Wednesday, 28 February 2018



2017 was an encouraging year for All Saints.
One of the most encouraging aspects of 2017 was the arrival of new people at our main 10am service. As a result, we were able to report an Average Weekly Attendance of 135 as opposed to 130 in 2016. The fact that we are showing signs of numeric growth is significant in our increasingly secular society.

Another healthy sign was that we had the best response to our Trio campaign that we have had since I arrived here – a sign of people engaging in a more significant way with the life of All Saints.

We leave 2017 with firm plans to employ a Children and Families’ worker for 18 hours a week and to go away together on a parish weekend. Both these things should become realities by the end of Lent 2018.

We also had a larger number of weddings than we have had for some years, though our baptism number was down in 2017.
I have decided though not to write a long report here but to let the reports enclosed speak for themselves. I shall, therefore, reserve my further comments for the ADCM itself which I would like to warmly invite you to. It will take place on Sunday 18th March at 11.30am in the Church Hall. I will at that point thank the churchwardens and DCC and all of you who have made 2017 a special year for our Church.  Just in case you are not able to make it to this meeting, please allow me to say a thank you to you now. It is a privilege having you as part of our church family and thank you for all that you do.

With every good wish in Christ.

Simon Tillotson


The Archive is where we retain our Historical Records together with many other items and documents. This enables us to have a picture of church life, events and contacts with our local community in the past.

In 2017 the number of folders has only gone up by 2 to 385 but there has been a lot of work done to reorganize all DCC minutes in consecutive folders for instance.  Scanning, particularly of old photographs, has continued.  Searching for information should be easier and in time, the images may even become available on the website. It is, though, a time-consuming process.

Should you wish to enquire about an item that you have and think it may be a valuable addition to the Archive, then please contact me.                      Malcolm Waller, Church Archivist (01227 791540)


Adventurers is the name of our Sunday School or Sunday Club.  Numbers have varied from just two or three children to over 15 children some weeks with signs of a growing nucleus of families and children during the year which promises well for 2018.  I am very grateful to our team of helpful volunteers who make this important provision possible. Please note that we try and run a united group during school holidays rather than provide no club at all.                          Simon Tillotson


There were 32 baptisms at All Saints in 2017, of which 2 were adults. This number is down on previous years.  Baptisms take place in the afternoon of the first Sunday in the month, however, with the agreement of the Vicar, they may occur during the 10.00am service on Sunday.  A small team of volunteers, Peri Hawkins, Helen Parry and Debbie Tyler, visit and befriend the families before the baptism, attend the service and, if possible, the welcome service. I want to thank these people for all their hard work.  During the baptism, the child receives a baptism certificate, certificates for the godparents, a book of prayers from the Mothers’ Union and a lighted candle.  Siblings previously baptised are encouraged to bring their candles to the service to be re-lit.  The families are invited to attend the family service after the baptism where they receive a welcome, and the child is presented with a book of Bible stories.  This is such a worthwhile ministry and I feel privileged to be a part of it.                                    
                       Jane Askew, Baptism Co-ordinator


All Saints’ ringers continue to be a friendly, cheerful and loyal band.  We have had a busy year as always and we are lucky that our membership has stayed constant, unlike many other towers.  We have 12 ringers at present but were pleased to teach a Kent university student during the year and hope that he will continue to ring after graduating from university.  In addition to ringing for Sunday services and practising on Wednesday evenings, we rang for Remembrance Sunday and all Christmas services.  We did not ring specifically for St George’s Day this year as it was a Sunday, but we plan to do so in 2018.  We have rung for 18 weddings and one funeral during the year and we have continued to hold monthly practices with St. Alphege when we alternate between our two towers.  Our year was nicely rounded off by a very enjoyable Christmas meal at the Monument.  I should like to thank the ringers for their continued loyalty and support and for the friendship, fun & laughter we share together as a band.

 We practice on a Wednesday evening when anyone interested in learning to ring is welcome to “have a go”.  If you would like to keep up-to-date with Belfry news, then look at our Facebook page: Bell-ringing at All Saints, Whitstable.            Maureen Cooke Tower Captain, 01227 274817


CAMEO is in its 7th year and we have a membership of 40+ with average weekly attendance of 20-25.  We chat, drink tea/coffee/fruit juice and have a slice of homemade cake – thanks to Lindsay for the glorious homemade cakes she produces every week. There are games of Scrabble, Rummicub and other board games, but there are no compulsory activities - you can do as much or as little as you please.
In 2017, we fielded 2 tables for the All Saints’ Quiz Night (we didn’t win but we didn’t come bottom either) and a film show of Mama Mia was well attended.  The year was finished off with a Christmas Lunch Buffet with live music and entertainment which everyone contributed to.

 This only happens every week due to the help provided - setting up, serving drinks, providing lifts, and clearing up at the end.  Particular thanks to Barbara Allen, Joan Malt, Pat Holland, Lindsay Clifford, Christine Keil, Jo Piper, Monica Worth, Joan Garbutt, Lionel Osborn and Brian Kendall.

 Feel like a little company on a Monday afternoon? You would be very welcome to join us - just drop in on any Monday between 2.00-3.30pm (except bank holidays).  No obligation to come every week – just when you feel like it.                                Linda Young 01227 278681 /


 What another wonderfully musical year we have had at All Saints. The adult choir is sounding brilliant and we have again seen steady numbers of soprano and altos at both practice and on Sundays; new members have been coming along too.  We rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7.15pm in the Church if you’d like to join us - it really is a lovely group to be a part of within the life of the Church. This year, the decision was made to have evensong on a quarterly basis and this has proved successful.  The choir also worked extremely hard to produce a brilliant Advent Carol Service and it was lovely to see so many of the congregation in attendance.

 Sunday 5th March heralded the much awaited relaunch of the organ and how wonderful it was to have it back in action.  We are so lucky to have such a brilliant organist in Michael who brings out the best in the instrument.

 The music group continues to blossom with a regular woodwind section and the addition of the recorder, bass and drum kit at larger services.  Later on in the year, the wonderful summer weather allowed us to play outside for both the Pet Blessing Service and the Picnic Eucharist too.

 The junior choir has now been re-established for just over a year and our faithful four are brilliant. Dorcas joined us during the year and has been an excellent addition.  They have sung at many services throughout the year and have great fun singing together.  Junior Choir meets on Thursdays from 5.20pm - 6.00pm if you’d like to come along.

 I would like to thank Michael, the adult choir, junior choir and music group for their hard work and dedication in facilitating the worship at All Saints with their wonderful music.

Victoria Hall MA BA(Hons), Choir and Music Group Leader


 The past year has been very challenging for All Saints, however, it has also been a very successful time with many memorable spiritual and social events.

Easter week began with a Passion Play acted by members of our congregation.  We then followed the story into Maundy Thursday and the three hours devotion on Good Friday.  Our Easter celebrations began with the 5.30am Sunrise Service on the beach and then the Easter services began in the church.  It was a very spiritual time and all services were well attended.

 The Vicarage garden was used many times during last year.  Our Garden Party was once again a great success, mainly due to the hard work of the Social Committee.  A Garden Eucharist was also held with music from the band and singing from the congregation.  This was then followed by a picnic in the sunshine - a great service of fellowship, which hopefully will be repeated.  The Pet Service was also once again held in the garden sunshine, as was the Nursery School Sports Day.  And of course, the repeat of Firework Night on November 5th, which is always a success.

 We are very fortunate to be able to hold many events in the large vicarage garden; this does not only benefit members of our congregation, but also the local community who always support us in all our garden events.

 We are at the moment hoping to use the garden more and Simon has written a Mission Action Plan which includes the garden as a venue.

The Fabric Committee were also kept busy during the year and we thank them all for their hard work, especially when the lights went out in the Church!

 The disabled toilet is now on its way to completion and many thanks to Linda Livingstone who helped us secure a grant from Virador.

 At the beginning of 2017 our Treasurer predicted a deficit in our accounts.  The Finance Committee therefore recommended to the DCC that the church hold a TRIO campaign some time during the year.  This was held in November; the TRIO was successful and a substantial increase has been predicted in our giving.

 During the autumn we had the opportunity to listen to sermons given by various members of our clergy and congregation who preached on their favourite Bible passage, giving the congregation an opportunity to discuss it after the service.  This was very successful and thank you to all who took part in this new initiative.

Once again the Social Committee came up trumps with the Christmas Fair.  It was (as usual) very successful, so a big thank you to those working in the kitchen and serving lunch, to all the stall holders, the knitters, sewers, the cake makers and collectors of items for sale.   Not forgetting the planning and organisation of the Social Committee under the chairmanship of John Johnson.

 Our Christmas services began with the Christingle, which raised £145 for the charity ‘Save the Children’ and was followed by “Carols under the Yew tree”.  However, due to the adverse weather conditions, Whitstable Brass led us in our singing inside the Church, but it was still a great atmosphere.  The giving at this service, along with that from ‘Singing for Fun and Health’, amounted to £447.00 and was donated to Catching Lives.

 We also received donations for Demelza House, Pilgrims Hospice and other various charities from our Christmas card and funeral collections.

 As usual, the Christmas period at All Saints was a great success with approximately 1140 people attending our services.  We had two very busy Crib services, a Midnight Eucharist and our final Christmas services in the morning.  The giving at the services over the Christmas period was shared, with one half going to the Church and the other being donated to the Rohingya Appeal, which amounted to £560.

 There was more activity on 29th December with a special party organised and held for Simon as we all celebrated his 50th birthday.

We are now well into 2018 and have received news from Phillip Williams that he will retire from his groundsman and maintenance duties.  Grateful thanks to Phillip for his 35 years of service and for having escaped from the graveyard (not many people can say that!).  He has now been appointed Sexton so we have not lost him completely.  We have interviewed a number of applicants for his replacement and have now made an appointment. However, we are still advertising for a Children and Families’ Minister so we do need to continue to pray that we will find someone.  We also need to pray for success in appointing a new Team Rector.  The Churchwardens and Treasurer met the previous applicants and introduced them to All Saints.  Unfortunately neither was appointed and the process will begin once again in March.

Our Church is growing and there are many ideas planned for this coming year, however, we do need help, and if you feel you are able to be part of our Church Council, then please have a chat with Simon or one of the Churchwardens - we will be pleased to see you.  Also, if you feel you are able to go onto the rota as a sidesperson or driving the elderly to and from church, please let one of us know.  We would like to say a special thank you to Simon for his work and encouragement to us, and to all who attended our services and events throughout the year.

 Margaret Arnold and Mike Binks - Churchwardens


 This is my last Churchyard Report as Church Groundsman, as I retire at the end of 35 years working in this beautiful location.

 Our churchyard, the largest open in the Canterbury Diocese, is an oasis of calm among the hustle and bustle of modern life, revealing the wonders of God’s creation and is a haven for wildlife including foxes, rabbits, hedgehogs, squirrels and many varieties of birds.  Although this sounds idyllic, there are of course many occasions when it has been too cold, too wet, too windy or too hot to work comfortably – but the job still needs to be done.

 Recently a contractor has been working on relaying footpaths and installing a new one to aid accessibility to the new grave area.  A good number of folk tend graves and visit the Garden of Remembrance, the Church or Nursery School, or just pass through along the public footpath.

 In 2017 there were 9 burials and 23 recorded interment of ashes in the Churchyard.  (Out of interest, since the turn of the century, there have been 220 burials and 250 interments of ashes).

It has been a privilege and a joy to be there for people at their time of need, to see God’s wonderful creation transformed through the changing seasons, and to tend our beautiful Churchyard as the trees have grown and the number of graves has increased over the years.

 My thanks to Mike Binks for his help since August 2014 and a number of individuals and working parties over the years.  Now I pass on the role to my newly appointed successor, and wish him well in keeping the Churchyard with its newly laid paths in fine fettle.

 Phillip Williams, Groundsman (07787  127643),


 As part of our pastoral care, a team of people regularly visit people at home, bringing them Holy Communion if they are temporarily or long-term unable to get to Church.  (See also under Pastoral Care Scheme for wider visiting).                                                                                                  David Sims


 I continue to take assemblies at the Endowed School and Swalecliffe Primary School, both of are fruitful forms of contact with our community, teachers and pupils.  I continue as a Governor at the Community College, Whitstable (formerly the Sir William Nottidge School), having served previously a few years ago.  I find my experience of being involved at all three schools extremely important to my ministry as a vicar; it is not to be seen in any way as something separate from my work, but a living embodiment of the need for clergy to be out in the community in this way.  Please pray for me as I go to these schools and for my important role as a Governor at Whitstable’s only Secondary School.  Please also pray that I will be given more opportunities to take assemblies at the Community College, Whitstable.                                             Simon Tillotson


 Reculver Deanery consists of the Anglican Churches in the Whitstable Team, together with those in Herne Bay, Herne, Greenhill, Hoath and Reculver.

 The Deanery Synod is elected for a term of 3 years.  The current synod was elected in 2017.

All Saints has 3 deanery synod members: Margaret Arnold,  Malcolm Waller and myself.   Synod members are also ex-officio members of both the PCC and DCC.

 Deanery Meetings in 2017:

 ·      January – Open Meeting

Renewal for the Diocese of Canterbury - Discussion of the document ‘Rooted in Prayer, courageously led, diverse in age’, with group discussions feeding back to the Diocesan Synod

 ·      June – Synod members only –met fora meal together to start the new 3-year term of the Deanery Synod.  It was a lovely chance to get to know people from other Churches in the Deanery, and as a thank you to all the lay members, the 3-course supper was served by the clergy!

 ·      October –Open Meeting

 Aiming for Growth – led by Jo Kelly Moore, Archdeacon of Canterbury

 ·      November– a Diocesan Day of Prayer

Deanery Satellite Event hosted by St John’s Swalecliffe with worship and various prayer stations.

 Usually there are several Deanery Open Meetings held throughout the year.  These themed meetings are open to anyone in the Deanery, and you are all encouraged to attend any of them that appeal to you - do keep an eye open in the church notices for details throughout the year.

 Any business to be dealt with by the Deanery Synod is dealt with at a very short meeting of the Synod (typically only a few minutes, to approve finances etc) at the end of a Deanery Open Meeting.                                                                     Christine Williams, Lay Chair of Reculver Deanery



 The DCC is a decision-making body which strives to facilitate and maintain the flourishing life of the Church.  All Saints’ DCC Members possess a wealth of experience and knowledge gained in a wide variety of backgrounds, and attend meetings which take place every couple of months.

 The meeting is led by Simon, our Vicar, with strong support from the Churchwardens and, of course, Malcolm our Treasurer, whose checks and balances help transform decisions into practical actions. 

 With over 20 loyal Members, the Council has been instrumental in helping to shape and develop the Church facilities and activities that take place within them.  2017 was no exception; it has been an eventful year, with full agendas and all meetings being very well attended.  A diverse range of subjects has been discussed - some at great length -from the building of a disabled toilet to the employment of a Children and Families' Worker. 

 We particularly thank Howard Barker, John Johnson and Dave Parry for their reliability and commitment as they near the end of their term of office in early 2018. 

Clare Levere, Secretary to the DCC


 Roll numbers have changed very little over the year starting at 193 in March 2017 and ending at 191 this year.

 We have lost 2 people during the year who have passed away since the last ADCM namely Wendy Palmer and Catherine Drury; three others have either moved away or live outside the parish and have ceased attending regularly so are removed from the roll, namely

 Mark Finch, Eda Leathwaite, Marjorie Simmons, Leanora Smale and Sacha Euden.

There have been 5 additions to the Roll, namely Richard and Pamela Atherton, Christeen Norfolk, Susan Hughes and Derek Hill.

If you are not on the Electoral roll you cannot become a member of the District Church Council or other Church Committee, nor have a vote at the Annual District Church Council.  All regular worshippers are invited to be on the roll and are asked to complete the appropriate form which is available from the table in the Church or from the Electoral Roll Officer.  If you are not sure whether you are on the Roll, then please contact Brian Percival on 01227 262435.


Yet another good year for the Committee with six meetings.  I would like to thank all the Committee members for attending and contributing so fully to all the discussions. Much has been done and there are some interesting possibilities for the future.

At the start of the year the main Church car park was re-laid and, as I write this, all the Churchyard paths are being resurfaced, with a new one being added. The Nursery School car park will also be resurfaced.

 In the spring a new Hall Manager, Bruce Douglas, was appointed. He is widely appreciated with his friendly and approachable manner, and the Hall continues to be a vibrant part of the Church and its outreach.

During the year, steady progress was made on the planning of the Thorpe Room disabled toilet and final planning approval was received in the autumn.  At the time of writing this report, the building is well under way and I hope that it will have been successfully completed before this meeting.

 Over the summer months we had major electrical problems in the Church. They were so regular that many of the weddings and funerals were attended by an extra person to reset the fuses in case they blew.  Checks showed that the main board was worn out and many connections needed replacing, so it was decided to replace the whole board and some rewiring was also done.  This coincided with the bi-annual electrical survey, and so was carried out at no charge, within the quoted price. Hopefully all will be well for the next 50 years.

 In addition to the above, many smaller matters continually required attention, such as replacing the outdoor sensor lights around the Church, installing outdoor electrical sockets in the Vicarage Garden and replacing all of the lights in the Hall with low wattage units. Also, many minor repairs and upgrades were continually being carried out.  I feel that Derek Comins in particular deserves a special mention for the many times he willingly gave of his time and expertise to solve some small and some not so small problems.

Looking to the future, we are just starting to study a really radical proposal that could benefit the Church for many years. It is in the very early stages - more will be disclosed during the year....

 Phillip Williams has been looking after the Churchyard, plus undertaking many other varied maintenance jobs, for 35 years. That the Churchyard looks in such good condition and receives so many complimentary comments is entirely due to his efforts over many years. Sadly, he has reached the age of retirement and has decided to step down from that role. He will still retain the role of outdoor Sexton, helping with funerals and finding the more obscure grave sites, but he will be great missed. His successor, Jason Tongue, has been appointed and we are sure that he will be a great success. 

Finally I want to repeat my thanks to everyone on the Committee and to all those who helped on working parties.  I always enjoy our meetings and find them both informative and uplifting.

 Michael Binks, Fabric Committee and Church Warden


The Film Club continues to meet every Thursday apart from a few weeks off each year in the summer.  Numbers attending vary from about 10 to 25 and membership is only £10 for the year. It provides a useful social event for many, as there is an interval half way through when people can catch up with each other over a tea or coffee.  Please let me know if you would like to see the latest programme or simply turn up at the Hall on a Thursday at 11am.  I am very grateful to David Welford and David Woodnott who assists me, though it would be good to have a third person who could help when neither David nor I are available.  You would need to be taught how to set up our Film Club system, so some confidence with leads and sockets would be helpful!                        Simon Tillotson



 As usual, the flower ladies plus Malc worked hard bringing colour into All Saints’ Church with the joy of flowers.  Each season is different and we try to reflect the seasons in our arrangements.  However, sometimes we are thrown a challenge with wedding requests when we are asked to find flowers and greenery that are not in season and, therefore, difficult to source but we all do our best and from my point of view, succeeded every time.  Well done to you all!  Thank you to Kayte, Viv, Marion and Malc who work each week with the flowers and also to Linda Annable and Berit Garsed who help when needed.  If you think you would like to join us we would love to meet you, so please give me a ring for a chat.                                                          Margaret Arnold 01227 793588



If people cannot for any reason attend the Sunday morning services, a service is held in the South Aisle every Thursday morning at 10am, at which there is an opportunity to receive prayer for healing and wholeness in body, mind and spirit, within the context of Holy Communion.  All welcome.

 About three times a year, the Healing Ministry is also offered at the 10am main service.  After every service, prayer and/or a confidential conversation is available in the West Porch.

Should anyone who generally attends the 8am service feel in need at any time of special prayer, do please get in touch with Simon, the Vicar, who will be pleased to offer you this ministry or pass you on to others in the Healing Ministry Team.  
                                                                      David Sims


We stopped Celebrate in 2014 because we felt it was leading to a divided Church.  Generally speaking the change has been appreciated, though we have lost some families who find formal Church difficult. Therefore, the MLT together with the DCC took the decision to start a midweek event after school for families with young children which involved informal worship and could also hopefully provide a new link between our parish and our Sunday morning services.  Holyballoo therefore started in November 2016.

In 2017 we saw a gradual growth in numbers meaning we can have over 20 children and 15 adults present at some Holyballoo afternoons.  It has been craft-centred rather than worship-centred, but this seems to be working well.  Craft is, after all, a form of worship.  For the parents who attend it is also a time to unwind away from the demands of work and home. 

Holyballoo takes place on Thursdays during term time at 3.15pm to 4.15pm in the Church Hall, so come along if you are interested.

A big thank you to all who help with Holyballoo.  Your help is greatly appreciated.    Simon Tillotson


 The Ministry Leadership team continued to meet regularly in 2017in order to assess our worship, outreach and general life as a Church. It has helped make the decision to appoint a part-time Children and Families’ Worker which is currently being advertised (as of February 2018).  The MLT has also been reviewing worship and has spearheaded the decision to run a Parish weekend away which will take place in March 2018.

 Margaret Arnold, Denise Blaskett, Karen Goodwin, Chris Lovelock, Helen Parry,

 Julia Seath, Anne Rees, Rev Simon Tillotson, Paula Trewin MBE


The Mothers’ Union is a global Christian membership charity providing a support network for families since 1876.  Here in Whitstable, we are a fellowship branch with members form all the Anglican Churches.

 Normally we meet in the morning on the first Tuesday in the month in the Seasalter Christian Centre and the third Thursday afternoon in the Thorpe Room at All Saints’.  We usually have a speaker at our meetings and everybody is welcome to attend.  Details of forthcoming meetings are usually shown on the Church notices and also in the monthly “Unity Update”.

 We are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members, and Margaret Lakin-Hall, our current leader (Telephone 262471), will always be pleased to hear and answer, or give any more information.                                                                                                           Rosemary and Margaret


 The PCC is the body that represents the five Team Churches of Whitstable. It met four times during the year.  Most of the work it does is just standard administration of team matters, but of note this year were the following:

 a) The Raise the Roof campaign to raise money for a new roof for St Alphege, Whitstable;

 b) St John's Swalecliffe now has a paid Children and Family Worker, Naomi Smith, who has completed her second full year and is on maternity leave; her work has clearly borne a lot of fruit;

c) St Peter's Whitstable had a post office inside its main building as a service to the community and to help with its general outreach; this has now moved out of its premises having found a permanent location within a Co-Op shop on Cromwell Road;

d) Continued outreach into the St Andrew's part of town by St Alphege, Whitstable which has pastoral responsibility for that area;

 e) Various projects taking place at St Alphege, Seasalter, including plans for refurbishing the old Church.

By far the biggest subject though was the departure of Canon Steve Coneys, our Team Rector who had served our Parish as Team Rector for fourteen years and St Alphege Seasalter with great passion, leadership and ability since his arrival. We wished him and Vicky all the best as they moved away in September and then we started work preparing for our new Team Rector, who will also be based at Seasalter.  We hope that interviews for this post will take place in March 2018.

Simon continues to meet every Monday with the other colleagues from the team and to work together with them on a number of projects in the town.  Please pray for the work of our Team PCC.  Thank you.                                                                                                                      Simon Tillotson


 A relatively small group of pastoral assistants and people authorised to take out Communion to people’s homes is currently in existence. We meet from time to time to discuss how our visiting is going and also email each other with important pastoral news. It would be good to see some more people come forward to be a pastoral assistant, so if you think this might be what you are called to do, please let me know.  Most pastoral assistants only visit one or two people regularly, and this is still perfectly satisfactory and greatly appreciated.

 As has been pointed out before, the presence of Cameo, Singing for Fun and Health, the Film Club and our well attended Thursday 10am service, as well as the outstanding pastoral work of the Prayer Shawl Team, mean that we have pastoral structures in place now which create much social support for members of All Saints and for those who may not be churchgoers but who nonetheless attend these groups. Therefore, despite the fact that our team of pastoral assistants is smaller than in previous years, we are confident that we are just as caring a Church as we have ever been.  Particular thanks to Christine Daldorph for her work creating the large cards which we so often give out to people.

Those currently taking part in the Pastoral Care Scheme and Home Communion visiting are Margaret Arnold, Roz Button,  ChristineDaldorph, Berit Garsed, Pat Hudgell,  Vivienne Lateu, Janet Livermore,  David Sims, Heather Scott, Rev Simon Tillotson.


 Our Prayer Shawl Ministry was formed on 22nd January 2014 by Linda Young and Pat Holland, who had been inspired by attending an annual Prayer Shawl Group meeting at Nonnington  - so we are now four years old!  We currently have 15 active members who meet twice a month to knit and crochet shawls, blankets and scarves for folk who are poorly, bereaved or who are in need of "a hug of love".  We also celebrate happy events such as marriage or the birth of a new baby with a gift.

  "Shawls … made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive unconditionally loving God.  They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify.  Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles ….".
Janet Severie Bristow, Founder of Prayer Shawl Ministry, 1998 - Hartford, Connecticut,  USA.

 To date we have given just over 200 shawls, lap blankets, cushions and scarves, including 30 small blankets to All Saints ‘Nursery, 20 small scarves to All Saints’ Sunday Club, a number of hats and scarves to the Haven Project for the homeless and premature baby hats and bonding squares for William Harvey and St. Thomas' Hospitals.

 Our meetings start with lighting a candle, prayers for guidance and for those on our prayer list and a short reading relevant to the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  This is followed by a news update; then it's time for work, coffee and a chat. Each item is brought to our communion service for a blessing before it is packaged and given to the recipient.

If you would like to join us or find out more about our group, please ring Sue Smith on 01227 471325, or email                                                                          Sue Smith


This year has been a year of incredible highs and deep troughs.

 Last year was the third year of my training as a reader and was the toughest year yet.  I struggled with academia but was relieved to eventually scrape through.  I am, at the time of writing this, in my fourth and final year and should be finished by Easter.  It’s been a long road and I could not have done this without all of your support.  It means a lot and you have been so patient with me as I have trialled my sermons on you and got your feedback. Thank you one and all.

 Whilst training, I have continued to work full time in my day job as a Children’s Social Worker and this too has had its challenges this last year . The time I devote to my training is evenings and some weekends.  There is also a residential weekend once a year, a Saturday school once per term and an evening class once per week; we also have four tutorials per year.   Then there is the expectation to provide two academic essays per term.  So if you think I am looking tired, there's probably a deadline or two looming!!

 This is in addition to any sermons I preach, prayers I write, bells I ring, or meetings that I attend in my commitment to the MLT and DCC.  But my training does not end there; I have another few months to go and alongside that I am undertaking funeral training.  I am hanging onto the fact that come Easter, I will be fully fledged.

This past year my ministry has grown and I am very privileged to undertake my new role as celebrant's assistant.  In doing so, I feel a strong connection to God, and to be involved in such an important role as part of the Eucharist is a real honour and joy.

 I know that God has always had plans for me but I could not do this role without the support of the congregation and Simon our Vicar, to whom I extend my heartfelt thanks.  If you would like to know more about my role, please come and talk to me.                                              Denise Blaskett

Reflective Scripture Group (Lectio Divina or Sacred reading)

 The group has been meeting regularly, usually on the third Monday of the month from 8 to 9 pm at home.  We first listen to, then each one reads to themselves, the Gospel reading for the following Sunday.  After a time of meditating/pondering on the passage, anyone, as, when and if they wish to, repeat a word or phrase from the reading that might have touched them in some way.  There is no obligation to do so, nor commentary or discussion on what has been said.  It is an ancient way of "praying the Scriptures", not a Bible study.  It is led by the Holy Spirit for each participant.  It is not structured and participants come as and when they wish or are able to.  We are between 4, sometimes 8 or 9 on any given evening. There is room for more.

 Do think about coming and exploring this unique way of praying "The Word of God".  You are most welcome.  The dates are published in the weekly notices.

 Martin and Berit Garsed, 19 Gloucester Rd, Tankerton, 01227 266212


This has continued once a month throughout 2017 and will do so, I believe, for years to come as it is such a powerful spiritual experience for those who attend. We meet in near darkness at 8pm with just candlelight in the Church and the sound of Taize music and the smell of incense.  There is then 45 minutes of time for quietness and prayer before spoken prayers are said at 8.45pm.  We conclude at 9pm.  Recently, numbers have increased significantly which is welcome, with quite a number of younger adults attending.  Please do bring a torch. Please look out for it on the notices or website, as dates are advertised.                                                                                      Simon Tillotson


 The Sacristy Team have continued their work throughout the year.  Week by week they have been carrying out their duties preparing everything needed for the celebration of the Eucharist.  Routine tasks include the scalding of chalices, the care of altar linen, servers’ amices and priests’ vestments.  The Sacristans are also responsible for keeping the communion vessels in good order and for changing the altar frontals to reflect the passing seasons of the year.

 Sacristans – Doreen Austin, Margaret Finch, Barbara Tinson.


 The DCC accepted the Diocese guidelines and policy statement and reconfirmed the safeguarding team: Julia Seath, Adult Safeguarding Lead, Peri Hawkins, Child Safeguarding Lead and Linda Young, Parish Disclosure Officer.

 The Safeguarding Team are unable to report compliance with the standards of the Safeguarding Policy due to outstanding Health and Safety Issues (Risk Assessments and Action Plans of the Church, Church Hall and grounds).*

 This year has seen changes to the safeguarding training with different levels being available and also with training being available online.

15 people have completed level C0 online, 0 attended C1- online sessions (as it was not available) and 1 person attended C2, the trainer led session.

The Diocese is offering online DBS applications to all parishes.  In 2017, we submitted 13 applications, 4 for new certificates and 9 for renewal certificates;  8 of these applications were made online with application, ID checking, police data base checking and certificate issue taking less than 1 week end to end in most cases.

 PLEASE NOTE we can offer assistance at your home or on the computer in the Church Office for completion of DBS applications or Safeguarding Training.

 Peri Hawkins, on behalf of the Safeguarding Team

*We are hoping to report that these have been completed by the time of the ADCM 2018.   Rev Simon Tillotson


 Welcoming visitors to our Church at Church services and at other times when the Church is open is a very important part of our mission. We are blessed to have people who, on a rota, volunteer their time on a Saturday morning to meet and greet visitors from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

Many thanks this past year to Wendy Bailey, Malcolm Waller, Anthea Bryant, Judith Jewiss, Karen Goodwin, Doreen Austin, Pat Hudgell, John and Jane Naylor, Christine and Phillip Williams, and new additions to the team of Allan and Avril Barrows and Gilean Davison.  Thanks also are due to Michael and Maureen Scammell who stood down this year.

We would be very pleased to have others join this small team.  Can you spare 2 hours on a Saturday morning, ~7 times a year, to welcome visitors, chat and make a cup of tea/coffee and help with baptismal and wedding enquiries and initial bookings?  The paper work isn’t complicated, it is not physically challenging and help is provided until you feel confident.  If you feel you would like to join this group or would like to know more about the who, how, what, where details of the job, please contact me.        
   Linda Young 01227 278681 /


The team of Servers here at All Saints’ Church continues to faithfully assist the clergy and our Reader, Denise Blaskett, at Sunday and midweek services.

 A number of our Servers were involved in serving at Cursillo services, including those held in Canterbury Cathedral.  As usual, we were involved in the traditional procession from St Peter’s Church to Reeves Beach for the Blessing of the Waters Service.  The Landing of the Catch for the Oyster Festival was somewhat different this year as we processed to Tankerton rather than the town centre.

 I am grateful to Christine Daldorph, my Deputy, and also fellow servers for “holding the fort” during December and the Christmas period when my wife and I were on a 6 week holiday in Australia seeing our son.  My thanks to Dennis Button for serving when no one else is available at our 8am Sunday service, and to other servers who are willing to fill in at short notice.  I am pleased to welcome Pam Atherton, who has joined us recently, and is already a loyal member of our team.

 Have you considered becoming a server?
We are always very pleased to welcome new members to the team of Servers– no previous experience required – just a desire to serve Our Lord at His Altar.

 So if you are interested, or just inquisitive about this role in All Saints Church, then please speak to myself or Simon.                                    
Phillip Williams, Head Server.(07787  127643)


Founded in 1945, the Scout Group at All Saints is open to young people between the ages of 6 and 18.  We have both male and female members in all sections.  Attendance at the Group is just under70 young people each week.

 All sections have worked on Challenge and Activity badges during the past year.  The Scouts and Explorers attended the Kent International Jamboree in August with over 3000 other members of the Scout and Guide movements.  One of our Explorers has been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in 2019, to be held in the USA.  Members from all sections of the Group have taken part in District activities as well as all the normal Scout training work, aiming for the Chief Scouts Award for the relevant section.  Explorer Scouts continue to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh awards.

 It is only the dedication of our Leaders that make the many activities the Group takes part in possible.  More Leaders are still required to organise and direct these activities - particularly in the Beaver & Cub sections - such that Scouting can continue here at All Saints.  If you would like to help, please get in touch.  If you have a young member in your family who would like to join either now or in the future, please also get in touch - we currently have a waiting list for all sections, with the Beavers being over 1 year!

Section     Age            Day and Time

Beavers     6-8 years   Tuesday 1700-1815

Cubs          8-10 ½ years          Tuesday 1830-2000

Scouts       10½-14 years          Friday 1900-2030

Explorer Scouts          14-18 years    Thursday 1915-2045

Thank you to those who support out Jumble Sales by providing a never ending supply of goods, and used stamps for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
                Peter Maley, Group Scout Leader,
01227 687253,


Every Sunday on a Rota system a band of loyal sidespersons welcome worshippers at the door of the church with a smile, a friendly word, and assistance if required.  Prior to this they would have put together the news sheet, service booklet, hymn sheet and any other paperwork relevant to the service. At the close they clear the paperwork, tidy the church and count monies.

There are currently 26 people on the rota who cover the 8am and 10am Sunday services. We are extremely grateful to them for their work every week and are thankful for two new volunteers this year.  We would welcome any further offers of help especially during the Christmas period.

Wendy Reynolds, Head Sidesperson.


We are just about to start our fourth year of Singing for Fun and Health.  We have a very committed group of helpers from the Church who work hard each month to make the sessions friendly and fun for all those who come along and join us.  We have an average of 50 people per session but about 80 at Christmas.  In addition to hearty singing, we enjoy a time of refreshment and a good chat.

This last year we welcomed the All Saints’ Nursery to join us in November for a Teddy Bears’ Picnic which went down very well with all.  There were some very old bears who joined us!  We had another excellent Christmas song and Carol afternoon, with an 8-piece band gathered mainly from the Church. Plenty of variety!

 This group is aimed at bringing health and wellbeing through singing into our community and building friendships to combat loneliness and isolation.  In this last year we have also been able to make donations to other charities e.g. Children in Need and Catching Lives and the new disabled facilities currently being built at the Hall.
A few of us have been invited to represent the group at a special RSCM meeting in March at Canterbury about music and mission.

We value your prayers for the continuance of this group, particularly in the light of the closure of AGEUK in Whitstable.                                  
                       Pat and Aubrey Holland


 2017 was another busy year for the Social Committee.  Our main events of the year included:

-          A very successful fish and chip quiz evening, enjoyed by all.

-         The Summer Fete proved to be the usual popular event and well supported, an enjoyable afternoon!

-        The Harvest Supper/Barn Dance was also well supported, with raffle proceeds donated to ‘Porch Light’. 

-        To complete our social calendar, we had the Christmas Fair and Carols under the Yew Tree (although in the Church this year because of the weather).  Proceeds from the Carols were donated to ‘Catching Lives’. Both events were very successful.

-        We also assisted at the Agape meal.

-        The successful Firework Display (although not a Social Committee affair) continues to be a popular outreach event and was enjoyed by all.

The All Saints’ Christmas cards and pens continue to sell well to raise further funds.

I would like to say a very big thank you to all the Social Committee members for their very loyal commitment and hard work - a real team effort.  Also a BIG thank you to all those who helped in whatever capacity and, of course, to all of those who have supported us at the various events.  I would like to wish the next Social Committee every success for 2018!                         John Johnson


We began the year with 17 wedding bookings at All Saints’, Whitstable, a significantly higher number of bookings than the start of the previous year.  Further bookings came in during the year and the grand total for the year was 20 wedding bookings plus an informal blessing.  The summer months remain the most popular months for couples, from May through to September with October becoming an increasingly popular choice too.

All couples are invited to two wedding preparation events; one is held at All Saints and the other at Seasalter Christian Centre.  The preparation day at All Saints takes place in February and is run by Simon Tillotson.  The afternoon covers all practical aspects of the wedding – hymns, prayers, music choices, fees etc.  It also gives the couples the opportunity to meet with the other couples getting married at All Saints in the same year.  The session with Simon in the Church lasts for between two to three hours and afterwards the couples come over to All Saints’ Hall for refreshments prepared by Jane and myself.  This also gives us the chance to meet the couples and to answer any questions.  Simon has a follow-up meeting with each couple about six weeks before their wedding day to finalise details of hymns, prayers and wedding requirements.

I manage the wedding administration, sending the invoices, writing the banns in the banns book to be read in Church and circulating the monthly rota showing the requirements of the couples.  Jane Askew helps with the wedding rehearsals and Angela Sandey with the wedding registers.

Many others volunteers are involved too including the bell ringers, choir, flower arrangers, organist and verger when requested.  It is a very rewarding role and one that I very much enjoy.

Karen Goodwin, Wedding Co-ordinator


Another very busy year of weddings, baptisms and funerals took place this year. I am much indebted to Karen Goodwin (our wedding co-ordinator) and Jane Askew (our Baptism co-ordinator who also helps with wedding rehearsals), for all their hard work over the year.  Thank you also to Peri Hawkins, Helen Parry and Debbie Tyler, our Baptism visitors, and to Angela Sandey who assists with our wedding registers.  Finally, a big thank you to our Saturday welcome team who do so much to help with the bookings.

Please continue to pray for these important forms of contact with our community, albeit sometimes in very sad circumstances as well as very joyful ones. Please also pray for me as I minister to the many people who come to our doors seeking our help at times of celebration or times of darkness and loss.                                                                                                    Simon Tillotson


Treasurer’s Report on 2017

Firstly, my usual thanks to the whole finance team and everybody that gets involved in finance,for your help and support during 2017. The weekly receipts and payments have again been efficiently dealt with by Barbara Tinson assisted by Mike & Maureen Scammell. Thanks to all the counters including Barbara Scott and her Monday morning team.

2017 has been a busy year - and looks to continue that way going into 2018. The usual day to day accounting, paying for services, materials and repairs has kept us all busy with over £350K going through the books. Accounts are currently with Levicks for Audit.

Some good fundraising events this year with the fireworks display doing particularly well and raising £2,125. A total of 20 weddings also helped with funds.

We also held a TRIO in November which was generally well received. A separate more detailed report follows this report.

I must report that the Church had an overall deficit in 2017 of £14,694. However, this is largely due to a deliberate spend on some of our reserves. The spend on our church car park to name one. We cannot keep reserves indefinitely without using them for our fabric and this has affected our balance sheet for this year, but it has been quite deliberate and indeed is what reserves should be spent on. Therefore, the overall loss is not due to daily running losses but due to a more deliberate expenditure of some of our reserves. 

This overall deficit can be explained as follows: -

Unrestricted funds– this is now solely the general fund.

This year I must report a deficit of £7,957 (2016deficit£1,697)

At the beginning of 2017, the total unrestricted general and designated funds stood at £139,313. This fell to £131,356 by the end of 2017. A fall of £7,597.

Income, at £159,693, was over £11K higher than 2016 with voluntary income (£86K) and fund-raising activities (£10K) both doing better. A particularly good year for weddings which together with hall hires (63K) made up the total.  Our unrestricted income for 2016 was £148,360.

Unfortunately, expenditure also increased by over £17Kto £167,749. Major contributors to this increase were £3.4K spent on preparation work for the disabled toilet project, over £4k spent on Church electrical repairs and £0.8K on Shirley Hall boiler repairs. Depreciation of the Shirley hall designated fund also accounted for £0.5K.

Day to day running cost came to over £146K. This includes quota costs of £79K, Church running expenses of £20K, Hall running expenses £15K and Churchyard upkeep of £8K.

Restricted funds – these include the Shirley Hall and the trust funds migrated to the church in 2009.For 2017I can report a deficit of £6,737 (2016 deficit was £15,430).

At the beginning of 2017, the total restricted funds stood at £252,234 (includes value of the Shirley Hall). This fell to £245,497 by the end of 2017. A fall of £6,737.

Restricted fund income totalled £13,673. Major parts of this amount are due to VAT refund on the organ restoration costs (£6K) and car parks & paths fund raising (£2.3K). We also have £21.4K with CCLA in “The Church of England Investment Fund – Income shares” and these have increased in value during 2017 by £3.1Kand also paid a dividend of £1.2K. There was also £1K paid into the Sunman fund.

Total expenditure was £20,311 with our main expenses being the £15K spent on the main car park resurfacing and preparing for work on the Shirley Hall car park and Churchyard paths.  A final £3K payment from the organ restoration fund was paid at the beginning of the year. Depreciation of the Shirley Hall accounted for another £1.6K.

(Note: a £4K grant from KCC has been received to off-set the start up costs for the disabled toilet/car park & paths project. This will be shown in 2018 report.)

Total Funds at 31 December 2017 amounted to £377K, of which £199Krepresentsthe current value of the Shirley Hall. At the same date the unrestricted funds stood at £94K and the various restricted funds totalled £46K.Waynforth and Vicar & Churchwarden investments account for the remaining £37K.

Year-end liabilities are £3.6K.

The Trust Funds – the only trust fund remaining at 31 December 2017 is the Sunman Music & Media Endowment trust which has been loaned to All Saints Church since December 2010. This is now held to maintain the Church audio systems.

All Saints Whitstable – Reserves Policy –

It is the policy of this Church to keep two months running costs (25K), a further one month payroll costs (2K) and two months hall income (3K) in reserve to cover unforeseen emergencies. It is also deemed necessary, because the Church is a listed building requiring regular repairs, to hold a building fund reserve (10K) to cover urgent essential work. The remaining reserves will be used to fund maintenance and development projects Church and hall.

This policy will be reviewed prior to the ADCM held in March 2019.

Malcolm Waller

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Trio Report

For the first time since March 2013, All Saints held a TRIO (The Responsibility is Ours) Sunday on the 5th November at both the 8am Holy Communion and 10am Sung Holy Communion services. There was a presentation by Charlotte McCaulay, from Diocesan house, about stewardship and the further life of All Saints Church.

 The central point of the presentation was that, on average, our day to day running costs are £2,688 per week while our income is £2,534. The difference between the two of £154 does not sound much but over a year totals £8,000. The purpose of the Trio was therefore to close this gap as much as possible.

It was also a chance to let the congregation know about the envelope scheme and that it was possible to set up banker orders to regularise their giving – and to say thank you for what has already been given.

 In all, 200 sets of documents were prepared with 128 handed out on the 5th November and the following two weeks. Of those 128 we have received 49 responses.

 Of those replies, 16 were for no change and 16 envelope users increased their giving by a total of £34.28 per week (mixture of gift aided and non-gift aided). Twelve givers using bankers’ orders increased their giving by a total of £32.09 per week (mixture of gift aided and non-gift aided). There were also 3 new bankers’ orders and 2 new envelope givers to the total of 28.86 per week.

 Overall this is an increase of £95.23 per week (almost £5K p/a).

 Half of the envelope increases were completed by December 2017 with more in January – the remainder are expected later in 2018. All the bankers order increases have been established and all 5 new members have been set up.

It should be noted that some members have increased their giving without using the response forms and some will be reviewing their giving in April 2018.

Gift Aid will be claimed in the normal way but as with all similar campaigns, it will take time to settle down and then a more accurate analysis of the real changes can be done.

Malcolm Waller





Present:  Revd Simon Tillotson (Chair), Malcolm Waller (Treasurer), Clare Levere (Secretary) and 42 members of the congregation.

1.       PRAYERS

The meeting opened with a prayer.


It was AGREED that there was no need to appoint tellers for the meeting.


Margaret Arnold (proposed by Malcolm Waller, seconded by Burt Connell) and Mike Binks (proposed by Malcolm Waller, seconded by Brian Percival) had been nominated as Churchwardens for the forthcoming year.  By a show of hands these appointments were ratified unanimously. 


There was one apology for absence from Mr Peter Woolgar.


The Minutes were AGREED as a true record of the meeting and signed accordingly.


The following were elected to the DCC for a period of three years until 2020:

Marjorie Bodill (proposed by Peri Hawkins and seconded by Linda Young)

Berit Garsed (proposed by Carol Sims and seconded by Anne Rees)

Margaret Finch (proposed by Linda Young and seconded by Derek Comins)

Janet Livermore (proposed by Malcolm Waller and seconded by Jo Piper)

Heather Scott (proposed by Martin Garsed and seconded by Carol Sims)

Terry Stefani (proposed by Penny Stefani and seconded by Margaret Arnold)

Phillip Williams (proposed by Linda Young and seconded by Julia Seath)

Simon added that DCC members would be able to co-opt Victoria Hall and Stephen Reith onto the DCC once they have been on the electoral roll for 6 months, as they had also expressed an interest in being on the DCC. 


The following were elected to the PCC for a one year term (until 2018):

Derek Collins (proposed by Mike Binks and seconded by Malcolm Waller)

Carol Sims (proposed by Anne Rees and seconded by Berit Garsed)

These members will also serve on the DCC.  (Rev Simon Tillotson and the Churchwardens are ex-officio on the PCC).


The following were elected to the Deanery Synod for a three year term (until 2020):

Margaret Arnold (proposed by Mike Binks and seconded by John Johnson)

Malcolm Waller (proposed by Linda Young and seconded by Marjorie Bodill)

Christine Williams (proposed by Mike Binks and seconded by Carol Sims)

Deanery Synod members are ex-officio on the PCC and DCC also.

Ex-Officio on Deanery Synod

Simon explained that as a Reader, Denise Blaskett could be an ex-officio member of the DCC so it was AGREED that she should now be ex-officio on an ongoing basis on the DCC as well as the Deanery Synod.

9.       REPORTS

Presentation of annual accounts, Treasurer’s report, Audited Accounts, Trust Fund Accounts and other financial affairs.

Malcolm referred to the report contained in the meeting booklet and thanked everyone for raising and spending funds.  In respect of the reported deficit of £17,127, he confirmed that the general fund was only showing a small deficit and that the majority had been spent on refurbishing the organ with money raised specifically for that purpose.  There were no questions.  It was proposed by Des Collins, seconded by Linda Livingstone, and AGREED that the financial reports be received.

Simon thanked Malcolm and Barbara Tinson for all the work that they had done during the year.

Annual reports of the DCC and PCC

Simon explained that this year these reports were quite brief and could be found in the booklet.   There no questions on either report and they were received.

Fabric committee

Simon expressed his thanks to Mike Binks for his chairmanship of the Committee.  A question was asked about whether the proposal to have a toilet in the West Porch of the Church had been abandoned for good; Mike explained that it had now been agreed that a new toilet, which would be suitable for disabled use, would be built off the Thorpe Room.  An area in the Church near the West Porch had been considered for a refreshment area, but this had been ruled out following the decision not to place the toilet and associated plumbing nearby.

Electoral Roll Officer

Brian Percival said that in addition to the report contained in the booklet, there were 6 new members, bringing the total number of names on the Electoral Roll to 193.  The report was received.

Deanery Synod

Christine Williams explained that Deanery Synod meetings had changed in the recent past; they now took place 3 or 4 times a year and were well attended.  She encouraged Church members to attend these meetings as they are open to everyone.

Safeguarding Report

Peri Hawkins introduced herself as the Children’s Safeguarding Lead with Linda Young (Disclosure Officer) and Julia Seath (Adult Safeguarding Lead).  She explained that All Saints’ safeguarding policies had been audited against the Church of England Policies, with action plans developed as a result and priorities identified.  Role descriptions, application forms and references were now standard requirements and safeguarding training had been undertaken, with volunteers encouraged to attend training at Seasalter Christian Centre.  Linda Young had organised fire training, reviewed security during Sunday school, equal opportunities and the lone worker policy.  Training aside, Peri emphasised the importance of looking out for vulnerable people and warned that we should not become complacent.  She concluded by saying that a lot of had been achieved and thanked everyone for participating.

In her role as Parish Disclosure Officer, Linda Young explained how and why DBS checks were carried out and the procedures involved in obtaining certificates.  In the last 5 years she said that 70 certificates had been issued to members of the church community covering a variety of jobs, such as Sunday School helpers, pastoral assistants and those providing home communion - to name but a few. 

She confirmed that the Child Protection Advisory Service stated that offenders were less likely to join church communities that had a robust DBS and disclosure policy.  Simon supported this statement and said that regardless of the time an individual had been known to the Church, it was the policy of the Diocese and had to be upheld.

Christian Aid Report

Gordon Williams said that last year house to house collections for Christian Aid raised £2,535, with All Saints being the only Church still doing these collections in the district.  He thanked the loyal group of volunteers who had undertaken the collections and hoped that younger members of the congregation would now offer their help, as All Saints had raised more money than all the other Churches put together.  Gordon was in possession of the accounts for the money raised during the year and invited those present to view them after the meeting.  In summary, the total raised by Whitstable Churches was £5,679.58.  In addition, £802.30 had been raised through Church collections and quizzes.  Simon thanked Gordon and the report was received.

Other Reports

Other reports contained in the booklet were taken as read.

10.   Vicar’s remarks

Simon thanked everyone for all they do for the life of the Church.  In particular, he thanked the Churchwardens and the Treasurer for the many hours they spend on Church activities.  He said that All Saints was a busy Church and that this year’s booklet contained a lot of reports because there had been new groups evolving.  He acknowledged that there was always a lot going on but that there were challenges to be faced in the future.  In particular, he referred to the increasing age of the congregation, which he said was a national issue.  However, he had been very pleased to see so many young families integrating into the life of the Church at the Sunday morning service.

He highlighted the Worship Review which had begun in April 2014 and said that although All Saints had lost a few families since Celebrate had ended, he felt that subsequently there had been a greater sense of the Church being a family together.  There were no questions.

Churchwardens Report

Margaret Arnold said that it had been a good year, with the congregation growing and a good spiritual atmosphere.   She recapped on the many and varied services that had taken place.  Margaret explained that the Church Auditor, Brian Witts, had recently retired and that another person had now taken over the role.  She expressed thanks on behalf of the Church for all the work Brian had done during the years he had been in post.  Thanks were also expressed to Debbie Rowden for all she had done in her capacity as Manager of the Church Hall and welcomed Bruce Douglas to the position.  On the subject of music, Margaret congratulated Victoria on her role as Choir Mistress and said that now the organ had been refurbished, the music would be great!

Margaret brought to people’s attention the deaths of Gladys Norrington and Linda Hill, both of whom she said would be greatly missed.

She thanked Mike Binks for his support and help, and members of the Finance Committee for their assistance and expertise.  Finally, she thanked Simon and Cathy, appreciating the hard work that Simon puts into supporting the various groups and for bringing spirituality into the Church.

All Saints’ Parish Weekend - March 2018

Anne Rees explained that the MLT had explored the opportunity for the whole church to go away together and that Judd’s Folly Hotel near Faversham had been chosen as it presented an ideal location for a Parish Weekend.  She said that so far 12 people had expressed an interest in attending and confirmed that, whilst the stay would involve some spiritual input, participation would be entirely voluntary and suitable for those whose partners did not attend Church.

Anne distributed the forms and asked people to complete them if they wished so that she could ascertain the level of interest.  She detailed the costs involved and said that, subject to a DCC resolution, there was a possibility of the Church subsidising those who really could not afford it. 

Date of the Next Meeting

It was AGREED that the exact date of next year’s meeting would be decided at a later date but that the meeting should take place straight after the morning service as it had been this year.

The meeting closed with Simon thanking attendees and then saying together of The Grace.

Following this meeting, members of the DCC met to elect the Treasurer and Secretary for the forthcoming year.

 It was proposed by John Johnson, seconded by Carol Sims and AGREED that Malcolm Waller be elected Treasurer. 

It was proposed by Berit Garsed, seconded by Mike Binks and AGREED that Clare Levere be elected Secretary.

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