Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662


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Tick Tock… the clock is ticking

Cog wheels

Clock cog wheels

One of the most familiar sights in Yalding is the church clock which is nearly 300 years old. The  lovely sound of the clock striking can be heard all over the village. Some will remember that the clock fell silent for about twenty years from the 1970s to the 90s after the bells were re-hung. Also, very recently the clock developed a fault that meant it struck only once on the hour, regardless of the time.

Yalding Parish Council has, in the past, very generously supported repairs to the clock mechanism. On this occasion, however, financial constraints made this impossible. The church (PCC) therefore appealed to the YCPS to help on this occasion.

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Clock Face

YCPS Trustees met in July and agreed to offer support towards the cost of these repairs. In the past the Parish Council has paid the full cost of repairs and maintenance of the clock on the grounds  of its being considered a ‘historic village amenity’.

More recently it has paid half of the cost of repairs. YCPS has agreed to fill the gap on this occasion as it shares the Council’s view that the clock has a historic as well as a public value to the village.

We have therefore agreed to pay close to £1000 towards the repair on this occasion, hoping, nevertheless, that the Parish Council will once again be able to help at some time in the future.

The clock is also ticking on our photo competition, we have extended the deadline till after Easter 2015 – entries are still being welcomed.


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Photo Competition deadline extended…

We have decided to extend the deadline for our photo competition to Friday April 10th 2015 as we need loads more entries…

Please spread the word amongst your family, friends and networks as we would like to make our charity calendar something quite special.

It is very simple to enter

Under 12’s – Children at Yalding, Ladddingford, Collier Street and Hunton Primary Schools can enter with their photographs free of charge

Over 12’s – Anyone can enter this, but to qualify then each photograph submitted will require a £1 donation made to us via our dedicated Virgin Money Giving Fundraising Page. Click here to make your donation to enter and just follow the instructions given on the page.

We are looking for the best seasonal photographs of the village of Yalding and the surrounding area, it can be buildings, gardens, characters, landmarks or village events in fact anything that best depicts our village life… just let your imagination run riot!

Rules of Entry:

Send your photo via an email to ycpstrustees@yahoo.co.uk making sure you provide us with your contact details. If in the over 12’s Class then a £1 donation per photo submitted for judging will need to be made via the Fundraising VMG page

If in the under 12’s class your name and details of which school you attend will need to be provided.

If you wish to submit a printed copy then this will need to be handed into Postmaster Tim Chapman at Yalding Post Office and where applicable with your donation.

Please ensure your name and contact details are clearly written on the back of the photo.

N.B. Hard copy photos cannot be returned to you.

All entries will be judged by a panel of YCPS Trustees chaired by our Head Judge Dave King a local resident and professional photographer www.davekingphotography.com

There will six winning photographs chosen from each class that will then be used in the YCPS 2016 Charity Calendar plus one of these will also be judged overall for the cover photo.

The closing date for photo submission is Friday April 10th 2015.

The calendar will then be launched at an event sometime in autumn 2015 and the calendar will then go on sale for all to purchase… more details later!

So please just get snapping and remember we are looking for some imaginative and different shots that depict our village and surroundings!

YCPS Trustees