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Holy Trinity Queenborough

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Holy Trinity Queenborough

High Street

Kent

ME11 5AG

Coming Up in Queenborough this month

 

Sunday 31st March

Mothering Sunday Communion Service 11am in Church.

 

Saturday 13th April

Chill, Chat and Companionship 10am - noon in church

 

Sunday 14th April

Palm Sunday Service 11am in church

 

Sunday 21st April

Easter Communion Service 11am in church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A date for the Diary

 

Advance information: on 4th May 2019 there will be a sponsored Gilbert and Sullivanathon in Queenborough Church on Sheppey, to help raise funds for a much-needed brand-new Fourteenth Century vestry. We will start at 9am with Trial by Jury and continue with Pinafore, Pirates, Patience, Iolanthe, Mikado, Ruddigore, Yeomen and Gondoliers - maybe rounding off with another performance of Trial by Jury if there's time. Many Kent-based singers will be joining us as well as guests Marilyn Hill Smith, Joanna Gamble and Leon Berger. Andrew Charity will be at the piano all day! Please think about joining us to sing choruses and/or to contribute to the JustGiving page at the following link - https://www.justgiving.com/HTQueenborough.

 

 

Saturday 15th /Sunday 16th June

Annual Flower Festival in church, this years theme "I AM....." 

 

Sunday 4th August

Blessing of the Waters - 3.30pm Crundalls Wharf, Queenborough Seafront

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gilbert & Sullivanathon Programme

Our Church

 

Built around 1367 the church is unusual in that we know not only when work commenced on the building but also who undertook the work and how much it cost. The church has a tower of 6 bells and the view from the tower is greatly admired. The painted ceiling is believed to be painted by a Dutchman circa 1698 portraying the firmament of the sky but it  was unfortunately damaged by a serious fire in the 1930’s. The church is visited by many tourists who sail to the town and every effort is made to keep the church open all year during daylight hours for visitors who wish to enjoy the peace, serenity and beauty of our historic treasures. The church boasts a wealth of history in that Hogarth spent part of a riotous journey in Queenborough and Lord Nelson took Holy Communion in the church whilst staying in the town. Today this church is not only home for the Christian family but a focus for notable occasions in the lives of the community. The church holds regular Sunday morning services and a number of annual events such as The Blessing Of the Waters Service at the waters edge on Crundall's Wharf in the town which is attended by local fishermen, sailors, the lifeboat and Pilot boats. An annual Flower Festival in July and regular monthly Chill and Chat coffee mornings in the church. Queenborough owns its own church hall which is situated behind the church in North Road opposite the Vicarage. It is fully equipped, is used for church functions and is also hired out.

Holy Trinity Queenborough needs your help. We have a small, faithful, hardworking congregation trying to preserve the heritage and spirituality of the local parish church for the use of the whole community whenever they may need it.

 

We are desperately trying to raise money to repair our church building, work is needed on the tower, the roof and inner masonry. We are applying for various grants to help with the costs. We are also in dire need of rebuilding the vestry building attached to the rear of the church. The vestry is in a desperate state of repair with the flooring unsafe in places and the whole outer shell well past it's sell by date. We would like to demolish and rebuild this annex to the church and add the much needed facilities of a kitchenette area and a toilet enabling more people to visit and use the services we offer.

 

You can help us by supporting our fundraising events or if you shop online by donating through easyfundraising.org.uk. Every time you shop, you'll raise a donation for us and it won't cost you a penny extra.

Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/holytrinitychurchqueenborough and follow the simple steps to sign up. When you shop online, visit easyfundraising first, click through to the retailer and shop as normal. Everything costs exactly the same but with every purchase you make you'll raise a donation from the retailer to our church.

 

We also have a Just Text giving account so you can donate by text.

Just text HTQC97  £2 or more to 70070.   Or contact the churchwardens if you can help us in any other way to preserve this beautiful historic church not just for us now but for the future generations to come.

Successful Award

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Holy Trinity Queenborough are pleased to announce that we have recently been successful in obtaining a grant to improve facilities at our church hall. The Queenborough Fisheries Trust have kindly awarded us a grant of £4800 in order for us to improve the outside grounds at the back of the church hall. This will offer great opportunities for the groups that use the hall. At present the grounds are unsafe for children due to bumps and great indents in the ground, also they are open to the public causing safety and security concerns. By leveling the ground and fencing off from the public footpath through the graveyard the Brownies, Rainbows and holiday club who make use of the hall will be able to offer outdoor activities to their members and the church will be able to hold summer events outside once more for the whole community. We therefore offer sincere Thanks to the Trustees of The Queenborough Fisheries Trust for their much needed and appreciated support, fencing to take place mid November.

Fencing due to start work in November 2018

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Queenborough Fisheries Trust sponsor new fencing

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NEW HERITAGE LOTTERY ANNOUNCEMENT MAY 2018

Exciting Lottery Update

In September 2016 we were awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £15,900. This money was the first stage in a bid to carry out essential repairs to the church, it was awarded to us to carry out all the development work that was needed before actual physical work could be carried out on the building. At the end of August 2017 the completion report was sent to the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the end of September we had completed the application forms for stage two  which would hopefully provide us with the money to actually carry out the repairs.

 

 Although there was little to be seen by the community as evidence we would like everyone to know that behind the scenes the money was well spent on a vast amount of paperwork, plans and reports alongside faculty permission which needed to be in place before the work could be started. We had archaeological investigations, a bat survey, reports on workmanship and materials, a management and maintenance plan, an access audit and works specification. All of these were available to the public at our open day in November. 

 

 The news that we had been successful in our second round application was announced at the special service attended by the Bishop of Dover. Held on Sunday 6th May as Queenborough celebrated the anniversary of Edward 111 awarding the royal Charter to the town the church was also celebrating the  past 650 years of the church built by Edward 111 and its much brighter looking future. The repair work began at once engulfing the tower and roofs in scaffolding and repairing not only the hidden structure of the building but the internal masonry which is more obvious to the public eye. The work continued throughout the summer and was completed at the end of October. The church remained open during the works. 

 

None of this work would have been possible without the exceptional help given to us by our architect John Bailey and his team from Thomas Ford & Partners guiding us through each step and the volunteers from the church helping out where ever they can. To them all we are truly grateful and pray for such wonderful continuing support in the future as we continue with our vision of rebuilding the vestry with new facilities to work alongside and enhance the heritage of the church.

And So the Work can Begin, Scaffolding up & Graves protected, Happy People

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Protecting the organ but business as usual

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Front path Before, during and after work

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Inside Plasterwork, Before, during and after

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Additional Award from Friends of Kent Churches

 

Alongside the award from the Heritage Lottery fund we have also been granted an award from The Friends Of Kent Churches of £2,255 towards the repair work, which will also cover essential drainage issues alongside the structural repairs. To all the trustees of the charities we would like to say a huge Thank you for having faith in us to spend the awards wisely in conserving the church building for future generations to enjoy both its heritage and its beautiful spiritual atmosphere.

Award from the Queenborough Society

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Each year the Queenborough society presents the Abbott's cup and certificates to individuals, clubs, committees, businesses or groups who in the Societies opinion deserves recognition for their contribution to the town. This year they awarded the Abbott's cup to Queenborough Church Administrator, Mary Shoebridge for her tireless efforts in obtaining grants and overseeing the smooth running and repairs to the church enabling  Conservation and Environmental and Social Improvement in Queenborough. Although the majority of members of the Queenborough Society are residents of the town they are not actual members of the  worshiping congregation. This makes the award especially important to Mary and the church as it emphasizes just how important the church is to the people of Queenborough past, present and will be in the future.

We are an animal friendly church

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Congratulations

Congratulations to our Church Warden Ashley for passing the Worship Leaders ALM training course and becoming fully licensed on 14th October 2018 at Minster Abbey by Archdeacon Stephen Taylor. 

 

 

January

Saturday 12th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

 

February

Saturday 9th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Saturday 9th -DCC meeting 11am in church

 

March

Saturday 9th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Sunday 24th – Afternoon Tea & Cake Off Competition

Bake an 8inch or 20cm cake using vegetables

3.30pm – 5.30pm – Church hall, North Rd

In aid of Cancer research & Macmillan Nurses

Followed by a Service of Remembrance 6pm - Church

Sunday 31st – Mothering Sunday

11am – Church

 

April

Saturday 13th – Chill Chat & Companionship

& Churchyard Work Party

10am – 12noon in church

Sunday 14th – Palm Sunday

11am – Church

Sunday 21st – Easter Day

11am – Church

Sunday 28th - Annual Parochial Parish Council

1 pm Minster Abbey

 

May

4th May- Gilbert & Sullivanathon

9am – 10pm in church

Sponsored event in aid of vestry

Saturday 11th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

 

June

Saturday 8th – Chill Chat & Companionship

& Churchyard Work Party

10am – 12noon in church

Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th

Flower Festival 10am – 5pm – in church

Sunday 16th  - Songs of Praise - 4pm

 

July

Saturday 13th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

BBQ - Date to be confirmed

 

August

Sunday 4th – Blessing of the Waters

3.30pm – Crundalls Wharf

Service in aid of “Fisherman’s Mission”

Saturday 10th – Chill Chat & Companionship

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September

Saturday 14th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

 

October

Sunday 6th - Animal Welfare Sunday

Blessing of Pets Service

Saturday 12th – Chill Chat & Companionship

in aid of Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals

& Churchyard Work Party

10am – 12noon in church

 

November

Saturday 9th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Sunday 10th – Remembrance Day Service

10.45am – in church

 

 

December

Saturday 30th Nov / Sunday 1st Dec – Christmas Tree Festival

10am – 5pm in church

Saturday 14th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Sunday 15th – Carol Service

6.30pm – in church

Tuesday 24th – Christingle Service

4pm – in church

In Aid of Children’s Society

 

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Flower Festival 2018 - Happiness Is !

Heritage Lottery Fund Day - November 3rd 2018

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Holy Trinity Queenborough

Benefactors

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Benefactor

Amount

Purpose

June 2015

Swale Council

£1,000

Guide Book + Literature Stand

September 2016

Heritage Lottery

£15,900

Church Repairs -Development

October 2016

Queenborough Town Council

Paint

Church Hall

July 2017

Friends of Kent Churches

£2,225

Church Repairs

December 2017

Queenborough Town Council

Money from Lights Parade

Vestry Fund

January 2018

Susan Stock Ltd

New Curtains

Church Hall

February 2018

Rushenden Club

£150

Vestry Fund

March 2018

Heritage Lottery

£135,100

Church Repairs

March 2018

Queenborough Fisheries Trust

£4,800

Fencing + Grounds – Church hall

December 2018

Queenborough Club

£1,000

Vestry Fund

December 2018

Queenborough Town Council

£100

Church Hall

December 2018

Richard Darby Swale Borough Council

£390

Electronic Card Reader

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