Kingston Festival

Just a last minute reminder of the various events we have happening in the coming week at Kingston Church:

It starts with a Music event this Sunday afternoon (16th), featuring a fascinating history/photographic display by Terry Hardy, the Tower Bells, Organ Music, soloists, and refreshments. Midweek we have a talk with Purbeck Ice Cream on Tuesday at 2.30pm. Wednesday at 2pm Harmony Rocks will give a concert of well known songs, (no ticket needed just come if you can), then on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm each day, there will be Floral displays and local crafts people and the whole event will conclude with Hymns and Pimms Songs of Praise which starts at 3.15pm on Sunday 23rd September. Please join us when you can and feel free to invite family, friends and neighbours.

People can park in the designated car park just 100m beyond the Church on the left, or in the lane downhill to the right (by kind permission of Henry Scott).
Hoping we may see you soon,

Judy Forgan

Kingston Festival Week – 16 to 23 September 2018

This year St James’ Church in the village of Kingston  is holding several events during the third week of September, aiming to  bring church and community together.

The week will start on Sunday 16 September with a Quarter Peal of the 10 bells, co-ordinated by Mike Pitman, our Tower Captain,  who will be joined by Bell ringers  from across the area. They will be starting at about 1.30. There will then be  a Music Afternoon from 2.30pm till 4.30pm  in the Church, where people can come and listen to Organ Music played by Roderick Raley while enjoying a relaxing cup of tea and afternoon refreshments.  There will also be an exhibition of photographs by Terry Hardy who lives in the village.  Hopefully we can also offer visits to the tower if weather permits during the afternoon.

On Tuesday 18 September  at 2.30pm we have Peter and Hazel Hartle of  Purbeck Ice Cream   speaking  about their first 30 years of Purbeck Ice Cream. They have been building up their business from their Kingston-based farm at Lower Scoles and  will give a talk about how the well-known brand  first began  and developed over the years. Please do reserve a seat for this event as we need an idea how many are coming  ( judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk )

On Wednesday 19 September  at 2.00pm Harmony Rocks,  a local choir of ladies, will bring a repertoire of popular  classics, under the direction of Annie Campbell.  Tea and cakes will be served during the interval.  Tickets are not essential but you may like to reserve a seat.

On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September our third Flowers, Crafts and Music Festival will take place  with arrangements around the theme ‘Water of Life’. The Church will be open for viewing and refreshments from 10am until 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  People from across the new Benefice of St Aldhelm have been involved in putting this together, with supporters helping from Kimmeridge, Corfe Castle and Church Knowle, as well as Langton and Worth Matravers. We are very grateful to all who are contributing towards what will be a very special week.

The Festival Week will close with an informal Songs of Praise Service ‘Hymns with Pimms’  from about 3.15pm.

Please come and support some or all of the events,  which help to bring the wider community and church together. There is no charge for admission but hopefully people will give a generous donation towards the Church Funds.

Thanks also to our sponsors Albury and Hall  Estate Agents from Swanage,  Foleys Garage at Harmans Cross and  J. Smith Funeral Directors in Swanage.

Judy Forgan and Doreen Farr

Village News – September 2016

Kingston News

We would like to remind everyone about the Flower, Craft and Music Festival in September at St James’. There is a concert at 7pm on Friday, 16 September with the Bovington Military Wives Choir and the Woodwind Trio Zephyrae. Entry is free with a retiring collecting. The Flower and Crafts with music is on Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 September from 10am till 5pm. There are various musical recitals over the two days and Harmony Rocks choir will be singing at 3.30pm on Sunday. If anyone is able to help with serving the refreshments of ploughman’s, cream teas and cakes please telephone Doreen on 07506235038 or 480837. We look forward to seeing you there for what should be a good ‘Celebration of Life and Achievements’.

Chairs

Following a comment in the visitors book at St James’ Church from a Corfe Castle resident, I feel I must respond. These chairs are not what we would ideally have liked but we had to work within very strict guidelines set by the Diocese. We need stackable chairs to enable the Church to be multi-functional in order to try to ensure its survival and to fund the maintenance costs of the beautiful building which are considerable. After months of negotiation with the Diocese we complied with what the Chancellor would accept and we could afford. The PCC have spent several years fundraising and thanks to the success of the events held and the generosity of individual donors we raised enough to buy seventy new chairs. We have, in the last few days, received a further generous donation which should enable us to buy a further fifteen chairs.

Fête

The Fête in August was blessed with a beautiful day and was very successful with a lovely atmosphere with music and many stalls and games. Thanks to Sue and Peter and everyone who helped to make the day such a success. Without these helpers it would not be possible to hold such events.

Doreen Farr

KINGSTON FETE

Just a quick thank you to everyone who helped with the Fête – setting it all up – helping on the day with the stalls, games, teas etc. to the Scott Arms for the bar and bbq and Purbeck ice creams – to the musicians who came and played so well (and amazingly didn’t want paying). Having hoped for a dry day and got one, we were a bit down on the number of children this year – the beach being a better option – but apart from that it all went ok-ish. I will post what we made in the next month’s Dubber. Thanks again – big gold stars all round.

Susan Ireland

FRED

Fred Keevil lived in Kingston for about 30 years. He was originally a Fashion Photographer, and later on in his life took to photographing County shows and riding events. He had various dogs which were a great love of his. His little Terrier, Mouse, was probably his favourite. He and a friend use to puppy walk hound puppies for the local hunt. Lately he had become very lonely and reclusive, although still driving his car, going shopping and managing to look after himself. It became obvious early in June that he was no longer able to care for himself and was taken to Dorchester Hospital where he died few weeks later.

Greta Hardy