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    Remembrance

    Sunday     2019

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Drought in Mpwapwa in Tanzania

These photos of the pupils of Mkwala School (linked with Crockham Hill School) show the effect of the drought on the harvest.

The shortage of seed, and its high cost disaffecting their ability to plant next season's seed. 

Donations are urgently needed.

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Messy Church on 13th October 2019

After days of rain in Crockham Hill, it was time to find out how Noah coped!

Harvest Festival                                                  8th October 2019

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Deanery Orchard Village Tea party  Sunday 14th July 

Crockham Hill Community Interest Company purchased a redundant area of land, and have made a wild flower orchard with apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees for the benefit of the Crockham Hill community.

Stephen Barbor preached on 14th July 2019

on the Good Samaritan, and described with photos what we are doing to support our link parish in Kongwa - both church, school and community projects. 

Messy BBQ

The last Messy Church of the season held on 30th June 2019 outside the School Hall

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Trip to Kongwa May 2019  Stephen and Silvie Barbor met the ladies in Kongwa, say their chicken project, met Jeremiak and Neena the students studying at St Philip’s Theological College who are sponsored by Crockham Hill Parish and a congregation member.

Mkwala School May 2019 Showing the some of the desks donated                                            The Copier donated by Crockham Hill School 

by Crockham Hill School. They still need more as some

of the children have to write sitting on the floor.                         

Simon Burton-Jones Bishop of Tonbridge

preaches on Trinity Sunday on 16 June 2019

He presented a certificate signed by Bishop Jacob and Bishop James celebrating the union

between the dioceses of Mpwapwa and Rochester, and the link between St Michael's at Kongwa and Holy Trinity at Crockham Hill.

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The annual Rogation Ramble

19th May 2019

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The annual Rogation Ramble might have been a bit short in numbers this year, but everyone enjoyed the walk which linked Obriss Farm, Toys Hill and Chartwell, arriving back in the churchyard for endless cups of tea and cake. Many thanks to Min for leading the walk, and to those who provided the refreshments.     

Easter Sunday 21 April 2019

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Messy

Lent

24/03/19

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Anthony 

Anthony Shipwright licensed by the Bishop of Tonbridge on 11th March 2019 as a youth worker throughout Rochester

Ash Wednesday     6th March 2019

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Rev. Sue Diggory, Fr. Ben,

and Fr Stephen

are at Edenbridge station putting ash crosses on commuters' foreheads to celebrate the start of Lent.

A cold and windy morning!

and new banners in Holy Trinity for the Ash Wednesday School service

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A packed annual Hot Pot supper on Shove Tuesday in the Village Hall - 5/3/2019

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Superb Ball on 2nd March 2019 in Village Hall

in aid of CH School and Mkwala School in Kongwa

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Messy Church

celebrates Candlemas

on 27th January 2019

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School collective Worship on 9th January 2019

Crockham Hill School Banners - Archdeacon Julie blessed the new banners that reflect the school values of Respect, Aspiration, Resilience and Empathy. Money given to the School from last years fete help to make this possible.

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Service of nine lessons and  Carols

On 23- 12-18  a packed church heard superb music by candle light.

Probably the best carol service and homily (See sermons)

A time of peace

19th December 2018

Light in the darkness - a little Advent quiet in the church

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Todler Time in Church for the first time on 11th December 2018

19 in Sienna’s homemade shelter            20 At the Goodman's

16 At the Browns                                                              17 In Froghole Lane                                                                  18 At School

13 In a Dolls House                                                   14 - Sleeping at School                                        15 -Friday with the Banks Family

10 - Sunday night in Marl Pit Hill          11 -Overnight in Deanery Road                                                       12 - Sleeping with the ducks

7 - Mary & Joseph find some new friends                        8 - Sunday in Dairy Lane                                  9 -Overnight in Evie's Dolls House

Mary and Joseph rest each night during Advent 2018, as they travel through Crockham Hill towards their stable in Bethlehem 

4 - Ready for the night at the Martin’s             5 - At Greentrees                                6 -Teddies keeping them company in Deanery Rd

Day 1 in Spout Lane                                         2 - Spending the night with Aneira, Ethni and friends     3 - at Woodmote

Christening on 18th November

of Milly Rose Damodaran

Holy Trinity was packed with godparents, friends and relatives for a loving and enthusiastic service, followed by a delicious lunch in the Village Hall.

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11th November 2018

Crockham Hill commemorates 100 years since the end of World War One

There was  a packed service in Holy Trinity at 11.00am, when the names of the fallen of both World Wars were read, as well as the  biographies of those who fell between 1914 and 1918.

 

At 7.00pm after prayers, the Crockham Hill beacon was lit , accompanying beacons all over the  United Kingdom

Crockham Hill School commemorates 100 years since the end  of World War One

On Friday 9th November 2018 the School children attended a moving service to remember those in Crockham Hill, and the rest of the country, who gave their lives

Commemorating 100 years

since the end of the 1914-18 war - 11 November 2018

Four of those, who lived in Crockham Hill, and gave their lives for their Country.

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Rhys Evans                                      George Tillyard                                            David Boyle                                    Evan Evans

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Confirmation on 4th November 2018

Sarah Gibson,

Leah Loughlin,

Mollie Banks,

Max Aylward,

and Ruby Aylward

were all confirmed 

by the Bishop of Tonbridge

at Hildenborough

Autumn 2018 at Holy Trinity

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Fr. Owen retires from All Saints, New Cross

On 28th October 2018 Fr. Owen Beament retired  after an amazing 44 years as priest of All Saints.

About 25 parishioners from Edenbridge and Crockham Hill attended a completely packed church for his last service celebrating their patronal festival. The Band of the Princess of Wales Regiment entertained us during and after the service.

Fr Owen has been a wonderful and inspiring friend not only to his parishioners, but to all in Edenbridge and Crockham Hill.

He will remain Vicar of Millwall Football Club!

Photographed 21st October by Richard Diggory

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-Lorries repaired!

A happy Bishop Jacob!

We were sent photos of the three repaired vehicles after funds were raised in the Crockham Hill Village Hall last May.

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The Chicken Project

The chicken project is run from Hope’s yard.  It started with 14 women contributing 14 chickens and 20 chickens given by Crockham Hill.  Sadly some died due to disease, but they still have 25 chickens, kept to provide eggs.  30 eggs sell for Tsh 15,000 (around £3). Hope also has 3 adult pigs.  Piglets sell for Tsh 60,000 (approx. £20) and an adult sells for Tsh 500,000.

 

Stephen and Silvie Barbor passed over £135 gift from the women of Crockham Hill for the women’s group which they rounded up to Tsh 400,000, for which the ladies and Rev Canon Luzineth were very grateful

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Rebuilding St Michael's Church, Kongwa

The church leaders and congregation have achieved this through fundraising projects and the work of their hands! 

 The next stage is to put in wrought-iron windows and also plant a hedge to stop cattle getting too close to the church!  Each window will cost Tsh 400,000 and there are 20! 

Jeremiah Isaka and Neema Zakayo whose training as priests at St Philip's Theological College, near Kongwa is sponsored by the parish of Crockham Hill

Stephen and Silvie Barbor returned from Kongwa in Tanzania on 4th October. They stayed at St Philips Theological College, and

we took the opportunity to see the students sponsored through the Diocesan partnership.  They wrote"We met Jeremiah.  He has a wife, Lozina, and three children, Uster 13, George 10 and Sipha 4.  They will be joining him next year, but for this first year he is living in the men’s dormitory. He is so grateful for the opportunity that Crockham Hill is giving him.

"We had the pleasure of meeting Neema whilst at St Philip’s.  She was close to tears and jumped up and down with excitement when she heard that we were from Rochester Diocese and brought greetings from her sponsor.  She is a very enthusiastic and able student who is doing really well in her course.  She told us her heart is to share the Word of God with others.  The unmarried men live in dormitories, but the single ladies live in these small round homes, with a living area including a desk and chair and a bedroom curtained off. 

 

Neema comes from Kibaigwa in Mpwapwa Diocese, where she has a mother and father (Olivia and Stephen) and has 4 sisters and 1 brother"

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Harvest Thanksgiving 7th October 2018

We were joined by our friends from All Saint's New Cross

led by Fr. Owen, and Silvie and Stephen Barbor, who described what life was like in Tanzania, after their recent trip to our links in Kongwa - St Michael's Church, Mkwala School, and the  women's chicken project

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Messy Harvest

23rd September

2018

The kids

all loved it

and the parents

welcomed

the savoury food!

 Some pictures from the Companion Dioceses celebration on 16th September: a great evening with an impromptu Swahili ‘choir’!

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15th July 2018 - Daisy Elizabeth Kinley Golaszewski was christened                                                                                                                      A happy christening

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 Crockham Hill Village Fete                         Brilliantly organised by Cat Markham and her team                                                Saturday 7th July 2018

A sunny, but hot afternoon.

Silent Art auction, ECT stand , and The Bottle Tombolla.

Below - One of many winners

Tea tent,                                                                            BBQ,          

MC  - Doug Daniel

 

Crockham Hill's Victorious River Band

                                          Accessory Stall

Bric a brac and Book stalls                                   27 litres!  - one of the classic cars

Bouncy Castle                                                         Coconut Shy                                                       Waterslide                                                                             Face Painting                          

Dancing by Evolution Dance Academy                      Tea Tent    Spectators                                                          Bale Tossing    Hoopla & World Cup  - the alternative attraction!

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Messy Church BBQ                       1 July 2018

With the theme of God’s Wonderful World – 30 adults and 24 children attended on a glorious hot Sunday afternoon

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Rogation Sunday

6th May 2018

Kev and Min Reynolds led about 16 parishioners  on their 30th  Rogation ramble through the woods and fields around Crockham Hill, finishing with tea in Alan and Chitra's lovely garden. 

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Holy Trinity's latest recruit

Milly Damodaran, seen here with Mum and Dad and Sue Diggory, attended family eucharist for the first time on 3rd of June 2018

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Trucks for Tanzania lunch

On 20 May 2018 about 70 had lunch in the Crockham Hill Village Hall to raise funds to help repair three of the Mpwapwa Diocese

vehicles, which had been broken by the bad roads. There is only one tarmac road in Mpwapwa, which is the size of Wales.

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Messy Baptism on 13th May

18 adults and 19 children enjoyed an hour and a half of decorating shells,  Dove biscuits, and cross key rings, making a collage, listening to stories and enjoying tea together.

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Easter Sunday   1st April 2018

The choir rehearsing before morning service.

More than ten flower arrangers decorated the church and Easter Garden

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Baptism of Isabelle Damodaran on 6 May 2018

Colourful saris predominated on a lovely May day, when Maria read the gospel, Patrick (aged 5) read a prayer, and the Brownies paraded and led the intercessions.

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Good Friday 30 March 2018

Images from two services

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Kongwa in the wet                                 March 2018

Agripa sent these photos - showing how almost continuous rain after drought causes severe erosion. Bridges, houses and roads have been washed away, The students of St. Philips help

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Messy Almost Easter - 18 March 2018

Despite the snow almost 40 attended a happy afternoon  making fruit palm trees, with songs, prayers and food

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Bridges - Christmas 2017

Every Christmas one of the churches in the Edenbridge area provides a free lunch at BRIDGES for anyone who’d otherwise be on their own, or would simply appreciate some company. This year it was the turn of Holy Trinity to play host.

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Mkwala School in Kongwa-Dec 2017

 The children and parents of Crockham Hill School provided funds to purchase the desks & benches

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St Michael's Church, Kongwa. 

 December 2017 The Construction of the St Michael's Church continues. They are now plastering, after completing  floor tile fixing.

 

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The choir for Nine Lessons and Carols on 17th December.

Christmas 2017
Messy Christmas    10th  December  2017

We had a great afternoon - 20 adults and 25 children, with Christmas crafts, Christmas story, Christmas songs,Christmas prayer, and Christmas tea,

Day 12

Day 13 at Squerryes End

Day 10 with Holly

Day 11 near Staffhurst Woods

Day 14 at Dairy Lane

Day 7 - with Sienna and Rafferty after Messy Church

Day 8 at Oakfield Road, Marlpit Hill

Day 5 In Four Elms Road

Day 9 In the School )ffice

And day 6 in Highfields Road, in Marlpit Hill

Mary and Joseph, on their way to Bethlehem, stay in houses in Crockham Hill

Day 1 with Holly, Sophie & Lillie Gibson in Spout Lane

Day 2 with Richard and Brigitte Hunter in Spout Lane

Day 3 At the Vicarage

Oakdale Lane

Day 4 - At Felicity's in Oakdale Lane

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 An African Evening in Crockham hill Village Hall

On 25th November 2017

80 dressed up for Tanzania, and danced to the 5 piece band  of Mvula Mandondo in the Village Hall.

We were raising money to send a trainee priest to St Philip's Ecclesiastic College near Kongwa.

With African food and music, South African wine, a presentation by Sue Diggory of our growing links with St Michael's and the town of Kongwa, it was a rip roaring evening of fun.

We raised £1,443 in additional to a most generous donation, which pays for the training for three years of another priest. 

A suitcase of Clothes for Mkwala School

Canon Agripa delivers a suitcase of clothes and uniform, and a gift of money, which had been given by the parents and children of Crockham Hill Primary School

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Harvest Festival

On 1st October 2017 Canon Agripa Ndatala from St Philips Ecclesiastical College, Kongwa in Tanzania, preached to a crowded congregation, including our friends from All Saints, New Cross. He  gave a blessing in swahili and joined us for harvest lunch in The Village Hall.

Harvest produce was distributed to the food banks in Edenbridge and to All Saints, New Cross.

The school gave Canon Agripa a suitcase of clothes for the children of Mkwala School in Kongwa

, After the Harvest service on 30th September, Canon Agripa toured the School.

ECT 20th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service

On Saturday 7th October members of all Edenbridge Churches in Covenant joined a celebration of 20 years of the ECT. 

The ECT reaches out to 11 - 18 year olds from its base at the Riverside Centre by the Edenbridge Stone Bridge with varied weekly programmes. The Friday night youth club call themselves ECTreme Youth Club, and numbers have peaked at over 50.

4 photos of Messy Harvest held in the School Hall at 4.00pm on 17th September. We looked at Harvest and the Parable of the Sower

Rod and Ali Cooper renew their vows on 16th September - 40 years after they were married on 8th September 1977.

Two new benches were donated by the village to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Holy Trinity.

They were blessed on 24th September by Sue Diggory.

On 23rd September Kev and Min Reynolds celebrated 50 years of marriage. 

David Stafford (church warden), The Rev. Ali Cooper [who gave the sermon}, and Tony Rogers (Treasurer) try out a bench.

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Joy Gospel Singers

Graham Dinnage with three of the large choir from Malta, who sang for us at Morning Eucharist on Sunday 16th July.

Froghole Farm party

Joy gospel Singers from Malta join The Chart Singers at a summer concert/party on 16th July after tea at Springstede

Saturday 9th September 2017

Haddy Cosh and Josh Walker were married at Holy Trinity with a splendid reception at Hever

Landscape changes

The Irish yews leading to the Church had become overgrown and the entrance was dark and gloomy. They were reduced to about 1m in August 2017, and now more of the church can be seen, and the whole approach is lighter. See what the old yews looked like in Consecration of the Churchyard (below 6th July 2017) 

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               Fete 8th July 2017

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Consecration of Extended Churchyard

On 6th July 2017 The Bishop of Rochester held a Service of Consecration for the new extended churchyard, planting a cross at each of its corners. This was the culmination of many improvements - New gates, ramp access, and stonework; new paving; pruning of the Irish yews; replacement of missing hedge yew bushes, and repair of broken crosses.

        175th Anniversary Service  

175th Anniversary Service of the foundation of Holy Trinity held on 2nd July 2017, with Bishop James presiding and preaching. Here he is with John Warde, great, great grand nephew of Charles Warde - the founder; with Rev. Sue Diggory and indomitable previous resident - Rosemary Pellereau, and her family; and cutting the cake with oldest resident Freda McBride at lunch in the Village Hall.

MESSY CHURCH In MAY

14 May 2017 – Messy Breakfast on the beach. We had 16 children and 18 adults, doing crafts, listening to a story, and a prayer, and all eating TEA! 

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EASTER 2017
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MUSICA SACRA AT CROCKHAM HILL

Musica Sacra Ensemble played music for soprano, trumpet and organ at Holy Trinity Church on 20th April 2017

Miriam Kords,

www.musica-sacra-ensemble.com