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We now have two forthcoming winter lectures:-

Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 2.30pm at Lenham Community Centre by Matthew Saunders MBE on Redundant Churches and the Friends of Friendless Churches

and 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.


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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.

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BRIGGS MEMORIAL EVENT – fundraising news

The 2016 Briggs event was on Saturday 9th July at St John the Baptist, Tunstall. A flint church with a 14th century west door, it has a good set of brasses and monuments and a beautiful 1967 hanging rood.

Over £1,000 was raised which will go towards repairing the roof of St John the Baptist, Tunstall church. Sponsored by the Friends in memory of John Briggs, a generous supporter of the Friends, the evening at the church included a talk by local historian Helen Allinson on the monuments in the church and a musical interlude. Many thanks to all those attending and to the congregation who provided delicious refreshments.

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Our latest Grants news is here.

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Christopher Rigby has been supplying us with some church photographs (examples on the 2016 AGM web page). He is a member of Maidstone Camera Club, and has written an article on the subject of photographing historic architecture for both members of Maidstone Camera Club and also non members. If you have an interest in photographing historic architecture you may wish to read the article by viewing the Maidstone Camera Club web site and clicking on ‘News’ – ‘Architectural Photography’ – ‘Read this Article’ (website address also below). Chris has made this offer ” if any members of Friends of Kent Churches would like me to assist them with their architectural photography I would be delighted to meet them at a local church and provide guidance, although I must confess to not being a professional photographer or teacher; photography is just my hobby”. So, if you might like to learn a few more techniques please look up the website (link below) and/or contact Chris – c.j.rigby@btinternet.com