The Friends of All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph
From Anglo-Saxon times to the present day All Saints has been replaced, enlarged and enhanced. Most recently the South
porch with its unique Tudor fireplace has been re-opened, the South transept window (bricked up since WW2) restored by the Stour Music Festival, and a fine new organ provided by Canterbury Diocese. In addition large sums of money have been
spent on essential repair and conservation work to preserve one of the South East’s finest pilgrim churches.
Financing this has become increasingly difficult for the thirty or so on the electoral roll, as they are also responsible for St Christopher’s at Boughton Lees, another old building used regularly during the colder months.
The Friends of All Saints was formed by people willing to give an annual donation (suggested £20) to support this ancient church. Friends receive a periodical newsletter of progress and information on forthcoming events.
If you would like to become a Friend please contact Robert P Oliver who will email you details:
telephone 01233 623761 or email:
NEW WAR MEMORIAL AT ALL SAINTS
2014, the centenary of the start of World War 1, saw a huge amount of press and TV coverage focusing naturally enough on the vast human cost. 2018 has been just as intense if not more so, and 11 November, marking the centenary of the Armistice, saw hundreds of special activities and acts of recognition in football grounds, schools and many public places.
This village, along with other rural communities, was hard hit, and the war memorial on the Green at Boughton Lees commemorates those who gave their all. Last year we recognised their sacrifice further by commissioning a carved stone memorial to hang in All Saints’ church. Mason Gary Newton (it was he who repaired and hung the Capt Moyle memorial in the South transept) was engaged, a design agreed, and the cost made more affordable by a generous and much appreciated grant from Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council. Caithness stone which is very like slate, was the chosen material, and the completed work can now be seen on the North aisle wall. It's not too late to make a contribution towards the cost - in gratitude to those whose selfless sacrifice enables us to enjoy the lives we lead today - so if you would like to do so please get in touch with our Treasurer Frank Edwards on 01233 640357.
Further information about the
memorial is available from Frank if required.