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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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.

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YCPS Photographic Competition… last few weeks

Please note you have only till Friday 10th April– just three weeks before the competition closes.

We are happy to still accept photographs from all those willing to donate the £1 entry fee per photograph via our Virgin Money Fundraising Page

Alternatively Tim Chapman the village Post Master in the Post Office is happy to take a hard copy and your entry fee. Please do ensure you let us have your contact name, email address and phone number as well.

We now have over 50 entrants and are keen to have a few more for the judging panel to be able to make a great selection from that will then be used in our 2016 Calendar that will be published later in the year.

Please also spread the word and also watch out for our other plans for later in the year.

Cheers

YCPS Trustees


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YCPS AGM… All are welcome

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Please note the YCPS AGM will be held on Tuesday March 24th 2015 at 8pm in the Church Rooms… if you would like to attend as an interested member of the public please just complete the following form so that we can ensure we can accommodate all interested parties.

The following is the Agenda for the meeting

  1. Minutes of AGM of 26th March 2014 
  2. Matters arising
  3. Chairman’s Report 
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Future Plans and Commitments
  6. Election of Officers
  7. Confirmation of Board Members/Managing Committee
  8. PCC Representative 
  9. AOB

 


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Tick Tock… the clock is ticking

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Clock cog wheels

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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Clock Face

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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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