October 2023 Newsletter

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A Letter from the Rector

October already: how time marches on! As I consider the challenges we have faced this year, the highs and lows, the joy, and I am sure at times, sadness, I am reminded just how quickly time passes. It becomes, particularly with age, increasingly important to make the most of everything we do. Life’s lessons teach us not to be worried. Matthew 6:34 teaches us, ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ What we are being told is this: ‘live for the moment’. Make the most of the day God has given us.

I read an article recently that was written by a medical professional but reflected exactly what the Bible has been telling us for two-thousand years. The article stated that those who tend to live in the past can suffer with depression. Those who tend to live in the future often suffer with anxiety. Those who live in the moment tend to be the happiest. Two things of real importance present themselves here. Firstly, the current scientific opinion of a senior medical professional supports the teaching inspired by God, our creator, who knows exactly how we function. He knows what is good for us and what is not. Secondly, that we should trust the word of God in our lives. Not just in some things, but in everything.

We are not simply told that God knows what is best for us, we are taught that we should look to God in all things. For God wants what is best for us and inspired those who wrote the Bible so that we can benefit each and every day. So be reassured and do not let the world put doubt in your mind. We were created for a purpose: to be a blessing to God through our worship of Him. The world around us does appear to be trying to distract us from that fact at any opportunity. So do not waste your energy fretting, be confident of who you are and what we have. Give thanks to God who promises to bless those who trust in Him.

We reflect on this very fact as we celebrate Harvest Time and look forward to the coming season of Advent.                

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 fourth Sunday of each month. Other services of Holy Communion, including ‘Book of Common Prayer’ services at Saltwood and Pedlinge, 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’ Club, on the fist and third Sundays in term time.

Some highlight for your diary:

Sunday 1st 10.00Harvest Festival
12.30Bring and Share Harvest Lunch in the Lads’ Club
Monday 2nd14.00Monday Chats in the Lads’ Club – and each following Monday
Wednesday 4th10.00 – 11.30Saltwood Toddlers in the Lads’ Club
Thursday 5th19.00Choir Practice and each following Thursday
Saturday 7th10.00 – 12.00Churches Together Coffee Morning at Hythe Salvation Army
Saturday 14th19.00Lympne Harvest Supper (see poster later in this post)
Wednesday 18th 14.00Saltwood Cinema Club in the Lads’ Club
Saturday 21st15.45MESSY CHURCH in the Lads’ Club
Tuesday 24thLast date for items for the November magazine
Sunday 29th11.00

Benefice service of Holy Communion at Lympne Church

Service for the Commemoration of the Departed, at Saltwood Church

Items for the November Magazine

If you have any items for the November edition of the magazine, please forward to Beth Lewsey, by: 24th October

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

From the Parish Records

We welcome into the family of the Church:

James Lawrence whose baptism was on 10th September

Congratulations to :

Valerie Turton and Jace Dempster, who were married on 25th August
Cheryl Morris and Louis Pullen, who were married on 26th August
Jessica Gurney and James Rhodes, who were married on 23rd September
Rhona Goodwin and Richard Holme, who were married on 24th September

Intercessions for October

Today we pray especially for:

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           The work of the Rainbow Centre
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        Mission Aviation Fellowship
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        Our study groups
29        Other, non-Anglican, churches in the local area
30        The work of Prostate Cancer UK
31        Those who live in Sandling Road and Highfield Close

A Prayer for the Month of October

Eternal God,

You crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season:

grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen(Collect for the 8th October)

Warden’s Corner

From John Campbell:

Coffee Crowds.

 Could I please remind everyone – once you have your tea or coffee after the service, please remember to move into the large space we have created so there is plenty of room for those still queuing to be able to collect their drinks and then also be able to turn away from the table without crashing into and having to negotiate groups of people. 

Church Facilities 

Please do come and tell me if you have any concerns about anything in the church – from pews to the sound system and from music to the lavatories. Anything at all. It’s what I’m there for, in part.

From Carol Eastell:

Don’t forget!

The Churches Together Coffee Morning meeting on the first Saturday morning of each month from 10 to midday. This month they are meeting on the 7th October at The Salvation Army. Do pop in to have a light-hearted chat with folk from all the other churches in Hythe. They would so love to see us. And there is usually a delicious selection of home-made cake.

Talking of home-made cake, that is always the order of the day at Monday Chats. We spend a really warm time of togetherness in the Lads Club every Monday from 2 to 4pm. Come and join us. You will be so welcome.

(Carol and Geoff  – 07795 100 441).

Prayer Meetings

Sundays at 9 40 am for a few minutes before the service in Saltwood Church in Saltwood Church

Fridays at 9am in Saltwood Church

Please note the following for September:

Wednesday 4 October, 2 30pm     Prayer Afternoon at the home of Penny Forsyth, 34 Harpswood Lane. You will be very welcome to join us there.

Wednesday 18 October at 10. 45 for 11 am: Prayer Support Group at the home of Audrey Wayte. Please be sure to let either Audrey or Carol know if you are not coming.

Wednesday 18 October at 7 30pm: We are trying a little experiment of Praising and Prayer at the home of Joan Hawkins, 46 Brockhill Road. We thought we would make better use of Richard, who as you know, absolutely loves to play the piano and many of us love to sing, yes, I know even our crinkly voices. The Lord is not bothered. He just loves us to Praise Him and that is what we are going to do, followed by some prayer. Come and join us!

Prayer Ministry at Saltwood

The Prayer Ministry Team look forward to welcoming you to come for prayer, in the chancel immediately after the Sunday morning services.  You can ask for prayer for anybody and anything…. maybe the health and well-being of someone else or yourself?   Or perhaps you have a national or world concern on your mind?  You don’t need to share any sensitive details and you will not be asked any intrusive questions.   St John assures us ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.’    (1 John 5:14)

Team members will be glad to pray with you where you are sitting in the pews, if you prefer.  Just ask one of the welcome team to let us know.

Stella Hawes

God works in us and with us, not against us or without us. – John Owen

God always provides a light through every one of His tunnels. – Anon

Saltwood Harvest Lunch

‘Bring and Share’ Harvest Lunch in the Lads’ Club at 12.30 on Sunday 1st October

Saltwood Cinema Club

Will be showing


on Wednesday 18th October

at 2pm at the Lads’ Club

Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this film made in 2020. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. Starring Miranda Hart, Bill Nighy and Rupert Graves.

Cost £5 per person to include tea and cake

All proceeds to the Lads’ Club Funds

Ride and Stride 2023

Thanks to the enthusiasm of John Campbell, two groups of ‘Saltwood Striders’ visited churches in Canterbury this year. Here Richard Holme describes his enjoyable experience of the day:

On the warmest day of the year to date, Saturday September 9th, I was lucky to be one of a group of four (also Ann Charlier, Derek and Joy Russill) setting off on the bus for Canterbury. Our ambition was to visit fourteen designated churches in the city and we set off with some gusto, mindful of the heat, and even missed lunch, such was our eagerness to get round. We just about achieved our objective in two hours twenty three minutes, raising, with another group from our church, £600 or so for a very good cause.

Besides this, we enjoyed a warm welcome at the churches that were open and some excellent architecture too, often very atmospheric. One of our first churches was St Martin’s, the oldest church in the English speaking world, established in Roman times. The colourful Roman tiles in the later medieval structure were quite striking as was the elaborate Norman font.

Later a particular highlight was St Martins and St Pauls where much needed not only ample tea but also biscuits and cake were provided by our friendly hosts. Even the Cathedral could not match this, although the vigour of the well-dressed Morris Dancers in the heat was impressive and the architecture magnificent as ever. It was good to visit places of worship of other denominations also.

A great time was had by all and after the walking, heat  and enjoyment of good company, a snooze was necessary when I got back to Saltwood.

Thanks to Derek and Joy Russill for encouraging me to participate.

A thought from the Editor…

…Taking an autumn walk through the local woods recently I saw a ‘cross’ that I hadn’t noticed before. Getting closer I expected to read something like ‘in memory of’ … a favourite pet perhaps. But no! It was the adjacent landowner proclaiming ‘private property’. How different from the true message of the Cross: that Jesus gave his own life freely that all might enter God’s Kingdom. The exact opposite of ‘private property’ – all welcome!

Book Fair and Art Exhibition

Our Primary School

St Stephen’s Lympne

Services and Events in October:

Lympne Church
1stParish Communion11.00
8th Hooba family Service led by Sunday Club11.00
14thHarvest Supper in Lympne Village Hall19.00
15thMorning Worship11.00
21stCoffee Morning10.30 – 12.30
22ndParish Communion11.00
29thBenefice Service of 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.  New faces are always very welcome.

For more information ring: Christine Clover on 0300 0301662,

text: 07379 877846 or email:  christineclover@lympneandsaltwoodchurches.uk.


Would you be able to spend a couple of hours or so, say once a month or less, to go on a rota to help keep our lovely church clean and welcoming?  You can work alone or with others, at a time to suit you.   In addition, a couple of times a year, we organise a bigger group to carry out a deeper clean before Easter and Christmas.

If you would like to help, or for further information, please email fionajarvest22@gmail.com.


We need more people to help us plan and organise events to raise money for the general maintenance of the church (always needed) plus the purchase of the chairs to replace the tired old benches, and towards supporting a variety of charities.  It’s fun and a way to socialise and get to know more people.  If you would like to get involved, please email fionajarvest22@gmail.com.


In September we were delighted to welcome back Andrew Ashton who helped us to think about “Every Picture Tells a Story”.  He gave us an insight into the study of paintings, why the artist painted that particular picture, looking for clues to see what was happening, eg one family pictured in what had been a clearly wealthy home, but with auction lot tickets on every item, the ‘husband’ holding  indicators of gambling, the body language of both he and his ‘wife’ and so on.  A very interesting talk.

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.

Coffee at St Stephen’s


10.30am – 12.30pm

  • Come and join us for coffee, cakes and savoury bakes in the tranquility of our beautiful church with stunning views over Romney Marsh.
  • Take a break while out for that walk (well-behaved dogs welcome)
  • Catch up with old friends and new,  browse through our books

                (donations of novels always appreciated)

Proceeds to maintenance of the church plus

a donation to this month’s nominated charity: Water Aid

Lympne Village Nativity – Sunday 17 December

Date for your Diary!
The Church and Castle are planning a big Nativity to involve the village community.
Donkeys! Camels! Procession!
Start 1pm. End about 3pm
Any actors wanting to take part please get in touch via: lympnechurch@gmail.com

(Image courtesy of Freepik)

Lympne Harvest Supper

SHAL: Studying History and Archaeology in Lympne

The theme of our September meeting  was ‘New Romney: theevolution of a medievalport town’ presented by James Holman, Senior Project Manager at Canterbury Archaeological Trust, based on his involvement in excavations there between 2005-7. No port has been found at Old Romney but a single shingle road led to a settlement supporting a fishery. New Romney had been a late Anglo-Saxon planned town for many years (700-800AD) but had a primary road on sand which regularly collapsed. A huge storm in 1287 resulted in development of a harbour (Romney Haven), allowing it to trade in pitch and timber from Holland and slate from Cornwall. A build up of silt soon ended the port and it became a fishing town trading at E Anglian fishing fairs for pottery from Norfolk and Yorkshire. By 1614 New Romney had a linear layout of properties, with the church at the head similar to that at Winchelsea, and a 1800s tithe map showed  plots 5m wide, based on tithe map boundaries. James’ fascinating talk concluded that New Romney became a small market town with the main activity of fishing processing, situated towards the church.

Our excavation in August under the direction of archaeologist Richard Taylor again produced some interesting discoveries whilst complementing the 2017 – 2019 geophysical surveys. A considerable amount of material – shell, bone, building material, pottery and a large number of coins  were unearthed. The coins spanned as early as the reign of Hadrian (117-138AD) to as late as the reign of Valentinian (364-378AD). These finds supported our view that there was Roman military activity on the site over a long period and has added to our knowledge of the extent of the layout of Roman Lympne.

The next meeting is on 17th October at 7.30pm when Chris Shaw of Shornecliff Trust will talk on ‘Shornecliff Barracks and Sea Defences’

Saltwood Village Society












Castle Green WI

On a very hot September morning President Julie Andrews welcomed thirty-nine members and four guests to The Lads’ Club. Marjorie Mitchell was thanked for the flower arrangement and coffee hostesses Frances Banks and Lyn Jenkinson were also thanked. Apologies from thirteen members unable to attend were accepted. The record of the July meeting was approved and signed.

Mary Hunter has stepped down as Secretary and was thanked by Julie for taking over at short notice and for her work as secretary.

Postling and Stamford WI are holding a quiz night on October 7th. Teams of 6 and the cost is £6.00 to include a Ploughman’s Supper> members who went last year said it was a very good evening.

Finance. Daphne gave us the balance of our account. She admitted that she had a problem agreeing the finances for the Fish and Chips on the beach event. Somebody hadn’t paid. Eventually she tracked down the non-payer, it was………….  herself!!!!!!   This revelation caused much laughter.

Sub Groups.  The Book Group and Knit and Natter Group met in September. Eleven members of the Lunch Group held a very successful meeting on September 12th at The Duke’s Head in Sellindge.

The Patchwork Group will meet in October in person. The Walking Group will also meet in October. Details at the October meeting.

There was also a display of about one hundred baby bonnets which members had knitted, and which will be sent to the William Harvey Maternity Unit.

 In August twenty-five members and two prospective members met on Hythe beach for fish and chips with Prosecco. Everyone had a good time and the weather behaved itself!

Photographs of our events can be found on the website https://castlegreenwi.org.uk

Christmas Lunch. Forty -two members have signed up for the Christmas Lunch at Sotirios on Wednesday 13th December. The maximum number is fifty.

After coffee and cake and catching up with friends after the summer break Julie introduced our speaker Helen Kendall-Tobias who had brought fifty scarves with her to demonstrate the many ways to tie them. Helen started by saying that she never gave the talk in July and August because of the heat! What followed was a lively and interesting demonstration of the different ways to tie and fold scarves of all shapes and sizes. Members were able to try their hands at emulating Helen with varying degrees of success. Luckily Helen had a small leaflet for every member so we can practice at home. Gill Roffey gave the vote of thanks.

On Friday 13th October Castle Green WI will be celebrating our 50th Birthday! There will be cake and Prosecco (and tea and coffee) as well as photographs and slides of past events.

Margaret Alcock

Finishing with a Smile …

…The Sunday School teacher was describing how when Lot’s wife looked back at Sodom, she turned into a pillar of salt.  Young James nodded with understanding.

“My mum looked back once while she was driving,” he observed, “and she turned into a telephone pole.”