Supporting 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 organ provided by Canterbury Diocese. In addition huge sums of money have been
spent on repairing and conserving the windows and other features of 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:
Alternatively, we'd very much like you to consider supporting the church by making a donation to one of our three campaigns. One is to cover the direct and immediate cost of maintaining this ancient and beautiful building, another is to contribute to the All Saints church Endowment Fund which has the same purpose but is invested permanently - the capital cannot be touched - to provide a regular income in perpetuity. The endowment fund is an ideal home for a legacy, but lifetime gifts are of course equally welcome, and you can be sure that your gift will be there, in effect, for ever. The third campaign is for the work of the church generally here in Boughton Aluph and Eastwell. Please use one of the links above, and do consider providing your details for us to claim Gift Aid if appropriate, as that swells your generosity by 25%. NB Much as we would like to thank all supporters personally, data protection regulations prevent our knowing who has donated! Please email us at or phone our treasurer on 01233 640357 if you wish to inform us and receive an acknowledgement.
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 was 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. In 2018 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. This again was assisted by donations towards the cost - in gratitude to those whose sacrifice enables us to enjoy the lives we lead today - and while it's a bit late to do that now, if you would like to get in touch with our Treasurer Frank Edwards on 01233 640357 he'll be glad to advise on the best form of donation for you.
Further information about the
memorial is available from Frank if required.