April 2023 Newsletter

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Saltwood e-magazine April 2023

A Letter from the Rector

I am tempted to say that the cold weather is well and truly behind us, but I recall not that long ago going out in the snow on Good Friday. Whatever the weather, this is and will always be, my favourite time of year. We see the signs of new life through nature, like the daffodils and the spring lambs. There is the hope of milder weather and longer days to enjoy now the clocks have changed. What I thoroughly appreciate at this time of year, is the celebrations for Easter. Much goes on at this time of year in relation to Easter and this year has been no exception.

I have enjoyed visiting our schools in the run up to Easter and sharing the love that Jesus had for the world with the children. It is a such a joy to see them learn that there is more to Easter than chocolate.

This joy then continued through Easter Week. Unlike Christmas, which focuses primarily on the one event, the birth of Jesus, Easter Week focuses on the many events that occurred during the last days of Jesus. You really need to experience these celebrations and reflections to fully appreciate both the sacrifice and hope that Jesus’ death signifies.

On the 19th April, 7pm, in The Lads’ Club, Saltwood, we will have the first in our ten week series that is the Alpha Course. Anyone is welcome and together we share a meal and then watch a short video about the Christian faith. This is followed with the opportunity, in your group, to ask whatever questions you have. There is no question off the table. This is open to all views and opinions in order to make an informed decision about the truth about God. You remain in the same group throughout the course and life-long friendships are often made. Don’t worry if you can’t make every week. If you want to know more, please email me at rev.barry@icloud.com

The year ahead looks promising as we reflect on past experience and look how we can serve those around us with more love and compassion. The world is needy and so is our community. With Jesus’ help and guidance, we can do so much to help through the many skills and gifts we share. Jesus had such love for us as we are reminded each Easter. Surely, we can find just a little more love for one another?           Rev Barry

Diary: St Peter & St Paul

Our regular pattern of worship includes a service every Sunday at 10am. Usually this is Holy Communion (to which all are welcome, whether or not you choose to receive communion) with a Family Service on the fourth Sunday of each month. However, please note the changes for this month, listed below. Other services of Holy Communion are shown on the website calendar, along with all services and events for the month.

Sunday Club, for children aged 3 – 10 is held at 10am in the Lads’ Cub, each Sunday in term time, except when there is a Family Service at either church.

Some highlights for your diary include:
Thursday 6th
Maundy Thursday
19.00Fellowship Meal at the Lads’ Club followed by a service at the Church
Friday 7th
Good Friday
09.45Walk of Witness leaving from Hythe Waitrose car park
15.00An Hour at the Cross – Saltwood Church
Sunday 9th
Easter Day
05.30Sunrise service opposite the Hotel Imperial
09.00Holy Communion BCP at Pedlinge
10.00Holy Communion
Saturday 15th10.30Coffee Morning at Lympne Church
15.45Messy Church in the Lads’ Club
19.30Quiz Night in the Lads’ Club
Monday 17th19.30APCM in the Lads’ Club
Wednesday 19th10,00Saltwood Toddlers in the Lads’ Club – and each following Wednesday
14.00Cinema Club in the Lads’ Club
19.00ALPHA in the Lads’ Club – and each following Wednesday
Sunday 23rd14.00‘The Colours of Ukraine’ in the Lads’ Club
Sunday 30th11.00Benefice Holy Communion at Lympne Church

Items for the May magazine

If you have any items for next edition of the magazine, please forward to Beth Lewsey, by 24th April by email if possible,

to: parishmagazine@saltwoodchurch.org

or deliver to 20 Castle Avenue.  (Tel 01303 264577)

Useful Contacts

Rector – Rev Barry Knott: Telephone: 01303 883243 email: rev.barry@icloud.com

Church website: www.saltwoodchurch.org

Community Support Hub: 01303 269602

Parish Pastoral Support: 0300 030 1330

Children & Families Ministry (including weddings and baptisms) – Christine Clover:

Telephone: 0300 030 1662 email: christineclover@lympneandsaltwoodchurches.uk

Lads’ Club Bookings: Jan Heard 01303 266945 email: jan.entendu@gm

Parish Magazine: Beth Lewsey 01303 264577 email: parishmagazine@saltwoodchurch.org

From the Parish Records

We welcome into the Family of the Church:

Emma Watkins who was baptised on 26th March

Our love and sympathy go to the family and friends of:

Audrey Pounds whose funeral was on 7th March

Intercessions for April

Today we pray especially for:

1           Those who live in Bartholomew Close and Lea Close
2           Those who protect us – the emergency services
3           All who worship at St Peter & St Paul and at Pedlinge
4           Emergency workers in dangerous situations
5           The lonely, thinking particularly of those known to you
6           Those who live in Bartholomew Lane and St John’s Road
7           Those who visit our church and those who make use of it
8           Holy Trinity Folkestone, St George Folkestone, and St. Paul Sandgate
9           Our organists and choir
10        Canterbury Cathedral, Diocesan House and their staffs
11        Those who live in Hillcrest Road and Quarry Lane
12        Those who care for the church and churchyard and make them   beautiful
13        The national role of the Church of England
14        St John the Baptist Folkestone
15        Our neighbours
16        Those who live in Holly Close and Mulberry Court
17        Those unsure of their future, thinking particularly of those known to you
18        St Augustine’s Primary School – staff and pupils
19        Mission Aviation Fellowship
20        Families going through difficult times, thinking particularly those known to you
21        Those who live in North Road West, North Road and Barrack Hill
22        Those parts of the world where there is war or political strife and those who suffer as a result
23        Our own benefice with St Stephen Lympne
24        Her Majesty’s Government and members of Parliament
25        Compassion UK
26        Those who live in Pedlinge and Sandling
27        The terminally ill and their families, thinking particularly of those known to you
28        Our study groups
29        Other, non-Anglican, churches in the local area
30        Those who live in Sandling Road and Highfield Close

A Prayer for Easter

Lord Jesus,

Today I rejoice in your triumph over death, and I would continually rejoice over it. Your victory is indeed my victory too. Because of this, I know I can always win whatever battle life brings because You’ve already won the most significant battle I could ever face, which is eternal death. Thank You for being my hope and light, Jesus.

Stan Foord and family …

would like to thank everyone who sent cards and messages of condolence, and who came to the church to celebrate Jean’s life. It was a comfort at such a difficult time. We have sent nearly £400 to the NSPCC from donations left at the church – a tribute to Mum. Thank you to everyone for such generosity.

Stan, Mandy and Jenny Foord

Monday Chats

Monday Chatterers will not be meeting on 10 April as it is a Bank Holiday but we look forward to seeing everyone the following week, 17 April at 2 pm.

Lent Lunches

By the time the e-mag entries needed to be at the Editor’s desk, the Lent Lunches were going very well with good support from the church family and the village community. It is lovely to listen to all the happy chatter and to see lots of people coming to support our church missions. However, without the support of all our many helpers the event would not happen, so huge thank yous to all the teams who arise with the dawn chorus to put up the tables and chairs and lay them out ready for lunch, our kitchen cooks and washer uppers, our tea and coffee makers, cake and preserve makers, our wonderful soup makers, and welcomers. I think that must just about empty Saltwood of all the people! And aren’t we so blessed to have the beautiful Lads’ Club to be entertained in! 

Prayer Meetings

Sundays at 9 40 am in Saltwood Church

Fridays at 9 30 am in Saltwood Church

Please note the following changes for April:

The monthly Afternoon Prayer Group on 5 April is cancelled.

The monthly Evening Prayer Group will be held at 7 30pm on TUESDAY 18 April  (due to the Alpha programme starting for the next ten Wednesdays on 19 April) at 46 Brockhill Road.

The new number for this free phone-line of hymns reflections and prayers is:

0800 804 8044

Saltwood Cinema Club

Will be showing

‘Thirteen Lives’

on Wednesday 19th April
at 2pm in the Lads’ Club

A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves that are flooding. Thirteen Lives is a 2022 American film based on the Tham Lung cave rescue.  On June 23, 2018, twelve boys of the junior football team “Wild Boars” and their assistant coach leave practice to explore the Tham Lung cave. When the team fails to arrive at a birthday party organised by their parents, their families head to the caves, only to find them flooded and the boys missing, their bikes left at the entrance. The parents immediately alert emergency services.

Cost £5 per person to include tea and cake

All proceeds to the Lads’ Club Funds


How informed are your decisions about life? 

Alpha is an eleven week course that allows you to learn about Christianity and ask all the questions you ever wanted to ask with no pressure or commitment. 

Come and join us for a meal and good company beginning on Wednesday 19th April @7PM, in the Lads’ Club, Rectory Lane, Saltwood.

For a full list of dates and further information or to book your place contact Rev Barry (rev.barry@icloud.com)

Friends of Saltwood Churchyard

Spring 2023 Newsletter
It seems so long since we last wrote to you in the summer of 2021 and such a lot has happened since.   The Churchyard looks wonderful in Spring with the snowdrops, daffodils, primroses and cyclamen in full bloom and the leaves and the blossom opening on all the trees.   This reflects all the hard work put in by Des, Rita and all the team who have looked after the Churchyard throughout the winter and who are now getting ready for the summer and looking forward to the grass cutting!
Our churchyard gang turn up regularly each Wednesday morning to look after the churchyard, have a chat, socialise and enjoy coffee and cake.
Des and others have overhauled all our grass and hedge cutting equipment during the winter and Rita has been scavenging what plants she could from all sources! The flower beds look tremendous.
I am writing this Newsletter on our Chairman, Barrie Marshall’s behalf as poor Barrie has not been well for some time and has just come out of hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery. As you will see I am the Treasurer for The Friends and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the donations you make regularly to the Friends and which allows the Churchyard Gang to keep the Churchyard in such fantastic condition.
Thank you for your support.
Laurie Maxfield, Treasurer, The Friends of Saltwood Churchyard
To make a donation, please see Laurie at church, or contact him on 01303 266095

Another important date:

Sunday 25th June
The Great Saltwood Garden Party

watch this space – more details coming soon!

Welcome to Saltwood

Whenever somebody new moves into Saltwood, we hope that the neighbours give them a friendly welcome, but alongside that, did you know that we have a scheme that aims to deliver a warm greeting and a ‘Welcome pack’ to every newcomer?

Each pack gives contact details for the person delivering it, and contains useful village information including lists of regular events at the Village Hall and the Lads’ Club, an invitation from the church and the current edition of the parish magazine. This is a joint initiative between Saltwood Village Society and Saltwood Church, and is only possible because of the network of volunteers, each keeping an eye open for people moving into their road – so a HUGE THANK YOU to all our ‘Welcomers’. You are the living proof that Saltwood is a friendly place to live!

Most roads in the central part of the village are covered, but we are in need of volunteers for Tanners Hill Gardens and Hillcrest Road. If you live in either of those roads, and feel you could deliver a welcome pack to new residents – either for the whole road, or just for a particular stretch – do get on touch: we would love to hear from you.

Julia Clark   07903961630     julia7749.jc@gmail.com

Beth Lewsey  01303 264577    bethlewsey@hotmail.com

Colours of Ukraine

Sunday 23rd April
2pm at the Lads’ Club

This is going to be a rare opportunity to learn about the Ukrainian people and their culture. There will be the opportunity to donate towards much needed resources that will go directly to Ukraine, including the front line.

To give you some idea of the day, the afternoon will include a presentation by Lenka, on the history and culture of Ukraine. ‘Food Zone’, here there is the chance to try some tasty Ukrainian treats. Lenka has shared with me some of her recipes and I promise you are going to be very impressed. There will be a concert of Ukrainian music, national songs and jazz. There is going to be a candle making class and a cooking demonstration. There will also be a display of information informing us of the needs of the Ukrainian people here and at home, and how you may be able to help. There will also be crafts, a raffle, and a silent auction. The silent auction will be for a wide variety of things all provided by Ukrainian refugees. 

Rev Barry

Prayers for Peace and Friendship
by Gaynor Cobb

 Gayor Cobb, the author of this book, is a former teacher at Saltwood School, and attends the Anglican Church at New Romney. Royalties from the book will be donated to the charity ChildAid for Eastern Europe and their work in Ukraine with disabled children and young people. It has been published by Kevin Mayhew and is available from www.kevinmayhew.com

(and Amazon) The book is about friendship between people and nations, about treating all people with dignity and protecting our precious right to be treated as human beings.

There are prayers for Africa, Afghanistan and the Middle East as well as Ukraine and also thoughts about special places and people of peace.

‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.’   John 14:27

The best news the world has ever had came from a graveyard.
– Anon

St Stephen’s Church,

Wishing you all a Very Happy Easter

Services and Events in April:

2nd Holy Communion11.00
9th Family Communion for Easter Day
Led by Sunday Club and followed by an Easter Egg Hunt
15th Easter Coffee Morning10.30
16thMorning Worship
Followed by a Bring and Share Lunch and APCM
23rdHoly Communion11.00
30thBenefice Communion Service11.00


Meets at The Lads’ Club, Rectory Lane, Saltwood, CT21 4QA

10-11am during term time

We have a wonderful time with all sorts of art & crafts and cooking, games and lots of drama.  Fun groups for children aged 3-10 years. 

The Monday Club for young people aged 11 – 16 years is also held from 5.30 – 7.00 pm at its usual venue.

New faces to both groups are always very welcome.

For more information ring: Christine Clover on 0300 0301662,

text: 07379 877846 or email:  christineclover@lympneandsaltwoodchurches.uk.


The church will re-open during the day from Sunday 2 April to Saturday 28 October 2023.


We are launching a fundraising campaign to replace the tired old benches (not called pews as they are not fixed to the floor) with chairs, to enable better use of the space available in the church.  Sample chairs are available to view until about the middle of April, with a sheet to indicate any preference.   Please come and have a look.


At our March meeting Debbie Jones gave an interesting talk “Genealogist – Private Investigator” about her own childhood,family history and moving on through her life working towards her interest in genealogy and research.    Food for thought to get us considering (if we haven’t already done so) researching our own backgrounds and ancestry.  You just never know what you might find.

Lympne Fellowship normally meets at 1.15pm in the Harry Margary Hall on the 2nd Thursday of the month, with a programme of interesting and informative talks and activities.  For further information about our group, please contact Jill Page on 01303 263756.

St Stephen’s Church Coffee Morning

Saturday 15th April
10.30 – 12.30

Proceeds to maintenance of the church plus

a donation to this month’s nominated charity:


SHAL: Studying History and Archaeology in Lympne

The largest attendance for a SHAL meeting, in March, was enthralled by the feedback from Richard Taylor, our archaeologist, and his colleague, Dr. Simon Elliott, on the importance of our 2022 excavation. The four trenches investigated had revealed a) a stone wall and post-holes indicating a Roman workshop, b) a roadside settlement with a cremation burial of a military person with accompanying grave pots including Samian ware , and c) coins from Hadrian’s reign (117-122AD). Overall there was an amazing range of ceramics from all parts of the Roman Empire (70-120) and from 270, whilst the coins found spanned from 110-420. Our speakers’ view was that Supra Lemanis, as they described it, was a significant site, serving as a vicus (civilian settlement) with roadside buildings, a clear roadway North, and having considerable cross-Channel trade and communication routes. The Beacon Field overlooked the busy port and was probably a significant signal station across to Boulogne, whilst Stone Street came north through the civilian settlement heading to Canterbury. Richard’s and Simon’s view is that Supra Lemanis existed for over 300 years from 100AD with significant growth and importance nationally and internationally. Initial plans for a further investigation and excavation in 2023 are being considered with a view to relooking at the burial found and to discover more about the purpose and structure of Beacon Field. The next meeting on 18 April is our AGM followed by a talk from SHAL member, Mike Pearson, about the 1990s excavation and finds at the Roman site, Westhawk Farm, Ashford.

Progressive Supper is Returning to Lympne



Cost £15 per couple

For those who have never been involved in previous years, the idea is that couples/pairs book their place and are allocated one course (starter, main or dessert) to prepare and host for themselves and two other couples.  Each couple/pair are also allocated two other homes to enjoy one course each in (so that at each home you meet different people).  At the end of the meal everyone will meet in the school hall for coffee.  A highly enjoyable evening and a way to make new friends.

Book your place early by emailing Judith East on 1juditheast@gmail.com or tel: 07743 878853 

Castle Green WI

President Julie Andrews welcomed thirty-three members plus nine new members and one guest to the March meeting. Kay Hygate was thanked for the lovely Spring flowers on the President’s table. The Hostesses Frances Banks and Molly Morris were also thanked and members were urged to volunteer to act as hostess for future meetings.
We settled down straight away to watch a very informative demonstration about chocolate Easter egg making from our Speaker Jane Napper.

Jane, a WI member, told us that she had met 80 WI’s from all over the country while giving Zoom talks during the pandemic. Her demonstration was very clear with Jane sharing many tips on how to temper chocolate, make both small and large eggs, as well as giving many suggestions on fillings and how to decorate the larger eggs.

Members listened very intently and had many questions at the end of Jane’s demonstration. We were then very lucky to enjoy some -delicious samples of the small, salted-caramel eggs before our coffee break.

After the raffle had been drawn and prizes chosen, we had the business part of the meeting. We heard about the new NFWI Supporters and Supporter plus membership scheme.

Gill Roffey told us that all the knitted items that members had made and brought into the February meeting were already out in Ukraine. Knitted toys are also needed and Barbara Buckie has already made some that will soon be on their way.

Castle Green WI will be 50 years old in October and that month we will be holding a Birthday celebration involving the eating of cake that Kate has very kindly volunteered to make for us. Biddy’s Bluebell walk on 24 April was also announced with further details and bookings being taken at the April meeting.

We are still open for new members to join us – so do ask any of your friends, family or neighbours if they would like to attend the April meeting as a guest, with the idea of joining us as a new member for the 23 – 24 subscription year. To see what Castle Green WI has to offer you please look at our website at https://castlegreenwi.org.uk/

Finishing with a smile …

… A devout cowboy lost his Bible while he was mending fences out on the range.  Three weeks later a cow walked up to him, carrying the Bible in its mouth. The cowboy couldn’t believe his eyes. He took the book out of the cow’s mouth and exclaimed, “It’s a miracle!”

“Well, hardly that,” said the cow. “Your name was written inside the cover.”

… and wishing you a joyful

Please see the magazine diary or the church website for details of all our Easter services – share with us the journey leading to the joy of Easter morning!