Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662


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When We Are Married…our next fundraiser…

We are pleased to announce that the next “Drawing Room Drama”, the latest in a popular series of rehearsed readings performed in private houses in Yalding, will take place in November

The production is “When We Are Married”, a comic play by J.B.Priestley, which is a story of a threesome of pompous Yorkshire officials and their long-suffering wives in the early part of the 20th century. Michael Stewart, the plays director, has generously agreed to donate the profits to the YCPS.

There will be four performances, the evenings of Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of November (7:30pm) with a matinee on Sunday 26th (3:00pm) as well

18.10.2017 UPDATE: We still have plenty of capacity at the following performances

Friday 24th, Sunday 26th Matinee & Evening – Please note Saturday 25th Wait List Only 

Tickets can be purchased from Yalding Post Office or via Gail Johnson by completing the form below 

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YCPS Statement… Glebe Land Development

There has been much comment in the local press and social media recently about this proposed development of the Glebe land. As Yalding Church Preservation Society (YCPS) Trustees we wish to clarify our position with regard to this development. 

The YCPS is an independent charitable trust with volunteer trustees who have no direct connection with the Church of England or the Church of St Peter & St Paul Yalding and may not even be regular churchgoers.

We were originally formed to raise emergency funds to repair the fabric of the church tower, since the cost of these repairs was likely to be a lot greater than could be raised from conventional sources of church funding.

Over the succeeding years we have helped to fund a whole range of projects to maintain the fabric and structure of the church. We regard the church as part of our local heritage and an important part of the village for all of us. This was illustrated in recent times when the church was used to support victims of flooding in 2013.

The church make requests to us through its Parochial Church Council (PCC) to fund projects and we look at each individual request as a body of independent trustees with different opinions and, subject to our constitution, decide accordingly as to whether we will provide the requested funds in full or in part or not at all.

We acknowledge that many local residents are extremely concerned about the impact the proposed glebe land development will have on the local community. The landowners, the Diocese of Rochester have been subject to criticism and anger from some residents over the impact this action will have on the village.  

Some have directed this anger at the church in general rather than the Diocese. We wish, as YCPS Trustees, to assure village residents that the local church that we support has played no part in the sale of this land. We would sincerely hope, therefore, that the generosity villagers have shown to our objectives will in no way be affected by the planning proposal.

We shall remain vigorous in our fundraising to support St Peter and St Paul’s Church and very much hope our friends in the village and local area will as well.

YCPS Trustees


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An illustrated talk…Pitcairn The Mutiny & After

Our next fundraising event will take place on Sunday March 5th at Yalding Church from 6pm to 8pitcairnfinalpm when Yalding resident Martin Williams will give a talk on “Pitcairn” and “The Mutiny” and what has beset the Island thereafter.

Martin Williams served as Governor of Britain’s smallest Overseas Territory, the Pitcairn Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean, as part of his duties as British High Commissioner to New Zealand, in 1998-2001.

Although based in Wellington, Sue and he visited the territory twice during those years, which turned out to be of major significance for the community there.

Martin’s talk will cover the remarkable events surrounding Fletcher Christian’s famous mutiny on the Bounty against the ship’s commander, Captain Bligh, and the even more extraordinary history of the first few years of the mutineers’ life on Pitcairn. He will describe what life was like on Pitcairn at the time of Sue’s and his two visits there, and the memorable and bizarre experiences they had during those visits.

He will also discuss the sex cases which came to light around that time, and the legal charges which were brought and the trials which followed.

Tickets can be purchased via the Yalding Post Office or at the Village Tea Rooms at £5.00 per person

Alternatively we can reserve a ticket for collection on the night or they can be purchased on the door subject to available spaces at £6.00 per person

To reserve for collection on the night please complete the following form:

Light refreshments will be served following the talk:


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Teddy Parachutes again…

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The YCPS are to repeat last year’s successful teddy parachute jump at this year’s Church Fete. The event will take place this year on 10th September 2016.

So how brave is your teddy? We plan to find out.

This summer, we plan to give you the chance to test your teddy’s bravery again by offering him (or her, for Edwina bears) the chance to parachute off the church tower.

We would ask you to make the parachutes and supply the teddies. There will be prizes for the best-dressed teddy and for the most sponsorship. We hope to have a ‘paratedic’ on hand in case (heaven forbid!) any teddy suffers any injuries.

We found last year that parachutes can easily be constructed by tying string to a supermarket plastic carrier bag.

Sponsorship forms have already been distributed at some schools and playgroups. They are also available at Yalding PO or via the YCPS website.

Sponsorship money (at least £5 for children and £10 for adults) should be brought with you and handed in when you register your teddy.

Please bring your teddy, sponsorship form, sponsorship donations and parachute to the registration table at the back of the church by 1pm.

The teddy should have its name firmly attached to its chest so that it can be easily identified before and after the jump.

Sponsorship Forms can be downloaded here –  2016 sponsorship form

To make a simple parachute then take a look here

 


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Phew….

Cover v4It has been a hectic couple of weeks with the Outside Edge performances in Parsonage Farmhouse Gardens followed closely by the second tower dinner with Hari Covert…

We were challenged by the weather for the play performances and sadly had to abandon the Saturday night performance as the weather was so bad.

The Sunday matinee saw the sun shine as some 80 people tittered, guffawed and generally thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The Cricketers Cream Tea seemed to go down well and the final performance on the Sunday evening started well but rain came down once again but the merry band of thespians continue bravely to complete it all.

Tower Dinner Winners...Then last Saturday saw our second Tower Dinner… the first in 2012 was a hit and whilst this one was not so hotly contested there were 40 plus attendees who gathered for the dinner of freshly cooked paella prepared by Hari Covert and then three lucky couples were drawn from the attendees to partake of their dinner on the roof!

Following tapas nibbles in the churchyard washed down with Sangria the roof winners climbed the staircase to the top whilst the others all sat down at one big table placed under the church bell tower and duly tucked in.

It was a great night and for us was the culmination of a busy fundraising period that overall we hope once all expenses have been covered will add circa £2,500 to our funds to continue supporting the church in their upkeep. The focal point for so many in the village means we need ever increasing sums of money on hand to fund projects to maintain the church.

Thank you to all those who helped in whatever way – we felt both events provided something very different for our community and we look forward to welcoming new and old faces to our next fundraising event… the second teddy parachute jump at the church fete on September 10th… watch this space for more details!!!

Was still a bit windy... Winners Bacon, Sully & Munro enjoy the views!

Was still a bit windy…
Winners Munro, Sully & Bacon enjoy the views!


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It is back…

The winners!

The winners in 2012!

We are delighted to say the dinner on the church roof provided by “Yalding’s worst kept secret” Hari Covert is back…

Saturday July 2nd is the date… To get your name into the virtual hat so that you could be a winner to dine on the roof then please just go to Hari’s fundraising page here

For just a one pound donation there is every chance you could be in the draw to be invited to attend the Paella Dinner in the churchyard. Three couples will then be chosen on the night to then have their dinner served on the roof!

When we hosted the “Pop Up” in 2012 we managed to raise circa £1500 – lets hope we can again…

Please do share this special event as it is something really unique and we can promise a view that will make it a very special dinner!

Good Luck to you all!

Boris is flying

Boris is flying