St John’s Heritage Association, Kingsdown
The Association was formed in 2013 by a small group to raise funds for the restoration and conservation of the church of St John the Evangelist, Kingsdown, and its environs. It is run by a committee and holds a minimum of three fund-raising events each year. Since its inception the Association has raised a total of over £15,000 inclusive of Gift Aid refunds.
Our income is generated by annual subscriptions, donations and fund-raising events. In 2017 we joined in the Garage Safari in May and raised £420.00. We also supported Masheeda Downing’s Video evening of the 2016 Remembrance Service, where over 3,500 poppies were displayed; the proceeds of this event, £232.50, were donated to the Heritage Association. The biennial Quilt & Craft Show, also masterminded by Masheeda, which was held over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend, raised the magnificent sum of £2,391.00. On a warm summer’s day in June our Strawberry Tea raised a further £416.00 and in December we held a Christmas Market and Fayre in the Village Hall, raising a further £775.00. The Heritage Association also supported the Annual Kingsdown Art Exhibition that was held in the church on 7th & 8th October which raised £509.00. Over the last five years, the Art Exhibition has gained a good reputation and is avidly supported by local artists from over a twenty-mile range; the standard is very high. The overall total raised in 2017 was £4743.50
In 2018 we joined the Garage Safari (Sunday 13th May) and made £501, a splendid effort from the committee team and helpers. The Kingsdown Cream Tea on Saturday 14th July raised £430 and hosting the recent Kingsdown Art Exhibition (Sat 8th & Sun 9th September), a further £525. The Christmas Fayre (Sunday 25th November in the Village Hall) raised £799 boosting our annual income to £2255.
A spring concert will be held in the Church on 30th March 2019 with contributions from the Sandwich Music Group, Singing for Pleasure, and the Kingsdown Bellringers. A few St John’s Kingsdown bone china mugs are still available at the very reasonable price of £7.50, but the limited-edition jigsaw of the west window is now sold out.
We currently have 72 members, of which 22 are lifetime members, but we would like many more. We therefore urge you to join our Association by completing the membership form in this pack. Payment by Bankers Standing Order would be preferable. Naturally we welcome your support and attendance at all our forthcoming events.
Our current fundraising focus is the church bell tower which needs urgent repair.
Please contact Ian Stephen on 01304 380550 or if you are keen to know more.
The SJHA newsletter and membership details are also available on the website: