Friends of All Saints’ Staplehurst
Since 1994, The Friends have undertaken a number of activities to provide funding towards several projects. These have included the gas-fired central heating, bells restoration, electrical winding of the clock, the provision of a vestry and draught excluding doors to the West Tower, the kitchen with accessible toilet and repairs to the south facing roof. The Friends recently made a significant contribution to project funding for the lighting scheme.
On top of project funding we also contribute towards regular maintenance and this includes tuning of the historical organ and day to day repairs such as floor repairs. We recently paid for new bell tower louvres to the South and West faces and a significant contribution to repairing stained glass window damage.
Committee Member Office Telephone Andrew Brady Chairman & Membership Secretary 01580 891840 Mary Shaw Honorary Treasurer 01580 890360 Tony Norfolk Secretary 01580 892104 Maureen Brice Committee Member 01580 891842 Ann Fulcher Committee Member N/A N/A
Alaine Summers Committee Member N/A N/A
Janet Pink Committee Member N/A N/A
Frank Page Committee Member N/A N/A
Sue Elwell Committee Member N/A N/A
Brian Summers PCC Representative to Friends N/A N/A
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BBQ & Mini Auction
We are holding a BBQ on Sunday, 17th July, from 12.30pm in the garden of 13 Slaney Road. As in previous years we will be holding a mini auction to raise extra funds.
Tony Norfolk, Secretary of the Friends, is collating the list of items so please let him know (Tel: 01580 892104) if you have anything we could auction, maybe a special bottle, or a promise to do something. We would be very grateful for your support.
Tickets from Brian & Alaine Summers on (01580) 891867. £10 per head and please bring a bottle for the bottle stall.
Church/Village Trail and Cream Tea
On the afternoon of the 20th August between 2.00pm and 5.00pm there is to be a Village Trail and Cream Tea event centred on All Saints’ Church. The idea is that you undertake the trail and end up enjoying a nice cream tea when you have finished but of course you can do either one or the other or both.
The trail, for which a nominal charge of £1 will be made, will take you out of the church and through the village as far as the cross roads and, through a number of questions along the way, not only test your powers of observation, but also provide you with some extra knowledge about the places and people of the village and be a fun way to spend the afternoon. It is also something which your children can do and enjoy with you.
At the end you return to the church where you can check your answers and buy a cream tea if you choose to have one. There is a short cut built in should you not wish to follow the full course.
The Friends of All Saints held their 22nd Annual General Meeting in the church on the evening of 11th May.
There were 27 members and 1 non-member present. Andrew Brady, Frank Page and Tony Norfolk were re-elected on to the committee to join fellow members Mary Shaw, Maureen Brice, Sue Elwell, Ann Fulcher, Janet Pink, Alaine Summers and Brian Summers who represents the Parochial Church Council.
All the reports were accepted without comment and there were no issues raised. Due thanks was given to all the members for their commitment and support over the year during which £3,017 had been paid in grants to the church to cover essential inspection and maintenance work.
The meeting was preceded by light refreshments.
Brain Game March 2016
The Brain Game on the 12th if March raised just short of £370. A big thank you to all that supported the event or helped organise it. It was a very enjoyable evening.
Afternoon Tea at the London Beach Hotel Tenterden October 2015
This event on the 24th of October was a fantastic event with around 31 people attending and enjoying an afternoon tea of finger sandwiches and a traditional cream tea. The London Beach donated back to the Friends in support of us as a charity. We received £321 back from them which was fantastic. A big thank you to the London Beach Hotel and to those attending.
August Bank Holiday Walk 2015
The Bank Holiday walk and lunch on Monday the 31st of August was very successful given the weather. Twenty people in all participated with eight intrepid souls (pictured below) actually doing the very pleasant walk alongside the River Beult, albeit in persistent rain, and sixteen enjoying a convivial lunch at the Stile Bridge Inn afterwards.
Donations from the day amounted to £158, encouraging given the weather. Our thanks to Caroline Highwood for leading the walk and to committee member Maureen Brice for organising the event.
Brain Game 2015
The Friends of All Saints’ Church Staplehurst held the ever popular Brain Game on Saturday the 7th of March. We had eleven teams enter the Brain Game this year, an increase on last year by two teams. We followed our normal practice of eight rounds of questions, a marathon round with an interval halfway through where we played the heads and tails game.
Team members bring their own food and drink and it is always interesting to see what feasts people put on.
A team called Absent Friends won this year with 91 points with the Five Amigos team in eleventh place with 63.5 points and only 10 points between the top three teams. The winning prizes were bottles of wine with the team in last place awarded an apple each.
Feedback was that everyone had a very enjoyable evening. After a very small amount of costs we raised £412.75. A big thank you to all the teams for entering and helping to raise funds for the maintenance of All Saints Church. I would like to thank all my fellow committee members and others for their hard work on the evening.
The Friends, administered by an elected committee, continues to spearhead fund raising and social events.
Membership of The Friends is open to anyone interested in the objects of the society and who has paid an annual member’s subscription of at least £5. All Friends members – who pay Income Tax – should sign a declaration form to enable the tax to be reclaimed on their contribution, which increases the gift by some 28%.
Members receive informative Newsletters which give updates on the progress of projects and details of fund raising events to support and enjoy. A very wide variety of events is planned to ensure that all members find something of interest.
Becoming a member is very simple and your support will be much appreciated. Telephone Andrew Brady the Membership Secretary, on (01580) 891840 for further information.
Friends of All Saints Church – A fund raising body which helps finance projects of maintenance and improvement to All Saints Parish Church Staplehurst. It aims to involve members of the community through the promotion of a varied programme of events.
If you would like to join or find out more please complete the form below:
Chairman & Membership Secretary
Bone China Mugs
The Friends of All Saints Staplehurst have new stock of white Bone China mugs.
Similar to previous versions, the new mugs are the same shape, the Topaz style, a white bone china mug with the image of the Church and Friends text in dark green as shown to the right.
The mugs are available at £5.50 each or £30 for a set of 6.
An ideal memento of a wedding or baptism celebrated at All Saints’ Church.
If you would like a mug (or a set of 6) please contact Andrew Brady on (01580) 891840.
The Friends of All Saints Staplehurst have a new item of merchandise, a waiter’s friend.The waiter’s friends are available at £4.00 each.
An Ideal Gift for the Wine Enthusiast.
If you would like a waiter’s friend please contact Andrew Brady on (01580) 891840.
A recap of 2014
The Friends organised 3 main events in the year, the Brain Game, a Summer Barbeque and Auction and The Shepherd’s Market. The ever popular Brain Game in March 2014 raised £352. Numbers were a little down on previous years with only 9 teams, but a fun evening was had by all.
Another truly marvellous event was the Alternative Flower Festival in July. This was wholly organised and run by a committee comprising of Marion Christie, Janet Dowswell, Valerie Dilnot, Christine Ward, Cathy Parsons-Smith and Sylvia Lade, and all village organisations were invited to make a display and which many did. As a result they raised a fantastic £2606.44 which they kindly donated to The Friends. This was especially successful in that by its nature it involved all the village and attendance throughout the three days was very good. My thanks to them all for their herculean effort in bringing this to fruition.
A new event was a Friends Fund raising BBQ and Auction in August. This was the brainchild of one of our committee, Alaine Summers and her husband Brian, who opened up their lovely garden for the afternoon and who between them organised and ran whole thing magnificently including doing all the cooking, a demanding task with the numbers of people there, 65, and two barbecues. The total profit was £1820 with the auction alone raising over £1000. Our thanks go to Alaine and Brian, to all who came along, to those who gave the auction lots, and prizes for the other stalls too, and to those who bid so generously. The weather was very kind to us but we would have coped well even if it had rained as there was something like 9 gazebos.
Once again the Shepherds’ Market was very well supported with just short of £900 raised. I was indebted to Maureen Brice for her organisational skills, the other committee members and non-committee members alike for their sterling work and of course to all the stall-holders, several of whom commented that it had been their best year.
A number of people commented on the good atmosphere at all the events last year. It’s nice to know we are putting on things that people are enjoying as well as helping to raise awareness of our work and funds and financial support for the building maintenance.