This Association has been formed by a group of people to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the church of St John the Evangelist, Kingsdown, and its environs.  The church, which is Victorian, was built for the Curling family as a private chapel and donated to the village when they died.  It is sited on the top of the cliffs overlooking the Channel and consequently it is ravaged by the strong salt-laden winds.  Over time these have had a serious effect on the building fabric, which constantly has to be maintained.  This costs more money than the church congregation can raise through its charitable giving, hence the need for an additional fund-raising body to meet this requirement.  It may not be general knowledge, but the church does not receive any money from the Diocese, all churches have to be self-funded.

 Crafters with birds

The Association is run by a committee and holds a minimum of three fund-raising events each year.  It was started in 2013 and since then we have raised over £12,500, inclusive of Gift Aid refunds.  Our income is generated by annual subscriptions, donations and fund-raising events and to date we have donated to the PCC’s Building Fabric Fund the sum of £6,282.We are currently raising further funds towards the remainder of the windows and to improve disabled access to the church.

 Restored West Window

Anyone can be a subscribing member.  It is not necessary to be a regular worshipper but if you wish to have an interest in maintaining our lovely Victorian village church, you should become a member.  Our aim is to ensure that it continues to be used both by regular worshippers and for weddings, baptisms and funerals for the foreseeable future.  Thus maintaining a place of peace and tranquillity for all.


Please join our Association.  We currently have 48 members of the Association of which 16 are lifetime members and we would welcome further additions.  To download an application form

click here or you can make a donation at any time by sending your details to David L Dobby, Chairman St John’s HA, Spring Cottage, The Avenue, Kingsdown  CT14 8DX.