Welcome to our past events page. Here you can read some of the reports of events we have run all in aid of St. Mary's Church, Chartham.
Launch Event 2013
On Saturday 21st September 2013 we celebrated our launch of the Friends of St. Mary’s Church, Chartham.
We had amazing weather for the time of year and were supported by 100 people. We all enjoyed cream teas in the marquee, croquet on the lawn and music by boys from the Simon Langton School in Canterbury. The children loved the bouncy castle and searching for the treasure around the church and grounds. With the raffle and the church and tower tours there was certainly plenty for people to enjoy!! We think everyone who came on the day had a great time and we have made a short video of some of the photos from the day.
First Year Anniversary Party
On Sunday 21st September 2014 we celebrated our first year anniversary of the Friends of St. Mary’s Church, Chartham.
We decided to celebrate a successful fist year by inviting our Friends and the local community to join us for cream tea party on The Green. Once again we enjoyed cream teas in the marquee, croquet on the lawn and some incredible guitar by boys from the Simon Langton School in Canterbury. The children loved the bouncy castle again and in the church our 'special guest' was hung from the balcony for all to see. Before you get too worried, we have obtained two full length screen prints of our most famous brass, Sir Robert deSeptvan. These are actually for sale, please speak the Friends Secretary for more details.
Thank you to everyone who came, our sponsors, guests and volunteers, also Rev. Phil Brown, our President for drawing the raffle.
Inaugural Annual General Meeting
A week after celebrating our one year anniversary we welcomed our Friends to the the inaugural AGM hosted by St. Mary's Church. Rev. Phil Greig stepped down as chair and we welcomed Yvonne Hill as our new chair for 2014/15.
You can read a copy the chair's first year report here.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST...Mystole House
On Friday 20th March 2015 we held a very successful history evening in Chartham Village Hall attended by many guests from Chartham and the surrounding area, who wanted to know more about the history of this large country estate on the outskirts of the village. Our guest speakers Don Prosser and Andreas Lowson kept us entertained with a slide show and stories of how the estate has changed over the years. Sadly, Cushla Cooper who was going to tell us all about the war years when the house was taken over by the Army, was taken ill and could not take part as arranged; we wish her well. Our thanks to everybody who helped on the evening to make it another success.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST...St. Augustine's
On Friday 28th March 2014 the Friends presented the first of our History Talks, which was the history of St. Augustine’s Hospital. This proved to be an enormous success and far exceeded our expectations on numbers of people attending. In the end we packed 150 people into the Village Hall and were entertained with three excellent speakers, each giving a different perspective of the hospital history. There were also tables of memorabilia and a CD of the closing days of the hospital. During the interval we served coffee, cakes and chocolate mints to everybody, and the evening ended with several people relating their own experiences of the hospital. The success of the evening led to several requests to hold another one, but this time to make it from the human perspective and hear what life was really like, the good and the bad. This is something we are planning for 2015, so please let everybody know there will be another, and to watch out for the advert.
If the history of Chartham is something you are interested in then you will also have enjoyed our History Talk about the Paper Mill as well which was held in October. Please look on our Events page for details of future History Talks.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST...The Paper Mill
On the evening of Friday 10th October we hosted another glimpse into Chartham's past by looking at the history of the Chartham Paper Mill.
It was an incredibly interesting evening full of amazing stories and personal experiences including a very well researched and presented potted history of the mill.
Thank you to all our contributors, our helpers and all those who came.
Burns Night Supper
On the 24th January 2015 The Friends hosted their first event of the year with a Burns Night Supper in the Village Hall at Chartham. This was attended by 74 guests who enjoyed a traditional supper of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties followed by a Scottish trifle. We were well supported by many local Scottish folk traditionally dressed in kilts and sporons, and the evening started off with the Haggis piped in by a bagpiper, followed by readings of the traditional works of Robbie Burns. During the evening an Auction of Promises was held, as well as a raffle, and we raised an amazing sum of £1176.23 for the charity. A good time was had by all who attended.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST...Researching Country House History / Houses around the Green
On Friday 23rd October 2015 we had another glimpse into the past. The first part of the evening was Dr Richard Goodenough telling us about researching the country houses of the Stour Valley including a brief description of the Dovecote at Burnt House Farm. We then enjoyed some delicious refreshments before listening to Andreas Lowson talking about houses and other structures around The Green in Chartham including the Memorial outside the church gate.
Wine, Pie, and Quiz Evening.
The Friends held a very successful quiz evening on April 16th at Chartham Village Hall. Nine tables of eight pitted their wits against each other and the Young Ones (who were they kidding) came out the victorious winners. There were eight rounds on various topics and two activities during the supper break. The 2015 News, the first round, did not result in very high scores but most of the other rounds were well answered by some teams!
A supper of shepherd’s pie and peas, washed down with wine, was enjoyed by all and certainly made the second half lively. A raffle completed the evening and a very respectable sum of money - £392.11 - was made to go towards the maintenance of the church building.
Thank you to everyone who made it such an enjoyable and successful evening.
Swimathon, Friday 8th July 2016
This was a very rewarding event for the Friends and at the moment we estimate that we have raised an accomplished £1246.00 - this figure may increase slightly when all sponsor income has been received. There was a lot of hard effort by the swimmers who completed an amazing number of lengths between them.
Additionally we can claim the gift aid and this is likely to top the funds raised by the swimathon to over £1500.
The committee would like to thank all the swimmers who gave their time to support us, and to Kings School for the use of their pool.
We held our second Burns Night on 21st January in the village hall. After the success of the first Burns Night celebrations two years ago, the tickets sold quickly and over 70 people came, most dressed with a Scottish theme. The musician piped in the haggis with much clapping and good cheer. Maybe it was the whisky taking effect? This was followed by traditional poems before the Burns Night fare of haggis, tatties and swede was served with lashings of onion gravy.
After the meal, Emily sang two well- known Scottish songs and played the piano. The evening finished with some Scottish dancing and everyone (except those washing up) piled out at 10.30 having had a thoroughly good evening (so they said).
On another very positive note, around £800 was raised for the Friends of St Mary’s. A very big thanks to all who came and those who helped to make it a successful fund raising event.
Burns Night Supper, Saturday 21st January 2017
Quiz Questions - And Quiche
Friday 23rd June 2017.
On a warm Friday evening in June, the quizzers of Chartham and beyond came together for the 2nd quiz evening organised by the Friends. 6 tables sat down to quiz hard with questions set by Yvonne and be quizzed by Tim Clark. In the interval there was quiche, salad and jacket potatoes available to feed those brains. After 8 rounds of questions from UK Service Stations to “The Year 2016” and a hotly fought “Local Knowledge” round, the winners were the ‘Scrambled Eggheads’ with 90 points and those taken the wooden spoons were the ‘Scramblers’ on 47 points. What is not scrambled is the £245.74 addition to Friends funds with £75 coming from the raffle.
On Saturday 12th October 2018, we held our very first and very successful Oktoberfest where we raised . The hall was decked out in traditional colours and there was here was German food, German beer and the Bettersteiner Footstompers band to move things along. Everybody had a fantastic time and although most things were enjoyed especially the beers and the music; there was a lesser reception to one food item - does anyone know what to do with several jars of Sauerkraut :-) ????