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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,
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 9th||12.00||Lent Lunches in the Lads’ Club|
|19.00||Eucharist with Stripping of the Altar|
|Walk of Witness from Waitrose car park|
Hour at the Foot of the Cross
|Holy Communion at Pedlinge|
|Sunday 24th||N.B.||Last date for entry to the May magazine|
|Tuesday 26th||14.00||Cinema Club in the Lads’ Club|
|Thursday 28th||19.30||APCM 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!
Rector – Rev Barry Knott: Telephone: 01303 883243 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Children & Families Ministry (including weddings and baptisms) – Christine Clover:
Telephone: 0300 030 1662 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Parish Records
Our love and sympathy go to the family and friends of:
Beryl Hill, whose funeral was held on 22nd March
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.
Intercessions for April
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.
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: email@example.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
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
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 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 3rd||11.00||Parish Communion|
|April 10th||11.00||Hooba family Service, led by Steve’s Club|
|Friday 15th||9.45||Good Friday Walk of Witness in Hythe|
|Saturday 16th||10.30||Coffee Morning with Easter Egg Hunt|
|Sunday 17th||11.00||Easter Sunday Morning Worship|
|Saturday 23rd||17.00||New Frontier Band|
|Sunday 24th||11.00||Parish 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.
Easter Egg Hunt
SATURDAY 16 APRIL 2022
10.30am – 12.30pm at Lympne Church
A donation will be made to this month’s nominated charity:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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
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.”