Mothering Sunday – Church Open

 The church will be open as a place of quiet, for prayer, reflection, to light a candle etc. between 2 and 3 pm on Mothering Sunday 14th March 2021. Please maintain social distancing and wear a facemask.

Services are only being held on Zoom for the time being but we hope to make an announcement about resuming services in the church very soon.

Parish magazine for June

The June edition of the Parish Magazine has been published and is now available online by going to the parish magazine page of the church web site. The follow the instructions at the top of the page.

War of the Worlds

John Wells with wife & son by the grave of H.G. Wells

Last night the BBC began its new dramatisation of this classis sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells. There is a connection, admittedly distant, between the author and Shorne.

This came to light a few years ago when the church was visited by John Wells from japan who is a great grandson of the writer. He was researching his family history and attending a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of H.G. Wells’ birth at Woking which is where he and his wife Jane lived while he was writing War of the Worlds which starts with the landing there of the Martian space ship.

H.G. Wells’ grandfather Joseph Wells (who was born in Ireland) and his father Edward before him were head gardeners at the Redleaf Estate near Penshurst. This was a significant garden at the time. While there Joseph raised the first dwarf dahlias.

The owner of the estate died in 1847 and it was probably soon after that Joseph moved to Shorne as he was recorded as living here with his wife Mary and daughters in the 1851 census. The reason for moving to Shorne is not known, nor anything about his life there or in which house he lived.

Joseph died in Denton 1859 and the inscription on his gravestone reads:


The grave, which is covered by a stone slab and appears to be lined with brick, is opposite the north-east corner of the church by the grass path; it is not easily recognised as the inscription is on the back of the headstone, facing the church.

Joseph’s son by his first marriage, also Joseph and father of H.G. Wells, was gardener at Uppark a large estate now owned by the National Trust. It was there he met his wife. He was also a professional player in the Kent county cricket team and was the first cricketer to take four wickets in four balls in a first class cricket match.

Andrw Moffat

Armistice Day Service 2018

On Sunday the church was packed for the service to commemorate the end of World War I. It had been beautifully decorated – see our earlier post for pictures of the decorations. Shorne Scouts were present with their banners. The bells were rung before and after the service. The service was followed by a parade at the war memorial in the churchyard when the usual silence was observed and banners lowered between the last post and reveille. While people laid their wreaths and tributes at the memorial Dave Pullen played his bagpipes. After the parade many returned to the church for coffee and were invited to have a go at ringing a bell – and receive a certificate to show they had done so.

You can find out more about the memorials and those commemorated on the war memorial elsewhere on this site: click here.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below – in the email version of this post you will have to click the slideshow link to see it.




Church decorated for Armistice Day

Once again our helpers and flower arrangers have provided a wonderful display in the church. Particular thanks go to the many people who have knitted the poppies. You will see the church has a temporary silent congregation of silhouettes – each one bears the name of someone mentioned on the war memorial.

We hope you can join us at the service and parade on Sunday but don’t forget the service will be at 10 am, before the parade at the war memorial.

Harvest Service 2018

The harvest festival service was supported by about 30 children from Shorne Primary School and their parents. It was followed by a conker championship. The finalists were Holly and her Dad; after a long struggle, Holly’s Dad was the eventual winner – see the photos below.

The Shorne flower arrangers provided a wonderful display and there are photos of some of the arrangements below.

Harvest Supper 2018

Twenty gathered on Saturday evening for a meal of cottage pie, apple crumble/pie and coffee. Entertainment was in the form of three quizzes by our Vicar, Ted, when some of us came across dingbats for the first time. A group had worked hard doing the cooking, preparing the church and serving the food and we are grateful to them and mindful of those who are not privileged to eat so well.

Lent Course

The Holy Trinity was discussed at the first meeting of the Lent course on Wednesday. It is a central doctrine of our faith but not mentioned by name in the Bible. We looked at passages in the Bible that refer to it and discussed the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are grateful to Pat and Graham Lewis for hosting the meetings. Next week, on 28th February, we will be discussing Jesus.

Starting next week the meetings will start earlier at 7.00 pm and they will end on 21st March, a week earlier than planned.

It is not too late to join us as each week’s discussion is to a large extent independent of the others. Just come along to 4 Warren View, Shorne and you will receive a warm welcome – and you will not be obliged to join in the discussion any more than you want to; why not give it a try? If you would like more information please contact the Vicar.

Future Events and Post Christmas Lunch

Post Christmas Lunch

Almost 50 people were in the church on Saturday to enjoy a hot roast beef lunch with apple pie or crumble dessert. It was a very friendly occasion and Sylvie, Ted and their helpers are to be congratulated in putting on such a fine meal and keeping the food hot in the church.

Future Events

We have a large number of social and other events planned for this year including:

  • Quiz nights
  • Coffee mornings
  • Lent course
  • Pre-Easter meetings & services
  • Sixties night

Check them out on our calendar page where you can find out more details – and remember to put them in your diary.

As usual you will find the major events listed first as ‘highlighted events’ with links to more information. These and other events and services are listed below in the full calendar.

If you follow our Facebook page you will receive reminders and reports on most of them in Facebook



Music Hall

How better to commemorate the First World War than by a music hall. A packed village hall enjoyed listening to and joining in old songs on Saturday the 18th November. There was even even a five minute pantomime with the Vicar as the prince and the fairy godmother and Sylvia (his wife) as Cinderella and ugly sister. Even the Mayor of Gravesham (Harold Craske) joined in as compere and sang a song.

The event was Shorne’s contribution to the commemoration by the churches in the Gravesend Deanery. Each is taking it in turn during the four years to put on an event to raise money half of which will go to Coventry Cathedral’s Community of the Cross of Nails which works for peace and reconciliation around the world and the other half to projects chosen by the parishes. The event raised nearly £400 plus a further £200 from the raffle.

Photographs by June Whittaker