2014 Strawberry Tea Party

STRAWBERRY TEA PARTY

Thank you very much to all those who supported us at our Strawberry Tea Party in September.

The afternoon was a great success, helped by the glorious sunshine, the delicious cakes, the wonderful strawberries , the moreish Pimm’s and the garden games.  We took over £900 in the afternoon so a huge thank you to all those who contributed in whatever capacity; baking cakes, providing raffle prizes, donating to the White Elephant Stall, for displaying posters/handing out fliers and for simply coming to enjoy a late summer’s afternoon in the garden!

 

Upcoming Events

Annual General Meeting – Monday 14 July 2014 at 8pm

The Friends of Wateringbury Church Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Monday 14 July at St John the Baptist Church, Wateringbury at 8pm.  Members and public are all welcome.

The AGM will review the Financial Statements for the period to 31st March and if considered fit, approve and elect/re-elect trustees to the Board.  If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please submit your name to the Secretary with a proposer and seconder by Monday midnight 07 July 2014.  At the AGM, only members of FOWC will be eligible to vote, so please bring along your membership card/identification.

As the AGM is FOWC’s formal annual public meeting, members are encouraged to submit written questions in advance by Monday midnight 07 July.  However, the Chairman will take any questions arising during the meeting at item 12.

Agenda

1. Introduction

2. Apologies

3. Declaration of Interests

4. Statement of Accounts

5. Membership Update

6. Business Update

7. Comms and PR Update

8. Chairman’s Review of the Year

9. Election and re-election of Trustees

10. AGM Planning 2015

11. Chairman’s Forward Look

12. Questions

Frances English – Secretary – 01622 812471

friends@fowc.org.uk www.fowc.org.uk

Past Events

Coffee Morning – 29 March 2014

Thank you to all of you who came to celebrate the beginning of the fourth year of FOWC at the end of March – and a very big thank you to those who delivered leaftlets around the village encouraging households to become Friends.

Christmas Craft Fayre – 16 Nov 2013

A big thank you to everyone who supported us at the Christmas Craft Fayre in November.  Through the sale of chutneys, adult manicures, children’s nail painting and donations, we raised an excellent sum of £68.50.

Strawberry Tea Party – Sun 08 Sep 2013.

FOWC’s first Strawberry Tea Party was a great success.  Being held in the beautiful gardens of Manor Farm, Wateringbury, over a hundred guests from the village came along to enjoy the tranquil setting, the garden games, Pimm’s, Strawberries, homemade cakes, teas and coffees. The inclement weather brought a large rain burst @3pm but the stalwart British shrugged it off, umbrellas were opened, gazebos were sought and genteel mutterings of ‘a typical English summer’ were heard before the sun came out again in time for the calling of the raffle and the last cups of tea and glasses of Pimm’s. The afternoon raised £775 – all monies go direct to FOWC.  A very big thank you to those who came along or supported us in other ways.  It really was a very enjoyable afternoon for us all.

AGM – Monday 15 July 2013 – 8pm St John the Baptist Church.
The AGM reviewed and approved the financial statements for the period to 31 March 2013.  Trustees were re-elected to the Board.  The Minutes for the AGM will shortly be posted on the website.  Further details from the Secretary.


FOWC celebrated the Coronation at the Village Fete – 2 June  2013.
Thank you to all of those who supported us at the Pimms Tent on Sunday at the village fete.  Generosity was abounding and we raised over £300 from your donations.  FOWC is hugely grateful to the Parish Council for not only allowing us the pitch, but also donating to FOWC half the proceeds of the raffle – £505.60.  A fantastic amount!
It was a tremendous day, spectacularly well organised by Wateringbury Parish Council and very well supported by the village. A big thank you to everyone.

 

AGM Notice – 24 Nov 2012

The Friends of Wateringbury Church Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday 24 November at 10.30am at St John the Baptist Church, Wateringbury.  Members and public are all welcome.  The AGM will review the audited accounts up to 31 March 2012 and elect/re-elect trustees to the board.  If you yourself are interested in becoming a trustee, please submit your name to the Secretary with a proposer and seconder by Friday midnight 16 November.  At the AGM, only members of FOWC will be eligible to vote, so please bring along your membership card/identification.  As the AGM is the FOWC’s formal annual public meeting, the Chairman will discuss and answer questions at the meeting that have been submitted to the Secretary by Friday midnight 16 November.
FOWC members and public will wish to know that for the purposes of tax, FOWC is designated charitable by HMR&C from 03 March 2012, meaning that FOWC donations are eligible for the collection of Gift Aid from that date.

Frances English – Secretary – 01622 812471
friends@fowc.org.uk

Harvest Fayre Success 2012!

Thank you to everyone who made our second Harvest Fayre on 15 September such a success!  We raised over £400 to put towards our aim of supporting the building and churchyard of St Johns Church.  More than 250 people joined us for fine weather to enjoy a traditional village fête, with fun activities for both children and adults.  For the children, there were races, tombolas, face-painting and a special Children’s Corner with a very popular sweet stall.  For the grown-ups, there were the hog roast, a beer and Pimms tent, guessing the weight of the head teacher, home-made tea and cakes, strawberries and cream, and lots more.  This year, we introduced a display of classic cars and an antique valuation stall.

The organisers would like to thank everyone who helped us through giving their time, generosity and sponsorship to make this year’s event such a success, especially Wateringbury School for the use of its playing field, the historic car owners who gave their time, as well as all the people of Wateringbury for their valuable support.  We have now raised around £6,400 since April 2011 and are now working towards putting this sum to good use on behalf of the church as soon as possible.  The Committee would be delighted to hear from anyone in the village who has any suggestions on how to improve this event for future years.  Maybe you’d like to help us run it next year – please contact our Secretary Frances English on 812471 or email her at friends@fowc.org.uk with any comments you may have.

Join us for the

Harvest Fayre

Saturday 15th September, 12-4pm

Wateringbury Primary School

The Friends of Wateringbury Church will be hosting the second Wateringbury Harvest Fayre on Saturday 15 September from 12 noon to 4pm. The money raised will be added to the funds already raised by the Friends to maintain and improve the building and churchyard of Wateringbury village church. The Friends project will help to ensure that the church will continue to be there for us and our children for years to come.

The Harvest Fayre will be an old-fashioned country fête with traditional stalls and competitions, including; a Hog Roast, a Produce Stall, Fruit, Veg and Baking Competitions, Tea and Cakes, Guess the Weight of the Head Teacher, Toss the Bale, a Raffle and a Beer and Pimms Tent. Plus new this year *Get Your Antiques Valued*, we have invited an antiques expert who will give you advice on the value of the antiques that you bring along. For the children, there will be Face Painting, an Art Competition, Apple Bobbing, a Coconut Shy, Toss the Wellie, Hunt the Otter, a Sweet shop, Games stall and lots lots more…

*** Raffle Prizes include; An iPad2, A meal for 4 at The Wateringbury Pub to the value of £100, a Pamper Session at the Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells and a Family Day pass at the Hop Farm ***

SEE MORE COMPETITION INFO & DETAILS HERE

Join us for a glass of PIMMS at the Churchyard Fete to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!

Monday 4th June 2pm – 4pm at the Church

Members are invited to have a glass of complimentary Pimms to thank them for their continued support, and any new members signing up at the fete will also recieve a PIMMS as thanks! (One PIMMS per household) 

JOIN IN – JOIN UP! Sat 31st March, 10am at the Church

Now is the time to renew your £10 membership, or, if you have not joined up yet, this is the best time to do so.  At the end of March you will receive a leaflet and letter through your door inviting you to join us for 2012/13.

The leaflet includes a membership form to complete and return with your donation – you may well find it more convenient to set up a standing order, as this will mean we won’t have to remind you every year if you would like to continue being a Friend! Alternatively you can also fill out the online form here
To thank you for your support, we would like to invite you to join us for coffee and music at the church at 10 a.m. on Saturday 31st March. Afterwards some of us will set out to distribute this year’s membership renewal leaflet.

Everyone in the village is welcome, and we look forward to seeing you.

The Friends committee are very grateful for the generous support we have received during our first year. We very much hope you will renew your membership for the coming year.

Friendsmail – February 2012

Note from the Chairman – William English

Dear Friends of Wateringbury Church,

As Chairman of the Friends Committee, I am delighted to be able to report to you that since our launch at the end of March 2011, you have helped raise over £4,000 in support of maintaining and improving the building and churchyard of St John the Baptist for the good of all.  This was only possible with your individual support as Friends, the support of the Friends local businesses, our hugely successful autumn Harvest Fayre and of course the hard work of your volunteer Friends Committee.  To all who have supported this exciting community-based project to date, I say a very big ‘Thank You’.

As every chairman says when preparing for the next year: “There is much we have achieved, now we can and must do more”.  I am sure that you will have read that we had our first post-launch Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 5th November 2011.  During the meeting, I set out in broad terms the theme of work and the effect to be achieved in the financial year 2012/13.  Put simply, I would like this second year to be one of ‘consolidation’.  I have taxed your committee greatly to achieve all that we have in a relatively short time and there are now areas of our work that we need to firm up before we can extend further.

Importantly, there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Friends of the Church of St John The Baptist, Wateringbury at 11 a.m. on 3rd March 2012 at the church, when a proposed new Constitution for The Friends will be considered and approved if thought fit.  In addition, trustees will need to be appointed.  We need to revise our Constitution to bring it into line with the requirements of the HM Revenue and Customs in order that we can claim ‘gift aid’ and the Charity Commission, so that should we consistently achieve an income of over £5000 we will have to apply for registration.  It is important that Friends and non-members attend, so that you  can have a say in this important matter.  All Friends of 18 years of age and over are eligible to vote and should bring their membership card.

Looking ahead to 2012, we intend re-running our signature event – a traditional country Harvest Fayre 15th September 2012.  In our first year, 2011, our desire was to do something different, something new – so it was ‘forward to the past’ with a traditional Harvest Fayre where we could relax away from the whirl of daily life and spend four hours in a different time period where the pace of life was a little slower, affording a Friends ‘community moment’.  With maypole dancing, tombolas, building scarecrows, tossing the bale, guessing the weight of the vicar, baking and vegetable competitions, a hog roast and much more, we raised over £1,200 profit from this event – a tremendous achievement for a first time out.  So enjoyable was this old-time Harvest Fayre that we have decided to do it again in September 2012 and hope you will put this date in your diaries now and come along on the day.

You may have read that we have a mascot.  He is an otter and currently abroad on tour in the Balkans visiting the Orthodox churches and monasteries .  We hope to receive a postcard from him on his travels as he proceeds around the globe before returning to Wateringbury for our Harvest Fayre in time for the children’s ‘hunt the otter’ race–you may wish to check out our website periodically to see if there is news from him on his travels.

Chairman’s appeal:

* New Friends. We now have over 100 Friends – my appeal to you is to help us double that number in our second year, 2012/13.  For just £10 a year membership per household, contributions will be used to support the maintenance and upkeep of our church and churchyard.  I ask that each Friend seek to encourage one new household to join the Friends in time for our second year, starting 31st March 2012.  In support of our second year renewal, we will be having refreshments and music at the Church at 10.00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome, even if they aren’t a Friend.  Please come along on the day.  We will also be carrying out our seconf year leaflet drop on that morning, and if you and your family  would like to help in the delivery of these around the village, we would be delighted.  If so, I would be grateful if you would contact the Secretary, Frances English, Tel 01622 812471 or email friends@fowc.org.uk and we can allocate an area near your home.  The more we are in number, the shorter the task, and telling us early that you are prepared to join in the re-distribution will help us to plan the leaflet drop.

* New Businesses. If you know of any local business that you think might benefit from the opportunity of being listed on the Friends’ website, please get in touch with the FOWC Secretary, Frances English, Tel: 01622 812471 or email friends@fowc.org.uk

Finally, before signing off, I would like to thank our Vice-Chairman Martina Rodrigues-Taylor and PR Assistant Nicky Strong for their sterling work as founders of the FOWC.  Both ladies stood down from the committee at the end of 2011.  Without their hard work we would not have achieved all that we have.  I know that I speak for all the Friends when I say how grateful we are for Martina’s and Nicky’s huge efforts.  Terry Bird has taken over as Vice-Chairman and is leading the review of the constitution.  Nicky has been replaced by Chris Stockham, who is now Assistant Treasurer – we welcome them both.

As your Chairman, I thank you for your continuing support and wish you well in our second year.

 

William English

FOWC Chairman

 

Dates for your diary:

Sat 03 March – Extraordinary General Meeting,  11am

Sat 31 March -  Renewal/Membership morning  10am

Sat 15 Sept – FOWC Harvest Fayre.

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting 3rd March 2012

Please be aware that there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Friends of the Church of St John The Baptist, Wateringbury at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 3rd March 2012 at the Church of St. John The Baptist, Wateringbury, at which a proposed new Constitution for The Friends will be considered and approved if thought fit, as well as the appointment of Trustees. We need to revise our Constitution to bring it into line with the requirements of the Charity Commission and HM Revenue and Customs.

I urge you to attend so that you can have your say in this important matter. All Friends of 18 years of age and over are eligible to vote. Please bring your membership card.

Should you have any questions about the Extraordinary General Meeting, please contact me at the address below.
Frances English (FOWC Secretary)

01622 812471

friends@fowc.org.uk

78 Old Road, Wateringbury, ME18 5PP

Agenda

Item Detail
1 Introduction
2 Apologies
3 Declaration of Interests
4 Proposed Constitution
5 Appointment of Trustees
6 Close of Meeting

AGM Notice

Please be aware that the Friends of Wateringbury Church’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Sat 05 Nov 2011 at 1100 hrs at St John the Baptist Church, Wateringbury.  Please view agenda here Agenda for 05 Nov 2011

Each year, the Friends, all of whom are eligible to vote (18 years of age and over), will have the opportunity to elect/re-elect their Committee members at the AGM, and if they wish, have themselves proposed and seconded for membership to the Committee.  If you wish to be one such person, then please send in your nomination with proposer and seconder to the Secretary by Sat 22 Oct. 

Should any Friends have any questions or business they wish to be discussed at the AGM, please submit your item/question to the Secretary by Sat 22 Oct. The AGM is a public meeting and all are welcome.  However, only Friends can vote, so please bring with you your Friends membership card.

Frances English (FOWC Secretary)
01622 812471
friends@fowc.org.uk
78 Old Road, ME18 5PP