St John’s Heritage Association, Kingsdown

Members’ Newsletter November 2020


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 2019 events Garage Safari (May), Cream Tea (July) Art Show (September) and Christmas Fayre (December) raised £2286 which, plus subscriptions, donations and gift aid pushed the overall total just over £3,600.  You will be glad to know that the Association fundraising efforts supported the Bell Tower appeal and paid for the deep clean in advance of the church re-opening in September this year and for the new nave lighting. We hope to have a full range of activities programmed for 2021   

having had to cancel all events this year.


However, you could still help by buying tickets for the Grand Turkey raffle sponsored by Nick Britton at The Ox Tale, Kingsdown specialist butcher. Tickets are £1 each and an be purchased at both the butchers and Del’s Village store.  The draw will be made by Nick on Saturday 12th December at noon in the shop. The winner will receive a 15ib free range Norfolk bronze turkey (or the equivalent) So please consider adding one more item to your daily / weekly local shop to help out the church. 


The committee in 2020 comprised John & Simmie England, Liz Deschamps, Lesley Dobby, Gordon Love Georgina Maude and Ian Stephen but there are spaces on the committee for anyone interested not least because John & Simmie are stepping down at the next AGM (March 2021)  

Only four committee meetings a year and offering help at the fundraising events does not seem too onerous.


Membership: Currently we have 92 members, of which 30 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.


Contact Ian Stephen on 01304 380550 or if you are keen to join us. The SJHA newsletter and membership details are also available on the Cornilo Churches website  A big ‘thank you’ for your continuing support and please stay safe.  


IDS Autumn / Winter 2020