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We now have one forthcoming winter lecture:-

On Thursday 8th March 2018 at 2.30pm at Lenham Community Centre by Janet Gough OBE on How to pick a favourite church, a trip through England’s unique heritage

Please apply using the FKC application form Winter 2017-18   This will also be available in the Autumn 2017 Report. Alternatively, EMail Jill Rutland at jill.rutland@hotmail.co.uk with your selection and pay by bank transfer. Please see our Forthcoming Visits and Lectures page for more details for payments.

Our programme of Church Visits will be published in April detailing visits across the County typically in June, July and September.


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We have been sent a poem “The Ballad of the Bike Ride”  that was written in 1996 by Rachel Moyniham who was a very active participant in Ride and Stride. She died this summer, aged 96, and asked that the collection should go to Ride and Stride.With thanks to her nephew who gave permission to use the poem.

Church Visits Please click here for details of these visits including church photographs.

Ride & Stride – this was on Saturday 9 September – news and pictures coming soon

Please see the Ride & Stride page. This is a Ride & Stride poster so you can see what this fund raising does for Friends of Kent Churches.

A Tour of Rochester Cathedral was on 26 September.

The third, and last, of this summer’s visits, organised by Paul Smallwood, was on 6th September to St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington then to St Mary, Ruckinge then to Kenardington.

The second of our set of visits, organised by Richard Latham, was on 12 July to  Chilham and Godmersham. Some Friends had suggested we have a “two church” afternoon and this did, indeed, prove to be very popular – more time for talks, exploring and discussion. A fascinating talk about Godmersham Church, Park and House was given by Rebecca of Godmersham Park Heritage Centre; followed by afternoon tea in a very large marquee in front of the House

The first of our set of visits, organised by Paul Britton, was on 21 June to Chiddingstone Causeway, Leigh and Tonbridge.

The 2017 AGM – based on the 2106 Annual Report – was held on Saturday 20th May at St John the Baptist church, Wittersham preceded by a visit to St Mary’s church,Stone-in-Oxney. Click here for the AGM Report, minutes and pictures of churches visited.

For details and pictures of our church visits and lectures from 2014 to 2016  please click here.

Some photographs of the 2016 Ride and Stride are at the Ride & Stride main page.

Here is a glimpse at some statistics for the 2014 and 2015 Ride & Stride (2016 will be available early next year as money still coming in).

Amount raised in 2014 was £ 138,616 and in 2015 was £128,008; in both years the highest amount raised by one church was Ulcombe; in 2014 Rosemary Dymond visited 65 churches and in 2015 Darren Blundell visited 60; the most visited church in 2014 was Brookland (102) and in 2105 Canterbury St Thomas RC (87). For some further really impressive numbers please click on statistics on the 2014 and 2015 Ride & Stride.

+++++++      Reflections on Charles Banks (1947 – 2017)       +++++++

It is with great sadness that we remember Charles who was a committee member for 30 years and chairman of the Grants Committee for nearly 20 years.  He was totally dedicated to his work for the Friends and right up until the last, although very ill, he was in contact giving us advice as we tried to step into his shoes.  It was not until he had to stop chairing the Grants Committee that we realised just how much work he put into it, making sure that the committee was fully informed on all grant applications and the churches’ accounts.

He impressed everyone by his in depth knowledge of Kent’s churches having visited every one of them and not only knew all about them but also where to find them, something I found very useful on our trips together.

Not only was he very active on the Grants Committee but he came on many of our visits, sharing his expertise with other members and also bringing with him an old friend, Elizabeth Fisher who otherwise would not have been able to come.

We will all miss him.

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Copies of The Friends of Kent Churches Newsletter for Autumn 2017 has been sent to all members. Here is the Chairman’s letter.

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Our latest Grants news is here. To see how much money has been made available for grants and to see two examples of fabric improvements please click on what a difference a grant makes.