St John’s Heritage Association, Kingsdown

Members’ Newsletter Winter 2021


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 2021 at the AGM on 6th May John & Simmie England stepped down from the committee and received a garden voucher for their years of very productive service.  

The current committee comprises Rev Carolyn Wood, Liz Deschamps, David Dobby (secretary), Lesley Dobby, Gordon Love, Georgina Maude, Elaine Mordaunt, Ian Stephen (chair) and Jean Winn (treasurer).

With only four committee meetings a year and the offer of help at the fundraising events, willing volunteers are always welcome.

 Events in 2021

Garage Safari: on Sunday 30th May raised £312, as committee members and volunteers sold bric-a-brac, books, and miscellaneous items from 9am-2.30pm in the Village Hall forecourt. 

Kingsdown Cream Tea: on Sunday 1st August in the church from 3-5pm raised £345.10 which was a very good result given the inclement weather on the day which prevented churchyard tours.   Thirty-eight adults and six children attended; the raffle raised £108 and there were some donations.

Concerts: The ‘Old Bones Trombone choir’ gave two concerts in the church; the one on Friday 17th September raised £769; a splendid effort by all concerned, and the other, on Friday 19th November at 7pm netted £661.01 The OBTC, formed in 2012, is a mix of semi and professional trombone players living and working in Kent. Each player brings to the choir a career background in teaching, orchestras, military and wind bands (including the Royal Marines), as well as jazz. Both programmes contained a mixture of classical and modern pieces with guest vocal solos in each half of the concert. Our grateful thanks to Graham Harvey (Band Leader) and his wife Carol (soprano soloist) for offering their services. Both evenings were very entertaining.

Christmas (Turkey) raffle: began in late October and broke all records for Kingsdown village participation and support yielding £485. The winner of the draw, made on Saturday 11th December by Rev Carolyn, was Sally Waite. We owe huge thanks to Nick Britton and the Ox Tale for providing this fundraising opportunity on behalf of the church.


Membership: Currently we have 94 members, of which 33 are lifetime members, the remainder opt to pay annually, but we would like many more. The fabric of the church at St John’s is constantly in need for maintenance and repair and we need your support. Individual membership is only £10 a 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 and will be available at all events.

 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 continue to stay safe.  

 IDS December 2021