Wendy Rose, secretary writes:
"On Saturday, 29th July, the League of Friends held their annual Summer Lunch in the beautiful garden of Ray and Nicky Daines.
It was so very nice to see people who have never been to the Summer Lunch before, who seemed to really enjoy it. It was also lovely to see the Rev’d Kathryn Percival and our photographer Andrew Bailey who came for just ½ hour to capture some memorable pictures of the event. There were colourful flowers on every table and despite the showers everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the drizzle didn’t stop play. 51 people attended.
A lot of work goes into this lunch to make it really special and we had some amazing puddings provided by people who had kindly volunteered to do them, plus salmon, new potatoes and salads. The only complaint was that the plates weren’t big enough. Contributions to the raffle, as usual, were extremely generous. We had a bottle of champagne, lots of bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates, beautiful plants and some very classy bed socks!
The money raised will go towards the maintenance of St.
The League of friends of St John’s Church Dormansland was formed by
the Parochial Church Council in 1982/83 as an offshoot of the Centenary
Committee, to support the funding of the Centenary Room and its remit
was to raise funds “for the extension and maintenance of the church
buildings”. It was felt that as a committee separated from the direct
church finances, it could appeal to a wider community, particularly
within the village. Subsequently it was the medium through which funds
were raised for the repair of the church roof and then the church
restoration after the fire, as well as many smaller projects since.
The League of Friends was set up as a charity, Charity Number 286557.
At present, without the major projects, it is aimed at helping to maintain the buildings and fabric of the Church. Again, it is hoped that villagers, who are not churchgoers, may wish to contribute to maintain a Church in their community and the League of Friends is seen as a means of enabling them to do so.
Fundraising is threefold; by regular donation, gift-aided where applicable, by legacies and by fund-raising activities and events.
Expenditure is normally at the request of the Parochial Church Council which has the overall responsibility for the church buildings and infrastructure.
The present committee and trustees are;
Chairman Dr Tim Taylor
Secretary Mrs Wendy Rose
Treasurer Mr John Frost
Rev. Nigel Hinton
Mrs Myra Keats
Mrs Yvonne Lusty
Mrs Angela Hosp
Mrs Josienne Yates
Mrs Sue Whibley
The Churchwardens, Mr Brian Yates
Mr Raymond Daines