St. Peter's Church Event Venue
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).
Christmas Tree Festival - December 2013
Each year there is intense competition in Sandwich, when businesses and organisations compete for the most original and best dressed Christmas tree held at St Peter's Church, Market Street, Sandwich
Visitors vote by secret ballot The 2013 Christmas Tree Festival was in aid of local charities, the Food Bank and St Clement's Church.
St. Peter's Procession June 2012
Sun shines on St Peter's Day Parade
A new event was launched in Sandwich on Saturday 30th June 2012 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 in 2012, the banners were hoisted into the rafters and displayed for all to see and make a colourful addition to the church's new information resources. There comprise new Browsing Books, a family discovery trail, time-line screen 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 secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and was delivered by a partnership of the Friends of St Peter's Church and the Churches Conservation Trust who own the Grade 1 listed church.