March 2023 Newsletter

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A Letter from the Rector

We are now on the countdown to Easter, as we tick off the days of Lent. A season in the church calendar that leads to a significant celebration and feast, just like Advent prior to Christmas. The idea is to limit ourselves, so to encourage reflection on life and appreciation of the events that follow. Possibly, also to lose a few pounds in preparation to pile them back on again during the celebrations.

For most people Lent is a religious event that doesn’t impact them. How wrong can we be? Lent is for Christians a time of renewal, preparation and change through sacrifice, prayer, and study. However, the benefits of fasting, whether that be cutting out the things we eat or how we manage our time, can benefit every person regardless of faith or none. Disciplining ourselves to reflect once a year on our wellbeing, both physically and mentally, is a good thing. If done with serious thought the benefits are very rewarding. The sense of achievement is a huge boost to feeling good about ourselves.

I was drawn to a list of ideas suggested by Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Fasting is about abstinence, self-restraint, and discipline for the sake of good. Pope Francis suggests that we:

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints; contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness; fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words; be silent and listen.

Taking stock of our behaviour and habits is not necessarily a religious thing, it is just that Christianity teaches us what Jesus taught the world, and that is all about a better life and closer relationship with others.

If we achieved one of these challenges from the list, our lives would be improved. Perhaps you could try one or more. Perhaps look beyond Lent and work on these throughout the year?

Do have a challenging Lent,

Rev Barry

Diary: St Peter & 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. However, please note the changes for this month, listed below. 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.

St Peter and St Paul Saltwood
Some highlights for your diary include:
Wednesday 1st10.00
Saltwood Toddlers in the Lads’ Club – and each following Wednesday
Afternoon Prayer Group at 34 Harpswood Lane
Thursday 2nd19.00
Deanery Synod Meeting at St Martin’s Cheriton – open to all
Choir practice – and each following Thursday
Monday 6th 14.00Monday Chats in the Lads’ Club – and each following Monday
Saturday 11th12.00 –
Lent Lunches in the Lads’ Club
Wednesday 15th14.00
Cinema Club in the Lads’ Club
Evening Prayer Group at 46 Brockhill Road
Saturday 18th 12.00Lent Lunches in the Lads’ Club
Sunday 19th10.00N.B. Mothering Sunday Family Service
Saturday 25th12.00Lent Lunches in the Lads’ Club

Items for the April Magazine

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


or deliver to 20 Castle Avenue.  (Tel 01303 264577)

Useful Contacts

Rector – Rev Barry Knott: Telephone: 01303 883243 email:

Church website:

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:

Lads’ Club Bookings: Jan Heard 01303 266945 email: jan.entendu@gm

Parish Magazine: Beth Lewsey 01303 264577 email:

From the Parish Records

We welcome into the Family of the Church:

Poppy Weller and Robbie Mills who were baptised on 12th February

Phoebe Westcott-Trelawny who was baptised on 26th February

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

Margaret Simmons -‘Jenny ‘– whose funeral was on 30th January

Emily Foord – ‘Jean’ – whose funeral was on 27th February

Intercessions for March

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 Folkestone Rainbow Centre
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 King and the Royal Family
15           Those with physical and mental health needs and those who care for them, especially 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           Compassion UK
25           Saltwood Primary School – Paul Newton, his staff and pupils
26           Those who live on The Green, 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
31           Victims of natural disasters

A Prayer for Lent

Dear Father in Heaven

During Lent, we remember Jesus’ experience in the wilderness. The world today can seem like a wilderness. So many difficult, incomprehensible things going on. It is tempting to turn away in horror or denial, tempting to look out for ourselves, tempting to take the easy path, to pay attention to whatever the culture dangles before our eyes.

Lord, please help us. We need your word to guide us. We need your Holy Spirit to fill and strengthen us. Help us to give our attention and our worship only to you. 


(by Daphne Kitching)

Prayer Meetings

Sundays at 9. 40 am in Saltwood Church

Fridays at 9. 00 am in Saltwood Church

Wednesday 1st March at 2.30pm the afternoon prayer group meets at 34 Harpswood Lane

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

Monday Chats

If you have a free couple of hours on a Monday, we would love you to join our happy and warm group of pals in the Lads’ Club (from 2 pm to 4 pm). We meet to have a natter or sometimes play a game, nothing energetic – perhaps a game of bingo, uno or the favourite scrabble. And always a slice of delicious home-made cake and a cup of tea.

Lent Lunches 2023

Just a reminder that we have four Lent Lunches taking place and the dates are:  11, 18, 25 March and 1 April, from  12 to 1.30pm in the Lads’ Club

Prices are £5 per adult and £2 for children under twelve.

Thank you everyone who has volunteered to help. Most tasks have been taken with just one or two spaces to be filled. We are looking forward to our Scouts coming to help, and of course to all of you coming to swell the numbers and enjoy meeting up with old friends and new.

All proceeds will be going to benefit the charities that our church is supporting this year. (Further info: Carol on 07795 100 441)

Wonderful Result of the ‘Fight Against Blindness’ Coffee Morning!

Our dear generous Church and Village Family. How can we begin to thank you for your amazing support for the FAB Coffee Morning? The Biblical verse in Corinthians came to mind about the equal importance of the members of the body. And so it was on the 11 February you all gave so generously, some of your time, some to make coffee, some to wash the cups, some to make cakes, preserves and gifts, some to man the stalls and most especially, all of you who came to support us. On their own, each one would not have worked well. But together, oh my goodness ….we are so very grateful and didn’t we do well! We have raised well over £1000 and our minds are truly boggled! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Yours in the love of Jesus,

Carol and Geoff

Saltwood Cinema Club

will be showing

Joy Ride

on Wednesday 15th March

at 2pm in the Lads’ Club

Starring Olivia Coleman, this film is about a headstrong solicitor’s plan to offload her new born baby to her sister, which is derailed when a vulnerable but opinionated teenager steals their taxi.  Set in County Kerry, Ireland, this film is centred on 13-year-old Mully whose mother has just died of cancer. Mully confronts his father James who has just stolen the cancer hospice money from the collection jar at her celebration of life gathering at the pub. His dad insists she would have wanted him to have it, to use to pay for his own debts. The boy grabs the cash and drives off in a taxi, planning to give it back. Suddenly he realises there are passengers in the back seat.

Cost £5 per person to include tea and cake

All proceeds to the Lads’ Club Funds

World Day of Prayer

Friday 3rd March, 2pm at Hythe United Reformed Church


To share in the wonderful experience of worshipping using an order of service (this year prepared by the women of Taiwan) that will be shared across the whole world during a 24 hour period.

Lots of dates for your Diary!

Saturday 15th April – Church Fun  Quiz in the Lads’ Club to raise funds for the Organ repairs. Teams of six; a Ploughman’s Supper. More details later. Get your team together asap and book your table.

See Geoff Cooke 07434 878609 or any PCC member.

Monday 17th April – APCM: Our Church’s Annual Meeting in the Lads’ Club. Time to be confirmed, but please note the date.

Thursday 8th June – Deanery Confirmation Service to be held at Saltwood at 6.30 pm. All are welcome

Sunday 11th June – Details to follow, but do set aside this date for a sociable garden event!

And most important – ‘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 (

All are welcome to the Deanery Synod Meeting

Thursday, 2nd March 2023 at 7.00pm

To be held at St Martin’s Church Horn Street, Cheriton CT20 3JJ

Speaker: Revd Jon Marlow

Director of Ordinands and Vocations Officer

Jon was appointed to the role of Director of Ordinands and Vocations Officer for the Diocese of Canterbury, on the 1st October, 2020.

He joined the Mission and Ministry team which, with his appointment, is looking to further develop vocations through greater engagement with parishes, schools, and community partners across the Diocese. 

After completing theological training at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, Jon moved to Plymouth in 2006 to start his curacy at St. Matthew’s Church, Elburton. He became vicar of St. Pancras, Pennycross in 2010 and in 2018 moved to his current role as Mission Community Development Team Leader for the Diocese of Exeter. In this role Jon has worked closely with Deaneries and Mission Communities to develop strategic Mission Action Plans which help them to use the gifts and resources which God has given them as they fulfil His call to be “the people of God, in this place, at this time”.

Jon is studying part-time for a doctorate in Practical Theology at Durham University in which he’ll be researching how visitors to English cathedrals experience and understand works of contemporary art.

St Stephen’s Church, Lympne

Services and events in March:-

5thHoly Communion11.00
12thFamily Service led by Sunday Club11,00
18thCoffee Morning10.30
19thMorning Worship11.00
26th Holy Communion11,00


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:


February’s meeting was a highly interesting talk by our own members, Pam and Fiona (also members of SHAL) on the findings of the Community Archaeological Dig last August.  Three main trenches were opened on areas identified during magnetometry surveys as worth investigating.  One revealed a cremation burial with three pots (one containing cremated bones and the others would have held food and drink for the departed) plus the outline of a pair of hobnail boots – the hobnails having survived in-situ.  These were all recorded and left in place.  Another revealed a post hole, floor or heating tiles, fragments of lead, glass, pottery, brick, mortar, tiny pieces of charcoal and a small wall, indicating the possibility of an industrial unit;  the third, a large amount of pottery fragments, flue tile, bones, coins etc.  As expected, this all points to a Roman settlement – further investigations will continue.

Everyone is invited to attend the SHAL meeting on Tuesday 21 March (see separate entry), to find out more from our leading Archaeologist, Richard Taylor.

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.

St Stephen’s Church Coffee Morning


10.30am – 12.30pm

Proceeds to maintenance of the church plus a donation to this month’s nominated charity:


The hearer of God’s Word ought to be like those animals that chew the cud; he ought not only to feed upon it, but to ruminate upon it.  – Augustine

SHAL: Studying History and Archaeology in Lympne

The title of our February talk ‘The Archaeology of Death and Burial’ proved to be a fascinating presentation by archaeologist, Andy Linklater, on how the treatment of the dead and burial practices evolved over thousands of years, starting with ‘Swanscombe Man’, identified as a woman, and probably killed by roaming cave bears. About 4000 BC flint arrowheads accompanied the burials. The major change occurred about 2000BC with influence from the Continent. Construction of burial mounds in honour of important people stood out in the landscape, and a number can still be seen, whilst grave goods such as Beaker pottery and metal objects were more common. By 1000 BC reverence for the dead was widespread with an increase in cemeteries and people buried in a prone position as now. The Romans changed the practices – people were buried in wooden, and in lead coffins for high-ranking people, and twice more cremations occurred than burials with accompanied Samian ware pots and offerings to a Roman god. The Anglo-Saxons followed the pre-Roman practices with high quality grave goods such as brooches, and often weaponry. The following Christian period of religion and reverence resulted in burial practice in designated areas with no grave goods after the 12th century, but an increase in child burials. Andy’s highly informative talk provided an enjoyable evening.

The March 21st meeting sees Richard Taylor, our professional archaeologist,  presenting the comprehensive findings of last August’s excavation including the results from the post-excavation analyses of coins and other artefacts. An evening not to be missed!

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Castle Green WI

President Julie Andrews welcomed thirty-nine members to the Annual Meeting. Gill Roffey was thanked for the flowers and tea hostesses Lynda Daly and Dee Mackay-Pocock were also thanked.

Apologies were accepted. The record of the last meeting had been sent out by email and were approved and signed. Julie informed members of the programme for 2023-2024 which is also on the website. Daphne Gazely reminded us that subscriptions are due next month, £46.00 for members or £22.60 for dual members. The subs can be paid by cheque or bank transfer and the details of the new Lloyds bank account are available in the February newsletter. Details of the next meetings of the subgroups are available on the website

Next on the agenda was the Annual Meeting. This was previously held every October, but NFWI changed the format last year. All of the paperwork for the Annual Meeting had been sent out by email so we had had a chance to remind ourselves as to what happened in October 2021 – sixteen months ago. The committee had agreed to stand for another year. Daphne Gazely gave the financial report which was proposed and seconded and accepted by the members. Gill Roffey then read out the committee’s Annual Report which had been prepared by the secretary Mary Hunter. The fifty-four members of Castle Green WI had enjoyed varied and interesting talks plus they had been very busy producing many knitted items including bonnets for premature babies, knee blankets, twiddle muffs and items for Ukraine. The patchwork group had also been busy. In her President’s Address Julie thanked all the committee members for their work during the last sixteen months and also the members who help in various ways at meetings. The sub groups had been very successful and Julie thanked those who had set up and led the Knit and Natter, Patchwork, Walking and Book groups plus the newly formed Lunch Club. Julie proposed the adoption of the committee’s report which was seconded and approved. Kay Hygate gave a vote of thanks to the committee which was heartily endorsed by the members.

After coffee, cake and a chat members settled down for a quiz session led by Margaret Alcock; using the quiz sheets kept in our WI cupboard in case a speaker doesn’t turn up! The first round was “found in the larder or fridge” i.e., wise man =sage. With a reference to the EEC we have had this quiz sheet a long time. The next round was a picture round featuring dogs. This proved to be the most difficult round. Round three was matching 60s pop songs to the artist. The winning team was The Mugs (again!) who received a prize of a bag of sweets.

The next meeting will be on Friday March 10th at 10am in The Lads’ Club when Jane Napper will be giving a demonstration of chocolate decoration. New members are always welcome to come to our meetings.

Margaret Alcock

Finishing with a Smile

… especially for those of us who rely on our Rector’s technology to adjust both heat and sound at St Peter and St Paul!

The Vicar’s lost his iPad!

The Vicar’s lost his iPad –

Disaster’s come to church!

His sermon’s on that iPad

It’s left him in the lurch!

He’s been looking for that iPad

For most of half an hour,

He’s searched the chancel and the nave

So now he’s up the tower!

Oh! Where’s he put that iPad?

He had it when he came!

He’s searching high and searching low

It’s driving him insane!

The angels in the hammer beams

For several hundred years

Have witnessed proper order

But now they’re all in tears.

For chaos reigns below them

Upon this modern day

For everyone is searching now –

Both clergyman and lay!

The Vicar found his iPad

Tonight, we’ll all be sleeping!

He sent a message from his phone

And set his iPad beeping!

And as he holds his iPad

We feel his happy glow;

But could he not have done that trick

That half-an-hour ago?

The answer comes upon us:

That trick he could not do!

For, in the caverns of our church

He’d lost his smartphone, too!

By Nigel Beeton