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St John’s Heritage Association, Kingsdown

Members’ Newsletter September 2019


Dear Members (and potential new members)


As you may know the SJHA was formed in 2013 to raise funds for the restoration and conservation of the church of St John the Evangelist, Kingsdown, and its environs. Our income is generated by annual subscriptions, donations and fund-raising events.

In 2018 the Garage Safari made £501, the Kingsdown Cream Tea raised £430, the Art Exhibition a further £525 ending with the Christmas Fayre which added £799 boosting our annual income to £2255. Just over £7k raised over the last two years was an impressive performance and justified the considerable efforts made by a hardworking committee and the continuing generosity of Association members and friends. The St John’s Kingsdown bone china mug is sold out, as is the stock of limited- edition jigsaws of the west window.

The committee in 2018 comprised John & Simmie England, Liz Deschamps, Lesley Dobby, Masheeda Downing, Gordon Love and Ian Stephen. Masheeda stepped down at the AGM (27th March 2019) and was replaced by Georgina Maude, but there are spaces on the committee for anyone interested. Only four committee meetings a year and offering help at the fundraising events does not seem too onerous.

Membership: Currently we have 86 members, of which 27 are lifetime members, but would like many more; please encourage your friends to support us. Individual membership is only £10 per year, a couple £18 and a family £21. Lifetime membership is £100 for an individual and £180 for a couple. Donations are welcome. Membership forms can be obtained from Gordon Love or Ian Stephen

Our current fundraising focus remains the church bell tower. Although the urgent repair has recently been completed, we need £18k (approx.) to cover all the expected costs, notwithstanding any grants we may receive and are some way short of that target.

The 2019 programme of events included the following fundraising events

Spring Concert: Saturday 30th March in the church featured the Sandwich Music Group supported by the Kingsdown Bellringers (leader John Gray) and Singing for Pleasure (leader Natasha Greenham). It was a fun evening, well supported and raised £600. 

Garage Safari: Sunday 12th May 8am-2pm John & Simmie England, with help from Masheeda Downing, ran a successful bacon butty stall in Upper Street and several tables of bric-a brac, tools, books and games in the Village Hall forecourt manned by Lesley & David Dobby, Liz & Phil Deschamps, Georgina Maude and Ian & Jacqui Stephen raised a grand total of £794, boosted by a generous donation of £120 from Sue Parker-White from her clothes stall.

Cream Tea: Sunday 7th July 3-5pm at the church raised £400. Bob Wiseman ran a well- supported raffle and tea scones and cake were consumed with gusto.

Art Show: Sat-Sun 7th-8th Sept in the church raised £594. This show was the last one for our indefatigable organisers John & Simmie England who are retiring from the committee at the AGM next year; we are going to miss them

Christmas Fayre: Sunday 1st December in Kingsdown Village Hall 2-5pm; please support us not least by buying turkey raffle tickets from The Ox Tale or Del’s Village store from late October.


Contact Ian Stephen on 01304 380550 or if you are keen to join us or access our membership form   A big ‘thank you’ for your continuing support.

IDS Autumn / Winter 2019