St. Peter's Projects:
The proceeds from fundraising projects go towards the development of this ancient building.
On Saturday, 29th September 2012 the church, beautiful in a new robe of cream plaster, welcomed one hundred Friends to a delicious three-course hot supper.
We were pleased to welcome some new Friends, who came in the place of old ones unable to attend.
Brian Clark from The Churches Conservation Trust explained the immensity of their work, with particular reference to plans for new facilities.
These will include two toilets (one for wheelchair users) and a small kitchen. We have plans and listed building consent already but are still working to raise the funds.
The supper raised £1000 in donations and £125 from the auction of a patchwork quilt, which had been generously donated for this purpose. (Photograph by Georgina Maddox)
St. Peter's Bookstall
Regular visitors to St Peter's will know that there is usually a second-hand bookstall inside the church. The proceeds from it go towards the development of this ancient building. The Friends of St Peter's wish to thank all those who have donated books and/or purchased them hitherto and thus helped to keep this very special place alive.
St. Peter's Glass Doors
In January 2005, the west entrance was given a pair of inner glass doors (to sit behind the wooden external ones). This was the culmination of a two-year project originated by Leonard Barlow - a Sandwich achitect, to raise funds for their manufacture and installation. Their purpose is to act as a glass screen through which the passerby can see into the church when the outer wooden doors are thrown open.
The glass screen reveals the full length of the nave up to the altar and enables events taking place inside the church to be on view to those passing along the thoroughfare at the west end of the church, while protecting those within from the weather.
During Christmas 2004, for the first time, the new glass doors revealed a nativity scene, made by pupils from Sandwich Junior School and illuminated by Wyman Electricals Ltd.
After dark it shone out from behind the glass casting a glow across the steps leading down to the footpath skirting the church: a beacon of light in the winter gloom.
The Walled Garden
A delightful garden now exists where the south aisle once stood. Beautifully maintained by volunter, George Raven, it is accessible from the churchyard via an entrance in the south wall.
St. Peter's Memorial Garden - (photos by Ann Harrison-Brooks)