Church watchers I am sure everyone will join me in thanking John Binfield, Richard Hawkins, Christine Balding, Marjorie Hirst-Cohen and Daniel Monaghan who have enabled us to have the church open to visitors during weekday mornings this summer by giving their time each week.

We hope to continue to have the church open during the coming autumn/winter months. If anyone can spare an hour or two each week to help with this, please contact me Tel 225801, Thank you, Pauline Osborne.


A Time to Remember On Sunday 5th November we will be holding our Annual Time to Remember Service in church at 4pm. The service will include familiar hymns and prayers of comfort, and loved ones will be remembered by name. There will also be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of those you have loved who have died. If you would like the name of a loved one read out at this service, please add their name to the sheet in church or in the office by Wednesday 1st November. Thank you Rev’d.  Jan


Diocesan Day of Prayer – Renewing Our Life St Peter in Thanet, Holy Trinity Broadstairs and St Andrew’s Reading Street invite you to join them in prayer on Saturday 18th November 2017 at St Peter’s Church, 11 am until 12.30 pm. All welcome.


The Parish Church of St Peter-in-Thanet


St Peters Parish Church

GIFT DAY - Saturday 23 September

Thanks to everyone for their help and support

A gift day has helped raise an incredible £8,000 to fund St Peter’s Church in Broadstairs over the next year.

The event last Saturday was well supported by visitors. It included the bell ringers ringing for half an hour followed by visitors having a try for themselves; the church organist Patrick Dunn played a recital followed by the choir singing a variety of well-known hymns.

Jill Hogben was there to talk about her book ‘The History of St Peter-in-Thanet’ and the ladies laid on refreshments with home-made cakes.

With one-off donations, increased regular giving and gift aid to be recovered, the church will benefit by nearly £8,000 over the next 12 months.

St Peter’s Priest in Charge, The Rev’d Jan Durrans  said: “I am absolutely delighted with the response which will enable the church to plan more effectively and make the best use of its resources to meet the its ministry and mission aims.

“Thank you very much to everyone for their kind generosity.”

Harvest Festival The Collection at our Harvest Festival raised £185.30 for The Thanet Food Link. Thank you so much for your generosity.

HARVEST SUPPER Thank you to all of you who helped in any way with last Sunday's Harvest Supper. The food was delicious, the tables decorated beautifully and we had great fun playing the games. Thank you all. Rev Jan

St Peter’s Lunch Club Our club continues to prosper, thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers, both in the kitchen and the hall. Recently Barbara Love, who has run the club with Doreen Wales for many years, has retired. We miss her delightful company and tireless efforts very much. Doreen would now like some extra help and if you are interested please have a word with her in church or ring her on 868646.



Shopping Token Scheme-A huge thanks to all who contributed to the success of this in July and August-we came second and will soon be given a grant of £2,000! This money will be put towards the Halls Refurbishment.  


The Halls Committee are pleased to announce that we have secured a grant for £15,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation towards the refurbishments of the Church Hall

Garfield Weston


Event to celebrate the completion of the hall refurbishment. Once the hall refurbishment is finished, in recognition of the support it has received, the Fundraising Committee would like to invite the congregation to refreshments, including a glass of wine or juice, after the morning service. The date of this is dependent on the work being completed and so it can only be announced at short notice. However, we plan to have these refreshments in the hall when the renovations, including the new sound and visual system will be explained. We do hope you can join us then.


St Peter's C of E School is very grateful to the parishioners of St Peter's Church for collecting the splendid total of 1,730 tokens this year. These will go to buy sports equipment. 

The History of St. Peter-the-Apostle Church in Thanet

Jill Hogben’s tremendous book about our church’s history is now available from the Parish Office  Her two years’ research and hard work has culminated in a fascinating and enlightening reference book about St Peter’s for which we are hugely grateful. Priced at only £10 per copy, all profits will go to St Peter’s.

     Delivery has come at last ! For postal copies contact 



     The Friends of St Peter’s and St Andrew’s Churches

The subscription for the Friends of St Peter’s and St Andrew’s Churches is now due. Annual membership is £7.50 and life membership is £50.  The envelopes are at the back of St Peter’s Church.  There is a gift aid declaration if this is appropriate. When completed, could you please hand the envelopes into the Parish Office. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thanking you in anticipation. Maureen Daley, Secretary.

The Friends of St Peter’s and St Andrew’s Churches are holding a Wine and Wisdom evening on Saturday, 28th October, 2017, starting at 7.00 pm. The evening will be held in St Andrew’s Community Hall, Reading Street, Broadstairs.  

Tickets are £5.00. Please bring your own drinks and food. Tables of 8. If you are unable to make up a table of 8, we can arrange for you to join another table. Tickets will be on sale at both Churches after the Sunday service and at both Parish Offices.  There will be a raffle. Prizes for the raffle would be much appreciated. Please leave at the Parish Offices. Thanking you in anticipation, Maureen Daley, Secretary.

Thanet Food Link

Thank you for all your support. Just to update you on our current shortages, we are in need of:-
- Cereal bars
- Tinned fruit
- Jam
Please visit our website:


Monday at 7. 

             18 members enjoyed an evening meal at the Captain Digby on Monday.

Our AGM is on Monday, November 13th at 7 pm. at 21Fig Tree Road, Broadstairs. Please come and share your views and elect the 2018 officials. (June will not be continuing as secretary).

Our Christmas Dinner is at the North Foreland Golf Club on Monday, 4th December at 7 for 7.30 pm.  There will be an introductory drink, wine with the meal, a main course, desert, tea or coffee and chocolate mints. The cost for members is £23. Non-members are welcome to join us and the cost would be £25. To book and to have a menu choice form contact June  01843 861286 or text 07711 072233.

Home “Loose change” boxes. Boxes are still coming in steadily and the grand total received from them so far is an amazing £4,700. Many grateful thanks to all who have contributed and are continuing to do so.

The scheme has been running for almost 3yrs. There are still around 100 boxes out and many have not come in yet for collecting and return or for a very long while. As you know the funds are now going towards the modernisation (kitchen, disabled toilet etc. etc.) of our Main Community Hall complex and is a very worthwhile cause for us. The running of our Church relies heavily on income from the Community Halls at the moment.

If you have a box that needs emptying, then please contact me on 602287 or pop into the Parish Office where it can be emptied and returned.

In view of the above and in case we have some very generous contributors could I remind everybody that the current pound coin will cease to be legal tender on the 15thOct 2017. A new 12 sided £1 coin was  introduced on 28th Mar 2017 and it is estimated that around 400 million of the old £1 coins sit in collecting boxes across the country – if only they were all ours!! Don B


Greetings Cards 

Cards Thank you for the donations of old greetings cards. We have a quantity of previously made Christmas cards to sell this year at special clearance prices.  The Card Makers will be concentrating on making birthday cards first. Any donations of used cards and the cellophane wrappers from new ones would be helpful.  Please leave them in the Office. I am intending to sell cards in the foyer at the Boot Fairs and from the stand when the space is available.  Thank you, Jan Gee.



Forthcoming events.

tickets bookable in the Parish Office- mornings only

           Events for 2017


      • *Verdi's Requiem 21st October at 6pm. *In St Peters Church Broadstairs performed by *The Merry Opera Company. *Do you remember their two previous visits when they staged *The Messiah*, fabulous, uplifting, interesting, outstanding?  No wonder we had good audiences on both occasions. You didn't come, you missed a treat! Can't wait to see them again!  What will they do with this intensely operatic rendering of Dies Irae, Domine Jesu, Sanctus, Agnus Die and so on? Tickets available from the Sarah Thorne Theatre Box Office *01843 863701*. £17 No booking fee at this theatre. The remaining tickets will be available for sale on the doors on the night (cash only).

      • *The Lark by Jean Anouith, translated by Christopher Fry, Friday 3rd November at 7.30pm  and Saturday 4th November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.*  In St Peters Church Broadstairs performed by the local dramatic societies, *Broadstairs Dickens Players and Hilderstone Players. *A stunning adaption of the trial, condemnation and execution of Joan of Arc, with an unusual ending. Tickets available from the Sarah Thorne Theatre Box Office *01843 863701* or on the doors. £12 No booking fee at this theatre. Tickets also available from the Church Office (cash only).

      • Have you still got unwanted bric à brac etc? The next indoor boot fair is in the main hall on Saturday 11th November 9am-midday at only £10 per table.
      •   The last event made almost £400 for the Appeal-thank you to all who visited and all who helped on the day
      • Indoor Boot Fair. Saturday 11th November. 9-12pm.
      • Festive Fayre. Saturday 25th November 1030-3pm.
      • Wine & Wisdom. Friday 1st December 7pm with a Fish & Chips supper.
      • Christmas Party Evening. Saturday 16th December.


    • For sale.

  • Ideal  Present: St Peter’s Cook Book of Favourite recipes only £5 from the office-but only a few left! Tastefully presented with wipe clean cover-no kitchen should be without one!

    Christmas Cards. Beautiful reproduction of the original pencil and watercolour by John Binfield of the interior of the Church with the nativity scene in A5 size, £4 for 5, £2.50 for 3 or .90p each.

    Note cards (small) of the Church (various scenes) - £2.50 for pack of 5.

Fundraising Committee: Hamish McGregor (Chairman),Roy Brown, Jane Green, Don Bumpstead (Vice Chairman/ Finance),  Kate McGregor (Minute Sec), Margaret Smith and Roger Waddell. Ex Officio members: Rev Jan Durrans and Trevor Hogben (Church Warden).


As at 19th April, the balance in the Fundraising (FR) account   was just over £63, 000, the total monies having been raised by the FR team being  £118,103, some funds having already been dispersed.

So, as you can see, with your help, our funds are rising steadily. As a result, we have raised enough to start some of the much-needed work on the halls during the summer months. However, there is still much to do before we can turn our attention to the interior of the Church.

As you know, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund we have raised enough money to have saved and restored the Church’s 15th Century Tower.  With that task done, we are now raising funds to update and refurbish the Community Halls, which are used by over 500 people a week. 


What are we now fundraising for?

ü  Stage 1-Saving the Tower-completed

ü  Stage 2-Refurbishment of the main hall and the Garden of Remembrance –work on the main hall is nearly complete and plans are now being put into place to tackle what is needed to refurbish the Garden of Remembrance.

              Stage 3 is to be devoted to the interior of the Church.

So please stay with us by giving your time and /or your support as we endeavor to raise more funds for our ancient Church and its local community!

Good News! Funds Raised so far:

  • Total raised since the campaign started: £135,000
  • Grant from Heritage Lottery Fund: £250,000 (approx.)
  • Total raised, together with other grants and donations: £350,000 (see Thermometer)
  • Funds still required: over £800,000
  • Funds remaining now only: £6-7K-so we still need your full support!


The Fundraising Thermometer outside the hall will shortly show that we have reached the level of £350,000!  This amount includes grants, donations and the proceeds from events. Your Fundraising Committee have been directly responsible for £135,000 of the total sum raised.

Thank you all for what you have done in various ways to bring much needed funds into our Church for the maintenance and improvement of its facilities, which serve the local community. For example, did you know that over 500 people use the halls each week?
The flyer detailing all three Stages is in the flyer HERE

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