Monday, 1 June 2015

News from Kingston - June 2015

all news courtesy of Judy Forgan

In May the Church looked beautiful for Travis and Paula’s wedding and also a stunning concert was held in the evening that same day given a combined choir under direction of Tim Crosley. We are very grateful to all who contributed and boosted the coffers at Kingston. Our thanks also to Belinda and Peter Bell for hosting the lovely Strawberry Tea and all who came to support the event.

Cream Teas - Sunday 21 June

This month we will be offering live music and cream teas on Sunday, 21 June between 2pm and 4.30pm so do come and enjoy a peaceful and relaxing afternoon with some wonderful views. 

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Day - Sunday 28 June

At the end of the month we have the ‘Kingston Country Fair’ coming up on Sunday, 28 June in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, in the field next to Kingston Courtyard; there will be something for everyone, live music, cream teas, stalls, ferret racing, classic cars, vintage tractors, model aircraft, arena events and fairground rides. Come early and have a hog roast and be part of South Dorset’s big Day Out. It starts at 11am and runs though til 5pm.


It was encouraging to have a good service on Ascension Day and I’ve been informed that the singers were delighted to have organ accompaniment by somebody related to the founder of the Church. We have the usual two services this month : Family Service 11.15am on 14 June and then Holy Communion on 28 June at 11.15am

Flowers, crafts & music event at St James’ - 19-20 September

Plans have started for this September event, see separate article below for how to participate. It will be something new for St James’ Church, but we need local people to get in touch soon. So whether you enjoy flowers, crafts or music or belong to a local club, charity or organisation which wants to be represented, please contact me by email ( and I’ll forward the details and booking form to you. Space may be limited so do not delay.

Have a good month hopefully, blessed with warm sunshine and just occasional showers to water the crops and gardens.

Judy Forgan

More about the flowers, crafts & music event

This event is on 19-20 September from 10am-5pm. Would you like to be involved in this event? Spaces are limited so please return your booking form early. The event is instead of the usual Christmas Tree Festival and we anticipate being oversubscribed so please let me know during June if you wish to book a place.

You may be involved in various ways:-
A - Floral/Foliage Contribution 
B - Craft Demonstration
C - Craft Sales

A) Floral/Foliage Contribution

For this you may promote/represent your organisation by using a flower/foliage display either as a pedestal arrangement or other container. We shall be using the entrance area, font, and choir stall and altar also the window arches and window sills for floral arrangements. The overall theme will be ‘Heavenly Foods and Flowers’ we would encourage you to select your Fruit, Veg, dairy product, etc from the list and include the item in the display. For example, a café might choose CREAM so this could have a flower arrangement sitting on window area, height approx 1m and could incorporate a china cup and saucer, with a cream tea: A children’s group or family might select HONEY and could make some little bees to suspend over an arrangement which incorporates a pot of honey, or you might have some pictures or a model beehive – or stand the arrangement on an actual beehive or beehive tray or include a beeswax candle. We would ask you to provide an A5 or A4 laminated notice with your group’s name. There is no charge, but it would be your responsibility to provide all flowers, containers and accessories.

B) Craft Demonstrations

We would like local crafts people to offer to attend and demonstrate their craft on either the Saturday or Sunday. This will have to take place outside, so you will need to provide a small gazebo if possible. We are hoping for a cross section of crafts – stonework, metalwork, wood, pottery and ceramic, fabric and art work. You will need to reserve a place in advance so that we can set aside an area. There is no charge for this if you are not selling items, however we would ask that you must have public liability insurance and take all precautions necessary for health and safety.

C) Craft Sales

We have just a few spaces for craft sales on each day as space is very limited. For this there will be a charge of £10 a day for a 6ft table space. We can accept no responsibility for selling and you will need to staff your own sales. Please indicate which day you would prefer (Sat, Sun or £20 for both) when you send your cheque in June. It is recommended you provide a gazebo and table if outside.

Please select A B or C and return to me and I will forward the appropriate booking form. Please forward this to others who may be interested locally.

Contact details:- Judy Forgan, Upper Downs, Valley Road, Swanage BH19 3DZ
Tel 481629 or by mob 07724 325735 – email is simplest 

Thank you for your support. 

Judy Forgan

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