
“fallen” and a list of 200 from the school serving in the armed forces. By the time the permanent memorial was
erected, in 1920, the list of those serving had slightly increased, but the
numbers of “fallen” had substantially so.
three themes on the home front in Wateringbury have been emphasised: food,
savings and fear of attack from the air. We still see all three themes at the close of
In December 1917, writing in the parish magazine,
the vicar again emphasises the need for food economy and, in doing so, gives an
insight into what the food situation in Wateringbury was like. There was no
tinned food; tea, sugar, butter and margarine were in short supply; and there
was a possibility that supplies of milk and meat might soon become short. “Many people are only now …… beginning to feel
the pinch.” But attendance levels at the
school canteen had fallen from over 100 during the summer, when mothers had
been working in the fields, to about 40. The national system of rationing was still
mainly voluntary, but everyone in Wateringbury was asked to sign a pledge to
stop all food waste. Queues at shops
were common, but the vicar does not say whether this is the situation in
the War Savings Association purchased its 200th certificate, which
was the opportunity for a little ceremony at the Girls School involving
children, teachers, the vicar and his family.
“In view of
darkness and air-raids” the Church advanced the time of Evensong to 4 p.m.
events continued. The Wateringbury and District Cottage Gardeners’ Society had
their annual show, the proceeds going to the Red Cross. A collection was made across the village at
Christmas Dinner tables for St. Dunstan’s “Blinded Soldiers’ Children Fund.” A group of “young people” from the village put
on plays with wounded soldiers from Barham Court V.A.D.(Voluntary Aid Detachment) hospital singing;
proceeds also going to St. Dunstan’s.
Boy Scouts and Wolf Cubs gave three performances of a pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, with half the
takings going to the V.A.D. hospital
at Hale Place, Tovil.
(from a family still living in the village) of Broomscroft, Canon Lane, had
nursed at Hale Place in 1914/15 before being transferred to Etaples in France. For her nursing work there she was awarded,
along with her friend, Miss Bunyard from Mereworth, the Royal Red Cross (2nd class) in the 1918 New Year’s
For more details see the web-site of Wateringbury
Local History Society . (https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory/).
Our meeting on the 20
December will be a social evening, in the village hall, including nibbles,
glass of wine and a quiz - which is just for fun. All welcome, including visitors £3. Doors open
Our meeting on the 17
January 2018 will be a talk by Ann Carter on Charles Dickens and Gadds Hill.
"Pocahontas - not the Disney version" was our talk on 18 October
by an entertaining speaker Mr. Christoph Bull who informed us that her legacy
has been to bring the old and the new world together. She was only 21 when she died and is buried at
St. Georges Church, Gravesend.
speaker in November was Peter Ewart who delivered a comprehensive and
informative talk on Life in the Victorian Workhouse. We learnt that
workhouses, or poor houses as they were sometimes known, came into existence
simply to make sure that no one died as a result of being destitute.
Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist was one of the first novels, by a well know
author, to incorporate a poor house within the narrative
Happy Christmas and New Year to all our members and visitors, we
look forward to seeing you at our next meetings.
WATERINGBURY FOOTPATHS GROUP
I hope to see many of you on our next walks:3 December, meet at the Village Hall at 2pm for a local stroll.
On Boxing Day an opportunity to walk off your Christmas feasting with a 7 mile walk to St Michael’s old church
leaving the Village Hall at 10:30am, bring a snack. New Year’s Day Monday 1 January meet at the Village Hall at
11am for a local woodland walk to bring in 2018.
Sunday 4 February Again meet at the Village Hall 2pm
There was a good turnout for the November walk, nice to see a few
youngsters join us on the day. From the
start we went down to the river to walk the north bank to Teston Lock then over
the recently repaired bridge to the lane on the right, where here instead of
following the lane round to the old mill, we continued straight on to the
Tickled Trout PH. There, passing Smiths
Hall, on to the bridleway to Hunt Street and Tutsham Farm returning through
Waregrave’s Wood then along the river’s south bank back to the start. A good walk slightly longer than the normal 3½
miles and one not done for a while. Kevin
WATERINGBURY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
At our meeting on 14
December we will be holding our ‘Christmas Afternoon Tea Party’, which is
for members only. The competition is a
‘small low Christmas Table Decoration to include Holly and Ivy’.
Our first talk in 2018 on 11
January, is by Ian Porter, a very popular speaker, who is going to be
telling us about the “Real Downton Abbey
(what domestic service was really like)”.
The competition is ‘An Old Kitchen Utensil’. Visitors are very welcome, why not come along
and join us for the afternoon.
Our talk in November was about the Royal British Legion
Industries, given by two volunteers Dawn and Kate, and Kate’s guide dog Phoenix. We heard from Kate how the RBLI had helped
her following a very bad cycling accident, which had left her with very little
sight and unable to continue with her chosen career. Dawn told us about the history of the RBLI
which was established in 1919 to help soldiers returning from WWI and still
continues today to support military veterans who are wounded, injured and sick. The RBLI also use their skills and expertise
to support people in the wider community with disabilities and health conditions
and those who are struggling to find employment. The
site at Aylesford provides work-shops, accommodation for veterans and families
and a nursing home.
ADVERTISING IN ROSTRUM IN 2018
We are currently arranging our
advertising for 2018. All existing
advertisers and those who have expressed an interest in advertising should have
been contacted. Anyone interested in
advertising in our village magazine in 2018 who has not been contacted should
get in touch with us as soon as possible at email@example.com.
Maidstone Mencap Christmas Bazaar
Saturday 2 DecemberCobtree Hall, Maidstone ME15
8EB Doors Open at 2pm Santa
& His Elves, Tombola, Cakes, Face
Christmas Raffle, Refreshments &
and start your Christmas with us!
Lesley 01622 892433
FRIENDS OF WATERINGBURY
How lucky we are to live in this friendly village. First, I wish to thank the four teams of FOW
who recently cleaned the road signs and the village road furniture. Some of these are in such bad condition that
they need replacing. Secondly, I would
like to thank the Rostrum Village Amenities Fund for paying for our high
visibility waistcoats etc. at such short notice as monies are not available
from the Parish Council for six months. M.W.
FETE COMMITTEE - AGM SUMMARY
The Fete Committee held its AGM on 4 November at the Village Hall.
Mike Witts, the retiring Chairman,
thanked the Committee Members plus the many volunteers that have assisted him
and his team over the last few years. This
year’s Fete was the most successful yet with over £1800 profit made for
the Fete Committee on the day. This means that the Fete Committee is now self
sufficient and will no longer require the financial support provided by the
Parish Council with the running of previous Fetes.
Ibbs, the current Vice Chairman, took the opportunity to thank Mike for the
incredible effort he had put in over the last 5 years in organising the
Fete and for the superb way in which he organised the preparation for the day
and on the day itself. He will be sorely
missed. John also thanked Dennis Stones,
who is also stepping down. Dennis has worked tirelessly with Mike and the rest
of the Committee to make the Fete one of the best days in the Village calendar
and his quiet, no nonsense, attitude to get things done will be hard to
you to two true gents.Onwards and upwards!
Mike and Dennis stepping down the Committee are short on members so this is a plea to anybody who can spare a couple of
hours a month from January through to the day of the next Fete, 3 June 2018, to help in the planning and running of the
day. If you are interested in helping
please contact John Ibbs on 07909 155652. Don't
be shy, we do have fun along the way!!!
SNOW AT THE NORTH POLE
Come and join our
church choir in singing carols at the North Pole pub on Friday 1 December at 6.30pm. To add to the festive feel – the
Christmas lights will be switched on and there may even be snow! The Dandelion Trust, a local charity in
Farleigh, will receive any donations collected.
NEWS FROM THE BELL TOWER
We have had a number of visiting ringers to St John the Baptist church
during the year but on Saturday 21 October it was our turn to have a day out.
The four of us travelled to Colemans Hatch in East Sussex where we were
joined by ringing friends from Leigh, Yalding and the Isle of Wight. Colemans Hatch has 8 bells, which was a bit of
a challenge to those of us only used to ringing 6 bells, as the methods are
more complicated. During the morning we
rang at Hartfield (6 bells) and Fairwarp (8 Bells) before enjoying a “banging”
lunch at The Foresters Arms in Fairwarp. In the afternoon we rang at Newick and
Danehill (both 6 bell towers). All the
towers were enjoyable to ring, the difference in the weight of each ring of
bells made the ringing varied and interesting. Our day out was a chance to experience
handling other bells, see beautiful churches and enjoy the lovely Sussex
countryside. Anyone wishing to find out more about bellringing contact Sue on 01622
SEWING BEE Saturdays
13 Jan, 10 Feb, 10 March, 14 April and
19 May 9am to Noon in Teston
If you are interested in sewing,
knitting, crochet or embroidery do go along.
You can take along your sewing machine and be guided in using it. Refreshments provided. There is a minimal charge towards the hire of
the hall. Details from Valerie 01622 812948
BRIDGE THE CONFLICT
When people have been hurt by the
actions of someone else or are in dispute over territory or principles or commodities,
fear, anger, frustration, sadness can dominate their thoughts and affect their
happiness. Maidstone Mediation trains
and equips volunteers to mediate conflicts and heal hurts in the community in
Maidstone and Tonbridge and Malling. We
work with neighbours, with families,
people in the workplace, in schools and between strangers.
next free training will be in January 2018. If you would like to find out more please
ring 01622 692843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WATERINGBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
A new tradition kicked off our term with a hugely successful Bonfire
Night arranged by our parent organisation (FOWPS). Seven overstuffed Guys (each one made by a
class) were pitched onto the monumental bonfire and the children and parents
enjoyed hot snacks to ward off the night chill.
November included a number of other special events including a moving
Remembrance Day service and a Children in Need fundraising day which generated
£260 for children and families facing difficult circumstances.
We also welcomed
Mortgages for Business to an assembly. This
generous Kings Hill company has kindly sponsored an IT upgrade in school to the
tune of £9,000. We are immensely
grateful for this sponsorship which means our central IT systems will be able
to keep pace with the demands placed on it now and in the future.
We hope you’ll all join us for our ever-popular Christmas Fayre, which will be held on Sunday 3 December (12-3pm) and our traditional Carol Service at St John the Baptist church on 18 December (6pm).
Our long-awaited Ofsted inspection took place on 8/9 November and
publication of the report is awaited. The
children, staff and governors of Wateringbury CE Primary School join me in
wishing our community a happy and peaceful Christmas-time and may we all reach
out to others to spread a little joy. We
return to school on Thursday, 4 January 2018.
Chasey Crawford Usher
TESTON AND WATERINGBURY PRE SCHOOL
As we continue with our term theme ‘Autumn/Winter’, we will be busy
making hedgehog bread rolls, clay candle holders and Christmas tree decorations
to hang on our Preschool Christmas tree. The children will enjoy decorating the tree
(unsupervised!!) so parents beware they may like to decorate yours at home!
We have started our phonics group this term for our older children to
start preparing them for big school, while our younger children are enjoying
the many clever finger activities we have put together to help develop their
fine motor skills.
We will finish our term with our ever so popular Christmas concert in the Wateringbury Village Hall on Wednesday 20 December for all our
families and friends.
Driver (07805 796353
website at www.testonandwateringburypreschool.co.uk
Church is coming to Wateringbury!
Our first session will be on
6 JANUARY in our church and is for families with
young children up to 8 years of age. Come along with your
children, bring gran and grandad! We intend to meet once a month on the first Saturday in the month from 3pm to 5pm.
session will be light touch Christian teaching with lots of messy and not so
messy activities. There will be a chance
to join in action songs, paint, make things, role play and more. We will finish with tea. (There is always food involved at Messy
Church!) If you would like more
information please e-mail me on email@example.com or phone 01622
Posada The figures of Mary Joseph
and the donkey have started their journey round the village. If you would like to give them a home for a
night please phone Gillian on 813076.
Big Christmas Card Once again instead of sending individual
cards to village friends you are invited to sign the big card in Church and
make a donation for this year’s chosen charity the Mother and Child Appeal of
Send a Cow which seeks to give training and support to rural families in Africa
to raise their living standards while they remain on their family land. The Government has agreed to match £ for £
all donations to this appeal.
Parish Act of Remembrance 2017
church was packed (345 people) on Sunday 12 November for our annual service and
laying of wreaths and individual cross tributes at the War Memorial in the
churchyard. The service was taken by our
lay-readers Barry Fisher and Alastair Byron.
There were 144 young people (mainly from our village uniformed
organisations) who paraded with their colours along the Tonbridge Road to the
service. Plans are already being made
for November 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of WWI. The coffee morning crafters have been busy
for the past 2 years knitting and making poppies which will form a carpet down
the main aisle of the church on the weekend of 3 and 4 November 2018.
Looking for some quiet before Christmas? Share in our
Advent Course 'So what are you waiting for? written
by Rev Lucy Winket, Rector of St James,
Picadilly. There are
2 opportunities each week, so do mix and match to suit your availability
Mondays 7.45pm - 9pm 27 Nov, 4, 11 & 18 DecemberWednesdays 1 - 2pm 29 Nov, 6, 13 & 20 December
COFFEE, CHAT & CRAFT
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The Coffee, Craft and Chatters have had an
enjoyable year. In January, by request,
we met weekly to bring a little cheer into a dreary time of year. It worked!
We have also had some outings: to Chatham Outlet Centre to bag some
bargains; we enjoyed the beauty of nature on visits to Choir member Gill’s
beautiful garden for afternoon tea and to the Himalayan Gardens nr
Some Crafters have been busy refreshing their talents
for knitting, crochet, etc. We had a
stall at the village fete selling a variety of items. We have also made tiny blankets and teddies
for premature and still-born babies, hats for the homeless, “Fiddle blankets”
for those with Dementia. In September we
held a Macmillan Coffee morning and raised £200. From voluntary donations made
by members we will also be buying sleeping bags, socks and underwear for
distribution to local homeless people.
So don’t be shy - do come and join us at our
fortnightly meetings for tea/coffee, homemade cake, conversation and optional
handicrafts (but it’s mostly chat!). We
will be getting together in the church between 10.30 and noon on Wednesdays 13
December and 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 January.
For further details call Pauline
on 01622 814673.
TWELTH NIGHT QUIZ still only £1The theme this year is Places in the
From Jan and Mike
Pursey ( 01622 814324. A family quiz to do with your Christmas
Visitors. Completed quiz sheets to be
returned before 12th Night – 6 January.
Proceeds to church funds
Christmas Craft Bazaar Thank you to all who supported this
year’s bazaar in so many ways. The
provisional total raised to help with the day-to-day running expenses of our
church is £1,300.
PONDERINGS Rev Nick Williams
and Sisters in Christ, the Christmas/New Year edition
of Rostrum marks the beginning of what you could consider to be a season
devoted to remembering and anticipating.
personal level it’s one year since I was instituted as Vicar of East Malling,
Wateringbury and Teston. This has been
an interesting year with many new and challenging experiences that have enabled
me to reflect on the nature of ministry in a rural and semi-rural context.
One of the most interesting
things that has come out of the year is the nature of the three villages in
which I serve. All three despite being
so close to each other have their own distinct characters, expectations and
ways of doing things - getting used to these and reflecting on them and their
validity has been perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of my ministry
here thus far.
Reflection, remembrance and anticipation also
characterise the last part of the Church year. Right at the beginning of November I had the
pleasure of seeing many of you at East Malling at the annual Benefice service
on All Souls Day, the time when we remember all those whose funerals Fr. Derek
and I have taken over the last year, together with all those who have died in
the benefice in previous years. Whilst
the service is by its very nature a solemn time it was also time to remember
what all those people meant to members of their families and to celebrate their
All Souls Day leads quickly on to the Armistice Day and
Remembrance Sunday, the time when we remember and reflect on all those who have
lost their lives as a result of war.
There were services in each of the Churches in the benefice followed by
acts of remembrance at each of the war memorials. I feel these services are a vitally important
part of the life of the villages in which we live, a time when we remember all
those who died but particularly those who, before their death, lived in, and
were part of the everyday village life. Indeed
many of the surnames we heard read out are the surnames of people who still
live in our villages.
The Church season of Advent starts the beginning of
December. In Church terms it’s a time of
preparation anticipation and remembrance. A time when we spiritually prepare ourselves
and anticipate and remember the coming of Jesus Christ into our world at
Advent is also one of the busiest times in the Church
calendar. A season of Carol concerts,
school events, Christingle and nativity services. There will be services in all of the Churches
in the benefice over this period and I would encourage you to keep an eye out
for the details as they are published and I do hope you can make time to join
us in our worship over this time.
Lastly, as this is the last edition of your magazine
before Christmas, it remains only for me to wish you a very joyous, blessed and
happy Christmas and to assure you that I will continue to hold each and every
one of you and the villages in which we all live in my daily prayers.
Yours in Christ - Rev
8.30am BCP Communion - East Malling
9.45am Family Service – East Malling 9.45am Food for Thought – Teston
10am Eucharist – Wateringbury Second
Sunday 9.45am Eucharist – East Malling
9.45am Come & Praise - Teston
Christingle January -
Sunday 8.30am BCP Communion – Wateringbury 9.45am Eucharist – East Malling
- Teston 10am
Family Service – Wateringbury
8.30am BCP Communion – E Malling 9.45am Morning Praise – East Malling 9.45am Come & Praise
- Teston 10am Eucharist – Wateringbury 6.30pm Parish Communion – Teston (Jan)
31 - 10am -
Benefice Service at East Malling with Canon Derek Carpenter
- 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 IN WATERINGBURY CHURCH Sunday
10 December - 10am
- Christingle Sunday
17 December 10am Family Service &
Nativity Play Monday
18 December - 6pm
- Wateringbury School Carol Service
- Our school celebrate the Christmas Story Thursday
21 December - 8pm - 9 Lessons and Carols A
candlelit service with readings and well-known carols
Sunday 24 December 10am Holy Communion 5pm Crib Service 11pm Midnight Communion
10am - Family Communion
31 December – 10am
– Benefice Service at East
Malling led by Canon Derek Carpenter
MESSY CHURCH - NEWSATURDAYS
6 JANUARY and 3 FEBRUARY 3-5pm fun
worship, crafts and tea for all the family.