Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662


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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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STOP PRESS…

Medieval Chest before renovation by YCPS

Medieval Chest before renovation by YCPS

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.

Medieval Chest renovated by YCPS

The renovated chest

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


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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


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Photographic Competition…

We will be launching the YCPS’s first ever photographic competition at our YCPS Display Day being held in Yalding Church on Saturday March 15th.

It’s a very simple competition and we hope will get all those budding “David Bailey’s” among you to enter and get snapping as there will be a chance your photograph will get picked to be in the YCPS 2015  Charity Calendar that will go on sale later in the year to help raise funds for us.calendar

The competition will be open to all as outlined below and there will be two classes.

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 2015 Charity Calendar plus one of these will also be judged overall for the cover photo.

The closing date for photo submission is October 18th 2014.

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

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

YCPS Trustees


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Argo talks…

Over a hundred and fifty people attended two fascinating talks in Yalding church in April and September 2013, entitled “Iran’s Islamic Revolution: A Close-Up and Personal View.”

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Martin Williams

Martin Williams lives in Yalding, and gave  talks on the time he was posted as a First Secretary at the British Embassy in Tehran between 1977 and 1980. This was during the tumultuous time of the Islamic Revolution and particularly topical as many of his audience had recently seen or at least heard of the blockbuster film Argo about events featured in the talk.

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Austin Maxi

Martin and his wife Sue drove out to Iran in October & November 1977 in their Austin Maxi (colour ‘desert sand’) – quite a memorable journey by all accounts. The car, with its GB sticker, was to take part in an adventure that none could have foreseen at the time. After introducing his audience to details of life in Tehran, Martin talked of the gradual breakdown of law and order until at one stage wives and families of Embassy staff, including Sue, had to return to the UK for their own safety.

It was after her return that events again took a turn for the worse when on 4th November 1979 Islamic militants, in protest against America giving the Shah protection and demanding his return to Iran to face justice, stormed the American Embassy. They took 52 hostages, and sparked an international crisis that lasted 14 months.

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Occupied US Embassy

What was particularly fascinating was the role Martin and Sue, together with other diplomatic colleagues, played in rescuing six American diplomats who had escaped during the melee. The Austin Maxi was called into use on three separate occasions to collect the six people originally, and subsequently to take them to other places of safe hiding, with Sue amongst those providing for the Americans in any way they could.

 Certainly what actually happened in the critical days after the storming of the American embassy was somewhat different to the Argo claim that the British had refused to help US citizens in distress.

The talks raised over £500 for YCPS funds.

Ayatollah Khomeini

Ayatollah Khomeini


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An even easier way to donate…

We have recently set up a Virgin Money Giving page that makes it even easier to donate money to the YCPS.

This form of giving page will also be used for any events we might organise that will also enable donations to be made in a secure and safe way that will continue to be there for our future fundraising.

If you are looking for a worthwhile charity to support then please feel free to make your donations via this web site or set up a fundraising page to support us.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

We will hopefully be able to announce some exciting plans for our fundraising initiatives in 2012 very soon so please keep watching this space!

Rob Bird

YCPS Treasurer