Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662


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Ready for Anything…

A very fitting motto for all our teddies who braved their jump from the top of the Yalding Church tower at the Yalding Church Fete as it is also the Para’s motto!

What could be better than a sunny day and a plethora of teddies raining down from on high… It was a real unknown entity for the YCPS Trustees as this was the first time we had ever tried such an event and was not certain what to expect!

It had been a wet morning and the wind was a little blustery as we set up for the arrival of our “Brave Teddies”

There was a s”teddy” (pun intended) stream of well loved stuffed teds dressed in a wide range of costumes – A monkey in a Spiderman suit to a giant Teddy (Boris) with warm padded jerkin.

In face “Boris” was the first Teddy to make the descent into the drop zone as a test… Trustee Tim Chapman with relish launched him over the side and he plummeted earthward with an increasing velocity and bounced off a head- stone as he unceremoniously landed face down.

Our “Teddymedic” on hand declared he was fine and then as we hoisted the participating teddies to the top of the tower in our somewhat “Heath Robinson” lift built for this purpose. An expectant and vociferous crowd gathered below and the teddies began to ascend and then descend!

We had some forty plus entrants who had been generously sponsored. Our guest judge Margaret Preedie had agonised over who to award the prize for the best dressed teddy. This she duly awarded to “Fred Bear” – Lyn Hughes, who had made the trip from Cornwall and was jumping for his cousin Ted! with his knitted “Biggles” look and the most sponsorship raised was won by Martin Williams.

Extra prizes of rosettes and chocolate medals were also awarded to those deemed to have made a great flights, “Silver Bear” – Amy Maryon and “Snowy” – Sophie Maryon, “Super Ted” – Imogen O’Sullivan and Spider Monkey – Frank & Emily Goodacre

It was a hugely successful event for us as we raised over £500 with sponsorship that was then charity matched funded by Barclays Bank to ensure we have raised over £1000 to help bolster our funds to continue the support we offer.

We were delighted with this response and will welcome all entrants again next year at the 2016 Church Fete where we hope to see more Teddy Para’s who are “Ready for Anything”

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Tick Tock… the clock is ticking

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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.

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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.


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Make it snappy…

We are still looking for many more photos for our Photographic Competition that is currently running till October 2014… Perhaps some great Summer local scenes would make it into our Charity Calendar being launched later in the year.

Please check out our web site here for full details and do share with all !

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A new perspective…

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…

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View from the top…

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Just a few days to go till the YCPS holds its first Display Day where we will be showcasing the work of the YCPS.

We will have pictorial displays of the work we have carried out plus there will be guided tours to the top of the tower… Lets hope the sun shines and the view from the top will be a clear and sunny one…

All are welcome from 10am to 12 Noon…

We will also be launching the YCPS Photo Competition so please come along to find out more…


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YCPS Display Day

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Hope you have kept the day free as it is nearly upon us… Saturday March 15th – 10am to 12 Noon.

We are holding what we are calling a Display Day – it will be a chance to see and learn more about the work of the YCPS.

All are welcome to come along to the church and see first hand just some of the projects we have funded and helped with over the years.

The Church tower will also be open for those wishing to ascend the tight spiral staircase for a guided view from the top. A great chance to perhaps take a few snaps of the village from that unusual angle. (Might be your chance to snap a prize winning picture…more about that soon)

Please spread the word and we hope to see you, your family and friends at our “Display Day”

YCPS Trustees


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Happy New Year…well at least a little less soggy!

Well a great deal has happened since the end of 2013 for the village of Yalding and its residents… The floods that occurred from Christmas Eve onwards have caused much devastation to homes.

The church though came into its own showing how vital this building is to the heart of the community. It was used as a refuge for those rescued from their properties and became the hub of information and solace for many.

Now with the festivities passed the village begins to get back to some degree of normality with the constant stream of vans outside of flood damaged properties and the deafening ring of hammer drills removing plaster from walls and new piles of residents belonging appearing on the streets and in skips.

The village will bounce back as there is a real community within as complete strangers and friends turned up to help with the clear up. The church still stands proud in it’s heart and as a historic building it makes us realise it’s vital importance and the need for us to highlight the work we do to help maintain its fabric and future.

We had a very successful fundraising event pre Christmas with our first ever Auction of Promises – It has helped us to raise the sum of £2065 and we thank both all those who donated the items to auction and equally all those who made those successful bids.

We felt the time was now right to perhaps showcase in a little more detail the purpose of YCPS and what we have achieved and why we need you to help support our work into the future and maybe even become more involved as some current trustees step down and hand over their roles to new supporters.

Please save the date of 15th March 2014 when we plan to hold what we are calling a “YCPS Display Day” – this will be your chance to come and find out more about not only the work we support and do but also some interesting facts about the church. We have lots planned and we will also be announcing more details very soon.

The YCPS AGM will also be held in the Church rooms on March 26th… more details on this soon…

YCPS Trustees