Tenterden the Jewel of the Weald

St Mildred's Church Tenterden

TN30 6AR

web: www.tenterdencofe.org

St Mildred's is a stunning medieval church whose imposing tower dominates the town's skyline. Most of the building dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries.

The Reverend Canon Lindsay John Hammond
The Vicarage, Church Road, Tenterden
Tel: 01580 761591
Email: tentvic@gmail.com
Day off: Friday

Associate Vicar:
The Revd Margaret Roylance
5 Southgate Road, Tenterden
Tel. 01580 762332
Email: johnsroylance@gmail.com
Day off: Tuesday

The Revd Eileen Harrop
The Vicarage, Ashford Road, St Michaels
Tel: 01580 441069
Email: ekgharrop@gmail.com
Day off: Friday

The Revd Judith Shaw,
Banks House, Smallhythe TN30 7NG
Tel: 01580 763468
Email: Shawmalthouse@aol.com
Day off: Friday

Church Administrator
Mike Boughton
Tel: 01580 241610 and 07815 660307
Email: mikeprb20@btinternet.com

Pew News Editor
Tara Smith
Tel: 01580 764783

Children’s Minister
Shirley Docker
Tel: 01233 733772
Email: shirleydocker@aol.com

Baptism Co-ordinator
Karen Edgar
Tel: 01580 762838
Email: kassinteriors@aol.com

Wedding Co-ordinator
Annette Parkin
Tel: 01580 766245
Email: netti_parkin@hotmail.com

Acting Webmaster
Neil de Villiers 
Tel: 01580 765868

Church Halls Administrator
Anne Alexander
Tel: 07873 579581
Email: stmildredshall@hotmail.co.uk

Who's Who at St Mildred's Church
See the "Who's Who" at the bottom of this page



 Pew News






Seeing Christ in the world!
Being Christ in the world!


If you are a visitor to our churches, or trying us out for the first time, we’d like to welcome you. This leaflet has information about church events, and people to contact. Please do introduce yourself to one of the members of our welcoming teams.

If you are a new member of our churches and would like to meet one of the ministers for a coffee and a chat, then do complete the relevant section on the last page of this leaflet. If you are a seasoned member of our congregations, do say hello to those who may be new.

You are very welcome to stay for refreshments after the 9.30am service at St Mildred’s and the 10am service at St Michael’s.



Today we welcome to the 9.30am Family Service at St Mildred’s those who have been baptised in our churches since the beginning of 2014, and those for whom a Service of Thanksgiving has been held.


Today’s readings will include one or more of the following: Malachi 3:1-5 (p.961); Hebrews 2:14-18 (p.1202); Luke 2:22-40 (p.1028). The page numbers are those of the St Mildred’s pew bibles.


….there will be a celebration of the Eucharist at St Mildred’s at 6pm, with Prayers for Healing, followed by a brisk walk home, a warming fire, a glass of wine and a TV supper. We can supply the Eucharist, but the rest is down to you!



The magazine editorial committee will meet at 11 Elmfield tomorrow at 5pm. If you have any ideas or suggestions for articles or features, then please do let Lindsay know. By the way, we thank Huw very much indeed for an excellent February edition. If you’re a distributor and haven’t yet collected your bundle, then you might like to know that it’s weeping mournfully in the church.


You may or may not know that an unsung group of heroes send out handwritten cards on the anniversary of every baptism, wedding and death. Tara Smith, Ruth Gardner and Janet Goodwin meet each month to organise this and we thank them very much indeed.


The leaders of the St Mildred’s welcome teams are warmly invited to afternoon tea in the Glebe Hall next Saturday at 3.30pm. We shall enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake but also review how things are going and see if we need to make any improvements. If you have received your invitation from Kevin Parker, could you possibly let him know if you can come?



Next Sunday we celebrate the Second Sunday before Lent and the services will be as follows: 8am Holy Communion (St Mildred’s); 9.30am The Eucharist (St Mildred’s); 10am The Eucharist (St Michael’s); 11.15am Holy Communion (St John’s); 6pm Create Space (St Mildred’s Church Hall). The readings will include one or more of the following: Proverbs 8:1, 22-31; Colossians 1:15-20; John 1:1-14.


There will be a sale of fair trade products next Sunday during coffee after the 9.30am service at St Mildred’s. Order your milk chocolate Real Easter Egg £3.99, which contains a pack of chocolate buttons, a 24 page Easter storybook with quiz, and a 3ft long "Happy Easter" banner! Also available are the "Peace Egg", £9.99, which has an olive wood dove key-ring from Bethlehem, a simple guide to the Easter story and an orange milk chocolate bar; and the "Real Easter Egg Dark", £5.50, which has a simple guide to the Easter story and 3 dark chocolate mini squares. December's Traidcraft sales amounted to £208.40, plus £14.38 from the change box. Thank you for your continued support.



Last April, The Merry Opera Company thrilled Tenterden with a sold-out performance of Handel’s Messiah.  On Saturday 14th February, St Valentine’s Day, The Merry Opera Company returns with a terrific cast of talented young singers to present, “The Barber of Seville”.

Sung with charm, energy and wit, we follow the escapades of the quick witted and irrepressible Figaro as he untangles the fortunes of a beautiful imprisoned heiress, her greedy and lecherous guardian and a love-struck Count. The professional opera singers will give us a performance fizzing with musical brilliance, bold humour and famous tunes. In addition, The Woolpack and The Lemon Tree are offering pre-performance meals from 5pm, bookable directly at each restaurant. Tickets for the performance can be bought at £17.50 each from the box office at Smith’s Florist in the High Street, Tenterden or by emailing friendsofstmildreds@gmail.com .


The next Wednesday lunch will be served on Wednesday 18th February at 12.30pm in St Mildred’s Church Hall.  There’s no need to book, but please contact Mary if you need further information (240767)


To celebrate her 18th birthday, Lauren De Grange will be jumping out of an aircraft on the 20th February. Lauren’s sky dive is all in a good cause: to support Cry in the Dark. If you would like to sponsor Lauren then click onto http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/CryintheDarkSkyDive . Or pop some money into an envelope, suitably marked and leave with a welcomer.


Later this year, Imogen Richmond, Rebecca Smelt, Shirley Docker, and Dale and Terry Norrington will be travelling to Romania to support the work of Cry in the Dark. In order to raise funds they have planned a series of events, starting with a charity lunch at London Beach Hotel on Sunday 22 February at 12.30pm. Why not dine out at £18.50 for two courses or £24.50 for three?

If you would prefer to watch them suffer then nip to the Leisure Centre on Sunday 8th March where all five will be taking part in the Swimarathon to raise money for their trip. For either or both events, contact Terry (07711 177726) or Shirley (07980 421914).


Times they are a changing at St Michael’s. On the first Sunday of each month, a new and very different form of worship will be offered at 10am. We are still searching for a title, but it will begin at 10am with bacon rolls and coffee, with a short, informal and stimulating service following at about 10.30am, with everything concluding by 11am.

The Eucharist will be held on the second and fourth Sundays, and a shorter, more informal Family Eucharist on the third Sunday. The monthly 8am Holy Communion will move to the first Sunday. These changes begin in March.


This year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held in St Michael’s Church on Friday 6th March at 2pm. You’ll have just enough time to enjoy a Lent lunch in St Mildred’s Hall beforehand, but don’t bolt your food and get indigestion!


On Saturday 28th March, from 10am until noon, we will be holding a Big Spring Clean of St Mildred’s and tidy the gallery, shed, and the old church office at the rear of St Mildred’s Church Hall. We will be chucking out anything that hasn’t been identified as worth saving. If you have anything that you want to hang on to, please affix a label to that effect, tell Rob Easto, or come to the church on Saturday 14th March from 10am (a fortnight in advance of the Big Spring Clean), where Rob will be hovering. You can then help him identify what we should be keeping.



Great news! We now have Tenterden Family Food Bank boxes in our three churches. Please pop something in the next time you’re passing.


Copy for Pew News should be sent to Tara Smith by Tuesday of each week.
01580 764783         taramforrester@hotmail.com


Who's Who

 Updated 30 November 2014



Canon Lindsay Hammond
The Vicarage
Church Road

01580 761591

Associate Vicar

The Revd Margaret Roylance
5 Southgate Road

01580 762332


The Revd Eileen Harrop
The Vicarage
Ashford Road
St Michaels

01580 441069


The Revd Judith Shaw
Banks House

01580 763468

Church Administrator

Mike Boughton

01580 241610

Church Webmaster

Neil de Villiers

01580 765868

Methodist Minister

The Revd Paul Dean 
Beacon Oak Road

01233 879358

Assistant Clergy

Canon Peter Brett
3 Appledore Road

The Revd John Emmott
58 Grange Crescent
St Michaels

01580 761794

01580 762092

Lay Readers

Doreen Brandon
Ann Robertson
Dick Warren 

01580 765496
01580 764219
01580 761688

Pastoral Assistant,
Wedding Co-ordinator

Annette Parkin

01580 766245

Children's Lay Minister

Shirley Docker

01233 733772

Baptism Co-ordinator

Karen Edgar

01580 762838

Child Protection Officer

Jenny Webb

01580 765721

Choir Director and
Assistant Organist

St Mildred’s

Michael Freer

01580 765786

Choir Director
St Michael’s

Tracey Laws

01233 820298

St Mildred’s
St Michael’s
St John the Baptist
Methodist Church

Geoffrey Davison, ARCM
Ed Adams
Michael Freer
George Rippon

01580 241685
01580 766287
01580 765786
01233 860244

Church Wardens
St Mildred’s

St Michael’s

St John the Baptist

Sarah Crouch
Rob Easto

Lindsay Roberts
Raymond Crawford
Jill Hutchinson
Tony Butler

01580 766973
01233 850960

01580 762326
01580 762967
01580 241171
01580 763970

Church Stewards
Methodist Church

Elva Bains
Sylvia Dalgarno
Janet Pritchett

01580 762285
01580 764981
01580 291771

St Mildred’s
St Michael’s

St John the Baptist
Methodist Church

Douglas Fuller
Peter Goodwin
John Farthing 
Stephanie Butler 
Christine Endersby

01580 762567
01580 765728
01580 762026
01580 763970
01580 764046

Gift Aid Secretaries
St Mildred’s Church
St Michael’s Church
St John The Baptist

Methodist Church

Graham Maple
Goran Nilsson
Stephanie Butler 
Ken Saunders

01580 765728
07770 942611
01580 763970

01580 765668

St Mildred's
Sunday Club 3-10 yrs

Shirley Docker

01233 733772

Emanate Youth Club

Contact the Vicar


Mother’s Union

Wendy Stevenson

01580 763695

Bible Reading

Jo Iggulden
John Farthing

01580 764833
01580 762026

The Magazine
Joint Editors

Huw Crouch
Neil de Villiers
John Hyde

01580 766973
01580 765868
01233 646966

The Magazine
Committee Members

Lindsay Hammond
Eileen Harrop
Christine Inskip
Glen Peacock
Emma Isworth
Elsie Phythian
Philip Shaw
Monica Walton

01580 761591
01580 441069
01580 764227
01580 765518
01580 762154
01580 765488
01580 763468
01580 763927

Magazine Distribution

Anne & Chris Cheesman

01580 762573

Magazine Advertising

Lynne Thwaite

01580 766953

Church Hall Bookings
St Mildred’s Church Hall
Methodist’s Rooms

Anne Alexander (after 5pm)
Sylvia Dalgarno

07873 579581
01580 764981

Bell Ringers

Sue Childs

01580 761157

Flower Arrangers

Pam Coleman

01580 764620


Maureen and Glen Peacock

01580 762154

Pew News Editor

Tara Smith

01580 764783

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Photos: Stuart Kirk, Photographer www.tenterdenphotography.co.uk