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), which meant we'll be seeing them on Monday 31st. But even that has had to be cancelled. We hope to see then 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. However, this too fell victim to the virus, and with no Wye Charity Ball (pics here of the last one) nor Cantiacorum it's going to be a pretty sad year.
BUT - BREAKING NEWS - a mini-Stour Festival may yet take place over the weekend 4-6 September. It's very early days so too soon to know what form it will take, eg live audience and/or streamed performance, but really good to know that we have something to look forward to. Use the link above for updates.
But not everything takes place (or not!) at All Saints. Depending on the progress of the pandemic we may yet 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 the colder weather 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 from now on we can get at least partly back to normal at All Saints with our summer services. We do hope you will join us.