Contact Details:

The Parish Office 

St Peter's Church Hall 

Hopeville Avenue 


CT10 2TR 

Tel: 01843 866061
Email Us


 Disasters Emergency Committee – East Africa Crisis Appeal There is a collection bucket in Church by the South door.

ENQUIRING ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN FAITH For those of you who are thinking about getting confirmed, or those who are already, but want to learn more about the Christian faith, I will be holding six sessions on the following Wednesday mornings (11:30 at the Vicarage),  8th and 15th February, 1st, 15th and 29th March, and 5th April. Please have a word with me if you are interested.  Rev’d Jan (01843 869169)

REVISION OF THE ELECTORAL ROLL: - Notice is given that the revision of the church electoral roll for St Peter’s will commence on Saturday 25 March 2017 and will be completed on Saturday 8 April 2017. Following the latter date no further names may be added to the roll until after the APCM on Sunday 23 April 2017. If your name is already on the roll you need take no further action. An official notice will be displayed in the south porch of the church and on the notice board outside the parish office. Charles Watson, Church Electoral Roll Officer.

D – Day Veterans The Royal British Legion, together with Arena Travel, is offering FREE trips to the D Day Beaches in March, April and May this year for a Veteran, one family member and a carer. Travel is by coach, through the Channel Tunnel and the trip offers free accommodation. A medic will be in attendance. If there is anyone in the Parish who qualifies they should call 01473 660800 Arena Travel. Details are on line

Homeless Sunday The collections in Church and proceeds from the frugal lunch for Porchlight came to the magnificent sum of £450.65.  Thank you to everyone who helped or contributed

Lent Lectures

Saturday 1st April  Broadstairs Group Ministry Lecture at St Andrews – speaker Mr & Mrs Ray and Vi Donovan from Prison Fellowship (Restorative Justice).

They will begin at 12 noon and be followed by a soup lunch.

Lent Course

Throughout Lent our different Home Groups will be studying the York Course ‘Receiving Christ’. Throughout the course four leading Christians, from a variety of backgrounds, look at the different ways we receive Christ into our lives, and demonstrate that St John’s theology has very practical implications for our day-to-day lives. It raises big questions. Are we all children of God? Just how can we receive Christ? And what does it mean to have ‘a relationship with God’? The sessions are as follows:

Session 1:    Receiving Christ: as children of God

Session 2:    Receiving Christ: in the stranger and the needy

Session 3:    Receiving Christ: in Holy Communion   

Session 4:    Receiving Christ: through prayer and fellowship

Session 5:    ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1.27)

All are welcome at these Home Groups, so please see the Weekly Notice Sheet for the contact details, dates and times of the different groups taking place.

Anonymous Donation

Update. I am delighted to announce that through the generosity of many different members of the congregation we have managed to match the £500 donation we were offered. This means that with Gift Aid this amounts to £1250. Thank you all. Rev’d Jan

Sainsbury’s Vouchers St Peter’s C of E Junior School is collecting Sainsbury’s Vouchers to get PE and cooking equipment. Please help by putting these vouchers in the “gold” box at the south door of the church.

The History of St. Peter-the-Apostle Church in Thanet, which has been written and compiled by Jill Hogben, will be available this month, dependent on the printers. All proceeds from the book will go to the church funds. 

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. 


St. Peter's Choir invite you to join us for a special Choral Concert on Tuesday 28 March 2017, 7.00pm

 combining the choirs of St. Peter's Church and Dane Court Grammar School.

The programme will include Vivaldi's Gloria with two professional sopranos, and some instrumentalists joining us.

Rehearsals will be held from now until 28 March on:

Mondays 6.00-7.00pm at Dane Court Grammar School (Main music room H7)


Fridays 7.00-8.00pm at St. Peter's Church


Monday 27 March 6.00-7.30pm for as many people as possible

Tuesday 28 March 4.00-5.30pm Full rehearsal with soloists ... followed by a break and concert at 7.00pm.

If you would like to be part of this please speak to Patrick Dunn (our organist).

Flyer HERE


     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 & St. Andrew's Churches Wine & Wisdom held on Saturday 25th February raised £461, many thanks go to all who helped, generously donated raffle prizes and supported the event,  a most enjoyable evening.

The AGM for the Friends of St Peter’s and St Andrew’s Churches is to be held on Monday, 12th June in the St Peter’s Church Hall, starting at 7.00

Wine and Wisdom evening at St Peter’s Church Hall in November to be notified

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:

If you shop at the Co-op, a letter from Co-op Local Community Fund Team


“Great news – you’ve raised £968 through the Local Community Fund so far, and Co-op members are adding to your total every time they buy selected Co-op brand products from our stores and funeral homes. You’ve still got 6 weeks to spread the word and get more members to back your cause. Members who haven’t yet chosen a cause in your community have built up £1698 – the more members that choose you, the larger your share will be of the final total. We’ll be in touch in another 3 weeks to let you know how your fundraising is going. Good luck! ‘

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 is being introduced from 28th Mar 2017. 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

Monday at 7.


Monday at 7 had a wonderful evening recently, when we had a speaker on Hares. His photographs of hares and other wild life were of an amazing standard and his knowledge of his subject enchanted us all.

The next two meetings:

  • Quex on Tuesday 11th April. The next meeting will be at 2.30pm on Tuesday (note the day!) 11th April at Quex for a cream tea and a visit to the gardens. Details: arrival by 2pm followed by cream tea at 3pm.  There is free parking in the park adjacent to the house with a number of disabled spaces and a couple of wheelchairs available if needed.  A minimum number of 30 for this event is required so it is important to book in ASAP if you are coming.  Cost is £8.50 per person, which includes tea and the gardens. Payment in cash only, in clearly marked envelopes, to Jean Saunders (869744) by Tuesday 4th April at the latest or left in the Parish Office or given to Greta Collins (602381) or put through Jean’s door (47, Dane Court Gardens).  Transport:  car sharing is encouraged and non- members are most welcome.
  • Walmer Castle on Monday 8th May at 2.30pm. This is a lovely place for a picnic, but there is a café if the weather is not suitable. The castle tour, which is undertaken individually, is not long, fascinating and easy to negotiate. Prices: concession £9.60, adults; £10.70 and English Heritage Members free. There are concessions for parties over 11, so please book in with Carol Lamont (309728 or ) ASAP. Transport: car sharing is encouraged and non-members are most welcome.

for St Peter’s Church Buildings Appeal

Recent successes and funds raised:

  •            Supper & Cabaret Night: £723
  •            Festive Fayre: £3,000
  •           Christmas Music and Party Night: £75
  •        Ladies’ Pamper evening:£400

                   January  Boot Fayre  £322

                  March Boot Fayre   £340


. A big thank you to all who came and visited us, to the helpers and to those of you who baked cakes for the café. This event is proving very popular

·       Talk & Afternoon Tea last Thursday. Thank you very much indeed to those who made the delicious sandwiches and cakes, to those who set up and cleared away and of course to those who came and supported this fun event. We raised £340.58 which is very gratifying-well done everyone.

Forthcoming events.

tickets bookable in the Parish Office- mornings only

           Events for 2017

Fundraising Planning dates for 2017. The following events have been planned so far:

  • Choral Concert. Tuesday 28th March 2017 at 7pm. St Peter’s and Dane Court Grammar School Combined choirs will sing Vivaldi’s Gloria.
  • Film & Buffet evening. Thursday 30th March at 7.15pm in Queen’s Road Baptist Church Auditorium.. This event is being very kindly run by the Village Tour for St Peter’s Appeal

    • The film, which has had excellent reviews, is ‘The Man who knew infinity’. Tickets available for a donation of £11 (film and meal included) from the Parish Office. Nearly 100 tickets have been sold outside for this already, so don’t delay! 

  • * The Man Who Knew Infinity is a 2015 British biographical drama film based on the 1991 book of the same name by Robert Kanigel. The film stars Dev Patel as Srinivasa Ramanujan, a real-life mathematician who after growing up poor in Madras, India, earns admittance to Cambridge University during World War I, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G. H. Hardy, portrayed by Jeremy Irons. The film had its world premiere as a gala presentation at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and was selected as the opening gala of the 2015 Zurich Film Festival. It also played in other film festivals including Singapore International Film Festival and Dubai International Film Festival

  •      Wine and Wisdom. Friday 5th May 7pm.(start 7pm sharp!). This includes a fish & chips supper and raffle. Tickets £8.50 each or £60 for a full table of 8 booked at the same time. Bring your own cutlery and drink. Come and join us to test those grey cells and have fun! 
    •   Several tables have been booked already, so book yours NOW!

    • St Peter’s Summer Fete and Flower Festival. Saturday 1st July 1030-3pm.

      Planning is well underway: TDC are being approached about use of the Village Green and the raffle tickets are soon to be printed and Kate has already contacted several of those who have kindly agreed to help with this event. If there are others who would also like to assist in any capacity, please contact her (862516) as soon as possible. Roger Waddell is co-ordinating the Fete this year, but is still away for a few more weeks.

    • St Peter’s Summer Music Night. Saturday 15th July 7-11pm.
    • Indoor Boot Fair. Saturday 30th September 9-12pm.
    • Wine & Wisdom Friday 1st December 7pm with a Fish & Chip supper. Tickets £8.50 each or £60 for 8 tickets bought at once.
    • Indoor Boot Fair Saturday 11th November. 9-12pm for the public
    • Festive Fayre. Saturday 25th November 1030-3pm.
    • Christmas Music & disco Party. Saturday 16th December 7.11pm.

    And for those who plan well ahead: The Summer Fete in 2018 will be on Saturday 30th June (nearest date to St Peter’s Patronal day)

Also, a new departure to raise funds for the Church in general:-

·       On Saturday 23rd September, Verdi's Requiem by the Merry Opera Company, more details to follow soon.

·       And in November (dates TBC), the combined members of Broadstairs Dickens Players and the Hilderstone Players will perform ‘The Lark’ a play about Joan of Arc in the Church.

If these performances are a success they could open the door to other similar productions.

  • 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), Don Bumpstead (Vice Chairman/ Finance), Jane Birnie (PCC rep), Paddy Earp (PR & media), Kate McGregor (Minute Sec), Margaret Smith and Roger Waddell. This is a very small number to take on a great deal-anyone who is able to help, even part time, would be most welcome.

Funds The balance in FR account, as at mid-January 2017, stood at £61,720.32. The total raised, since we started to collect for the Tower and including a £10,000 grant for the bells, is £112,392. Thus, we owe a big thank-you to everyone, who has donated, helped, attended events and generally supported our efforts.

The Tower having been ‘mended’, we are now busily raising funds to update the halls, including the kitchens, install a disabled toilet and much, much more, so our events’ programme continues.


Total Funds Required: £1.2m!

building fund

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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