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 this 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 £13,000 short. Please consider helping. You can do this by going
to our Support page (see above),
or telephoning our Treasurer on 01233 640357. Thank you.
Next Sunday, 24th October we celebrate Parish Communion with Rev'd Linda Cross at St Christopher's church on the Green. As at All Saints we shall be socially distanced and have hand sanitiser a-plenty. You might also like to wear a face mask although you'll no doubt take it off for the hymns! No need to bring your own bread and wine any more as Linda will be distributing communion wafers. Hope to see you there.
PARISH MAGAZINE LATEST: The October 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 editorial team also welcomes items for the magazine so if there's something about the village you'd like to communicate please contact one of us or Sue in the benefice office on 813793 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT'S NEW (old actually!) It's a 1912 organ saved from a redundant church (see left). It is already in All Saints and will replace the existing instrument. When finally installed it won'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 concert next year. Watch this space for progress.
The All Saints' pilgrim stamp