Thursday 1st April 2021
Church Commissioners officially approve the new benefice of Penshurst, Fordcombe and the Chiddingstone Churches from Thursday 1 April 20201. We can now start to recruit our new Rector.
Friday 4th October 2019
A weekend of books, music, comedy and more…….
Events throughout Penshurst village from Friday 4th October to Sunday afternoon 6th October.
For more information and to book tickets visit www.penshurstfestival.co.uk
Sunday 11th November 2018
4-11 November : Armistice Centenary Week in the church
featuring the re-installation of the original There But Not There, the silhouettes of Penshurst’s 50 WW1 fallen by Martin Barraud
All welcome to each event – all FREE entry
Sunday 4: 12 noon Reinstallation of There But Not There by Martin Barraud with pupils of Penshurst Primary School
Friday 9: 7.30 pm A centenary war scrapbook – bring & tell your own family stories, letters, poems of WW1
Also featuring music, drama and a conversation with artist Martin Barraud about the origins and national spread of There But Not There
Sunday 11: 10.45 a.m. Remembrance Sunday Service including the Roll of Honour and Two Minute Silence
6.00 p.m. Special Candlelit Armistice Evensong
including the world première of anthem ‘They Are the dead – There But Not There’,
sung by the Penshurst choir, composed by Penshurst organist Robert Hessey, to words arranged by Penshurst historian David Lough
Evensong will finish by 6.45 pm, in time for everyone present to attend the 7.00 p.m. Beacon lighting outside the Village Hall and then the event that follows inside.
There But Not There will be open inside the church every day from dawn to dusk between its installation on 4 November and dusk on Saturday 17 November. If you visit, you are asked to consider a donation, to be shared between Remembered, the charity established by taking the silhouettes nation-wide to raise money for military charities, and Penshurst church.
Tuesday 18th September 2018
The Last Rector of Penshurst? An important update
Last year Penshurst News warned that Rev. Tom Holme might prove the ‘Last Rector of Penshurst’ after a run of rectors lasting nearly 900 years and broken only by the Civil War. Now that risk is a step closer.
Technically it is a certainty – any future priest dedicated to Penshurst and Fordcombe will be called a ‘vicar’ because the church no longer awards a freehold of tenure which goes with the title ‘rector’.
The archdeacon of Tonbridge (on behalf of the diocese of Rochester) has produced a report on the future of the rural parishes near Tonbridge – including Penshurst and Fordcombe which already share a priest. The report is open for consultation until the end of September.
It concludes that, because of a shortage of new priests coming forward for training and because of the church’s need for more representation in new and growing towns, it should reorganise rural parishes into larger groupings served by a team of priests, helped by lay representatives. This will mean a small reduction in the number of fully-trained priests required to serve the area.
The archdeacon’s report offers three options for the future of Penshurst and Fordcombe after Tom Holme retires, due to happen in 2020. Each option involves us joining forces with next-door parishes and being looked after by a team. The PCC is asked to say by 30 September which of these options it prefers:
Join with the Chiddingstones
- Join with Leigh
- Join with the Chiddingstones and Leigh
For option B the report leaves open the possibility that no priest would live in Penshurst and that the rectory would be rented out.
We will hold a meeting in Penshurst church to discuss the PCC’s response at 8 p.m. Tuesday 18 September – open to all members of the church’s electoral roll plus anyone else who makes donations to the church’s running. Please do come and make your voice heard – and alert anyone else who you think should know.
At the end of the meeting we will ask you to complete a short survey to help guide the PCC’s response. If you cannot come but would like to complete the survey anyway, please download this and scan back to Margaret Atkins, church administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, Penshurst PCC