What's going on in Ryarsh

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McMartin’s Pop-up Cafe


From 10am - 12.00noon on Saturday 18th May, on the green next to the Village Hall

Coffee, teas, squash and cakes available.

People of all ages and dogs on leads welcome

Quilting Exhibition

Over the weekend of 28, 29 and 30th June, 2019 in St. Martin’s Church, Ryarsh

Quilts are :-

quite simply the most amazing needleworkQUILTING

unique in design

impressive in the quality of their craftsmanship

long lasting heirlooms for future generations

tasteful, colour co-ordinated and tactile

intricate in form and pattern

neatly stitched in every way

great for giving hours of lasting pleasure

Do you have any quilts, throws or patchwork cushions which might be included in this exhibition? Did your granny have a quilt which has been handed down to you, which could be displayed? If you have, please contact Jean (go2jean@aol.com)
01732 842074, or Anita (anitaparkins@hotmail.co.uk) 01732 842232 – we’d love to hear from you.

power of prayer

           The Power of Prayer

Saturday 4th May

From 9am–10am

South View London Road Ryarsh

Please come and join in prayer for all that is going on in the local church and for what more we could do in and for our communities and in prayer for our nation and for the world.

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain - Psalm 127:1

BART Women's fellowship

At the April meeting of BART Women’s Fellowship we were due to hear Helen Cooke speaking about “The Hands of Christ”. However, on the Monday before the Thursday meeting.

Helen’s husband, Nigel, was summoned to St. Thomas’ Hospital, London for a long awaited heart operation. Helen, who had already prepared her talk, contacted Brenda Hurd who gallantly offered to read Helen’s talk. So we heard the words of Helen through Brenda’s voice.

It was a splendid liaison – and members received a fantastic, encouraging message through the co-cooperation of the dynamic duo.

Red Alert : Due to essential repair works on the roof of Ryarsh Church Hall, the next meeting of BART Women’s Fellowship has been postponed to the second Thursday of the month, and will now take place at 2.00pm in the Church Hall on Thursday, May 9th .

The speaker will be the Reverend Mark Montgomery who lives on Kings Hill, who will be speaking about “A Church without Walls”.

A Labour of LoveALTAR


When, from 2006-2012, The Arts Society Recorders undertook the invaluable work of recording the internal decoration and artefacts of St. Martin’s, it was noted that there were four altar frontals – each one used at different times of the church’s year. The Recorders identified that three of the four frontals (probably dating back to the 1930s) were in need of urgent repair, as the linings were deteriorating, fringes were missing, many gold threads had been pulled, and embroidered motifs were loose. At the bottom of the frontals storage box, there were also some ‘bits’ of beautiful embroidered flowers which had once been the centre-piece of another frontal which had long since totally disintegrated.

Something needed to be done – and fast!

An initial approach was made to The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, but their needlewomen were so busy with new and complex embroideries that they were unable to help, so another approach was made - nearer to home - to the Rochester Cathedral Guild of Needlework -  but the ladies there are fully occupied in maintaining the frontals and clergy vestments of the vast cathedral, so, unfortunately, they couldn’t help either.

With some trepidation, it was decided the only alternative was to ‘do-it-ourselves’, and so a group of concerned ladies formed a sewing circle to discuss just how and where each frontal needed repair. The ladies resourced matching threads and fabrics, and now thanks to their diligent, painstaking and exquisite needlework, the red frontal has been beautifully restored and the green and purple ones are active works in progress. The red, purple and green frontals will continue to give pleasure for many generations to come.

The most challenging part of this restoration, however, is still to come. It has been decided to sew the ‘bits’ to the white frontal – the newest of the frontals – donated by Brenda Botterill in memory of her mother -  and the only one which didn’t need any repair. The ‘bits’ glow with jewel-like colours and it will be wonderful when they can be seen again in all their former glory on the white frontal which is used at Christmas and Easter and for all weddings.

We are so grateful to Margaret, Ronnie, Ann, Jean, Elizabeth and Gill, not only for their artistry, skills and patience, but also for their many hours of dedicated work.

 A labour of love indeed.



Does a Sunday morning not always work well for family time in church?

Then come and try:

messy church

For BART villages & beyond,

children & parents/ families

come and have fun together


28th May in Ryarsh

Hidden Treasure 
meet 4pm at the children’s play area in Ryarsh Park for 
Treasure Hunt 
leading to Ryarsh Church Hall, 
for fun activities and craft

light tea (jacket potatoes), 
finishing 6pm


Let’s Do Lunch


Organised by Dynamic Future Together Community Interest Company with St Martin’s Church Ryarsh. It is supported by volunteers and Aylesford School pupils.

The Lunch Club is held on the 2nd Friday every month from 11am to 1.30pm at Ryarsh Church Hall, Off Roughetts Road, Ryarsh ME19 5LB. It is for the around 50's and over to enjoy and make friends.

There will be an activity followed by a two course lunch.


The Cost is by Voluntary donation.

Free transport can be provided, if required, depending on our volunteers’ availability. 

Please book your place and transport on 07436545788

Bible Studies

Tuesday Lunch Time Bible StudyBIBLE STUDY2

See Addington page for this month's dates

in the Geoffrey Grimes Room, St Margaret, Addington

please bring your own lunch — soup and tea/coffee are provided
contact Linda 01732842249 or just come along

See Addington page for this month's dates


Wednesday evening


The Wednesday evening Home Group meets alternate Wednesday evenings at 7.30.

It is held in the home of Chris and john Dudley and is currently studying Romans. 

Please come at 7.15 for coffee, prompt start at 7.30 to finish at 8.30. Tel 01732 847158

See Addington page for this month's dates

Ryarsh Food Bank


food bankA couple of years ago, the PCC decided to place a big plastic box in the porch at the church, in which any member of the church or village communities could place items of food to be used to support the work of Pilsdon in West Malling, which offers a refuge to people in crisis, providing an environment of acceptance and friendship where they can begin to rebuild their lives.

The box is rarely used.

If we received a school report on the subject of ‘Supporting the Needy in the Local Area’ the teacher’s comment might well be ‘could do better’!

Appropriate things to place in the box would be tins of tomatoes, baked beans, ham, fruit, tuna, sardines, soup, sweetcorn and meat pies; jars of coffee, marmalade or jam and boxes or packets of pasta or rice. It’s mainly a case of getting into the habit of bringing something.

If those who come to church for whatever reason or those who walk dogs along the footpath, could put just one item from the weekly shop in the box, then the food bank would be full each month. That’s real community! Let’s do it! 

To book Ryarsh Church Hall please contact Deborah Pellen 01732 873102


email debpellen@hotmail.co.uk

APCM reports and accounts for 2017

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