Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662

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Cobblestone Pathway

Cobblestone Pathway

We are aware that the cobblestone path leading up to the church from Church House has become  a subject of local discussion and would like to make the position of the YCPS clear. 

The YCPS supports the church by raising money to contribute to projects designed to maintain the building and its surrounding area. It does this by generating financial support from the village and those associated as a whole.

Projects for our support are suggested to us by the PCC (Parochial Church Council), and funding or part-funding may then be agreed by the Trustees of YCPS, who are not generally regular members of the church congregation but represent the rest of the village.

We do not propose projects ourselves. We may, however, select projects from a short list. The criteria for selection include a concern for the historic nature of the church and its conservation. In this way, we try to recognise the importance of the church for the whole community rather than just its congregation.

If we were to be asked to support the replacement or refurbishment of the cobblestone path (and we have not yet been asked), we would be likely to take account of conservation issues, opinion in the village and cost. It is possible that we would be able to influence a decision about the path by expressing our views about its conservation and by offering or withholding financial support.

It is undoubtedly true, however, that a final decision would rest with the PCC, regardless of the position of YCPS. What we hope is that we would be able to influence any decision made and that any outcome would be supported by the YCPS and by the village community.

Obviously, we wish to continue to attract the support of the village community, as without it we could not do our job.

We would welcome any views, which you can express by posting your comments on this website or if you prefer to not make public comment then complete the form below.

YCPS Trustees


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The work of the YCPS…

We thought it would be a good idea to perhaps show more pictorially the work of the YCPS as the money raised is put to good use.

We asked the Rev Paul Filmer the Vicar if he could take some interesting pictures for us and this is what he has sent us… It certainly shows the breadth of work we have helped fund over the years to ensure the fabric of St Peter & St Pauls is maintained and protected for the future.

You will also note the pictures are also being used as headers to the web site – if you have some that you think we could use please feel free to send them to us.

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Medieval Parish Chest

The renovation of the medieval chest is one of the most recent projects funded by YCPS to assist Yalding Church in its duty of care for the fabric and contents of the church.

The Chest dates from between 1350 and 1450, having thus been in constant use for the storage of church valuables, documents, vestments and church plate, for about 600 years. It had been divided into two unequal parts in about 1450 and has four generations of hinges and locks dating from its original construction, from the time it was divided, from some time in the 18th century and from the 19th or early 20th centuries. It may at some period have been brightly painted.

The restoration was carried out by Neil Wakeling, with assistance from Sterne’s forge in repairing the iron strapwork and making nails to fit.

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Argo talks…

Over a hundred and fifty people attended two fascinating talks in Yalding church in April and September 2013, entitled “Iran’s Islamic Revolution: A Close-Up and Personal View.”

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Martin Williams

Martin Williams lives in Yalding, and gave  talks on the time he was posted as a First Secretary at the British Embassy in Tehran between 1977 and 1980. This was during the tumultuous time of the Islamic Revolution and particularly topical as many of his audience had recently seen or at least heard of the blockbuster film Argo about events featured in the talk.

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Austin Maxi

Martin and his wife Sue drove out to Iran in October & November 1977 in their Austin Maxi (colour ‘desert sand’) – quite a memorable journey by all accounts. The car, with its GB sticker, was to take part in an adventure that none could have foreseen at the time. After introducing his audience to details of life in Tehran, Martin talked of the gradual breakdown of law and order until at one stage wives and families of Embassy staff, including Sue, had to return to the UK for their own safety.

It was after her return that events again took a turn for the worse when on 4th November 1979 Islamic militants, in protest against America giving the Shah protection and demanding his return to Iran to face justice, stormed the American Embassy. They took 52 hostages, and sparked an international crisis that lasted 14 months.

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Occupied US Embassy

What was particularly fascinating was the role Martin and Sue, together with other diplomatic colleagues, played in rescuing six American diplomats who had escaped during the melee. The Austin Maxi was called into use on three separate occasions to collect the six people originally, and subsequently to take them to other places of safe hiding, with Sue amongst those providing for the Americans in any way they could.

 Certainly what actually happened in the critical days after the storming of the American embassy was somewhat different to the Argo claim that the British had refused to help US citizens in distress.

The talks raised over £500 for YCPS funds.

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Ayatollah Khomeini