Events at St. Mary's
We have lots of events at St. Mary's to both raise money for charity, St. Mary's, and simply to socialise and get to know one another better. We hope you can come to one of our regular events, you would be made most welcome. Visit this page regularly for updates or like us on Facebook (icon at the bottom of the page).
Coming soon Regular events
An organ recital by David Flood, the organist and Master of the Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral, took place in the church on the evening of Saturday 16th January 2016 when a very enjoyable evening was had by all. All the monies were raised for the St Marys Organ.
Further organ recitals took place on Saturday 30th July 2016 and Saturday 28th July 2017 to demonstrate the new capabilities of our organ. Both recitals were performed by David Poulter whom we hope to welcome again next year.
Monthly Coffee and Cake Concerts
On the third Saturday morning of each month (usually) we are treated to home made cakes with tea and coffee followed by a recital. In the past we have enjoyed music and singing from our own homegrown church members and visitors from other places. Recitals have included Baroque music, choirs, gospel, classical and the list goes on.
Coffee and Cake Concerts begin at 10.15am with refreshments being served until the concert starts at 11am. Entrance fee is a bargain £3.
The next Coffee and Cake Concert will take place on 15th February 2020.
Previous concerts have included:
Saturday 16th November was Loris Clements & Lise Cribbins who performed a set called "A Womans Love and Life".
Saturday 12th October 2019 was an entertaining morning in the company of the Charlton Larks.
Saturday 21st September 2019 - - our very own Emily Renshaw sang for us.
Saturday 18th May 2019 was a beautiful concert from the Elham Valley Singers.
Saturday 16th March 2019 - Adrian "JellyBaby" Adams gave a wonderful concert of Country Gospel music in his very own inimitable style.
Saturday 16th February 2019 - Piano Duets from Dave Oakden and Lise Cribbens who have a wonderful performance despite a non-cooperative piano.
Saturday 19th January 2019 - The Singing Reeds; oboe and clarinet
Saturday 15th December 2018 - The Simon Langton Choir
Saturday 17th November 2018 - The SuEllen Duo.
Saturday 20th October 2018 - There was a bright a bright and breezy concert by the Canterbury Wind Ensemble led by Prof Grenville Hancox MBE
Saturday 15th September 2018 - Everybody enjoyed the "1918-2018 Victory Special" with our musical 100 years commemoration and a few were even caught singing along!
Saturday 21st April 2018 - It was "Mostly Mozart" and totally enjoyed by all those who attended
Saturday 17th February 2018 - Phil Brown and his Friends (oh yes, he does!) entertained us with Blues, Rock, and Pop music mixed up with stories and jokes.
Saturday 16th December 2017 - The Chamber Choir from Simon Langton Grammar School entertained us with a selection of great music including some Christmas pieces
Saturday 18th November 2017 - The Eclectics - a community choir based in Adisham - performed gospel, folk, jazz standards, and music from around the world.
Saturday 28th October 2017 - Helen Newing who was a member of the Charing Quintet - who performed for us in June - this time gave us a performance as part of a Chamber Trio (Piano, Oboe, and Horn).
Saturday 16th September 2017 - The Elham Valley Voices, a choir of young voices, gave a wonderful performance of a varied selection of songs
Saturday 17th June 2017 - The Charing Quintet who taught us that a quintet will always play wind instruments, performed a wonder hour of music for an appreciative audience.
Saturday 20th May 2017 - Emily Renshaw was accompanied by Jamie Rogers and performed pieces from Handel, Gershwin, Lloyd-Webber
Saturday 22nd April 2017 - Simon Langton Boys A-Level Recital entertained us with everything from Bach to Gilbert and Sullivan.
Saturday 18th March 2017 - we featured Sam Brothers, a 23 year old singer-songwriter based in Canterbury.
Saturday 18th February 2017 - Phil Brown and his Friends entertained for another Saturday morning.
Saturday 21st January 2017 - Yet another great concert with good music performed by the Simon Langton Brass.
Saturday 21st November 2016 - our very own Revd Phil Brown and Marjorie Brown entertained us for a full hour with songs and stories and photos from his recent sabbatical visit to the southern United States.
A few photos from the event appear at the bottom of this page.
Saturday 16th January 2016 - the Old Wives Lees Community Choir gave a very enjoyable concert.
Saturday 20th February 2016 saw Kevin Kay-Bradley give a very entertaining concert playing a selection of light classical & popular music including requests from the audience.
Saturday 19th March 2016 - The Lemon Zingers performed an entertaining selection of Pop, Rock, Soul and Musical Theatre.
Saturday 16th April 2016 - The Saltwood Church Hand Bell Ringers entertained the audience with an expert display of campanology
Why not pop along and relax to great music with a cup of tea/coffee and some home-made cake in your local church after your hectic week?
Friends of St Mary's Saturday Cafe
The next Friends Saturday Cafe will take place on:
7th March 2020, 10.30am, Chartham Village Hall
Rock School and open mic has closed and is under review.
= = St Marys Lite Lunch = =
Several times each year we meet together for lunch in the church. We open the doors at 12noon where sherry or fruit juice is served while people catch up with friends or make new ones. We then serve a three course lunch, soup, main and dessert followed by tea or coffee.
We follow lunch with a short prayer service, which people find uplifting and helpful. We sing a hymn together, read the Bible and pray for our friends and family. You would be most welcome to join us. Please book a place so we know how many to cater for. Lifts are available.
Unfortunately, the final Lite Lunch for 2019 has been postponed into 2020 and will take place on the 9th January
A donation of £6 towards lunch would be most welcome. Please contact Pippa Kiss on 732016 for more information & details and to book your place. Also contact Pippa if you need a lift to the lunch or can offer any help with the lunches.
Future Light Lunches are scheduled throughout 2020 - 30th April, 9th July, 24th September & 10th December 2020.