February 2023 Newsletter

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Saltwood e-magazine February 2023

A Letter from the Rector

Christmas and the New Year seem so far away now. For many, all thoughts of them are but a distant memory. Until of course, the media and the supermarkets begin to prepare us for the next round of festivities at the end of this year. I, however, have not stopped thinking about the Christmas season we experienced together. Yes, it does seem a long time ago, but only because my mind is filled with what is happening now and what is to come as we go through this year.

I remain in wonder at the experiences we shared over the Christmas season both in Saltwood & Lympne. It was a time of very genuine Christmas cheer as we came into contact with so many friends, neighbours and visitors; both in the church and the places we visited. So many special memories were created as I witnessed a real sense of community in our parishes. Events, such as Lessons & Carols with our Christmas Choir and Carols in the Courtyard at Lympne, realised a fresh and loving message of what Christmas really is all about. We encountered over four hundred children through one school initiative alone. Not to mention the building of relationships with their teachers and our neighbours who we met in the streets and through the many other events that took place.

We are now as busy as ever with parish life and the preparations for our Alpha course, as well as Lent and Easter. All this of course is a continuation of the story together; God’s story told through Jesus. Of the hope that we can all hold on to, equally, whoever we are. There has always been a need for it, and in a time where the world seems to be becoming increasingly darker, the sense of a growing need is very real. When I meet the children in our churches, I cannot help but think of the kind of future that awaits them. But the hope Jesus brought remains very real and unchanging. We simply need to trust that God has it covered.

And so, I am reminded that Christmas has not finished. That first Christmas was just the beginning, and each year is a reminder of the task with which we are charged. To spread the good news of Jesus and how it is possible to live life together in love and peace. Not forgetting the hope of the life that is to come.

Rev Barry

Diary: St Peter and 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. 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.

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Saltwood
Some highlights for your diary include:
Wednesday 1st 10.00
Saltwood Toddlers in the Lads’ Club (and each following Wednesday)
Afternoon Prayer Group at 34 Harpswood Lane
Thursday 2nd19.00Choir Practice (and each following Thursday)
Monday 6th 14.00Monday Chats at the Lads’ Club (and each following Monday)
Saturday 11th 10.00 – 12.00Coffee Morning at the Lads’ Club for ‘Fight against Blindness’
Sunday 12th 09.00Holy Communion BCP at Pedlinge (other services at Saltwood as usual)
Wednesday 15th 14.00
Cinema Club at the Lads’ Club
Evening Prayer Group at 46 Brockhill Rd
Saturday 18th 15.45MESSY CHURCH at the Lads’ Club
Wednesday 22nd10.00Ash Wednesday :- Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes
Saturday 25th 15.00Swing Band concert at Lympne church

Items for the March Magazine

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

Coming soon – ALPHA!

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)

From the Parish Records

Congratulations to:

Alice Meurice and Christopher Waters, who were married on 7th January

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

Louise Marshall, whose funeral was on 4th January at the Community Church, Folkestone

Gillian Lowe, whose funeral was on 17th January

Intercessions for February

Today we pray especially for…

1              Those who live in Turnpike Hill, Britten Close and Spanton Crescent
2              St Mary the Virgin Elham 
3              Those who maintain our community
4              Those who live in Rectory Lane and Victoria Place
5              Sunday Club
6              Hythe Community Sponsorship
7              Our local GPs
8              Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury
9              Those who live in Old London Road, Redbrooks Way, Summer Close and Sunny Bank
10           Those unable to attend church, thinking particularly of those known to   you
11           The homeless, thinking particularly of those known to you
12           Brockhill Park Performing Arts College – staff and pupils
13           St Martin’s Cheriton, All Soul’s Cheriton and St Nicholas Newington
14           Those who live in Grange Road and School Road
15           The work of the Church Army
16           Those who seek Christ
17           Residential and nursing homes – their staff and residents
18           Sidesmen and welcomers
19           Those who live in Castle Avenue, Lookers Lane and Quarry Road
20           Those who represent us – in parish, district and county councils and in Parliament
21           Those who help lead our worship
22           Those parts of the world suffering from natural disasters and all those seeking to relieve the suffering these cause
23           St Leonard’s Hythe, St Michael’s Anglican and Methodist Centre and Holy Cross Palmarsh 
24           Those who live in Brockhill Road and Seaton Avenue
25           The Folkestone Rainbow Centre
26           Those coping with debt and unemployment, thinking particularly of those known to you
27           Our area Dean
28           Those who live in Blue House Lane, Sandy Lane and the A20, Saltwood

A Prayer for February

Dear Lord,

Here we are in February – month of cold days, winter days, but days that promise hope and signs of Spring. Snowdrops and lengthening light; echoes of the hope and light that Jesus brought to Simeon and Anna all those years ago in the Temple.

Thank you, Lord, that you always bring light, you always bring hope and peace and joy when we put our trust in Jesus, our Saviour. Jesus, Lord of all our days and seasons.

In his name we thank you, as we look to his Light.


(By Daphne Kitching)

Prayer Meetings

Wednesday 1st Februaryat 2pm at 34 Harpswood Lane

Wednesday 15th February at 7 30 pm the evening prayer group meets at 46 Brockhill Road

Carol’s Coffee!

Geoff and I are holding a coffee morning on 11th February from 10-12 in the Lads’ Club. It is in aid of a charity called FAB (Fight Against Blindness). The two sons of my oldest schoolfriend were born perfectly normal, as we thought, but then we found they had a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. They are adult now and unable to see at all. This charity was started by their parents and 100% of what they raise goes to fund it. Several of the major hospitals in the South of England use its services which provide a free Specialist Sight Loss and Visual Impairment Clinical Psychology Service to children and young people.

Geoff and I would be so glad if you could come and join us on that day so we could add to this vital service, whose funds are so much in demand. If you could bake a cake or bring something to sell that would be gratefully appreciated too.

Carol Cooke (07795 100 441)








CONTACT CAROL ON 07795100441 for

further information or offers of help

Saltwood Cinema Club

will be showing:

‘The Swimmers’

on Wednesday 15th February

at 2pm in the Lads’ Club

Nominated for Bafta award, The swimmers is a true story about two sisters, Yusra and Sarah Mardini who fled their home in Syria in 2015 during the civil war. In Turkey they arranged to be smuggled into Greece on a dinghy. However, the refugees were in the middle of the Aegean Sea when the engine of dinghy cut out and the pair, plus two others who could swim, were responsible for saving the lives of those on board. Just a year after their harrowing experience Yusra competed in two swimming events at the Rio Olympics as part of the Refugee Olympic team.

Cost £5 per person to include tea and cake

All proceeds to the Lads’ Club Funds

Organ Refurbishment Project: Update

We are now three months into the Organ Refurbishment Project and The Rector and I felt it was a good time to report on the good progress we have made to date.

The contract was signed last month with F.H.Browne & Sons, following authority given by the PCC at their November meeting and the initial deposit of 20% was paid earlier this month. A revised quotation was obtained and, not surprisingly in these inflationary times, the price has increased to £51220 plus VAT (although this should be recoverable under the Listed Places of Worship Scheme) and the timescale has gone from six weeks to six months because of material supply problems. Disappointing but not unexpected.

On the Appeal side of things we have raised or been promised approximately £34500, including any Giftaid recoveries and we still have several grant applications in the pipeline.
The Ministry team and the PCC have a number of fundraising events planned or in the planning stage over the next few months and there is still the opportunity to donate or to sponsor a pipe  for the Appeal.
If you do not have an Appeal leaflet or would like further details please ring me on 01303 266095 or e-mail me on Lrmaxfield@outlook.com
Laurie Maxfield
Hon Treasurer

Lent Lunches

We are very pleased to be offering Lent Lunches again this year and the dates are:11th, 18th and 25th March and 1st April

Of course, in order to make this happen we need lots of willing helpers! The lists are up in the church porch for you to add your names if you feel you can help, such as soup makers and coffee and tea makers etc. etc.    We would also appreciate receiving some large jars for left over soup. Many thanks We are delighted that the Scouts can join us once again to look after us at the tables. The prices remain the same at £5 per adult and £2 for children under twelve. All proceeds will be going to benefit the charities that our church is supporting this year.

So, we just need the rest of you to make up a warm and happy atmosphere, to eat and enjoy being together. See you there!  
(Further info: Carol  07795 100 441).

14th Feb: The very first Valentine Card – a legend

The Roman Emperor Claudius II needed soldiers. He suspected that marriage made men want to stay at home with their wives, instead of fighting wars, so he outlawed marriage. A kind-hearted young priest named Valentine secretly he married as many couples as he could – until the emperor condemned him to death. While awaiting execution, Valentine showed love to everyone around him, including his jailer, who had a young blind daughter. Through Valentine’s prayers, she was healed. Just before his death in Rome on 14th February, he wrote her a farewell message signed ‘From your Valentine.’  So, the very first Valentine card was not between lovers, but between a priest and a young girl, healed through his prayers.


Love may be a fool’s paradise, but it is the only paradise we know on this troubled planet.  – Robert Blatchford.

God’s love is not drawn out by our lovableness, but wells up, like an artesian spring, from the depths of His nature. – Alexander MacLaren

A date in March for your Diary


“I have heard about your faith”

Service to be held at the



Friday 3rd March

at 2.00 p.m.

Prepared by the women of Taiwan and organised by the local committee of

the World Day of Prayer in Hythe and Saltwood

You are welcome to join us

 in the service and for fellowship

St Stephen’s Church, Lympne

Services and events in February:

5thHoly Communion11.00
12thFamily Service led by Steve’s Club11.00
19thMorning Worship11.00
25thFolkestone & Hythe U3A Swing Band Concert15.00
26thHoly Communion11.00

Please note there will be no Coffee Morning in February

Although we hope the church heating will be working again by the time you read this, it is with regret we have come to the decision to discontinue Warm Welcome on a Tuesday morning due to lack of general interest.  We recognise that the church’s location is not so attractive when the weather is very wet or icy. 


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.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Carols in the Courtyard in December raised an amazing £1,204.12! which has been shared equally between the Salvation Army and St Stephen’s.  Thank you so much to everyone who came and donated on what was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Our thanks especially to Kate, Aimee and all the staff of Lympne Castle for working so hard to host this annual event.


January saw us getting our brains into action with a ‘Bingo Quiz’ – where we were all given individually numbered bingo cards and a set of questions to work our way through.  Prizes to the first group to get a line, then the second until someone had completed a whole card.  Great fun, and played while enjoying a ploughman’s lunch.  Plenty of time for social chat – an afternoon enjoyed by all.  Our thanks to Jill for organising the quiz and to Pam and her helpers for providing the food.

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.

Castle Green WI

President Julie Andrews welcomed thirty-six members and eight visitors to the January meeting. Marjorie Mitchell was thanked for the flower arrangement on the President’s table and eleven apologies were accepted.

As agreed at the December meeting, the minutes had been sent out to members by email and these were agreed and signed. A copy of the minutes is available at the meeting for those without email.

Members were reminded that the EKF Annual Council Meeting is on March 22nd and the cost of the ticket to attend the meeting is £15.00.

The NFWI Annual Meeting will be in Cardiff on May 25th and this year it will be possible for members to watch via zoom at a cost of £5.00.

A letter of thanks had been received from Porchlight for the donation of £70.00 which members had raised at the December meeting.

Daphne Gazely, treasurer, told members that our bank account had been transferred to Lloyds and details would be given at the next meeting.

Subgroups: The Knit and Natter group. Please bring any knitted items for Ukraine to the February meeting. The Book group will meet on February 28th in Hythe library at 3pm. The Lunch Club will meet on February 15th at The Butt of Sherry in Hythe at 12.30pm. More details at the February meeting. The next meeting of the Walking group will be on February 13th and more information will be available at the February meeting.

There then followed a short discussion on the four resolutions for NFWI Annual Meeting. Voting slips were available for members to make their choice. These will be sent to East Kent Federation; the resolution with most votes nationally will be discussed and voted on at the Annual Meeting.

After coffee, cakes and a catch up with friends we welcomed Kristina Boulden from Romney Marsh Wools which was founded in 2008 and is based on a three and a half thousand-acre mixed farm which has been in the same family for six generations. During her illustrated talk Kristina passed around examples of the different stages of producing wool from a fleece and the various finished products including lanolin-based hand lotions and soap. There are one thousand Romney ewes on the farm and a small flock of Merino sheep. Two of the many interesting facts that Kristina told us; there is one ram to every hundred ewes, and that the shearers come from Australia or New Zealand. This was an interesting and lively talk and Dee Mackay-Pocock gave the vote of thanks.

The next meeting will be on February 10th and is the Annual Meeting which is open to members only.

Prospective new members and visitors will be most welcome to come to the meeting on March 10th when there will be a chocolate decoration demonstration.

Margaret Alcock

Finishing with a smile …

… At the end of the pre-Lent sermon, the vicar suggested, as an example to the rest of the community, that the congregation should worship in an unheated church for the whole of Lent.  As they made their way into the chill Sunday air the vicar addressed one member of the congregation, asking what she had decided to give up for Lent. “Church,” she replied firmly.