April Newsletter

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Saltwood e-magazine April 2022

A letter from our Rector

Easter is my favourite time of year both being reminded of the sacrifice Jesus made and a time of new beginnings. As we come into spring, we cannot ignore the wonder of the natural world. We are further reminded that this is the way in which all life circles progress. New things grow and the old things come to an end, the cycle continues, season by season. Life continues in seasons with times of darkness and times of hope. As we look on in utter astonishment at what is going on in our world currently. An evil we never imagined could happen in this way, we still see the wonder of new birth. As the bombs drop the spring flowers burst forth.

In a situation that we can only begin to imagine of death and destruction we also see so many acts of kindness and a resilience that is difficult to understand. This is hope at its upmost. Jesus died to give us hope of eternal life and it is through the values we see in others that we learnt from him that we see hope in our world. For God never intended for us to be observers in this world. Our very existence is for the purpose of caring for this world and living for each other. If we look to God for help and a solution, we should look at each other. He is watching to see how we respond and importantly to see how much we care.

There is an encouraging phrase that you will often hear in the church and that is, ‘you cannot fight hate with hate, you can only fight hate with love’. Behaviour breeds behaviour and if we continue to hate then this cycle continues from one generation to another. When a line is drawn, and we start again that line is one of love. So do please continue to pray for peace and for all those who are displaced, suffering and bereaved. Also pray for more love in the world, for love is the answer.

Have a peaceful Easter,

Rev Barry

Diary: St Peter and St Paul

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

Services are live-streamed –

A prayer meeting is held in the lady Chapel at 9.40 each Sunday, preceding the main service. 

Choir practice is held each Thursday at 7pm. New members are always welcome.

Highlights for your diary include:

Saturday 9th12.00Lent Lunches in the Lads’ Club
Thursday 14th
Maundy Thursday
19.00Eucharist with Stripping of the Altar
Friday 15th
Good Friday

Walk of Witness from Waitrose car park

Hour at the Foot of the Cross
Sunday 17th
Easter Sunday

Holy Communion at Pedlinge

Parish Communion
Sunday 24thN.B.Last date for entry to the May magazine
Tuesday 26th14.00Cinema Club in the Lads’ Club
Thursday 28th19.30APCM in the Lads’ Club


Our annual Church meeting will be held in the Lads’ Club on Thursday 28th April at 7.30pm. People tend to shy away from AGMs, but this is a wonderful opportunity to come and show your support for all that Saltwood Church is trying to do. Please make a note in your diary – all are welcome!

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

Parish Administrator – Barbara Fittall: Telephone: 0300 030 1332 email: parishadministrator@saltwoodchurch.org

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

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

From the Parish Records

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

 Beryl Hill, whose funeral was held on 22nd March

With Thanks

I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and cards over the past few difficult weeks. William loved his last eleven years in Saltwood, the sea, the countryside, the church, and the people.  Although I’ll miss him, I know that he is now in a better place still – with His Father.

Barbara Fittall

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          Tear Fund, Nigeria
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        The Pilgrims Hospice
20        Families going through difficult times, thinking particularly of 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        Other, non-Anglican, churches in the local area
29        Mercy Ships
30        Those who live in Sandling Road and Highfield Close

An Easter Prayer for April

Dear Almighty, All-powerful Father God,

You brought light and hope out of darkness and despair. You brought life out of death when you raised Jesus that first Easter Day. Thank you that the tomb is forever empty and that Jesus is forever alive!

No matter what is going on, no matter how little we understand, help us to hold on to the Easter truth – Jesus is risen! He is alive today and in Him we can put our trust, completely and confidently.

Because of Jesus, death is defeated. Because of Jesus, the best is yet to be. Love wins! Hallelujah! We praise you, Lord, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

(By Daphne Kitching)

Monthly Prayer Meeting

Our next evening prayer meeting is at 4 Sene Park on Wednesday 6 April at 7.30pm and you will be very welcome to join us.

Lent Lunches

It would be lovely to see a few more of you at the Lent Lunch on Saturday 9 April from 12 noon till 2 pm in The Lads’ Club. It is a super opportunity to gather with our community for some enjoyable conversation and at the same time raise a bit of money for some deserving charities.

We also would welcome some cakes to sell and if you could wrap them in cling film for health and safety, we would be grateful. Thank you.

Sue Beggs & Carol Cooke

Following in His Footsteps

There was a good turnout for our Prayer Workshop and we spent a great day with the Living Well team together with an excellent lunch provided by Sue Beggs and her team. From this gathering we would like to raise up a group of people who are interested in the Healing Ministry. And with this in mind we have been invited to attend a day at St Mary’s Church, Willesborough on Saturday 11 June from 9 45am to 4pm. The day is entitled ‘Growing a Healing Ministry’. This will be a day to refresh our spiritual eyes and ears, to remind ourselves of good practice and to be inspired. Would you like to join us? I think it will be a good opportunity to kick start our own team of pray-ers. We need to book our places so can you see or phone Carol (07795 100 441) as soon as possible.

A Special Invitation
to Saltwood’s Surprise Lunch Party!

You are very warmly invited to a progressive Lunch Party on Saturday 21st May.  This is a wonderful chance to meet up with other villagers and have an enjoyable time. The “surprise” is finding out who you meet, where you will eat each course, and who will arrive at your own home!

If you have not taken part before, this is how it works: every pair of people will be asked to provide one course (either a “starter” or a “main course” or a “dessert”) in their own home, for themselves and two other couples (i.e. for a total of six people.)  You will then be entertained for the other two courses at two other homes, mixing with two different pairs of people each time. To round off the meal we shall all meet up for a raffle and a chat over coffee. You will receive your ‘secret instructions, including telling you which course is yours, two weeks beforehand.

You don’t have to be a great cook. (Supermarkets provide wonderful ready-meals!) ‘Keep it simple’ is the best motto – a one-dish oven-bake, or a salad is much easier for this sort of occasion: it’s not a competition, just the chance to enjoy each other’s company. Everyone is most welcome: THIS IS AN EVENT FOR THE WHOLE VILLAGE, not just church folk, so do spread the word. If you don’t have a ‘partner’ then ask a friend or neighbour to accompany you, so they can enjoy the lunch party too

Cost: £10 per pair of people.

RSVP as soon as possible, but by Sunday 1st May at the very latest to:

Beth Lewsey: bethlewsey@hotmail.com  

or  01303 264577 Or use the entry forms available at the back of the church


In the Lads’ Club

Saturday 9th April

12 noon – 2pm

(last orders: 1.30)

Adults £5.00; Children £2.00

Home-made soup; fresh rolls; cheese; chutney
Tea and Coffee

Cake and Preserves Stall

Everyone Welcome!

Sunday Club

The Sunday Club is coming to the Lads’ Club!

Starting on Sunday 24th April from 10-11am during term time.

We have fun groups for children aged 3-4, 5-7, & 8-10 years old.

We have a wonderful time with all sorts of art & crafts and cooking, games and lots of drama for the 8-10 year olds. 

No charge, but donations accepted

Cinema Club

Will be showing

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

on Tuesday 26th April 2022

at 2pm in the Lads’ Club

This film is a 2019 American biographical drama starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper. It depicts Lloyd Vogel played by Matthew Rhys, a troubled journalist who is assigned to profile television icon Fred Rogers played by Tom Hanks. A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Cost £5 per person to include tea and cake

All proceed to the Lads’ Club Funds

Monday Chats

Monday Chats are delightful with lots of happy chatter as well as some folk enjoying a game of Scrabble or Rumicub or even a game of Bingo, whilst enjoying several cups of tea and some delicious homemade cake. We are planning a trip to Dobbies on the 30 May for Afternoon Tea. You will be most welcome to join us. Sarah (Knott) is organizing this and she will be pleased to make a note of your name.  Do note in your diary that we will not meet on Easter Monday 18 April.

(Carol & Geoff Cooke 07795 100 441)

St Stephen’s Church, Lympne


April 3rd11.00Parish Communion
April 10th11.00Hooba family Service, led by Steve’s Club
Friday 15th9.45Good Friday Walk of Witness in Hythe
Saturday 16th10.30Coffee Morning with Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday 17th11.00Easter Sunday Morning Worship
Saturday 23rd17.00New Frontier Band
Sunday 24th11.00Parish Communion followed by Bring & Share lunch and APCM

A big THANK YOU to all those who, once again, supported our Coffee Morning in March by making cakes & bakes, helping on the day and for the very generous donations.   Originally our nominated charity was to have been Alzheimer’s Society but we moved this to April (see poster) to support the urgent needs of Ukraine.

We raised £437.35 which has been shared between much needed church funds and with a large donation of £250 being sent to DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.  So well done and thank you to everyone who took part.

Steve’s Sunday Club, with fun groups of children aged 3 – 10 years, is now held on Sunday mornings in the Lads’ Club Saltwood during school term times from 10.00 – 11.00 am. The Monday Club for young people aged 11 – 16 years continues to be held from 5.30 – 7.00 pm in West Hythe.

New faces to both groups are always very welcome.

For more information please ring Christine Clover on 03000 301662

Lympne Fellowship Group – We were very grateful to Andrew Ashton, who stepped in at the last minute with another very interesting and enlightening talk about the Festival of Britain, a national exhibition and fair to celebrate Great Britain in the summer of 1951

Our next meeting, on 7 April, will be a Quiz and Ploughman’s.

Lympne Fellowship normally meets afternoon 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.

Coffee Morning
Easter Egg Hunt


10.30am – 12.30pm at Lympne Church

A donation will be made to this month’s nominated charity:

Alzheimers’ Society


Saturday 23rd April 2022

5.00pm – 7.30pm

St Stephen’s Church, Lympne

New Frontier are a Kent based Americana Band playing material by such artists as: Neil Young, The Jayhawks,
The Byrds, Bruce Springsteen, Decemberists.

Tickets: £10 adult, £5 child,

Family (2 adults, 2 children) £25

including hot dog and drink during interval

Tickets available from Village Shop, the church or

email Fiona Jarvest: fionajarvest1@gmail.com

SHAL: Studying History and Archaeology in Lympne

SHAL’s March meeting featured Folkestone historian, Vince Williams, a talk titled ‘Fictional Folkestone’, in which he provided a colourful background to some of the 18 writers who resided in or were associated with Folkestone, beginning with Master Odo, Rector of St. Martins, who in 1118 wrote ‘The Fables of Odo’, similar to Aesop’s Fables.

The two most famous writers living in Folkestone for a time were Charles Dickens and HG Wells. Dickens lived on the Leas July to October 1855 from where he wrote part of his book ‘Little Dorrit’. He was not complimentary about Folkestone and stayed at Dover for a short time in 1861 editing his journal. HG Wells lived in 3 properties in Sandgate where he wrote the ‘Kipps‘ book and ‘The Sea Lady’. Other writers who stayed in the town or made a visit included JRR Tolkien of ‘Lord of the Rings’ fame, Samuel Becket, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes books, and Beatrix Potter who holidayed there in 1903.

Our next meeting on 19 April will include our AGM followed by a presentation by archaeologist Andrew Mayfield, who will describe the recent search for the Port in Romney and some other excavations in which Andrew has taken a leading role. The AGM marks Guy Topham’s last meeting as Treasurer after nine years in that role since SHAL was formed, and for which we are still seeking a successor after his relocation from Lympne.

This meeting provides the opportunity to join SHAL or to renew membership  for another year. Any queries about SHAL should be forwarded to Rosemary Stutchbury on 01303 266966 or at rosemary@stutchbury.myzen.co.uk

Castle Green WI

Our President Julie Andrews welcomed twenty-nine members and three guests to the March meeting. Marjorie Mitchell was thanked for the flower arrangement as were coffee hostesses Kay Hygate and Margaret Wilson. The record of the February meeting was read, approved, and signed. East Kent Federation had informed all Wis of changes to the dates of Annual Meetings. In future our annual meeting will be held in February not October.

was read, approved, and signed. East Kent Federation had informed all Wis of changes to the dates of Annual Meetings. In future our annual meeting will be held in February not October.

The Treasurer Daphne Gazeley presented the budget for the forthcoming year and explained it in detail. There were no questions, and the budget was approved by a show of hands. The good news is that refreshments for the coming year will be free to members.

Knit and Natter. Gill Chapman told the meeting that the Knit and Natter group’s next project will be making Platinum Jubilee Corgis – see page 43 of WI Life magazine. More information of this group and the Walking and Patchwork groups can be found on the website. castlegreenwi.org.uk

Advance notices. To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Castle Green will be having an afternoon tea on Friday June 10th. The meeting will start at 1pm. More details to follow. Romany Cowans gave details of an outing to Godinton House and Gardens on July 28th. Tickets cost £20.00 which covers a tour of the house, free time in the gardens and afternoon tea.

All business having been dealt with Julie introduced Josie Chisholm who led a felt picture making workshop. Josie started by explaining the art of feltwork and showed us the merino wool, unspun, we would be using. The first stage was laying tufts of the wool vertically on the paper template which was on bubble wrap (no popping allowed!) next, using a different colour, tufts were placed horizontally and thirdly using as many colours as necessary, designing our chosen picture. Having patted everything down we sprayed a solution of water and washing -up liquid onto the picture, covered it up with bubble wrap, sprayed water onto it and started rolling and pummelling with the palms of our hands to produce felt. This process took 30 minutes. The moment of truth came when Josie told us to wring out the work to see if it held together and was felted. The final process was washing the work in hot then cold water and wringing it out again. The finished pictures were laid on a table and made a wonderful display. There are photos on our website. Everyone enjoyed the workshop and heartily endorsed Barbara Buckie’s vote of thanks.

The next meeting is on Friday April 8th at 10 am in the Lads’ Club. The speaker will be Patricia Marshall with a talk entitled Life with my Guide Dog. Patricia will of course be accompanied by her guide dog.

Margaret Alcock

Items for the May Newsletter

If you have any items for next month’s 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)  Thank you!

Leaving you with a smile …

… One evening a bird-loving vicar strolled over to his huge country churchyard, and just for fun, hooted softly, like an owl. To his delight, an owl hooted softly back. The next night the same thing happened, and again, the night after that. Soon it became a regular habit, and every night for the following year, no matter what the weather, the vicar would go to the churchyard and hoot back and forth with his feathered friend. The hoots became longer and more complicated, and the vicar kept a careful log of the ‘conversation’.

Just as he thought he was on the verge of a real breakthrough in interspecies communication, his wife had a chat with the neighbour who lived in a big house and garden next door to the church. “My husband comes here each night,” she said, to “hoot to the owl in the churchyard.” “That’s odd,” the neighbour replied, “so does my husband.”