Situated in the centre of the Cinque Port town of Sandwich, St Peter’s Church makes an attractive venue for a range of community activities (social and charitable) such as exhibitions, performances and fund-raising fairs (seasonal, arts, crafts etc).
Forthcoming events in St Peter's church 2013:
Friends of St Peter's Christmas Fair Saturday 16th November 2013 10 am - 3pm
St Peter's Church, Market Street, Sandwich. - Enquiries or to book a Stall: 01304 621554
Past events in St Peter's Church:
Report of Last Year's concert
For the for seeable future, on Friday afternoons at 2:30pm, organist George Sharman, will be playing the organ and anyone is invited to drop in, take a seat and enjoy the informal recital.
Admission is free and George will be playing for around an hour.
Come along, and relax to the music in this newly refurbished church.
A new annual event was launched in Sandwich on Saturday 30th June when the Friends of St Peter's Church took to the streets to parade their new church banners.
Following a welcome and blessing by Reverend Canon Mark Roberts at the gathering on St Peter's Green, the Curfew Bell rang out to mark the start of the parade. Headed by medieval musicians, the banners were carried through the streets by volunteers in medieval costume. The eight, colourful, 2 metre high banners certainly attracted the attention of shoppers and brought people to their front doors to view the procession.
Created by Sandwich community artists, Julia Baxter and Bob Martin, the fabric banners each depict an event that has shaped the church's history. The collapse of the tower in 1661, discovery of the mummified remains of a 'plague rat', and the creation of the secret garden in the ruined south aisle are a selection of the stories depicted in heraldic style artwork.
Following completion of conservation work inside St Peter's church later this summer, the banners will be hoisted into the rafters and displayed for all to see and promise to be a colourful addition to the church's new information resources. In addition there will be new Browsing Books, a family discover trail, timeline artwork and education resource packs to help visitors and groups discover more about the church's fascinating history and the important role it has played in the wider history of Sandwich.
The project has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is being delivered by a partnership of the Friends of St Peter's Church and the Churches Conservation Trust who own the Grade 1 listed church.
Project Manager, Carol Parr commented:
"The parade was a great success and enjoyed by all involved. We are now gathering material for the Browsing Books and Timeline Artwork. We are looking for local stories, memories, old photographs and other memorabilia connected with the church and would love to hear from anyone able to help."
If you have any stories or photographs connected with the church you can contact Carol on 01483 283181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade I listed St Peter’s Church is the town’s most historic landmark. It was declared redundant in 1974 and was taken on by CCT who have spent £600,000 on repairing the building since then. It is used for a range of events and the occasional religious service.
Chief Executive C.C.T.
Neil Rushton CCT adviser