New Friends in our village

It was with great pleasure that I accepted Col. English’s request that I become President of the Friends of Wateringbury Church (FOWC) on the retirement of Revd. Jim Brown as Vicar of the Benefice of East Malling, Wateringbury and Teston.

The parish Churches of England are some of the undiscovered jewels of our countryside and St John The Baptist is no exception. A brief inspection of its interior will take you on a journey through the life of the village of Wateringbury and the way its inhabitants over time have left their mark on both the local and national picture. The Church is however by no means a monument solely to events and people of the past, there is a vibrant worshipping community meeting there, drawing together people of all ages from the very youngest to the very oldest. The building is regularly used for a range of concerts, plays and community events and is very much at the heart of the village community of Wateringbury

It will be no surprise to you to find out that maintenance of a grade II* listed building like St John the Baptist is an ongoing and costly task. FOWC play a vital and much appreciated part in raising funds to ensure that that the building remains fit for use by the village community. I would encourage those of you who wish to support this aim to join FOWC and lend your talents to the task of keeping the building open and available for use by the

many groups who make up the fabric of Wateringbury village life.

Fr. Nick Williams

Vicar of The Benefice of East Malling, Wateringbury and Teston

Father Nick