Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662

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Yalding Yuletide 2019 – 7th December

YCPS are pleased to announce that we are once again having a fundraising stall at the 2019 Yalding Yuletide Market on Saturday December 7th

We will be selling Anno Spirits the local (Marden) Artisan Distillers of Kent Dry Gin and Elderflower Vodka – You can discover more about these locally produced products via their website here

We will have in stock their full range of spirits from their complete range of miniatures to their full 70cl Bottles presented in gift bags.

We will be taking pre orders for all these items up until Wednesday 4th December that you will then be able to collect in person on the day from our stall. Order Forms can also be filled out in the Post Office or left with Tim. We are offering a 10% discount on the Market Price for 70cl bottles and we are also giving a free 5cl Anno 60Squared when you buy the complete range of miniatures.

Please do make use of this facility to ensure we get what you require. We sold out early on of some items last year so make sure you pre-order to secure what you want.

The prices we are charging are special Yuletide Market Prices (2019 Price List)  Please note all the profits from these sales will help bolster our funds for future projects in maintaining the fabric of the church.

To make your pre-order please complete the form below clearly listing which items you wish to purchase – we will then contact you within 48 hours to confirm your order and take payment by a credit/debit card over the phone and your items will be ready for collection on the day of the market.

Please Note only orders over £15 can be made with a Credit Card Payment.

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Over Exposed… an illustrated chat with Celeb Photographer Dave King

Urgent Notice – Due to unforeseen circumstances “Over Exposed” Chat is postponed

Dave King’s beloved dog Morrissey had to be put down unexpectedly due to cancer.

Dave has requested we therefore postpone the proposed “Over Exposed” chat for a new date yet to be confirmed in early 2020.

We fully understand the unexpected death of his pet has knocked him and his partner Jo for six at this moment in time and we are very sympathetic for their loss.

We are of course more than happy to postpone the talk on Sunday.

What does this mean for all ticket holders – those that have bought tickets via either the Post Office or the Tea Room are requested to either hold on to them until we are able to confirm a new date or if they prefer take them back the venue they purchased them from and exchange them for a full refund.

This can be done from Friday 4th October until Friday 18th October, thereafter we will assume you are hanging onto them for the new rescheduled date.

Those purchased on line will be emailed asking them to confirm whether they would like a refund or hang on to the ticket for a new date as soon as we know one. Refunds will be made when requested and subject to the payment app processing them.

The online draw will be frozen until we have a new date and reactivated nearer the rescheduled date and those already entered will be carried over to the new date and the draw will then happen at the rescheduled event.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and promise as soon as we have a rescheduled date we will publish it.

UPDATE: We have secured from Dave the chance to have your very own photoshoot…

Why not win the chance via our dedicated fundraising page…


It has taken well over two years of cajoling and discussions with Yalding resident Dave King to finally now say this event will take place on Sunday October 6th 2019.

Dave will be showing us a selection of his photographs of celebrities that he has taken pictures of in a career spanning some 30 plus years. There is always a back story behind each photograph and we are sure this will be a truly amusing and entertaining event. He will also reveal just some of the trials and tribulations of also being a co founder Yalding’s own music festival  “The Vicars Picnic”.

Tickets can be reserved online by completing the form below – we will then send you an online invoice with a  payment link to pay for your tickets by debit or credit card (N.B. This will need to be done within 24 hours of receipt to confirm your places) we then request you just bring the payment confirmation email sent to you as proof of purchase. (Hard copy or phone email will suffice)

Alternatively you can purchase physical tickets direct from Tim Chapman (a trustee) at Yalding Post Office or via The Village Tea Room.

Please make sure you do purchase early as we expect this to be a sell out event and there will be very limited tickets available on the door

Tickets: £8.00 per person

Tickets on the door: £10 per person (subject to availability)

(Audio Loop for hard of hearing is also available)


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5th Sponsored Teddy Parachute Jump

Back for what will now be its 5th year we will be organising another fun filled event at the annual church fete on Saturday 7th September.

You can pick up Sponsorship forms from the Village Tea Rooms or from Trustee Tim Chapman at the Yalding Post Office. Alternatively you can download from the following link Teddy Jump Sponsorship Form – 2019

For all the latest news do keep a check on our Facebook Events Page

Children require £5 sponsorship and adults require £10 – all are welcome

Please spread the word as we would like to make this the best one yet with as many teddies as possible



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#Take6ChefsYCPS – a report

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Well what a night… We had spent just about a year planning this event and the day finally dawned.. Yours Truly (Peter Chapman – Chair of Trustees) left home at circa 10:00am to pick up some trays of donated fresh strawberries – the sun was shining and the day had finally dawned.

MidKent College in Maidstone and their Oaks restaurant was the venue and we certainly could not of chosen a better venue. They had welcomed us with open arms when we had proposed the event and the students embraced a very unique opportunity to work with a wide range of professionals. We must thank Simon Cook the College Principal and Becky Farley the Commercial Director for their assistance and then Serkan Solyu and JJ Keeveney who worked tirelessly to ensure the day ran smoothly.

The six chefs hand picked for the occasion started to arrive and they all started to gel – it was an amazing sight to behold mid afternoon the kitchen in full swing – Students beavering away with their allotted chef – focussed and concentrating at the task in hand. As they beavered away the focus then on the front of house began to ensure we had set up the restaurant for the imminent guests.

At circa 5pm there was a quick lull in proceedings as Special Guest Chef Kam Po But put the final touches to his staff meal – A chicken stir fry with Black Bean Sauce and Boiled Rice before he then warmed up his noodle paste before he had to then kick the proceedings off with a “Hand Drawn Noodle” demo. As the guests supped on their welcome drink and then tucked into some Chinese inspired canapes they were then called to their tables to kick the six course dinner off with matching drinks … The menu was an eclectic mix of dishes reflecting the chefs background and cultural heritage.

As the evening progressed the first two dishes landed in front of guests and set the tone for the evening – in between the subsequent courses a quick auction of donated items was held and monies raised for the YCPS coffers went to help support the refurbishment and repair of the Yalding Church Organ.

The auctions were lively and hotly contested and overall raised in excess of £4000 with just 21 lots – the final 6 were signed copies of menus (by the chefs) that came with a Lego key ring that the winning bidders than presented to their allocated chef as a thank you.

There was even a live TV feed from the kitchen so guests could see how the food was being prepared and served. Also alongside the pass we even had a table of four who were given the best seat in the house – they certainly kept the bad language in check from the chefs (there was none) – A text message from them after the event summed the evening up perfectly

“We just wanted to thank all involved with last night. It was a wonderful evening . It really was special to be sat at the kitchen table and watch all at work . The food was something else and raising so much money the icing on the cake!”

This event has raised in excess of £7000 which equates roughly to two years worth of fundraising for YCPS in the one event – Thank you to all involved and to all who attended… I am sure we will be talking about it for many years to come.

Please do leave any comments below by clicking the link above.

Our thanks to the following who supported us in many ways

All the Chefs Front of House & Back of House students… in fact anyone who has helped…

Rodney Fletcher Vintners, Horsmonden – Tim Fletcher

Chapel Down Wines – Luke Wolfe

Turners Cider, Marden – May & Phil Turner

Berkmann Wine Cellars, London – Robert Gordon

Hush Heath Estate – Staplehurst

Biddenden Vineyards – Clearly Juice

Bespoke Hotels – Robin Sheppard, Chairman

Blends for Friends, Kemsing – Alex Probyn, MD

Lego Keyrings – Neal Bamford

Anno Distillers, Marden – Norman Lewis & Andy Reason

South Place Hotel, London – D&D

Dokke Restaurant, London – Neil Wager, Chef Patron

Yalding Taxis – Mike & Dee-Ann Stead

MidKent College, Maidstone – Simon Cook, Principal, 

Photography – Jason Boswell

Hilliards Greencrocers – Phil Eccles

Hales & Moore Fishmongers, Gillingham – Brad Moore

Hugh Lowe Farms – Mereworth- Strawberries

Little Bobby Jebb’s Chicken Crackling – Robert Jebb

Grandma’s So Saucy – Chilli Oil  – Songli Everington

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Take 6 Chefs – Prize Draw for the Kitchen Table

We are pleased to announce the tickets for this forthcoming fundraising event are now totally sold out. 50 people are booked in and all paid for this one off special evening of fine food and wines.

We do however have just one table left for four people that we are offering in a prize draw. Located within the thick of the action the table is located in the kitchen.

We are asking via our dedicated Virgin Money Giving Page for donations of £5 increments to get your name in our virtual hat. So a £20 donation would mean your name would be in it four times. The dinner takes place on Thursday May 23rd at the Oaks Restaurant in the MidKent College Campus in Maidstone. Full details on the event can be found here. 

There will be a range of items also up for auction on the night and we are keen to raise significant monies to boost our funds to help with the restoration and cleaning of the church organ.

You can also donate offline by seeing our trustee Tim Chapman in the Yalding Post Office where he will add your name to the list once a minimum donation of £5 has been made.

The draw closes at 9:30am on Tuesday May 7th – the draw will be made thereafter and the winner will be notified.

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Take 6 Chefs … Booking Now Open…

The time has come to open the booking for the YCPS fundraising dinner on May 23rd that will take place at the Oaks Restaurant in the MidKent College Campus.

Please complete the form below and we will then send you an invoice with a secure online payment link to make your payment.

We expect demand to be very high so we are asking you to make your payment within 24 hours of being sent the link. Thereafter we will go to the next person on the waiting list.

There are currently just 50 places available so we do ask you to please ensure you book early to secure the number of places you require.

Price per person is £95 inclusive of all food and drink served with the meal. 

We will confirm your places by email once your payment has been processed.

In the event you need to cancel a refund will only be given up to two weeks before the event and subject to us being able to resell your places.

All the chefs and the venue have waived their costs and many suppliers are donating their produce/drinks so this will help us maximise the profits for the YCPS

Please also let us know if any of your party have any specific food allergies – the menu is planned (we will publish soon) and due to the nature of the event alternatives for vegetarian/vegan will be very limited and subject to prior knowledge.

Transport is being organised for those who do not wish drive from Yalding to Maidstone by Yalding Taxis and will be subject to an additional £10 per person return with pick up and return to the High Street Bus Stop – This will need to pre booked via this form



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YCPS AGM – 19th March 2019 @ 8pm

In what will be a very busy year of fundraising for the YCPS please come along to hear about the past year and what lies ahead for us… all are welcome

To ensure we have enough spaces for anyone wishing to attend please complete the form below and state how places you require in the message box.

Many thanks

YCPS Trustees