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 MEMORY OF JOSEPH WELLS LATE OF PENSHURST, KENT WHO DIED JUNE 23rd 1859 AGED
66 YEARS ALSO MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE JOSEPH WELLS WHO DIED OCT. 24th 1861 AGED
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a large number of social and other events planned for this year including:
Pre-Easter meetings & services
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
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.
Congratulations to our Vicar, Ted Hurst, and Sylvia who celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary on Sunday. The congregation at the main service celebrated with them after the service as you can see in the photos below. Click a photo to see it full size. Photos by Angela Purdy.
The PCC has decided to proceed with the proposal for a mobile phone aerial for in the church tower. It could not turn down this badly needed source of income without being in breach of its legal duties in the absence of sufficiently substantial reasons. Some parishioners generously tried to raise alternative income to compensate the PCC if it were to turn down the proposal but did not receive sufficient support from the village.
The next step is for the PCC to get a faculty (permission) from the Consistory Court of the diocese and if it obtains that it will enter into a contract with the operator. It will probably take several weeks for the faculty to be granted even if there are no objections.
This will not bring quite as much advantage to the village as had been hoped. There is only room in the tower for antennae for one operator which will be O2 and the services (such as Tesco Mobile) using its network. Also the upper part of the village (incl. Brewers Road and Pear Tree Lane) is unlikely to receive a signal as it is above the level of the church tower.