Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662

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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

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Going Going Gone…

OK the bidding has opened and the Auction of Promises is now live… just get sharing and spreading the word…


It will all end in just 10 days so do not delay…

Bid 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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Tower Dinner success!

Ruth hoists the feast!

The tower dinner was a huge success and all participants had a wonderful time! We raised a sum in excess of £1500, well ahead of our target. Our brilliant chef Hari Covert has posted a full report on his website that you can access here.

We are grateful to all the sponsors who supplied our drinks. Moodley’s Brewery of Penshurst produced a Summer Solstice ale especially for the evening. A local English sparkling wine from Marden, Herbert Hall, was very popular and kindly donated by Tim Fletcher of Rodney Fletcher Vintners. The wines were donated by Liquid Pleasure of Tenterden and received excellent comments. Kent Cordials also provided the ingredients for an Elderflower summer cocktail, which was also in demand and apple juice was donated from the local Loddington Farm. We would also like to acknowledge the help given by Dave King, our local celebrity photographer!

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Tower Dinner Winners

The winners, including Janet Naish and her husband, standing in for Jean Tither!

Congratulations to all the winners in our Tower Dinner draw!

Most have accepted but a few have generously donated their ‘prize’ to someone else. We hope all who attend have a wonderful time and that the weather is kind!

Tower dinner winners
Jean Tither
Linda Reid
Sunchia Wright

Reception winners
Michelle Hughes, Sarah Hughes, Brenda Parsons, Jane Dunn, Martin Chzan, Megan Forster Chris Haig, Dr Alex Scott, Emma Craske, Steve McCloughlin, M E Cripps, Gary Gilbertson, C Kavanagh, Mike Hughes, Chris Bennett, Brian Harvey, Roger Milberry, Hugh Williams, Peter Hollingdale, Matt Milner, J Scott, Karen Martin, Dave Mitchell, Edward Raikes

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Roll Up, Roll Up, Roll Up

Hurry, hurry, hurry

Yalding Church Tower

Get your tickets for the event of the year!

If you want a chance to take part in the Tower Dinner on 23rdJune, you need to get ,your tickets now!

For every £1 donated you will get one chance to win in the draw at the Jubilee Picnic on June 3rd.

You can donate online by clicking on this link or you can donate directly to YCPS trustees who will have a stall at the Yalding Farmers Market on May 19th or at the Yalding Jubilee Party before the draw takes place on the Lees on June 3rd.

Three winning couples will dine on top of the Church Tower on June 23rd as our guests and a further  fifty runners-up will take part in the canape reception at ground level.

The menus are just being finalised and you can take a look by clicking here. Our chef is the celebrated but mysterious Hari Covert!!! Covert by name , covert by nature!

So, don’t delay, donate today!