What’s On / News

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Our 2017 events start in May – please click here for dates and locations.

Tickets can be booked for all of our 2017 events – AGM on 20 May, Church Visits on 21 June, 12 July and 6 September and tour of Rochester Cathedral on 26 September using the FoKC 2017 Events booking form – also available in the hard copy of the Annual Report on 2016.


Saturday 20th May at Wittersham Church (St John the Baptist). 15:00 preceded by a visit to Stone-in-Oxney church at 14:00.

BRIGGS Lecture

Saturday 17th June at Luddesdown Church (St Peter & St Paul).


21 June – St Luke, Chiddingstone  Causeway; St Mary, Leigh; St Peter & St Paul, Tonbridge.

12 July – St Mary, Chilham; St Lawrence the Martyr, Godmersham.

6 September – St Rumwold, Bonnington; St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington; St Mary the Virgin, Kenardington

Tour of Rochester Cathedral – 26 September


Locations shown use information in www.achurchnearyou.com  © 2016 Archbishops’ Council.

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The text of the FKC Autumn Newsletter can be downloaded – please click here. A hard copy of this Newsletter (complete with pictures!) is mailed to each member.

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

This year’s 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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+++++   Important Amendment to FKC Constitution   +++++

At the 2016 AGM on 14 May, an important amendment to the Constitution was agreed that enables Friends of Kent Churches to broaden the scope of the application of its Grants:-

The objects of the Association are to promote the preservation of Churches in use of architectural merit or historic interest in the County of Kent (pre April 1965 boundaries) and to contribute towards keeping in good order their fabric and fixtures of special importance and providing the facilities necessary to keep them in use.

Such facilities include kitchens and lavatories.

+++++++++ 2016 AGM & Grants +++++++++

Our 2016 AGM on 14 May was an afternoon on the Hoo Peninsula featuring the AGM at St Peter & St Paul, Upperstoke and a lecture at St Werburgh, Hoo St Werburgh. Some members also took the opportunity to independently visit St James, Grain which was open on the day.

porch from east

An example of improvements made to churches in use from monies received from FoKC is the porch roof at Lydden which no longer looks quite like this!

This topic came up at the AGM – see webpage for 2016 AGM Report.


Our latest Grants news is here.

+++++     Taking Architectural Photographs     +++++

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