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 is a fine 1912 Peter Conacher pipe organ being installed now.
BUT with no more pews to sell(!)
we are still short of £5,500 to pay for it. 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.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT (AGAIN):
Next Sunday, 26th June at 09.30, we're back in the wonderful, tranquil setting of the ruins of St Mary's church in Eastwell Park. It's a fabulous spot by the lake, and our service of Holy Communion will be led by Rev'd Ravi Holy. If on foot you can access the site from Eastwell Park entrance but if driving you'll need to come via Lenacre Street (off Sandyhurst Lane) and take the right turn towards the lake. Do come and join us, but make sure you bring something to sit on!
PARISH MAGAZINE LATEST: The June 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 as necessary) can also be seen here. The magazine's
editorial team welcomes items for publication 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 email@example.com.
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's all but finished at All Saints and doesn't obscure those fine medieval coats of arms in the north transept window nor restrict access to the Holy Trinity wall painting, as it's predecessor did. It plays beautifully as you will hear as soon as we are able to move back to All Saints. Watch this space for details.
The All Saints' pilgrim stamp