Village News – December 2015

As I write, we haven’t actually reached Christmas yet, however, I feel it is appropriate to pen a few thank you notes to all who helped in any way in arranging the amazing West Gallery Carol Concert by the lovely Ridgeway Singers and Band. What an awe-inspiring afternoon we had at Kingston under the direction of Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries- with lovely Dorset readings and unusual instruments (such as the Serpent) to enhance the event. The Church was packed to capacity, with a very friendly atmosphere, and people had travelled quite some distance. Thank you Robin and team, for enabling such a memorable evening, for so many.

We have just had our Village Carol Service – which quadrupled our congregation … so much so, that we had to move from the choir stalls into the main church. We welcomed a couple from London who are planning to marry at Kingston, and other visitors, as well as quite a few local people. Lovely to see our Church well supported and a huge ‘Thank You’ to Simon Phillips for leading the service. Much appreciated by all.

Before finishing, I’ll offer a word of encouragement to Mike Pitman and his team of bell ringers; some walkers who had been staying in a local B&B, wanted to visit a church, and came to St James’ Church, Kingston because they could hear the bells chiming to call us to worship. They were very complimentary and enjoyed joining the Christmas Carol Service. I was also asked by Jane Young to mention that her daughter Emily, who got married 2 years ago at Kingston, is now a proud mum of a lovely little boy, born about 8 weeks ago. I’m sure we all congratulate the ‘Young’ family on this lovely news.

Although at Kingston, we were unable to cope with the increasing manpower demands of the Christmas Tree Festival, we hear that two or three of the music contributions, who took part this year, are keen to do further concerts in Kingston Church during the warmer months. So please watch this space when Spring and Summer approach. The sheer number of people who visited the Festival in Swanage this year meant that even a much larger team of helpers at Emmanuel and the larger building were at times fully stretched!

I’ll conclude by wishing you all the very best for 2016, and hopefully, somebody else in future, will try to with provide the Dubber with some Kingston News (we miss you George!).

Judy Forgan

Village News – October 2015

Moving on …

Twenty five years ago we moved into South Street in Kingston. Towards the end of the road was Aeolia House. At the time, we knew no one in the village. A few days later, there was a tap on our door and Cynthia asked if we would like to join in the Village Christmas Party. We were of course delighted to accept this introduction to the village. As the years rolled by we got used to a tap on our door, our two dogs getting very excited and a visit from Peter. He would call in frequently on his way to visit others, to work at the church on various projects, and perhaps just have a cup of tea. Cynthia would sometimes come with him and we would put the world to rights between us.

The Village Fete, Harvest Supper and Christmas Party would have been poorer without their help and loyalty. As well as storing a lot of the equipment. Chairs and tables etc. they were always there doing their bit.

These loyal Kingston Villagers have now decided the time has come for them to move on. They will be sadly missed, but fortunately they will not be far away as their new home is in Norden, just down the road. Hopefully, they will still be able to join us for village activities in the future.

Peter and Cynthia, we wish you every happiness in your lovely new home. Homer & Rowan will not understand why they don’t hear your footsteps going by now. It always made their day as it did ours when you tapped on our door.

Greta & Terry Hardy

Flowers, Crafts & Music – 19/20 September

Flowers, Crafts and Music Festival – Sat 19th – Sun 20th September

Woodcraft – glass – pottery – flowers – bells – music – stonework – spinning – lace & many more

The lovely Church of St James at the top of Kingston Hill will be hosting a new festival this year, one which celebrates ‘ Heavenly Foods’ in the form of a combined Flowers and Craft Festival , at which you will also be able to enjoy live music at certain times of the day. The event is open to the public from 10am until 5pm on Saturday 19th September and Sunday 20th September and is free of charge. We hope to have the bell tower open both days, for people to enjoy the splendid views over Purbeck, and at certain times you can enjoy hearing the amazing set of 10 bells.

  • From 10am to 5pm – Tower will also be open
  • Music from Ninebarrow Duo, Zephyrae Woodwind Trio, on Saturday
  • Organ and Violin solos and Harmony Rocks Choir on Sunday
  • Also a Quarter Peal of our 10 lovely bells at 12.30

This will be our major fund raiser of 2015 in the absence of the Fete and Christmas Tree Festival, so please come and support it, bring your friends, families and neighbours and enjoy the special surroundings whilst savouring refreshments on the lawn with the best views in Purbeck. There will be local crafts, including glassware, stonework, woodwork, fabric and many more interesting things to see and may be try.

Judy Forgan

Village News – September 2015

Flower, Craft & Music Festival

The lovely Church of St James at the top of Kingston Hill will be hosting a new festival this year, one which celebrates ‘ Heavenly Foods’ in the form of a combined Flowers and Craft Festival, at which you will also be able to enjoy live music at various times of the day. The event is open to the public from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, 19 September and Sunday, 20 September and is free of charge. We hope to have the bell tower open both days, for people to enjoy the splendid views over Purbeck, and at certain times you can enjoy hearing the amazing set of 10 bells.This will be our major fund raiser of 2015 in the absence of the Fête and Christmas Tree Festival, so please come and support it, bring your friends, families and neighbours and enjoy the special surroundings whilst savouring refreshments on the lawn with the best views in Purbeck.

Harvest Festival

The following week on Sunday, 27 September the St James’ Church will have its Annual Harvest Festival at 11.15am with the Harvest Supper on the following night.

Village News – August 2015

June and July have rolled by and quite a roller coaster time – For St James’ Church and those associated with Kingston, it has been very sad, losing our long serving Churchwarden, David Scott, whose ancestor, Lord Eldon founded the Church. Our thoughts are with David’s family at this time. He was such a well-known, kindly man, a true gentleman and he leaves a big gap in the local community. The Church was full to overflowing in July as people said their goodbyes and heard fond tributes of the huge contribution he has made through his lifetime across the local area.

Recently also we have seen the passing of dear Cyril Garvey, husband of Brenda, and our heartfelt sympathy is also with her at this time. Thankfully there have been several weddings which bring joy to village and we wish each of the couples a long and happy marriage.

The village is struggling this year in many ways with arranging bigger events, so regrettably there will be no fête this August. There is insufficient support to take on such an event this summer. The Christmas Tree Festival also can no longer continue at Kingston with insufficient helpers for such a big event. In the light of this, we are trying to fund raise in different ways and would like to attempt a new event in September, but we do need local people to be involved in helping to achieve this.

Please consider whether you can offer to participate in any way with the Flowers Crafts and Music event. If so, please see details about the planned Festival and get in touch. If not, at least try to encourage someone you know and pass on information to those who might not have heard about it (the Dubber only covers the villages). The regular fundraisers (Roderick, Peter, Cynthia, Doreen, Mike P, Felicity) and others have done three recent events and raised nearly £900, through Cream Teas, Music afternoons, opening the Tower and running a few stalls at the Air Ambulance Day. We have been grateful to all the other regular supporters like Robin and Myra, Sue Ing, Margaret, George and Rosemary and various friends from Worth and Langton. Have a good summer.

Don’t forget there is a website for Kingston www.kingstonopc.org.ukso have a browse sometime.

Judy Forgan

Last Reminder:

Flowers, Crafts and Music Festival

St James’ Church, Kingston

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September.

Do you want to be involved?

We are still in need of a few more offers of floral arrangements, and firm commitments from others, for the event to take place. I was hoping to have local organisations & businesses promoting their group (provide an A4 notice, with the flowers). The overall theme is ‘Foods from the Bible’ – so each arrangement will hopefully have some focus on items selected from the list. Eg Bread, Wine, Olives, Milk, Honey, spices, dates, oil, etc. but please do contact me by email – see below to confirm. There is still space for 2 -3 craft demonstrations if anyone else would like to offer their skills for either the Saturday or the Sunday (no charge if demonstrating). Alternatively if you want to sell crafts you can book a table for one of the two days or both, at a cost of £10 a day. Again, please contact me for the booking form. If you are part of a music group, or happy to support the event for a session, we would welcome any offers for Saturday afternoon, or Sunday morning. Finally we have a small band of regular helpers but would also appreciate any offers with serving teas and coffees for a couple of hours on either day. For any of the above please speak to Judy Forgan (481629 or 07724 325 735) or preferably email her on judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk

Please do not delay as we need to know definite contributions by 14 August or the event may risk being cancelled.

Judy Forgan

Village News – June 2015

all news courtesy of Judy Forgan

In May the Church looked beautiful for Travis and Paula’s wedding and also a stunning concert was held in the evening that same day given a combined choir under direction of Tim Crosley. We are very grateful to all who contributed and boosted the coffers at Kingston. Our thanks also to Belinda and Peter Bell for hosting the lovely Strawberry Tea and all who came to support the event.

Cream Teas – Sunday 21 June

This month we will be offering live music and cream teas on Sunday, 21 June between 2pm and 4.30pm so do come and enjoy a peaceful and relaxing afternoon with some wonderful views.

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Day – Sunday 28 June

At the end of the month we have the ‘Kingston Country Fair’ coming up on Sunday, 28 June in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, in the field next to Kingston Courtyard; there will be something for everyone, live music, cream teas, stalls, ferret racing, classic cars, vintage tractors, model aircraft, arena events and fairground rides. Come early and have a hog roast and be part of South Dorset’s big Day Out. It starts at 11am and runs though til 5pm.

Services

It was encouraging to have a good service on Ascension Day and I’ve been informed that the singers were delighted to have organ accompaniment by somebody related to the founder of the Church. We have the usual two services this month : Family Service 11.15am on 14 June and then Holy Communion on 28 June at 11.15am

Flowers, crafts & music event at St James’ – 19-20 September

Plans have started for this September event, see separate article below for how to participate. It will be something new for St James’ Church, but we need local people to get in touch soon. So whether you enjoy flowers, crafts or music or belong to a local club, charity or organisation which wants to be represented, please contact me by email (judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk) and I’ll forward the details and booking form to you. Space may be limited so do not delay.

Have a good month hopefully, blessed with warm sunshine and just occasional showers to water the crops and gardens.

Judy Forgan

More about the flowers, crafts & music event

This event is on 19-20 September from 10am-5pm. Would you like to be involved in this event? Spaces are limited so please return your booking form early. The event is instead of the usual Christmas Tree Festival and we anticipate being oversubscribed so please let me know during June if you wish to book a place.

You may be involved in various ways:-
A – Floral/Foliage Contribution
B – Craft Demonstration
C – Craft Sales

A) Floral/Foliage Contribution

For this you may promote/represent your organisation by using a flower/foliage display either as a pedestal arrangement or other container. We shall be using the entrance area, font, and choir stall and altar also the window arches and window sills for floral arrangements. The overall theme will be ‘Heavenly Foods and Flowers’ we would encourage you to select your Fruit, Veg, dairy product, etc from the list and include the item in the display. For example, a café might choose CREAM so this could have a flower arrangement sitting on window area, height approx 1m and could incorporate a china cup and saucer, with a cream tea: A children’s group or family might select HONEY and could make some little bees to suspend over an arrangement which incorporates a pot of honey, or you might have some pictures or a model beehive – or stand the arrangement on an actual beehive or beehive tray or include a beeswax candle. We would ask you to provide an A5 or A4 laminated notice with your group’s name. There is no charge, but it would be your responsibility to provide all flowers, containers and accessories.

B) Craft Demonstrations

We would like local crafts people to offer to attend and demonstrate their craft on either the Saturday or Sunday. This will have to take place outside, so you will need to provide a small gazebo if possible. We are hoping for a cross section of crafts – stonework, metalwork, wood, pottery and ceramic, fabric and art work. You will need to reserve a place in advance so that we can set aside an area. There is no charge for this if you are not selling items, however we would ask that you must have public liability insurance and take all precautions necessary for health and safety.

C) Craft Sales

We have just a few spaces for craft sales on each day as space is very limited. For this there will be a charge of £10 a day for a 6ft table space. We can accept no responsibility for selling and you will need to staff your own sales. Please indicate which day you would prefer (Sat, Sun or £20 for both) when you send your cheque in June. It is recommended you provide a gazebo and table if outside.

Please select A B or C and return to me and I will forward the appropriate booking form. Please forward this to others who may be interested locally.

Contact details:- Judy Forgan, Upper Downs, Valley Road, Swanage BH19 3DZ
Tel 481629 or by mob 07724 325735 – email is simplest judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk

Thank you for your support.

Judy Forgan