Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662


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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

 


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Take Six Chefs…a fundraising dinner

Update – Menu priced at £95 per person inclusive of all drinks – All profits to the YCPS 

We are planning in conjunction with long time YCPS supporter Hari Covert a very special dinner on Thursday 23rd May 2019

It will take place in the Oaks Restaurant at the Mid Kent College campus in Maidstone…

Please do make a note in your diaries and check back here as we post more details on this very special event.

Booking will open on the 1st of March at 09:00 am


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Yalding Yuletide Market… Our Prize Draw…

We have secured for the Yuletide Market a unique raffle prize that has been generously donated by those lovely people at Anno Distillers.

We have a blending experience for two people that will take place at their Pop Up Shop in Bluewater Shopping Centre. (It is only there until 30th December 2018)

You will learn more about Anno and their range of spirits and then you will get to make your very own personalised blend to take home…You will also get a special certificate and goody bag as well.

To get your name in the “Virtual Hat” you will need to make a minimum £2 donation – a £10 donation would mean your name would be put in the hat five times so increase your chances of winning this special prize.

All profits from this raffle will go to help bolster the YCPS funds. The draw for the winner will take place on Sunday 2nd December the day after the market. The winner will be notified by email. You will then need to redeem your prize direct with the pop up shop at Bluewater before the 30th December 2018.

Please note you must be 18+ to enter the prize draw.

To enter the draw just click here

Good Luck and thanks for supporting the YCPS

YCPS Trustees

P.S. To pre order your “Spirt of Yalding” purchases please complete the order form here 


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Riverside Pop Up Gallery… our heartfelt thanks

Well, we were not sure what to expect at the recent “End of Season” Auction sale of some 80 plus items donated for the sale. The total proceeds from this sale were to be generously donated by June & Tim Chapman to YCPS funds so there was a great potential to bolster our funds from this single event.

We are delighted to report that along with the donations tin that collected monies from gallery visitors over the summer with monies collected  for their cup of tea or coffee the auction itself raised over £550 on the night so we hope in total a little over £600 overall which is a truly magnificent effort.

Our thanks to all those who attended and entered into the spirit of the event and we cannot thank June enough for all the hard work she put into the evening and making the decision to support YCPS – it was a very generous gesture and we hope we can support her in the future.

If you enjoyed this event do not forget you can support the YCPS at our next one – our “Spirit of Yalding” drinks stall at the Yalding Yuletide Market on the 1st December.


Also please save the date of May23rd for our big charity event of 2019 when we will be holding a big gourmet dinner with Auction… more details to follow soon.