Church Shop

We are in the season when gardeners are enjoying the fruits of their labours, many producing tasty fruit and vegetables. If you are one of them, do you have any spare that you can give to our church “shop”?.  We are inviting parishioners to leave produce in the church porch for others to buy by giving a donation to our Roof Appeal. There is no reason why it should be limited to fruit and veg. as other produce such a home made jam and pickles should be popular.

The church porch is usually locked during the week but if you are not attending a church service on a Sunday you can still call at the church and leave your contribution there; or give it to a  someone who is going to church.

The proceeds will go to the Roof Appeal.  So far we have raised £173,000 but still have £52,00o to raise by the end of the year to secure the grant that English Heritage has offered.


Clockwinders & more

Church clock worksFive new volunteers will be winding the church clock every week. Mark Riddick, Roger Harman, Peter Kitchener and Alan Smith have been doing this job for over 15 years and recently decided to call it a day. We are grateful to them for keeping the clock going.

The new clock winders are Lawrence Aspinall, Andy Agg,  Kevin Crockford, Geoff Cooke and John Williamson. They will be taking it in turns to climb the tower to the clock chamber and wind up both sets of weights. It is an old clock so it does not keep time very well so they will need to adjust it from time to time.

The clock was installed in 1864 by the maker, Mr G. lve of Cornhill, London. The cost of £100.15.3d was raised by public subscription. The Parish Council kindly pays the annual servicing charge, presumably on the basis that it provides a service for parishioners.

Recently Hilary Moore took on organising the rota for the church flower arrangers. She has also recruited more helpers to spread the load.

We are grateful to these an many others who give up their time to help keep the church going.

A Big Grant for the Roof Fund

Logo FKC bike ride red 100The Friends of Kent Churches had awarded a grant of £22,500 to our roof repair appeal. This is one of the largest grants they have made in recent years. It brings the amount raised so far (including this grant) to £172,000 but leaves just over £50,000 still to be raised to reach our target. We are currently trying to obtain more grants to try and bridge this gap.

For more information about the appeal go to: Roof Appeal.

The Friends’ main object is to make grants for the repair of churches of all denominations and they give about £150,000 a year. Most of their income is raised from the annual “Ride & Stride” sponsored cycle ride and walk which takes place every year on the second Saturday in September. They also arrange church visits for members. You can get more information from their web site:

We support the Ride & Stride by opening the church for riders & walkers and by raising money by sponsorship. We will be doing the same this year and combining it with another Church Open Day. More information about that will be posted here soon. If you would like to take part please contact Andrew Moffat.

Easter Rejoicing

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The climax of our ester services was the family communion service on the Sunday morning attended by adults and children of all ages. Here are some photographs. read on

Songs for Spring success

Over 70 people enjoyed a performance in Shorne Church by the Higham Choral Group on a return visit.

Under their conductor Richard Shackleton they started by performing four choruses from Brahms’ German Requiem. This work, completed in 1869, has been described as a protestant equivalent of the Catholic requiem mass.

During the interval the audience enjoyed a galss of cava and an enormous selection of canapees. This opportunity to mingle and talk turned the concert into an enjoyable social event as well.

The second half consisted of a selection of smaller and more ‘popular’ items separated by a piano solo  by choir member David Chapman who played Chopin’s Nocturne in G Major.  The individual skills of some of the choir’s members was also displayed by the performance of Adoramus composed by Frazer Westmorland and the contribution to an excerpt from Rizza’s Fountain of Life by Charlotte Westmorland on the flute and a solo by Frazer. The choir also sang a jolly arrangement of  The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by David Chapman.

Other items were Ubi Caritas and Tantum Ergo by Durufle, The Seal Lullaby by Whiteacre, Hallelujah by Cohen and finally two ‘pop’ items, Super Trouper and Barbara Ann.

There will be other opportunities to hear the Group:

20th July at St Mary’s Church, Higham

14th December at St John’s Church Higham

Our thanks go to the choir and also to June & Jack Wilkins and their team for organising this event which raised £210 for Shorne Church roof appeal.

Palm Sunday in the snow

It was very unseasonal weather for Palm Sunday, even one early in the year, when we met at Shorne Village Green to process to the church for our Palm Sunday service. It was no surprise that most of the congregation went straight to the church and waited for us there!

We had a said a few prayers before starting off along The Street to the chuch singing and following Mark with the cross that was having a rare outing.

Entering the church it seemed unusually warm, but that feeling soon wore off and most of us were glad we had kept our coats on. But it was not that cold and we soon forgot the temperature

Between traditional readings (Philippians 2:5-11 and Luke 19:28-40) by Ian and Jean Craig we sang Make way, make way, a jolly Graham Kendrick hymn that was new to some of us. Dennis Usher, our lay reader, gave the sermon which, after a video, was more a re-enactment of parts of the passion story. It included getting some children to follow clues to find items such as the palm leaves, the cross and the bread and wine. But there was an adult involved – Rita Sylvester had her feet washed in nice warm water.

The Singing Group, conducted by Rosemary Moore, then sang Faithful one, so unchanging before intercessions. These were followed by the peace and the hymn Meekness and Majesty before we entered into the prayers preparing us for Holy Communion. Then to finish the service we sang Jesus shall take the highest honour, again a new hymn for some.

Most of us stayed for coffe and a chat before braving the weather though thankful that we were not experiencing the snow that had fallen in other parts of the country.

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