Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662

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The time is very nearly here….

Well in less than twenty four hours the Auction of promises site will go live and you can make your bids…YCPS_logo_noTxt

You will then have just 10 days to make those bids on your chosen items. It will pass very quickly so please do not leave it to the last minute as you might miss out.

The Auction starts at 09:00 am  on the 4th December and then will finish at 8:00 pm  on the 10th December. It all happens automatically so do not delay.

To also help us reach our target we ask you to share and circulate the web site address to all your networks and friends to ensure we maximise our potential.

We appreciate these items all have a good worth and might be out of the range of some bidders pockets so if you wish to help us then why not just make a simple donation to us.

virgin-money-logoThis can be done very simply by going to our charity page at Virgin Money Giving. If you are a UK taxpayer then please do remember to gift aid your donation as this will all go to help us in the work we try to support with our piece of local heritage.

Do keep checking on the Auction site here – once it all goes live…


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Lot 10 – Two weeks timeshare in Florida USA

OK this is the big one… your chance for a two week holiday in sun kissed Florida USA.

For guaranteed summer sun as you will be sunning yourself at the Westgate Vacation Resort, Kissimmee, Nr Orlando, Florida for two weeks from August 16th to 30th August 2014  (dates not flexible)

The accommodation is an Apartment that easily sleeps six in two bedrooms, two bathrooms and has 14 swimming pools, Hot tubs, bistro, shop and tennis courts all on site.WG

The resort is also just a stones throw from the attractions of Disney World and Universal Studios.

Please note flights, transfers or car hire are not included in this package.

More info can be found on their Web site: http://www.wgvacationvillas.com/index.htm

This item has an estimated value of circa £1,000

The Auction now goes live in just two days when you can make your bids here

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Lot 9 – A slave for the day…

Article as seen in Downs Mail December 2013

Article as seen in Downs Mail December 2013


This is no ordinary slave but none other than the Vicar of St Peter & St Paul, the Reverend Paul Filmer who has generously and some might say foolhardily donated his time for this promise.

He will be at your disposal from 9am to 5pm for anything within reason as long as it is legal, decent and honest!

So just use your imagination and let’s be creative on this one and make use of this slave in an original way as this offer is unlikely to ever be repeated!

The item is restricted to the area of Yalding, Laddingford and Collier Street (his parish).

We have an estimated value of £250 for this item.

The auction then goes live in three days time when you will be able to make your bids here

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Lot 8 – A full days “Paint balling” experience

Well this is a big one…a chance to have a full day’s fun with a party of of 30 players.

There are some 35 sites located around the UK to choose from. Your day will begin at about 09:15 am until approximately 16:30 pm giving you and the participants a chance to have a 12 -14 games experience.

The only additional costs involved are the purchase of paintballs. The first 50 costing £4.99 and then further paintballs at a cost of £7.99 per 100.

So go on unleash that hunter instinct or relive that computer war game in true style… a perfect Birthday or Stag party or perhaps a useful team building tool for a large group or an office outing!

This item has an estimated value of circa £200

The Auction will go live in just four days time when you can make your bids here

Web site: http://www.paintballgames.co.uk/

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Lot 7 – A personalised metal fireside companion set.

Yalding Forge is a focal point on the Yalding High St and just across the road from the church.

This family run business with five generations of history and presence in the village sine 1950 will create your very own companion set.

Blacksmith Tim Dunmall will advise and guide you on the style and design he can create for you so it will be very much a very personal creation.


Tim can even emboss with whatever name you desire. So this could make a very unique gift or present for a loved one.

This item has an estimated value of £250

The auction will go live in just five days time and you can make your bids here

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Lot 6 – A Yalding Garden makeover

Do you have an unruly and unloved garden? Does it need some TLC? Well then this is just the ticket for you… 6 members of the volunteer team who have helped to maintain the Yalding (Organic) Gardens since it’s closure have kindly agreed to donate their skills and efforts to your local patch.

There will be an initial appraisal of what needs to be done and then following an agreement of how much they can do…they will get stuck in.

Please Note – Hard landscaping and building is not part of the remit of this makeover

We have a an estimated value of £500 for this Lot

The auction now goes live in just five days and to make those bids please click this link here

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Lot 5 – A weeks holiday rental for a family at Villa Serin in Akyaka, Turkey

Fancy a guaranteed summer sun holiday? Well this item will tick that box!

Villa Serin in village of Akyaka will be your base for a weeks holiday and can easily accommodate a family of 6. There are 2 double beds and a small bathroom and utility room on the ground floor with its own entrance.

The first floor has a reception room with a full kitchen and a large balcony with table and chairs for dining.  The 2nd floor has a double master bedroom, double room with bunk beds and a day bed, and a family bathroom. For more details click here for full brochure.

Booking is made directly with owners and subject to availability.

N.B. Flights and Transfer are NOT included

To see more on this click the following link Villa Serin Brochure 2012

This item has an estimated value of £400

The auction will no go live in six days time and you can make your bids here

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Lot 4 – A ‘Hari Covert’ meal for twelve persons

A stalwart supporter of YCPS Hari has agreed to host your very own private “Secret Supperclub” event at his secret local location.

Following a welcome drink and nibbles on arrival  you will be served a special four course meal served to your select group of guests.

Hari  is something of a man of mystery, some might say an “enigma” but he just loves to cook his unique style of food. He has cooked in a cheese cellar and even cooked for royalty.

He cooked locally for a double gold Olympic medal winner and even managed to rise to the YCPS challenge of serving a dinner on the church roof in the summer of 2012.

This is your chance to host your very own special dinner. All you need to do is supply your own drinks to have with the meal. Glasses, Ice Buckets and water Hari will happily provide.

(The estimated value of this item is £420)

The auction of promises will now go live in just 7 days time… to make your bids click the link here

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Thank you…

We are about to launch a major fundraising campaign in the next couple of weeks that we hope will raise significant monies to bolster our funds to support some expensive projects over the next year or two.

As a charity it is always hard to raise any money and we do depend heavily upon some philanthropic donations as well as the efforts we make to fundraise in imaginative ways.

We will as of December 4th 2013 have a purely on line “Auction” that will run for ten days on the run up to Christmas.

We have secured ten pretty valuable and in some cases pretty unique items that we hope will capture the imagination of our local community and also a much wider audience!

The support of those who have donated the items is much appreciated but equally some of our other friends need acknowledgement.
Graphic designer Andy Tonkin has given our logo a makeover that we are delighted with as it reflects perfectly the work YCPS endeavour to do!


TMS Printers TMS of Paddock Wood have also generously offered their support by providing us with Printed material to distribute and posters to publicise this event throughout the village and surrounding area.

We will provide more details on the Auction in the near future but just wanted to say a big thank you so far!

We have also just created a new Facebook page that will now replace our group page. Please hit the link on the right hand side and like the page. We will post articles via this Facebook Page as well as this main site!


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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