A milestone will be reached this year when we will hold our 20th AGM on Tuesday 20th March 2018.
Anyone wishing to attend please complete the form below and state how places you require in the message box.
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.
Trustee Tim Chapman and his wife June has asked us if we would share news of their new venture – as of April 2016 the ground floor area of their home will open to the public as a Pop Up Art Gallery & Exhibition space.
We hope the venture goes well and we look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours!
You may remember that in 2012 YCPS was responsible for the repair of the church chest at Yalding, which had been used for generations to store church valuables.
This October, two dendrochronologists from Oxford (tree ring daters to most of us) visited the church to take samples of the oak from which the chest is made in order to calculate its age.
There was some discussion when they came about where the wood had come from, including from as far away as the Baltic.
As it turned out, the chest was made from local wood, with a likely felling date range 1305–21. Wood was usually used fairly quickly after felling so we can confidently date our chest to the early 14th century.
This is just one of the many projects that the YCPS has funded over the years and illustrates well the importance of the work we do in raising funds to support the fabric of the church.
Please do continue to support our fundraising…remember the YCPS 2016 calendars are still on sale via Tim Chapman at Yalding Post Office or from the Village Tea Rooms. Alternatively please reserve using the form below and pick up from either outlet or at the Yalding Yuletide Fair on Saturday 5th December 2015
The Calendars cost just £7.50 each from which all profits will go to YCPS funds to help continue protect the fabric of the Church.
We have recently committed significant funds towards repairs of the Chancel Window and have in the past funded projects such as the Lych Gate repairs and the Medieval Chest plus many more.
The calendar can also be purchased at the upcoming at Yuletide Market on Saturday 5th December.
Please complete the form below to reserve your copies.
In March 2014 we launched a photographic competition to find a selection of photos that could be used to produce a charity calendar to help boost YCPS funds.
We then extended the deadline through to April 2015 and we have now finally chosen the winning photos and it is currently with the printers. We expect the calendar to be available for purchase by late October 2015.
Photographs supplied by the following entrants will feature
One person has the cover photograph as well and all will be revealed once the calendar goes on sale.
If you should wish to purchase the calendar it will be on sale at the following outlets.
Post Office and at the Village Tea Rooms – each calendar will cost £7.50 and all profits from their sale will go to YCPS funds
You will also be able to purchase them at the Yalding Yuletide Market on Saturday 5th December from our stall inside the church.
We are also hoping to be able to offer the calendars for sale via the YCPS web site as well.
You can also reserve your copies here as well by just completing the form below and we will add reserve your copies for payment and collection at your desired venue.
Please also spread the word…
Please note you have only till Friday 10th April– just three weeks before the competition closes.
We are happy to still accept photographs from all those willing to donate the £1 entry fee per photograph via our Virgin Money Fundraising Page
Alternatively Tim Chapman the village Post Master in the Post Office is happy to take a hard copy and your entry fee. Please do ensure you let us have your contact name, email address and phone number as well.
We now have over 50 entrants and are keen to have a few more for the judging panel to be able to make a great selection from that will then be used in our 2016 Calendar that will be published later in the year.
Please also spread the word and also watch out for our other plans for later in the year.
Please note the YCPS AGM will be held on Tuesday March 24th 2015 at 8pm in the Church Rooms… if you would like to attend as an interested member of the public please just complete the following form so that we can ensure we can accommodate all interested parties.
The following is the Agenda for the meeting
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.
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.
We were rather excited by the prospect of seeing the church and village from a new perspective. So when a new local business Skiris approached us and offered to take some footage of the church for our upcoming YCPS Display Day we could not wait…
On a lovely sunny afternoon the team turned up and set up some rather high-tech looking gear which we believe is not “boys with toys” but some fairly serious investment.
Two little drones duly raised up into the blue sky and buzzed around the church for about half an hour… at least until their batteries ran out!
The result is this rather stunning film that shows the church in a rather new perspective… it demonstrates rather well the importance of this structure in the heart of our village and how vital the work we do is to its survival.
Just click the picture below to view the film and please do tell us what you think!
Our big thanks to Skiris for their work and this resultant film…