February Newsletter

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Saltwood e-magazine February 2022

A letter from our Rector

You would never build a house on poor foundations, well not if you are sensible and informed. Heavy materials need a firm foundation of solid material to support the weight. If you care about your body, you will follow a healthy diet and a strict fitness regime. If you care about your mental wellbeing, you will again keep physically fit and avoid things that cause too much stress. So, what about your spiritual wellbeing? We are by design spiritual beings with an ability to sense and communicate in instinctive ways.

Christians recognise that we communicate with God spiritually. Jesus when he ascended into heaven, as he promised, sent the Holy Spirit to be our strength and to give wisdom and guidance. Also, to equip people to serve God in ways they never thought they could. My own experience of understanding faith and being able to do what I do is as a result of recognising how the spirit of God works.

It is critical for spiritual wellbeing, as with physical and mental wellbeing, to learn how to be healthy. And like the building on a firm foundation, our faith needs to set on a firm foundation. As we look at ways to bring our communities together across Lympne and Saltwood, all our initiatives must be set on a strong foundation. And so, we have set up, in partnership with the Living Well, the Canterbury Diocese Centre for Healing and Wellbeing, a day’s workshop on Saturday 26th February 2022. This will be held in the Lads’ Club in Rectory Lane, Saltwood, between 10am and 4pm with lunch provided. Anyone who wishes to see how through creative prayer and fellowship we can improve the wellbeing of our churches, our communities, and ourselves are welcome to come along. 

All this is in preparation to maximise our efforts in bringing people together so to achieve a community that works together for the greater good of everyone. Life is what we make it, and we were made for each other and so life is better when we create opportunities to be together.

If you would like to attend the workshop please email me at rev.barry@icloud.com or Carol at carol.eastell@icloud.com or you can sign up in one of the churches.

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.

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 to note in your diary include:

Wednesday 2nd10.00Saltwood Toddlers in the Lads’ Club (also on 9th, & 23rd)
Wednesday 2nd19.30Prayer Meeting at 4 Sene Park
Sunday 13th10.00‘Hooba’ family Service
Tuesday 15th14.00Cinema Club in the Lads’ Club
Saturday 19th16.00Messy Church in the Lads’ Club
Saturday 26th 10.00 ‘Following in His Footsteps’ prayer workshop in the Lads’ Club

Useful Contacts

Rector – Rev Barry Knott:  Telephone: 01303 883243  email: rector@saltwoodchurch.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: parishadministration@saltwoodchurch.org

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

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

Intercessions for February

Today we pray especially for:-

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

A Prayer for February

Dear Lord, February can seem such a bleak, mid-winter month, often flavoured with illness and bad weather. But actually the days are lengthening. There are snowdrops and other signs of new life if we look expectantly. Spring is beckoning. Open our eyes, Lord to see the wonders of your creation, even in February. May we appreciate the rhythms of the seasons you designed for us, and rejoice in the hope you have given us in Jesus, who came to re-create, to make all things new, by his death and resurrection.
(by Daphne Kitching)

Prayer Workshop

Monday Chats

Remember that you are always welcome to call into the Lads’ Club for a friendly cuppa, cake and chat each Monday afternoon, 2-4pm

(Carol & Geoff Cooke 07795 100 441)

Lent Lunches

It has been decided because of Covid and the need for reasonable protection that we shall hold just two Lent lunches this year;  one on 12th March and the other on 9th April. Lists will go up shortly and it will be helpful though not imperative, to make a rough note of who is coming. We will as usual need your assistance with soup making, refreshments and various other help etc, so check out the lists or have a chat with
Sue Beggs or me, Carol Cooke

Monthly Prayer Evening

The next Wednesday Prayer evening will be held on Wednesday 2nd February at 7 30pm at 4 Sene Park. We are mostly praying for our church and the way forward at the moment, and also for people who are in need of prayer. We would be delighted if you could join us. We know where two or more are gathered  in His name, Jesus is there with us. But rather like No 10 He loves a party. Most of all He loves to hear our prayers.
Contact Carol 07795 100 441

World Day of Prayer

It is a privilege that this year the local 2022 WORLD DAY OF PRAYER is being held at SALTWOOD CHURCH on Friday 4th March at 2pm. The service has been prepared by women in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and will be used across the world, over a 24-hour period, so do come and be part of this wonderful, international act of worship!

Benefice of Saltwood and Lympne

Lent Lunches

Saturdays 12th March and 9th April

In the Lads’ Club

Adults £5; Children £2

Home-made soup
Fresh rolls
Cheese and Chutney
Tea and coffee

Everyone welcome!
Save the dates!

Saltwood Cinema Club

Yes, it’s back!
After two years of absence the Saltwood Cinema Club will be showing the first film of 2020 on Tuesday 15th February at 2pm in the newly refurbished Lads’ Club.

The film we will be showing is the 2019 film adaptation of the 1868 novel
by Louisa May Alcott


 It chronicles the lives of the March sisters, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth—in Concord, Massachusetts, during the 19th century. Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms. It stars an ensemble cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, James Norton and Meryl Streep.

                     We look forward to seeing you there,

                         (All proceeds to the Lads’ Club)

The Daily Hope line

…is still here: set up in the pandemic, the phone line is still going. The daily hope phone line offers music, prayers and reflections from the Church of England all at the end of a telephone line. This service – great for those not on-line – is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044

St Stephen’s Church,

Sunday 6th 11.00Parish Communion
Sunday 13th11.00Hooba family Service
Saturday 19th 10.30Coffee Morning
Sunday 20th 11.00 Morning Worship
Sunday 27th 11.00 Parish Communion

Steve’s Sunday Club, with fun groups of children aged 3 – 10 years, is held on Sunday mornings in the Harry Margary Hall during school term times from 10.45 – 12.00 noon (except on the 2nd Sunday of the month when we lead the Family Service).  The Monday Club for young people aged 11 – 16 years is also held from 5.30 – 7.00 pm.
New faces to both groups are always very welcome.
For more information please ring Christine Clover on 03000 301662

Lympne Fellowship Group – A fascinating talk by Andrew Ashton about the artist Beryl Cook, once described by Victoria Wood as “Rubens with jokes”, was thoroughly enjoyed by members at our meeting in January.    While giving the impression of being rather like those saucy postcards of a previous era, her skill and attention to detail caught everyone’s imagination.  We felt we could feel the softness of the fur on a coat, wanted those shoes and noticed little details in the background, while laughing at the characters, their poses and expressions.  If you haven’t heard of her, take a look on berylcookprints.co.uk.

Lympne Fellowship normally meets in the afternoon 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 19th February
10.30 am – 12.30 pm

  • Come and join us for coffee and cake
  • Take a break while out for that walk
  • (well-behaved dogs welcome)
  • Catch up with old and new friends
  • Find a book or two or maybe a jigsaw or game

This month’s nominated charity: Guide Dogs for the Blind

A huge THANK YOU to all those who have supported St Stephen’s Coffee Mornings so far, be it by making cakes, attending and donating, helping with the organisation and on the day. 

We have held 3 so far and raised:

September  £421 for Macmillan

December    £325.20 with £100 to Pilgrims Hospice

January         £285.80 with £100 to Home Farm Trust

Do come along for the next one if you can –
fundraising for our Grade 1 listed church and a monthly nominated charity.

Studying History and Archaeology in Lympne

We started the year again with our 3rd discussion on ‘Memories of Lympne’ which once more was lively and fascinating. The contributions ranged from individual residents’ finds such as a sharpening stone, a metal drinking container for chickens and an ancient bead.

The group’s most compelling memory was the fire which burnt down the Primary School, highlighting the children’s well-trained evacuation, the imaginative Fire Service’s efforts to access a suitable water source to extinguish the fire and the various temporary arrangements for the children until the new school was opened. Other residents mentioned the old Lympne Stores with the phone number ‘Lympne 1’ and a nearby property an author worked from. The ‘2000 Exhibition’ boards produced by Carole Edwards attracted much attention as a valuable reminder of Lympne’s past, as did a resident’s collection of Lympne School group photos.

For the 15th February meeting we shall have our own metal detectorists, Simon Read and Andy Fyfield, displaying and discussing their numerous finds discovered within our village.

Our Treasurer and joint founder of SHAL, Guy Topham, is unfortunately leaving the area in February and we are seeking a new Treasurer. The role involves keeping SHAL’s books, handling of Gift Aid donations and presentation of income and expenditure, preferably on Excel. Any person interested in taking on this role with the appropriate skills and experience should contact SHAL Chair, Rosemary Stutchbury on 01303 269557 or email rosemary@stutchbury.myzen.co.uk

Castle Green WI

President Julie Andrews welcomed twenty-four members to the January meeting which was held on Zoom. Apologies for absence were accepted and the record of the December meeting was read, approved, and signed.

Christmas Tree Festival. As a result of the sale of tea and cakes at the festival and the sales from the beautifully crafted decorations on our trees, Castle Green donated £110.00 to The Lads’ Club.

NFWI Annual Meeting. This meeting will be held in Liverpool on Saturday June 11th and Castle Green need a delegate to represent us and other local WIs. Please contact Julie if you wish to be our delegate or have any questions.

Knit and Natter. The next meeting of the Knit and Natter group will be on Thursday 20th January at 2pm on Zoom. The group will be knitting Twiddle Muffs which will be donated to local nursing homes.

Patchwork Group. The next meeting of the Patchwork Group will be on Monday February 21st at 10am on Zoom.

Walking Group. The next walk will be on Monday 14th February at 10.30am and will meet at the canal bank side of Waitrose car park for a seafront walk.

The President welcomed our speaker Alison Gardiner who was at her home in Southsea. Alison is a designer and illustrator and started her talk with details of her father who was a designer and painter who worked on the Festival of Britain and who knew many of the leading textile designers of the day. This inspired Alison to become a designer. During her foundation year at St. Albans Art College a tutor who was also an agent for a greetings card company suggested that she sent her designs to the company which were accepted. After graduating from the West Surrey College of Art and Textile Design Alison joined the company full time but after eight months, she went freelance so that she could do her own designs. We were shown examples of her work including cards, wrapping paper, magazine, and children’s books illustrations. Alison has designed mugs and Advent Calendars for the Royal Collection, the National Trust, Highgrove, cathedrals, and many other organisations. We were shown the mugs that she had designed for Hampshire and Kent WI Federations and Denman College. We also saw a short video of how Alison draws and paints the original artwork, and we had a sneak preview of her designs for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Alison’s talk was a fascinating insight to the world of design and illustration.

Jackie Vickerman gave the vote of thanks.

The next meeting will be on February 11th in The Lads’ Club unless otherwise advised. The speaker will be Vena East with a talk and demonstration of Tai Chi which members will be welcome to try.

Margaret Alcock

Items for the March newsletter

If you have any items for next month’s news-sheet, 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)  Thank you!

Leaving you with a smile …

… When I look at chocolate, I hear two voices in my head. The first one says, ‘You need to eat the chocolate.’ The second one says, ‘You heard. Eat the chocolate.’