Recent Fundraising Events 2016

Wateringbury and the Battle of the Somme

 

Thank you for your superb donations taken at the evening for the talk on ‘Wateringbury and the Battle of the Somme’. Presented by Col William English and Terry Bird, the talk gave a fascinating insight into the machinations of the Somme Battle and the implications the War had for Wateringbury itself.  The illustrated talk ran alongside an excellent display of Somme,WW1 and local memorabilia and the evening raised a tremendous

£860!

Thank you to everyone who gave their support to this evening.

Click here to see some photos of the evening

 

Chris gets things started

 

Strawberry Tea Party

Once again, we would like to thank those of you who supported us at our annual Strawberry Tea Party back in September.  We couldn’t have been luckier – the weather was just perfect for an afternoon in an English country garden. Walking through the Yard, admiring the stunning vintage cars parked alongside, then sipping Pimm’s, indulging in Strawberries and Cream, tea and cakes and splashing out on the White Elephant and children’s Lucky Dip whilst playing croquet, badminton or simply lounging on the lawn – perfect!  Including our collection for the Shingles, we took an astonishing

£1300!

Thank you to everyone who gave their support to this event.

 

David Wilson-Green cycling up Mont Ventoux!

Many congratulations to David Wilson-Green in his amazing cycling challenges he undertook for FOWC during the summer, culminating in his tremendous ascent of the notorious Mont Ventoux!

David raised a tremendous £1537 towards the re-shingling of the spire! Thank you, David!

 

 

AGM - the AGM was held on 19th July 2016.  Please see the ‘Minutes’ section for a look at the Minutes and the message from the FOWC Chairman.

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SUPPORTED US AT YVONNE’S ITALIAN GARDEN LAST WEEK! DESPITE THE INCLEMENT WEATHER,  MANY PEOPLE CAME TO ENJOY THE TRANQUILITY AND BEAUTY OF THE WHITE GARDEN – AND OF COURSE THE DELICIOUS CAKES AND COFFEE!

A magnificent £250.00 was raised plus £80.00 for sponsor-a-shingle

Thank you for your tremendous support

 

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SUPPORTED US AT ’HAVE WE GOT NEWS FOR YOU’ EVENING ON FRIDAY. THERE WAS AN EXCELLENT TURN-OUT AND SUCH WERE THE FASCINATING STORIES FROM FLEET STREET, THAT WE ALL WANTED MORE!  IT WAS AN EVENING PACKED WITH FUNNY AND POIGNANT MOMENTS OF AN ERA THAT SADLY WILL NEVER BE EXPERIENCED AGAIN.

A magnificent £259.00 was raised plus £40.00 for sponsor-a-shingle

Thank you for your tremendous support

 

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SUPPORTED FOWC’S PIMM’S TENT AT THE VILLAGE FETE.  IT WAS A FABULOUS DAY AND WE RAISED OVER £500!

 

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2015

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED OUR STRAWBERRY TEA PARTY!

 

ON THE AFTERNOON, WE TOOK A TREMENDOUS £780.11!  THE TRUSTEES WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED; BROUGHT ALONG DELICIOUS CAKES, DONATIONS FOR THE RAFFLE, THEIR TIME OR BY SIMPLY COMING ALONG AND ENJOYING THE AFTERNOON.

THIS MEANS THAT WE HAVE NOW REACHED OUR £15,000 TARGET – THANK YOU!

 

The Chairman and Board of Trustees offer sincere thanks to those who have supported and continue to support the Friends over the last five years.  The Board looks forward to enabling further projects with your continuing support as part of your village legacy.

 

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THANK YOU!

For your support in coming to the  beautiful and tranquil Italian Garden of David and Yvonne Marks, nestled in the Heart of Wateringbury.

We raised a magnificent £353!

All proceeds go directly to our charity.

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THANK YOU!

FOWC would like to thank everyone who joined us at our Pimm’s tent at the Wateringbury Fete.  It was a beautiful day and was a great success all round.  Thanks to you we raised a whopping £520.02 profit!

Our target of £15,000 by March 2016 is growing closer and closer!  Thanks to you we have raised £13,800!

 

 

 

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Over the last four years we have raised a magnificent £13K through individual donations, business donations and fundraising events.  All monies go directly to the maintenance, improvement and preservation of the church and churchyard to promote public interest in the church, its history and its work.

At the end of March, every household in Wateringbury received a membership leaflet through their letterbox.  At only £10 per annum, we ask that you consider taking out a new membership for 2015 or renewing your current membership.  Please help us to continue our improvements for the church and churchyard.  If you haven’t received a leaflet, then please feel free to ring Frances English (Secretary) on 01622 812471 and she will send you one or pick up a leaflet at the church or post office.

Our first completed project has been funding the new internal church door.  Hope you’ll agree it looks great!

Anyone can become a Friend of Wateringbury Church, even if they aren’t churchgoers or even living in the parish. Perhaps you may value the building, its history and traditions, or just feel it’s important for the village to keep the church in good condition. Our overall aim is to assist with the maintenance, improvements and preservation of the church and churchyard, thereby promoting public interest in the church, its history and its work. Join us to help the church maintain its role at the heart of our village.

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Thank you for your support at the Christmas Craft Bazaar!

The sale of chutneys, adult manicures and children’s nail painting and donations raised an excellent sum of £68.50.

It was a very enjoyable day and thank you to all of those who supported us.

Eleanor English (CIBTAC/CIDESCO) hard at work

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STOP PRESS!

THE FRIENDS OF THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, WATERINGBURY (FOWC) has been registered by The Charity Commission for England and Wales as a charity – Number 1151983. This follows the recognition last year by HMR&C of our charitable status for tax purposes, making all donations eligible for Gift Aid. This is really good news, as it will make our task of raising money for the church more rewarding and a bit easier.

‘HAVE WE GOT NEWS FOR YOU’

Friday 17 June 2016, St John the Baptist Church, Wateringbury – Doors open 7pm

 

An evening of anecdotes and tales delivered by a former Fleet Street executive who, for more than forty years, witnessed the best and worst of larger than life characters from the world of politics, business, sport and ‘celebrity’, surviving regular tirades from Robert Maxwell in the process. Friday 17th June at St John the Baptist Church, Wateringbury.  Doors open 7pm, refreshments available, talk to start at 7.30pm.  Tickets £5 in advance (e-mail friends@fowc.org.uk or call 01622 812933) / £6 on the door.

All proceeds to Friends of Wateringbury Church.

 

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.