We are delighted to say that we have finally completed the heating project in St Margaret’s Church Womenswold. We look forward to giving you a warm welcome this winter. Firstly, the power supply had to be upgraded from single phase to 3 phase - this caused us the most problems and expense. In the nave, we have installed pew heaters under each pew, (individually controlled), and in the chancel there are 6 halogen wall heaters together with a portable heater for the priest – no chance of the vestments catching fire now! This has been a challenging project, taking longer than expected due to various problems. Initially we had problems with UK Power Networks and then with the faculty application and planning permission. When finally all was progressing, we suffered the coronavirus lockdown at a critical time. We only had 2, 13amp sockets and no lighting in the church throughout this period, but this was sufficient to maintain the village’s VFast Internet supply. UK Power Network returned as soon as they could and finished the work. We were all pleased to say goodbye to the Calor gas heaters which have been retired after very long service!
We are very grateful to Viridor and all the other funding bodies: All Churches Trust, Roger de Haan Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Friends of Kent Churches. We are especially grateful to the Friends of St Margaret’s Church who have worked tirelessly over the years, holding events, and who raised enough money to enable us to apply for grants and demonstrating the local support for the project
We are very grateful to all the local people who attended our events, garden parties and concerts. Our next project is the provision of an accessible toilet and fundraising will start again as soon as we are able.
Corona Virus COVID 19
Now there are many cases of Coronavirus in Kent, we should all be aware of what to do during this period.Firstly, check the NHS website(click here)for up to date information on all aspects of the disease.Secondly, if you think you may have the virus then complete the NHS 111 questionnaire(click here) online. There is also much advice on the NHS111 website, including what to do if you are travelling.
The church in Womenswold will now be open for private prayer from 10-12 on Sundays and 2-4pm Wednesday starting Sunday 21st June 2020.
The latest edition of the Parish Council Newsletter (Winter 2020) has now been delivered to all households in the Parish. Please let us know if you did not receive your copy. In the meantime here is an online pdf version. Click here for the pdf.