Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662

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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 drawing room drama…


Let’s hope the weather remains fine for the next “Drawing Room” drama and a great photo opportunity for our Photo competition!

Parsonage Farmhouse, Yalding Kent

Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday (* 2 performances) 22nd June 2014

Evening performance 7pm with hour interval for Picnic

*Matinee at 2.30pm (Sunday) with 30 minute interval,

Tickets £10 evening performances

£6 matinee

 Tickets on sale from Yalding Post Office or from Rachel West on drawingroomdrama@gmail.com

Proceeds to   YCPS_logo_col


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Get Snapping…


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Our Photographic Competition is under way and if you have a picture of Yalding, Collier Streeet, Laddingford or Hunton that you think would make a worthy entry then please go to the following page for details on terms of entry…

Please do also spread the word about this competition as we would like a wide selection of photographs to judge and use in the 2015 YCPS Calendar.

Good luck and get snapping!

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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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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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View from the top…



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


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

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Last few days to bid…

Keep those bids coming for all our Auction items … just click each Lot below to go direct to the Auction web site and make those bids…

Bidding ends Saturday 14th December at 8:00pm

1:       Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa, Carnoustie Scotland

2:       A Framed & Signed England 2007 Rugby World Cup Team shirt

3:       A Specialist Tea Tasting to create your own Tea Blend

4:       A ‘Hari Covert’ meal for 12

5:       A weeks holiday rental for a family at Villa Serin in Akyaka, Turkey(flights & transfers not included)

6:       A Yalding garden makeover

7:       A personalised metal fireside companion set.

8:       A days “Paint Balling” experience

9:       A slave for the day…

10:    Two weeks timeshare in Florida USA


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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