Working with the Community
A group of people from the church felt that something could be provided in the community for those who may find it difficult to get out and who would appreciate some company, in a social atmosphere. Hence the idea of the Luncheon Club was born.
After some hard ground work on rules and regulations regarding food hygiene and compliance with the Health & Safety Act the Club was launched in October 2003. It is held monthly (at the moment) from 12.15 until about 2pm in the Church Hall and up to 50 people are served a 2-course delicious meal. A raffle is held and all the proceeds are ploughed back into the initiative.
It has been heartening to see how people have rallied round to help this venture, from the local taxi driver offering free transport to elderly folk to members of the village community offering to help with preparation of food, waiting on tables and publicity. For the modest cost of £4 per person, it has proved to be a great success, long may it continue!
Eastry Primary School
School and Church are closely linked and provide services for Welcome, Leavers, Harvest and Christmas. Local Clergy and church representatives regularly visit the school for assemblies and prayer meetings.
This is a residential home for Adults with learning difficulties and is very much part of the life of the community and the church. Clients from Eastry House regularly attend services on Wednesdays in the Church Hall.
The church and the council have a good, close working relationship, and the Parish Council is responsible for the maintenance of the closed Churchyard and Cemetery.
"Eastry Village News" is a monthly church/village magazine, which was launched at the end of March 2005. It covers news both from organisations within the village as well as carrying church news and contact numbers. Advertisers have been invited to contribute to the magazine, which is free and is delivered to every house in the village. The Editor is Brian Manton, who can be reached on 01304 612572 if you have any items for inclusion in the magazine,
The popular Play-scheme run by volunteers throughout the Benefice and which is based at Northbourne Parish Hall.
Church Fete & Flower Festival
Our church fete is renowned far and wide for its sense of community and fellowship, with good quality stalls and games etc. The fete takes place each year in July and the flower festival is bi-annual, again a most popular event. Look out for the signs, they are events not to be missed!