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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

 

Christmas Carol Worship - Sunday 16th Dec. 6.30pm

Carol Service - Sunday 23rd Dec. 6.30pm

Christingle - Christmas Eve. 4pm

Midnight Communion - Christmas Eve. 11pm

Christmas Communion - Christmas Day. 11am

 

 

 

 

 

 

A date for the Diary

Holy Trinity Queenborough

Christmas Services

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Sunday 16th December – 6.30pm

Carol Service

Sunday 23rd December – 6.30pm Christmas Worship

Christmas Eve - 4pm

Children’s Christingle

(In aid of Church of England Children’s society)

Christmas Eve - 11pm

Midnight Communion

Christmas Day - 11am

Family Communion

 

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.

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Front path Before, during and after work

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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 at Minster Abbey by Archdeacon Stephen Taylor. 

 

Church Program 2018

 

January

Saturday 13th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Sunday 28th – New Year Lunch

12.30pm in the church hall, North Rd

 

February

Saturday 10th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Saturday 24th – Clearance Sale

10am – 2pm in the church hall, North Rd

 

March

Saturday 10th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Sunday 11th – Mothering Sunday

11am – Church

Sunday 25th – Palm Sunday

11am – Church

 

April

Sunday 1st – Easter Day

11am – Church

Sunday 8th – Afternoon Tea & Cake Off Competition

3pm – 5pm – Church hall, North Rd

In aid of Cancer research & Macmillan Nurses

Followed by a Service of Remembrance 6pm - Church

Saturday 14th – Chill Chat & Companionship

& Churchyard Work Party

10am – 12noon in church

Saturday 21st – Genius & Lust

7.30pm in the Church

A Cabaret by James Hodgson

Sunday 22nd - Annual Parochial Parish Council

1 pm Minster Abbey

 

May

Sunday 6th - Service celebrating 650 years of our church

11am in Church with Bishop Trevor of Dover

Saturday 12th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Saturday 12th – Bach to the Future

7.30pm – Church

Piano Recital – Andrew Charity

 

June

Saturday 9th – Chill Chat & Companionship

& Churchyard Work Party

10am – 12noon in church

Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th – Be Happy - Happiness Is....!

Flower Festival 10am – 5pm – in church

Saturday 16th – Concert

7.30pm – Church

We Can Sing UK Choir

 

July

Sunday 1st – Blessing of the Waters

3pm – Crundalls Wharf

Service in aid of “Fisherman’s Mission”

Saturday 14th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Saturday 21st – Tell me the truth about Love

7.30pm – in Church

Concert – Dr Colin Morris & Tim Barrat

Sunday 29th – Afternoon Tea

3pm – 5pm – Church hall

 

August

Saturday 11th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Saturday 18th  – concert 

7.30pm – in church

Nina Kopperhed, soprano, Peter Cigleris, clarinet With Jelena Makarova on piano

 

September

Saturday 8th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Saturday 22nd – concert

7.30pm in church

Marie- Claire op ten Noort & Themba Mvula with Andrew Charity on piano

 

October

Saturday 13th – Chill Chat & Companionship

& Churchyard Work Party

10am – 12noon in church

Saturday 13th - Concert

7.30pm in church

Big Fish Arts Group

 

November

Saturday 3rd - Heritage Day

10am - 4pm in church

Saturday 10th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Sunday 11th – Remembrance Day Service

10.45am – in church

Saturday 24th - Christmas Fayre

Church Hall, North Rd

 

December

Saturday 1st / Sunday 2nd – Christmas Tree Festival

10am – 5pm in church

Saturday 8th – Chill Chat & Companionship

10am – 12noon in church

Sunday 16th – Carol Service

6.30pm – in church

Monday 24th – Christingle Service

4pm – in church

In Aid of Children’s Society

Midnight Communion

 11pm in church

Tuesday 25th - Christmas Day Communion

11am in church

 

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Flower Festival 2018 - Happiness Is !

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