All Saints Church and
St Christopher's Church
Boughton Aluph, Kent
Lambeth Palace, London SE1, October 1952
"No-one driving along the road from Chilham to Ashford can fail to observe the massive tower of Boughton Aluph church standing as its eminence to the right of the road. The church has a most impressive exterior and a noble interior. It is a special treasure among all the lovely churches of Kent."
The introduction from a letter written by the then Archbishop of Canterbury (Geoffrey Fisher) in October 1952 in support of the appeal to raise funds to save this beautiful but war-damaged church from collapse.
The Boughton Aluph organ count-down has begun:
Can you believe it? Seventy years of restoration since the bells and pews were sold to save the church from collapse after war damage. And the final piece will be a fine 1912 J Conacher pipe organ to be installed over the winter and inaugurated with a recital next spring.
BUT with no more pews to sell(!)
we desperately need contributions towards the cost as we are still £8,200 short. Would you consider helping? All contributions welcome, large or small, and you can do this by going to our Support page (see above), or telephoning our Treasurer on 01233 640357. Thank you.
Next Sunday, 23rd January, we celebrate Parish Communion at St Christopher's starting at 09.30, led by Rev'd Linda Cross. As always we shall be socially distanced and wearing masks, and Linda will be distributing communion wafers but not wine (a Covid measure). Please join us if you can; you'll be made very welcome. Coffee and a chat afterwards.
PARISH MAGAZINE LATEST: The January edition is now out. If you don't subscribe to the magazine but would like to (it covers Wye, Brook, Hinxhill and here) please contact Hennie van Wyk on 01233 629320. The BA churchwardens' monthly notes (updated if necessary) can also be seen here. The magazine's
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WHAT'S NEW (old actually!) It's a splendid 1912 organ saved from a redundant church in Headcorn (no, not the one on the left; that's Sid Crow launching the appeal for funds for it). It is already in All Saints - in pieces - and will replace the existing instrument. When finally installed it shouldn't obscure those fine medieval coats of arms in the north transept window nor restrict access to the Holy Trinity wall painting. It still plays beautifully as you will hear at the inaugural VIP concert next year. Watch this space for progress.
PS Sid is currently in All Saints too and would be very happy to see you (by appointment of course).
The All Saints' pilgrim stamp