Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662


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Teddy Parachutes again…

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The YCPS are to repeat last year’s successful teddy parachute jump at this year’s Church Fete. The event will take place this year on 10th September 2016.

So how brave is your teddy? We plan to find out.

This summer, we plan to give you the chance to test your teddy’s bravery again by offering him (or her, for Edwina bears) the chance to parachute off the church tower.

We would ask you to make the parachutes and supply the teddies. There will be prizes for the best-dressed teddy and for the most sponsorship. We hope to have a ‘paratedic’ on hand in case (heaven forbid!) any teddy suffers any injuries.

We found last year that parachutes can easily be constructed by tying string to a supermarket plastic carrier bag.

Sponsorship forms have already been distributed at some schools and playgroups. They are also available at Yalding PO or via the YCPS website.

Sponsorship money (at least £5 for children and £10 for adults) should be brought with you and handed in when you register your teddy.

Please bring your teddy, sponsorship form, sponsorship donations and parachute to the registration table at the back of the church by 1pm.

The teddy should have its name firmly attached to its chest so that it can be easily identified before and after the jump.

Sponsorship Forms can be downloaded here –  2016 sponsorship form

To make a simple parachute then take a look here

 


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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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A New Venture…

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Riverside Pop Up Gallery

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.

Riverside Popup Gallery  and their website can be found here

We hope the venture goes well and we look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours!

 


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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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YCPS 2016 Calendars are on sale now…

We are now pleased to announce the YCPS 2016 Calendar is on sale. There are copies available at the Yalding Post Office and Village Tea Rooms.calendar cover

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.


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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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Who dares jump…

On Saturday May 16th we held a little trial of launching some well loved teddy bears from the top of the Yalding Church tower as we plan to hold a mammoth “Sponsored Teddy Bear Parachute Jump” at the Church Fete on Saturday September 12th to help raise much needed funds for YCPS… more details to follow.

We had some very brave teddies who made the drop and thanks to all those that volunteered their loved ones to make the drop… here are just a few of the pictures… We are working on all the details regarding the Sponsored drop and will be posting more details very soon so watch this space.

YCPS Trustees

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