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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 – 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.



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

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



Organised by The Friends of St. Nicholas church, Newington, Near Folkestone.

Many churches would benefit from someone coming to learn about how to care for their wonderful old yew trees – do please look at the Yew Tree Weekend Poster and, in particular, the Itinerary for the Conference and contact the organiser to attend.

The overall programme for the weekend is:-

Friday 23rd June, a Barn Dance with the music of the Deal Hoodeners, 7.30 pm to be held in Newington Village Hall, Near Folkestone. £10 a ticket , children £5 each. (please book tickets in advance) by Tuesday 20th June please. Bring own drinks and nibbles.

And, Saturday 24th June 10 am for 10.30 am start to 4.30 pm, Festival of the Yew Tree one day conference to be held in St. Nicholas church, Newington. Supported by The Conservation Foundation. Everything you may want to know about Yew trees including care and management of old yew trees ‘best practise’.


Ride & Stride – Saturday 9 September

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.

Tour of Rochester Cathedral – 26 September


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

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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.

+++++     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