Past Events in King's Wood

We have held some fantastic events in the King's Wood churches over the last few years. Flower festivals, Christmas Bazaars, Concerts. Take a look below at some of the highlights and head to our Upcoming Events page to find out what is coming up over the next few months.

Harvest Lunch at St Mary's Chilham

Sunday 7th October 2018

This was a very happy occasion with nearly 25 people sitting down to lunch after a Harvest service taken by the Reverend Sue Starkings, Four people joined us from Bulgaria and they were delighted to be given the chance to do this. We had a delicious home made vegetable soup with parmesan cheese and rolls followed by various crumbles and cream. It was good to be part of this convivial and lively atmosphere.

Crundale Church Concert

18th September 2018

This is the 11th year of Crundale Music. Last year many of us were enthralled by the performance of Sean Shibe, the classical lutist and guitar player, and the tenor voice of Ben Johnson. Following popular request, I have asked them to return and perform a programme of lute songs and folk songs from their new CD which will shortly be released.

An Intimate Evening of  Music for Voice and Guitar,
Ben Johnson is a tenor who won the Audience Prize representing England in the Singer of the World Competition in 2013. Highlights of his 2017/18 season include performances with English National Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Last year he performed at the Last Night of the Proms and will do so again this year. He is Professor of Singing at the Royal College of Music and has released 8 recorded works.
Sean Shibe was the first guitarist selected for the BBC Radio Three New Generation Artists scheme. Over the last year he has given recitals at Wigmore Hall and recorded solo works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and performed with BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has been described as ‘one of the foremost guitarists of his generation.’

Thanksgiving for Those Who Care

A Service for St Luke’s Day at St Mary's Crundale 2017

Thanksgiving for Those Who Care

St Luke was a physician and so on his day we are having a special service to celebrate and give thanks for those who care for others such as doctors, nurses, social workers and carers.  As part of the service, we have a speaker coming from Medecins Sans Frontieres to talk about their work in other parts of the world.

Afterwards we will serve tea and biscuits.

Chilham Strawberry Teas

June 2017

Strawberry Teas

How lovely to see our church full of people enjoying the Strawberry Teas, and the different stalls. People enjoyed listening to the relaxed music of the Saxophone quartet, the fabulous  Ukulele Group, Children’s choir and Drummers. After expenses the total raised was £550 for the Church. I would like to say a very big thank you to all the team who helped so much on the Ukulele group from Canterbury and Shelley’s wonderful Drummers and Children’s Choir. This event could not have happened without them.

Candlelit concert in St Mary's Crundale

Saturday 17th September

We were very fortunate to be able to welcome two highly talented performers, Benjamin Baker (violinist) and Bartholomew LaFollette (cellist), who created a wonderful sound in the enchanting candlelit setting of our beautiful church.  The programme included Mozart and Bach duets and some virtuosic solo pieces. 

Children's music workshop

Saturday 17th September

The aim was to introduce children (aged 4 to 12) to instruments and live music, encouraging participation in creative activities. The session was led by Emily Temel, Director of Music at Simon Langton Boys’ School and the concert performers Benjamin and Bartholomew (see the concert details) made a guest appearance to introduce and play their instruments to the children.  

Chilham Church At Home Open church

29th August 2016

There were many activities including articles on village history, tithe map, church tours, belfry tours, flower and costume displays as well as refreshments.  In additon there was a Songs of Praise and the choir sang.  A lovely community day.

Stawberry teas at Chilham church

17th July 2016

As well as strawberry teas with scones and real cream there was a tombola, a book stall, cake stall and a plant and produce table.  There was also live music by the U3A ukele band, the OWL drummers and the debut performance by the OWL children's choir. The weather was kind and the event was a great success.

Camerata concert

11th July 2016

A choir concert in St Mary's Chilham with light songs, songs from Australia and English sacred music with organ items by Reiko Lawrence.  A lovely evening for all there.

The Friends of Challock Church

The Friends of Challock church organised a concert on the 9th July, with the Ashford Invicta Singers.  A lovely evening.

The Police Choir at Challock church

The Police choir performed again at Challock church on the 14th May 2016. A great evening was had by all who attended.

Kent's Big Weekend

March 2016

Chilham participated in Kent's Big weekedn, visiting St Mary's was part of the package on offer - visit for details

Challock snowdrop teas

February 2016

Snowdrop teas in the church with the famous murals. 

Beautiful nature and lovely refreshments. 

Gift service Christmas eve

24th December 2015

Every Christmas eve in the afternoon we have the gift service in Chilham where the children dress up and act out the nativity story.  People are invited to place gifts under the Christmas tree  which are then passed on to a children's charity. 

Carol singing in the White Horse

10th December 2015

St Mary's Choir and the White Horse had a wonderful evening carol singing in Chilham.  Mulled wine, mince pies and some festive favourites.

Philip's Slightly Serious Concert

1st August 2015

Philip and friends put on another fantastic concert at Chilham Church in August. The handbell ringers, OWL Community Choir, St Mary's Choristers, the Baroque Quintet and a few other soloists all put on a great evening. Not only did we enjoy some fantastic music and interval nibbles, the event raised hundreds of pounds for the church.

Crundale Rogation Walk

May 2015

On Rogation Sunday we have a tradition of a short service followed by a Rogation Walk. We don't 'beat the bounds' as that would be rather too far to walk, but this year we were blessed with perfect weather to enjoy a 2-hour walk through the wonderful countryside.

May Bank Holiday

The Five Church Walk is a great local tradition stretching back about 30 years.  Walkers have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside following a 17 mile route linking the churches of Chilham, Molash, Challock, Boughton Aluph and Godmersham.  Refreshments are served at each of the churches.  Hundreds of people take part, and thousands of pounds are raised for the churches and for the Kent Air Ambulance and Pilgrim's Hospice. See for more details

Easter Eggsplored

Easter 2015; Easter 2016

We have explored Easter together for  a number of years.  For example in 2015 some 250 people explored the Easter Story through craft and story-telling, and the children had a wonderful time hunting for Easter eggs in the grounds of the castle (thank you for your hospitality again, Stuart and Tessa).  And then we enjoyed tea and home-made cakes.

Philip's Slightly Serious Concert

January 2015 and 2016

When our highly enthusiastic organist Phillip puts on a concert, as he does so once or twice a year, it is truely a treat. This time our wonderful choir at Chilham, the Old Wives Lees Community choir, the Handbell Ringers, Baroque Quintet and some fantastic soloists, colaborated to create a top quality concert. Phillip's stories, as ever, were a particular highlight, as well as enjoying some wine and nibbles during the interval.


Chilham Flower Festival

August 2012

Chilham put on quite a display over the August bank holiday in 2013.  Despite some rain (some decided to swim to church rather than walk) the flower arrangers and artists of the community put on a stunning exhibition of their work.  The visitors who flocked to see the event were also warmly welcomed by tea, cake and live music.

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