June Newsletter

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Saltwood e-magazine June 2022

A Letter from our Rector

This June is a very special time in our history as we celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. We mark the 70th anniversary of our Queen being the only ever monarch of the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth, to reach a Platinum Jubilee. There are those of course who strongly object to the monarchy. This comes down to a difference in opinion as to the necessity of a Monarch. Both views cannot be right, and we avoid debate by agreeing to disagree as everyone is entitled to their opinion.

I believe that we must ask the question, not only of ourselves but collectively, ‘Is our country better off with or without a monarchy?’ Our position in a complex world is, I suggest, all about relationship. Though what we offer as a strong economy is pivotal, for many it is how we are perceived as a nation. I believe our monarchy significantly improves our position through the eyes of those outside of our nation. Others will disagree and the debate will go on.

The same argument exists over religion. For some it is the framework of their lives and for others it is not only unnecessary but detrimental to society. Again, we agree to disagree as everyone is entitled to their opinion. The question we should ask here is, ‘What does this mean for us as individuals?’ The consequence of failing to determine an informed view could be much more costly than the debate over monarchy. If there is no God, if Jesus was simply a man, we have nothing to lose but our time. If, however, it is all true, what are the consequences for failing to be obedient to the creator of life itself?

In the end it is not a case of one is right and the other wrong, in the end it is a case of life or death. Though many do not regularly attend church, most people believe in heaven, the place where we go after this earthly life. We should dedicate our focus on how we qualify. In Matthew 25, Jesus spoke about the sheep and the goats. In the end all shall be judged and separated into two groups, sheep and goats. The sheep are the faithful: living a life as demonstrated by Jesus, caring and loving. The goats are those who are not faithful to the teaching of Jesus and place all emphasis on themselves, selfish and greedy. The necessity of church is to teach and support each other in being the best sheep that we can be.

Rev Barry

Diary: St Peter and St Paul, Saltwood

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 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.

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.

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:
Wednesday 1st19.30Evening Prayer Group at 4 Sene Park
Sunday 5th10.00Holy Communion
followed by Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Lunch Party
Monday 6th14.00Monday Chats at the Lads’ Club (and each following Monday)
Wednesday 8th10.00Saltwood Toddlers in the Lads’ Club (and each following Wednesday this month)
Sunday 12th10.00‘Hooba’ Family Service
Wednesday 15th14.00Afternoon Prayer Group at 4 Sene Park
Saturday 25th10.30Lympne Coffee Morning at St Stephen’s
Tuesday 28th14.00Cinema Club in the Lads’ Club

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@gmail.com

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

Prayer Meetings

The next Evening Prayer Meeting will be at 4 Sene Park on Wednesday 1st June at 7 30. You will be very welcome to join us.

The Afternoon Prayer Meeting is also at 4 Sene Park on Wednesday 15th June at 2 pm and we will be delighted to see you there too. 

You are also welcome to join us for prayer each Friday morning, in the church. This is just for 30 minutes to pray for the Sunday Services as well as Messy Church, Steve’s Club, Saltwood School, our church and any other urgent matters that crop up.

Intercessions for June

Today we pray especially for:-

1          Those who live in Castle Road, Kiln Corner, The Close and Castle Crescent
2          Businesses in our parish
3          The Barnabas Trust
4          Those struggling with addiction, thinking particularly of those  known to you
5          St Mary & St Ethelburga Lyminge, St Mary Postling and All Saints Stanford
6          Those who live in Cylinder Road and Freshfield Lane
7          Christian communities facing persecution
8          Our ministry team
9          Village community groups
10        Our own discipleship as a community of faith 
11        Those who live in Fairlight Road and Harpswood Lane
12        Carol Cooke our Churchwarden, and the members of the PCC
13        Our local hospitals and Tricia Hill who leads the Canterbury hospital chaplaincy team
14        The Queen and the Royal Family
15        Those with physical and mental health needs and those who care for them, thinking particularly of those known to you
16        Our prayer groups
17        Those who live in New Road and The Coppice
18        Messy Church
19        Deanery Synod, its committees and officers
20        St Mary & St Eanswythe Folkestone, and St Peter Folkestone
21        Those who live in Tanners Hill, Tanners Hill Gardens and  Deedes Close
22        Barry, our Rector
23        The bereaved and those who care for them, thinking particularly of those known to you
24        Esuubi – Ugandan Orphans
25        Saltwood Primary School – Paul Newton, his staff and pupils
26        Those who live on The Green, in Old Saltwood Lane and Conway Close
27        St Luke Hawkinge and St Martin Acrise
28        Rose, Bishop of Dover and Darren, Archdeacon of Ashford
29        Mission Aviation Fellowship
30        Our Toddler groups

A Prayer for June

Gracious God, we give You thanks
for the reign of Your servant Elizabeth our Queen,
and for the example of loving and faithful service
which she has shown among us.
Help us to follow her example of dedication
and to commit our lives to You and to one another,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From the Parish Records

From The Parish Records

We welcome to the family of the Church:

Alexander Milton whose baptism was on May 1st

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

Shauna Campbell, whosefuneral was held on Tuesday May 17th

Gary Marsh, whose funeral was held on 24th May

Barbara Souden, whose funeral is on May 30th

We also remember our brother in Christ, Eddie Manly, whose Service of Thanksgiving was held at South Kent Community Church on 17th May


Penny and Thomas Marsh would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone who has sent cards, flowers and messages of sympathy following the death of Gary.  We have been overwhelmed by everyone’s support and it has been a real comfort to us both.


I think that God’s works are so beautiful that I am amazed that people can admire them but deny that they have a Maker.  – Commissioner Catherine Bramwell-Booth

Monday Chats

You are very welcome to call in to the Lads’ Club between2pm and 4pm on a Monday afternoon to enjoy a friendly chat, some tea and cake and the possibility of a game of scrabble etc.

Sadly, what with one thing and another, we have not managed to get our heads round Christian Aid Week this year.
But we are holding a Christian Aid Coffee Morning and Cake Stall in The Lads’ Club on Saturday 2 July from 10.30 am till midday.

We will have a donation bucket so that we can at least send a reasonable donation to Christian Aid, and we will be so grateful if you can bake cakes to sell or preserves etc. 
Most important is that you come and support Christian Aid.
Sue Beggs and Carol Cooke are organising.

Can you help?

We will shortly be updating the Rota for Intercessors and Readers. If you would like to be included in this, can you please let me know as soon as possible. Many thanks.
Carol Cooke     07795 100 441

A Message from Peter Henwood’s daughter, Sarah:

I thought you may like to know that my father, Rev Peter Henwood, will be 90 on June 10th, He used to attend the church regularly and in his ‘younger days’ even occasionally helped out!  We will be having a family celebration to mark the day. He now has dementia and is being cared for in a home, I wondered whether you could perhaps let your parishioners know in case any of them would like to send birthday cards, I am sure he will be delighted to be remembered by them even if he can’t remember his friends himself!

His address is:

Rev Peter Henwood
Pelham Care Home, 5-6 Pelham Gardens, Folkestone. CT20 2LF

Saltwood Cinema Club

will be showing


On Tuesday 28th June
at 2pm in the Lads’ Club

In 1961, 60-year-old Kempton Bunton stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. An uplifting true story about a good man who set out to change the world and managed to save his marriage.  This film has a host of stars including Jim Broadbent as Kempton Bunton, Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode and Anna Maxwell Martin.

Cost £5 per person to include tea and cake

All proceed to the Lads’ Club Funds

An Update on The Lads’ Club

Through the magazine, and on behalf of the management committee, may I thank all those kind volunteers who dug, moved rubble, levelled the ground, laid the turf, cut to fit, strimmed and watered. Doesn’t it look good? Our club looks even better than before!

I hope I don’t miss anyone out:  Roger Martin, Ken Lewsey, Kay Hygate, Alex Harrington, Penny Marsh, Sue and Andrew Beggs, and our good friend Andy Kenward who took the rubble home, provided grass seed and did much of the heavy work;

Moore’s Turf for helping with the delivery to the right spot and with good timing and John Felce for allowing us to store on his field with permission from John Spayne; and not least members of the church gardening gang for disposing of the plastic bags and pallets.

A great effort by all – our thanks once again.

Sue Beggs
Chair Lads’ Club Management Committee

The Surprise Lunch

Sadly we did not have the necessary uptake for the progressive lunch to take part at the end of May. Maybe some people were confused by my detailed explanation. Maybe you were put off by the word ‘surprise’, although the surprise meeting with other diners would have been a pleasant one! I do hope that nobody was scared by the need to entertain four others in your own home. We would have been there to enjoy your company, not to judge your cooking. Please remember Hebrews 13:2 ‘ Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.’
Meanwhile, there are plenty of opportunities for us to enjoy each other’s company over the weekend of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. What a remarkable achievement, that we can help celebrate – and what a wonderful opportunity to share God’s love with others.
Beth Lewsey

St Stephen’s Church, Lympne

June 2022

Thursday 2nd13.00

Wedding: Annie and Ross
Jubilee celebrations:
Town Crier and Jubilee Choir
Lighting the Beacon
Sunday 5th11.00Holy Communion
Sunday 12th11.00Hooba Family Service led by Steve’s Club
Saturday 18th14.00Wedding: Lucy and Michael
Sunday 19th 11.00Morning Worship
Friday 24th12.00Wedding: Emily and Ben
Saturday 25th10.30Coffee Morning
Sunday 26th11.00Holy Communion


Steve’s Club, or Sunday Club as it is becoming known, is now meeting at The Lads’ Club, Rectory Lane, Saltwood CT21 4QA10-11am 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@lympneand saltwoodchurches.uk.

LYMPNE FELLOWSHIP GROUP  – TheMay meeting took the form of the annual dinner … only this year we met for lunch. The Red Lion in Hythe provided delicious food and a lovely bright, relaxed venue. Lots of chatter completed the menu and a very good time was had by all! The next meeting will be at the Harry Margary Hall at 1.15 when we shall have a talk entitled ‘First Aid – a history of the paramedic service’.
For further information about the group, please contact Jill Page on 01303 263756.

Coffee Morning

SATURDAY 25th June 2022

10.30am – 12.30pm at Lympne Church

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


Join us for Coffee and Cake
Catch up with friends, old and new
Browse through our sales table of books and jigsaws


SHAL: Studying History and Architecture in Lympne

How many of us can say that we have held objects which were the possessions and tools of people who lived not only in the Medieval years (1200-1400) but as far back as those hunter gatherers in the Palaeolithic period at least 200000 years ago? SHAL members were treated to this experience by Jo Ahmet, Finds Liaison Officer for Kent, who has featured recently on TV in the ‘Great British History Hunters’. Jo highlighted that Kent has nearly 30000 records of archaeological finds, half of which are of Roman origin. Many of them are classed as ‘treasure’ because of their silver or gold content or are genuine coins, as well as Roman and Anglo-Saxon brooches.

We handled large flint Palaeolithic hand-axes, probably used as all-purpose tools with a cutting edge, to small pointed microliths used as arrows, which in successive archaeological periods were superseded by bronze axes, brooches, and horse and chariot equipment before the Romans arrived. The Roman period, in what was wealthy Kent, produced by far the most coins showing the various Emperors, as well as necklaces, earrings and gemstones, keys and Samian Ware bowls. Jo’s comprehensive account of Kent finds concluded with 7th century saucer brooches, 11th century horse equipment and 13th century seals for documents. His willingness to allow us to see all these finds and handle many of them provided us with a memorable experience.

Our June event is a guided tour of Cheriton Cemetery by Jan Holbourn on 21 June. For details and booking on the tour please contact Rosemary Stutchbury on 01303 266966 or email rosemary@stutchbury.myzen.co.uk

St Stephen’s Churchyard Wildlife Festival
16th July 2022

  • This year’s theme will be mainly, but not exclusively, Local Mammals. 
  • Wildlife Artists exhibit your talents in the church!!  Any age and ability. 
  • Book your table (£10) to sell items related to Wildlife and Nature.

Contact Fiona Jarvest on 07919 146158 or email fionajarvest1@gmail.com for further details.

Castle Green WI

President Julie Andrews welcomed twenty-nine members to the May meeting which was also our Birthday Breakfast meeting.

Kay Hygate was thanked for the flower arrangement on the President’s table and tea hostesses were also thanked. Lynda Daly who had “retired” from the committee after eight years as treasurer was presented with a bouquet and thanked for all her work. The members gave her a well-deserved round of applause. The minutes of the April meeting were read, approved, and signed. Members were told that the Denman College estate had been sold for £8.5 million and that the new owner had a family connection to Denman and would be returning it to a family home, Marcham Park.

Gill Chapman had delivered Twiddle Muffs to local care homes, and they were much appreciated. An email had been sent by staff at the William Harvey Hospital thanking members for making and donating baby bonnets for the neonatal unit.

Subgroups. The next meeting of the Knit and Natter group on Thursday June 16th at 2pm in Gill Chapman’s home. The Patchwork group will meet on Zoom on June 7th.

Godinton House and Gardens July 28th. Romany Cowans is organising this visit. Please let Romany know if you want to go and if you want a lift or are prepared to drive.

JUNE MEETING. The June meeting will be held on Friday June 10th at 1pm. The business part of the meeting will be short and followed by a talk given by Clive Nutman on Madagascar. Next on the agenda will be our JUBILEE TEA PARTY to celebrate our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. No need to bring crockery etc, perhaps “dressy” clothes and even maybe a hat! If you have not already put your name down, please email Julie. (This is a member only event.) The July meeting will be a member led craft taster morning. If you can lead a small group in any craft, please email Julie.

We then settled down to our birthday breakfast of Juice, croissants, butter, jam, and coffee. Elisa Croucher and Gill Chapman were thanked for organising this.

Romany Cowans then led us through the resolution which will be presented at the NFWI Annual Meeting which is “Women and Girls with ASD and ADHD: under-identified, under-diagnosed and under-supported.”  Castle Green members voted in favour of the resolution and gave discretion to our delegate should there be any changes at the meeting. Members then had the opportunity to look through photograph albums and scrap books from the Castle Green archives.

The next meeting is on Friday June 10th at 1pm.

Margaret Alcock

Items for the July / August magazine

If you have any items for next double-edition magazine, please forward to Beth Lewsey,
by 25th June, by email if possible,
to: parishmagazine@saltwoodchurch.org
or deliver to 20 Castle Avenue.  (Tel 01303 264577)  Thank you!

Leaving you with a smile …

 … A three-year-old put his shoes on by himself. His mother noticed the left was on the right foot. She said, “Sam, your shoes are on the wrong feet.”
He looked up at her and said, “Don’t tease me, Mum, I KNOW they’re my feet.”