Forthcoming Visits & Lectures – 2017/18

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

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. We will be announcing the 2018 visit programme in the new year.

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

Matthew Saunders is Honorary Director of the Friends of Friendless Churches, a charity founded 60 years ago which campaigns for and rescues redundant historic churches threatened by demolition, decay or inappropriate conversion.  It currently owns 50 former churches or chapels, including St Mary, Eastwell and maintains them as peaceful spaces for people to enjoy. He is also secretary of a kindred charity, the Ancient Monuments Society, a member of the Church Buildings Council and was trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.  He has written and lectured extensively on historic buildings and was awarded the MBE for services to Architectural Conservation in 1998.

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

Jane Gough was Director of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England, ChurchCare from 2008 to 2016 where she raised over £90 million in funding for cathedrals and churches.  She launched the Church Days website for visitors and set up with Sustrans the Tower and Spires Cycle Tours linking cathedrals and churches.  Recently she published two Scala paperbacks in their Director’s Choice series on the Cathedrals of the Church of England and Churches of the Church of England.After reading history and the history of art at Cambridge she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked for Southeby’s for nine years and was a guide at and on the Executive Committee of the Friends of the V & A.  Janet was awarded an OBE for services to heritage in 2017 New Year’s Honours.

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.

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.

Paying for FoKC visits by bank transfer?   Please pay to Friends of Kent Churches a/c 00025607 at Nat West Bank, 3 High St, Maidstone ME14 1XU sort code 60-60-08 and let Jill Rutland know which visits you are paying for. EMail  jill.rutland@hotmail.co.uk  or phone 01732 843248.

 

A date for the diary – the next AGM will be on Saturday 12th May 2018.  The venue has not yet been decided but please put the date in next year’s diary!