EVENTS AT AND AROUND ALL SAINTS
What events? Several normally take place during the year, but with the coronavirus lockdown still upon us it looks like we're almost - but not quite - drawing a blank this year. Let us hope things don't get that bad. In a normal year we'd start with the popular Five Church Walk which links five rural churches in a circular route across the Kent Downs, on the first Bank Holiday in May. This year it would have taken place on the revised Bank Holiday - VE Day - Friday May 8th and with kind weather, everyone would have had a great time. However, as expected, it's off. On the second Bank Holiday (May 25th) we'd normally expect to welcome the St Martin-in-the-Fields' annual pilgrimage from London to Canterbury, when around 120 walkers call in to be fed and watered and sit by the fire in the Tudor porch, which is always lit for them. This year, and with fingers firmly crossed, the organisers moved the event to the August Bank Holiday weekend (Aug 28 - 31) but even that had to be cancelled. We hope to see them next May, and if you can help with this eg by making and/or serving sandwiches, please phone one of us on 01233 627117 or 623618. It'll be a fun time and all offers of help are much appreciated.
In June we should have hosted the magnificent Stour Music Festival when up to 450 patrons pack into the church to hear a wonderful programme over two weekends. Of course, this too fell victim to the virus but the organisers were able to mount a mini-Festival over the weekend 4-6 September. A small live audience was permitted and the performances were streamed for those who purchased a season ticket. No doubt this is something to be repeated in the future for those who cannot obtain tickets to attend. Further information about Stour here.
But not everything takes place (or not!) at All Saints. Because of the pandemic we have not been able hold another service in the open air in the beautiful and tranquil setting of St Mary's church, now a ruin, by the lake in Eastwell Park. In a couple of weeks we move lock, stock and barrel to St Christopher's church for our winter Sunday Services, as All Saints is too cold. Goodness knows how they all managed before we acquired St Christopher's! Anyhow, let us hope that at least for one more week we can feel partly back to normal at All Saints with our Harvest Festival service, the last of the summer. We do hope you will join us.