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Acrise Church and other News July 2017


Church Services at Acrise for September 2017

Sunday 3rd September    Matins     9.30am

Sunday10th September  HolyCommunion   8.45am

Sunday17th September    Matins                  8.45am

Sunday24th September  Matins                    8.45am           


            Acrise Local Regular Meetings

Sewing Class 2nd & 4th Wednesdays HVH 9.30-12.30

Craft Club 1st & 3rd Thursday afternoons HVH

Gardeners’ Society 1st Wednesday of each month 7.30 HVH

Walkers meet 2nd Wednesday of each month

The Men’s Club meets every Friday for lunch 12-1pm HVH

Pudding Club meet 4th Wednesday of each month

WI meet 1st Tuesday of each month 2.00 & 3rd Wednesday 7.30 HVH

Bible Study/Discussion Group 1st Saturday of each month

Hawkinge Spitfires Over 50s Club meet 1st Wednesday of each month  HVH 2.00pm.

Hawkinge Short Mat Bowls Club – Mondays 7.00-10.00pm Community Centre

Alzheimer’s Society meet 3rd Wednesday of each month

Mothers’ Union 3rd Wednesday in the month with Janet Hutchings

Jump for Joy 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month 10.00 – 11.30

BINGO: HVH 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, doors open 7.40pm


ACORNS Sepember 2017 PDF format

ACORNS September 2017 MS WORD format

Acrise Church News: September 2017

Acrise Remembered: This portrait of an East Kent village by local residents was produced by Stephen Scoffam in 2016 and is available in the church or from Sue or Mike Prebble for £3.

Acrise Flower Festival 2017

We are truly grateful for the tremendous support we have had from church members and the local community for this year’s Flower Festival.  Many people ask us how a small church can put on such an event; the answer is that the church may be the focus of the festival but it is the team work, commitment and hard work of many local people in the area that contributes to its success, which has been built up over many years.  It is a time when people can meet old friends and make new ones; we always have visitors from other parts of Kent, the UK and further afield: this year from France and Kenya, for example.  Many people have ancestors in the graveyard and connections with people living locally; the display of local history photographs and church records give a link with the past that many people appreciate.

We thank all the flower arrangers who on the Friday transformed the church with their beautiful and varied displays, the stallholders, refreshment providers and all those who helped in any way with the preparation, running and clearing up; we calculated that overall we had 105 helpers. The total profit was around £7,400 though this may increase slightly with donations we receive while the church is open for 2 weeks. 

Thanks to the Friends of St Martin’s the final section of the exterior restoration of the church started at the end of August.  The PCC is then planning to begin the much needed decoration of the interior in the spring of 2018; some of the money raised at the Flower Festival will go towards that.

This year we were privileged to be asked to hold the Benefice Service at Acrise on the Sunday morning of the Flower Festival when we said goodbye to Archdeacon Philip Down.  On a lovely summer morning surrounded by the beauty of nature both inside and outside the church, it was a fitting setting to celebrate Holy Communion and say farewell and thank you to Philip for his ministry in the Diocese.  He is retiring to Wiltshire in November.

In 2018 the Flower Festival will be on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August: we hope to see you then.

The produce team collect throughout the year and would be grateful for empty jam jars which can be deposited in the bin in the car park.

Sponsorship of Flowers 2017

The Parochial Church Council of St Martin’s give sincere thanks to the following for sponsoring flower arrangements at this year’s festival:

Sym Savage, Sarajane Hume, Susan Carey, Sally and David Sharp, Nicky Marshall, Roger Taylor, Jean Grieb, Sharon White, Alan Libby, Gwen Beaumont, The Village Stores Densole, Linda Stewart at Whitegate Designs, John and Joan Reymond, Val Pinder, Mrs Smedley.


Church Services at Acrise for September 2017

Sunday 3rd September                           Matins                                                             9.30am

Sunday 10th September                        Holy Communion                                           8.45am

Sunday 17th September                        Matins                                                              8.45am

Sunday 24th September                        Matins                                                              8.45am           

Ride and Stride for Kent Churches: Saturday 9th September

Sue and Mike, Janet and Norbet will be taking part and will be looking for Sponsors nearer the time. Anyone else who would like to take part see Sue. Details are in the church.  Last year our church raised over £500 towards the total of £137,000.  We will have the church open on that day and would be grateful for volunteers to man the church for a few hours each.  You can also get sponsors for doing that.

Beating the Bounds – Saturday 16th September

We plan to complete beating the bounds of the northern part of the parish on Saturday 16th September, starting from the church at 10.00am.  We will walk directly to Ladwood as we covered the first part of the northern boundary on 21st May as part of the Benefice Walk.  We will walk towards Denton and around Blandred Farm before stopping for lunch at Reast Lane Gate.  After lunch we will cross the fields to Ridge Row and then walk back to the church, arriving there at about 3.00pm.

Please bring a packed lunch.  Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.  Anyone is welcome to join us.

Harvest Festival

This will be on Sunday 1st October combined with the 9.30am Holy Communion.  There will be harvest refreshments after the service.

We will be decorating the church on Saturday 30th Septemberfrom 10.00am.  Any help with this or donations of fruit or vegetables would be welcomed.