News Sheet 16/02/20

A warm welcome to the


News Sheet for Sunday 16th February 2020

(Details of Worship and Services in separate pew sheet)


DIARY OF EVENTS for February

Monday           17     10.00 Sunday Praise Meeting at the Vicarage

           12:30 [email protected] Lunch (The Racing Greyhound)    

                                     14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

Tuesday           18     19:30 St Peter’s Women’s Group

Wednesday     19       14:30 Fundraising Committee Meeting (11 Cliffside Dr.)

Friday               21       14.30 Tea and Beetle Drive in St Peter’s Main Hall

Monday            24       14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

Wednesday      26     14:30 Home Group @St Leu

Saturday         29       12:00 Lent Talk and Lunch in St Peter’s Main Hall



Monday            02       14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

Tuesday           03      19:30 St Peter’s Women’s Group

Wednesday     04       14:30 Home Group @St Leu

Monday            09       14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

                                    19:00 [email protected] Talk (440 Northdown Rd CT9 3LD)

Wednesday     11       14:30 Home Group @St Leu

Thursday         12      14.00 Talk and Afternoon Tea in St Peter’s Main Hall


If you would like your old palm cross to be burnt for ash and used to mark the forehead of those who come to church on Ash Wednesday please leave it either at the back of church or in the Parish Office. Thank you.


Monday @7

Our next event is lunch, tomorrow, at the Racing Greyhound, Ramsgate, 12.30 for 1pm.  Looking forward to seeing you there. Any queries, contact Marion Brown, Tel 604524, email


Count Your Blessings this Lent

Christian Aid’s Count Your Blessings Calendar gives a daily thought and action for each day during Lent We’ll learn more about how people like Faith and Beatrice in Kenya are coping with life at the sharp end of climate change which has pushed their communities to the edge of survival. If you would like to use this resource as part of your Lenten reading, copies are now available near the south door or ask Elspeth Cooke (863293) for a copy.


The Winter Shelter.

Thank you for your generous support. You may like to know that a man who used the shelter in 2017 is now working for the project. He was housed just before the shelter closed in that year and he was helped to give up addictions. Since November 2019, 12 users have been housed and are being helped into a settled life style by a team called RISE. Rise also tries to help a few rough sleepers who so far have refused all help. Please give new socks, new underwear, rucksacks, toiletries both male and female and feminine hygiene items. I will also collect cleaning materials to help the churches who provide the accommodation. Please leave your donations in the Church or in the Parish Office. Contact: June Binfield  / 01843 861286 / 07711 072233.


Charity coffee pod & crisp packet recycling

I will be collecting crisp packets and Tassimo coffee pods in aid of the Kent air ambulance. They can be given to me at church service or I will leave a box for them to be placed in which will be located in the children’s corner. So far we have collected 600 coffee pods and 1600 crisps packets which have been sent off to raise funds for the air ambulance. Thank you from Toni Lawrence.


Fundraising Committee Report for Sunday 16th February 2020

Boot Fair – Saturday 15th February

At the time of writing, Saturday’s Boot Fair has not yet taken place! There will be a report on its outcome in next Sunday’s News Sheet.

Beetle Drive

There are still tickets left for next Friday’s Beetle Drive and we are hopeful of an even better turnout than last year. It’s fun both for adults and children so, if you haven’t booked up yet, get your tickets (£5.00 each for adults and £3.00 for children) from the Parish Office as soon as you can. There will also be a raffle and modest prizes for the winning teams so, see you there!


We need some cake to serve in the Beetle Drive interval, so any of our many expert cake makers who are willing and able to supply something for the Beetle Drive should contact Marion Brown, the FRs Cake Liaison officer!

Talk – ‘Round the World in a Double Decker Bus’

On Thursday 12th March (2.00pm to 4,30pm) there will be a talk in the Main Hall by Richard King. In the early ‘70s he and a group of friends bought an old double-decker bus, fitted it out, and drove it round the world! It seems amazing to think that anyone could successfully make such a journey, but these guys did it! I don’t imagine that it could be done now – it would be too dangerous! Richard now tells of his experiences in a very interesting talk and he is coming to St. Peter’s in March to deliver it for us. The event will take place in the Community Hall and Afternoon Tea, with sandwiches and cake, will be served as part of the event. Tickets are available now at £10.00 each and can be bought at the Parish Office (details above). The talk is both fascinating and hilarious so note the date in your diary, tell your friends about it and come along.

Quiz Night

The next Quiz Night will take place on Friday 3rd April from 7.00pm to 10.30pm so, if you would like to get a team together, you might like to start preparing. Tickets £10.00 each are now available, which includes fish & chips that will be served during the interval as usual.

Dinner Dance 12th June 2020

I hope you have read all about this important Fund Raising event in the Feb Magazine. It mentions a “table auction”. We are planning to have an auction of “promises” with the money raised, as usual, going to Church Funds which will include, in due course, the cost of extending the Gdn of Remembrance.

So far, we have promises: –

  • A day watching Kent cricket at Canterbury (Parsons)
  • Sunday carvery lunch for 2 at North Foreland GC (Bakers)
  • A Beach hut (Louisa Bay) day with café lunch and prosecco (Bumpsteads)
  • 4 Ball voucher for North Foreland GC short course (Bakers)

Would anyone else be prepared to offer a promise. It could be something big like a day out somewhere or cooking a meal? Or something simple like Gardening, Car cleaning or anything else suitable. Please let me know if you have any ideas or offers so we can make this part of the event rewarding and a bit of fun. Don Bumpstead 602287

Loose Change Boxes

Another BIG thank you to all who are still contributing to our Fund Raising through these Boxes. I have about 12 spare so if anyone wants one please let me know.

During 2019 almost £1,000 was collected through the boxes and to date since 2014 £7,250. I have thanked people 58 times this year and counted a lot of coins but I don’t mind. It keeps me out of mischief! PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING IN. If you want a box or know more about this simple scheme then, again, let me know. Don B. 602287


Monday Home Group 2:30 pm at 92 Dumpton Park Drive, CT10 1RL

We meet weekly to share in some of the glories and encouragement contained within the Bible Readings heard in Church the previous day.  You’d be most welcome – even for a one-off – there’s no obligation to have to say anything!  After the hour of reflection, we then enjoy tea and fellowship.  For more details, please phone Michael or Elspeth Cooke on 863293.

The Wednesday Home Group. 

We will meet again for each Wednesday in Lent, starting on February 26th. We meet at 2.30 pm at St. Leu. Details of our Lent course to follow. All are welcome, whether you can make all the meetings or only some of them. Contact: June Binfield.  or 01843 861286 or 07711072233.


Website. Please take a moment to look at and review your areas of interest and then email Trevor Hogben with any updates.


Parish Office in Main Hall (01843) 866061

Hopeville Avenue, St Peter’s CT10 2TR

Open Monday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm


Halls email:


Parish and Community Halls Administrator – Simon Perry

Please Note that the Parish Office will be closed at 1pm every afternoon. If you need to see Simon outside of office hours please ring him to arrange an appointment.


Vicar Rev’d Jan Durrans (Day off – Friday)

Email: Direct line – 869169


             Pauline Osborne (225801) email:

Sylvia Mills (865874) email:

Contact details of the many different church groups/ organisations can be found on our Parish website:


We are always SO grateful for the cash donations given each week at services.If you are a tax payer it would be an even greater benefit if you could put your donation in a completed yellow Gift Aid envelope so that we can recover the extra 25p in every pound given!