Visits & Lectures – 2018 Programme

Join our organised church visits in the summer and lectures in the winter – please see below.

Church Visits – the Summer 2018 Programme is finished – our 2019 Programme will be published in Spring.

We visit two or three neighbouring churches on summer afternoons. We arrange local speakers to give us the history of each church and to point out interesting features, and we end with tea organised by the last parish. We meet at the first church listed and members provide their own transport. Please ask if you haven’t got transport; we may be able to help.


Winter Lectures – 2018 / 2019. At Lenham Community Centre –  click here for map.

Thursday 1st November 2018 at Lenham Community Centre at 2.30pm followed by tea

Canterbury Cathedral: a talk by the Surveyor of the Fabric by Jonathan Deering.

Jonathan Deeming has been Surveyor of the Fabric at Canterbury Cathedral since 2013. He carries out quinquennial inspections of the building, advises the Dean and Chapter on what work needs to be done and plans and oversees repair and conservation work on the fabric.  Jonathan trained at Nottingham University and subsequently qualified as an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation.  He is a partner at Purcell’s, a leading architectural practice.

Jonathan will give an illustrated talk about the challenges of looking after the Cathedral. He will talk about the recently completed project to repair the south west transept, the current works to repair the western towers and the clerestory glazing in the nave and planned future projects. He will also touch on recent projects at some other Kent churches for which he is responsible.

second hand book sale will take place before the November lecture.  If you have books on churches and Kent that you would like to pass on in exchange for a donation to the Friends, please do bring them along.


Thursday 28th March 2019 at Lenham Community Centre at 2.30pm followed by tea

Lost and Found: the memorial to Francis Mond at St Mary’s Church Storrington by Dr Holly Trusted FSA

Dr Holly (formerly Marjorie) Trusted FSA is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and has published and lectured widely on sculpture, notably British and Spanish, as well as baroque ivories. She is the Lead Curator for the Cast Courts at the V&A, which re-opened in November 2018. She is currently preparing a book on German baroque sculpture, due to be published in Brepols.

Dr Trusted’s talk takes us for the first time out of our county but it is a story that is very relevant in the centenary year of the ending of the First World War.  It is about a mother’s determination to commemorate her son and a sculptor whose work was very affected by his experiences in the trenches in World War I.

Please apply for tickets using this form:- FKC Winter Lectures 2018 2019.


Paying for FoKC visits by bank transfer?   Please make payment to Friends of Kent Churches, CAF Bank Sort code 40-52-40, Account no 00022279 and let Jill Rutland know which visits you are paying for. EMail  or phone 01732 843248.

To save postage members can choose to have their booking confirmed by email or by telephone, just fill in the appropriate part of the form. If you want tickets sent to you, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.