St Giles Summer Fete

Saturday 9th June 2018

It will not be long before we will be enjoying the annual Summer Fete, in the sunshine, we hope. As ever, we need your support and help. This is all about Community, that means You and Us.  To keep our costs down, if you can sponsor a stall, the Punch & Judy, the sound equipment, the BBQ, children’s games, we would be very grateful.  Please contact Carol, details below.

Raffle Tickets

We have some great prizes for this year’s raffle:
1st prize - £150 sponsored by Groom & Co 2nd prize - £50 sponsored by Brouard Architects
3rd prize - £30 sponsored by Americarlos And many more.

Collect your raffle tickets from the Church porch.  Return the stubs and money in an envelope to the box in the Church porch, to the Parish Office, or to the Rectory.

Tombola Stall

Carol and Frank White are running this stall this year.  They are calling for bottles, jars, chocolates, small prizes.  If you have something to donate please leave in the box in the Church porch.  If you need collection, please contact Carol, details above.  

Gift Stall

Sheila Scudamore is helping on this stall. If you have any unwanted gifts, or nearly new items please contact Carol, details above.  


Do you have a gazebo we may borrow for the day?  Rain or shine, our volunteers will need shelter. Please contact Carol.  We need your help to make the fete a succes

Carol Fryer - St. Giles Social Committee 01689 855468 / 07951 725069

Children’s Celebration Service
and Prize-giving  

Sunday 1st July 10am

A Children’s Celebration Service and Prize-giving will be held at St Giles Church on 1st June. . As valued members of our church community, all children are invited and will receive a small token of our thanks and appreciation.

If you are able to come, please do let me know.

Irene Dancer 01689 854765

St. Giles Church Welcome Rota

Monday to Friday 1:00 - 4:00 PM.
4th June to 14th September inclusive

We like to keep the Church open for visitors on weekday afternoons during the Summer months and for security purposes. Due to the isolated position of St. Giles, we need volunteers, preferably in pairs, to sit in the Church during these hours.  We ask volunteers to give an hour a week during this time.

If you would like to participate please take one of the letters in the Church porch and fill in the Reply Slip and return it to the Parish Office by Tuesday 15th May 2018, after which the Parish Secretary will sort out the rota and send out copies to all members.

Letters have either been sent by post to regular Church Watch members or are in the pigeonholes in the Church porch.


Coach Trip to Broadstairs

Saturday 7th July 2018

We are once again looking forward to another sunkissed day at the sea-side (we may be tempting fate there, I hope not).

This event is always greatly enjoyed by all; the children on the beach and the adults in the shops and restaurants, or just sunning on the promenade. There is something for everyone there. 

We have persuaded our coach driver to once again venture into the town to drop us at the bandstand on the promenade, so saving us the walk down from the coach park (much disliked by some).

Tickets are; £13 for adults, and £22 for a family of four (must include a child). So don’t miss out; tickets go fast.

Carol Fryer - St. Giles Social Committee 01689 855468 / 07951 725069

Team Builders Holiday Club

Monday. 22nd - Friday 27th July

This Holday Club is for primary school children only, reception - year 6. Your child must have started school already. During the week we shall be doing crafts, playing games, decorating T-shirts, cooking, having fun and learning about Jesus. 

The club will take place 9:30-12:30 each day, with also a holiday celebration service on Sunday 29th July at 10:00.  Priority will be given to children who can come for all the week.

For an application form please contact:

Diane Stiff on 01689 861565
or Irene Dancer

Organ Restoration Appeal

Following a meeting with our Organ Builder, Browns, and the Diocesan Organ Advisor, Paul Isom, we have been advised that the refurbishment work required on our Church organ needs to be more extensive and complex than first anticipated. 

Consequently we have been advised that the cost of such work will be in the region of £75,000-£80,000.  The work will not be able to begin until January. 

At the recent AGM there was a clear consensus that we should go ahead with this work, which will place the organ in a good state for many, many years to come.  Therefore it is intended that the Organ Appeal should continue up until Christmas with a view to raising as much as possible until then. 

So far we have raised £35,000 from donations, £15,000 savings; and £5,000 from the Friends of St. Giles, totalling £55,000. As you can see we have done very well and if people continue to give generously we should be able to reach the necessary level of funding we need.  I will also approach other supporters and friends for their further support, and other grant making bodies. 

Thank you for your help in this.



Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

See Charity in Focus for details

Dates for your Diaries!!!

Saturday June 9th
Summer Fete
(The Queen’s official birthday)
Sunday June 17th
Father’s Day
Saturday July 7th
Coach Trip Broadstairs
Sunday July 15th (note date change)
Grand Annual Picnic
Saturday October 6th
(Michaelmas Day)
Harvest Supper/Barn Dance
Sunday October 7th

Harvest Brunch
Sunday December 16th
NinNine lessons and Carols.

New PCC. Members:

At the Vestry Meeting and AGM held in St. Giles Church on Sunday 22nd April, the following appointments to the PCC. were made:

Church Wardens

Philip Lovelock (St. Giles) and Susan Simpson (St. Nicholas) were elected as our Churchwardens.  I am looking forward very much to working with them both. 

Please remember them in your prayers as they begin their terms of office.

Deputy Wardens St. Giles

This year I have arranged for different Deputy Wardens to cover each of our services at St. Giles. 

For Sundays they are as follows:             8.00 a.m.      Peter Russell            
10.00 a.m.    Ian Fordyce/Philip Lovelock
11.15 a.m.    Heather Vogt
6.30 p.m.      Sue Rennie

Thursday:     Sheila Munns
St. Giles Centre - Ian Fordyce.

The handover to these Wardens will be taking place at the beginning of June. Until that time Andrew Bailey (the retiring Churchwarden) will continue to be on duty during the transition period.

PCC Members St. Giles

The following were elected onto St. Giles Parochial Church Council: Linda Crisp, Andrew Fruin, Martin Parsons, Jenny Wilkins.

We are grateful to them for deciding to serve and we pray for them as they begin their terms of office.


Invoices for Payment

Following the appointment of Linda Crisp to the financial team, I should be grateful if all bills and invoices for payment are sent to her via the pigeon holes in the church, or via email to:

Paul Beamiss
Hon.Treasurer, St. Giles