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Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020

We are pleased to provide this booklet, comprising our Annual Reports, in advance of our Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Tuesday 29th September at 7:30pm here in Wateringbury Church.

However if Government guidelines regarding Covid-19 alter such that we cannot hold an actual meeting, we will consider alternative options to meet “virtually”. Please check the weekly newsletter for up-to-date details or contact the office email.

Please try to read these reports ahead of the meeting as this will save considerable time at the meeting, and also allow for a more meaningful discussion to take place on any issues which warrant further attention.

If you are not planning to attend the meeting due to covid-19 but nevertheless, would like to raise a point or ask a question, please email the office email address ( by Friday 25th September and your point will be made available to the chair at the meeting.

The reports contained in this booklet refer to the year to April 2020, and were mostly written before lockdown occurred.

The coming year holds many uncertainties, but one thing we feel certain about is the commitment of us all to continue to ensure that Wateringbury Church thrives and grows. We are so grateful for the contributions made by every one of our church family. Let us continue to pray for one another as we serve God together.

Please Click HERE to download a copy of the 2020 annual report

Liz Gummer and Peter Bond

Twelfth night quiz 2018 ANSWERS

Many thanks to all those who bought the quiz, we hope you all enjoyed it. Also many, many thanks for Jan for creating and running the quiz. Please find below the answers or download the answers by clicking on the link below


Twelfth Night Quiz 2018 Answers


  1. This chap’s black & white cat was called Jess POSTMAN
  2. He’s not happy with his lot POLICEMAN
  3. American Realtor ESTATE AGENT
  4. St Matthew’s previous job TAX COLLECTOR
  5. Our ‘Enery COOPER
  6. One for the chop BUTCHER
  7. Sounds like the chap who serves coffee in Court BARRISTER
  8. Art is the choice for painter ARTIST
  9. My Old Man’s job                   DUSTMAN
  10. Can he fix it? BUILDER
  11. Sounds like an underground Morris Mini MINER
  12. A shot poet rubs you up the right way (anagram)OSTEOPATH
  13. Margaret has your house covered THATCHER
  14. A bit of an Army nut? COLONEL
  15. What Simon Peter & Andrew were, when Jesus called themFISHERMEN
  16. First of Smiley’s four TINKER
  17. A bet that’s a dead cert BANKER
  18. Tickle the ivories PIANIST
  19. Ecologically correct purveyor of food stuffs GREENGROCER
  20. Sparks – but not if he does it properly! ELECTRICIAN
  21. Norman Stanley with porridge FLETCHER
  22. A full filling job DENTIST
  23. He shares his life with Nigel & Nellie – what’s his job? GARDENER
  24. Guide to the Lake District WAINWRIGHT
  25. Two of the Doctors BAKER
  26. At the front, waving, or inside, clipping CONDUCTOR
  27. Probably the first face you see MIDWIFE
  28. He can keep arson at bay in church PARSON
  29. It all adds up when he’s on the case ACCOUNTANT
  30. But surely his residence is very very heavy? LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER
  31. His glasses are always empty, you see OPTICIAN
  32. Should be the Cowman’s friend (clue…Oklahoma!) FARMER
  33. Air fix or Kate Moss MODEL
  34. It’s a hive of activity in her garden BEEKEEPER/APIARIST
  35. Birds Eye or Kirk? CAPTAIN
  36. Fixes the leaks in a top lumber yard PLUMBER
  37. Caviar’s Mum, without tea SURGEON
  38. Very polite personal assistant CIVIL SERVANT
  39. Turn your toast into an eggy one SOLDIER
  40. Not good for him to go round the bends DIVER
  41. His or her decision is final JUDGE
  42. The Supreme Governor of the Church of England QUEEN/KING
  43. Administrator of the unkindest cut of all (ask your cat or dog) VET
  44. Karen longed to be close to you CARPENTER
  45. He’d hang around in bars, and wear high heels LUMBERJACK
  46. Put your foot in it, thanks to him COBBLER/SHOEMAKER
  47. On a train he feeds it, otherwise he puts it out FIREMAN
  48. Who erects Lily The Pink’s group? SCAFFOLDER
  49. Always moves at 45 degrees BISHOP
  50. Of whom is St Sebastian the Patron Saint?  ATHLETES/ARCHERS

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2018

We are pleased to provide this booklet, comprising our Annual Reports, in advance of our Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Thursday 26th April at 7:30pm here in Wateringbury Church. Please make an effort to read the reports and this will save us a great deal of time at the meeting and allow for a more meaningful discussion to take place on issues which warrant more of our attention. If you have any queries or comments to make there will be ample opportunity during the course of the evening. We hope that once you have finished reading this report you will be very impressed by all that is taking place and we hope it will provide you with some real food for thought! It may prompt that question “Is there anything I could be doing for my Church?” There is such a great deal happening within our church life and We trust that you will continue to pray for each other as we serve Christ in all that we do!

Please Click HERE to download a copy of the 2018 annual report

Liz Gummer and Peter Bond

Coffee Breakers

Coffee Breakers            

The group meets, usually on alternate Wednesdays, in church between 10.30-12.30 to enjoy coffee (and home-made cake), chat and optional crafts.  Some knit small items for various charities.  There is always help to develop knitting skills.

Is Messy Church for you?

Messy Church               Contact Ruth  01622 812342

A new venture for SJB for families with young children.  Meets on the first Saturday of each month between 3-5pm in the church.  Each meeting ends with tea.

Have you seen our Facebook page

We now have a Facebook page which anyone can look at. You don’t need a Facebook account to see it.

Beneficial News for April (80)

Please click on the following link for Ben News No.80 Apr-May 2016

Thy Kingdom Come

Please see the video inviting people to take part in the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative for Pentecost.


Please Click to see the Video Clip



Rev Nick Williams       The Vicarage,   2 The Grange,     East Malling                01732 843282

Brothers and sisters in Christ, arriving in a new benefice, especially one as different from my old benefice as this one is, always gives rise to what the Chinese would doubtless term interesting times. There are uncertainties and much tip-toeing around on all sides as we all get used to working with each other in the service of the gospel of Christ     . That being said, it’s a privilege to come to you as your new Vicar and a humbling experience to be called to minister in a benefice that has so many capable people who have worked hard demonstrating their skills and talents looking after the benefice for the year or so you have been in interregnum. It’s a privilege as well to take over from someone like Fr Jim who accompanied you on your journey of faith for so many years and left the benefice in such good condition and Fr Derek who has been ‘minding the shop’ together with all the other retired clergy during the interregnum. Having looked at the lists of people who have roles in the three parishes I am acutely aware of how many people there must be to thank, far too many to name individually. So please take this short message as a ‘thank you’ to all of you, with a particular and personal ‘thank you’ to all of those who have worked tirelessly in their spare time re-decorating the Vicarage. I can assure you that Mrs Williams will make good her promise to bring you cake at the very earliest opportunity!

I’m sure however that there are many of you wondering how things will change. It is after all the habit of new Vicars to change things and whilst Fr Jim and I might have been members of your long line of vicars who were police officers I’m sure that we will both have our own unique and perhaps ‘individual’ ways of doing things. Well, let me provide those of you for whom this is a worry with a small amount of reassurance, I would really like to get to know you, the benefice and the wider parishes before even thinking of changing anything. I hope you will see me out and about in the benefice and will feel confident enough to come and talk to me about your hopes, aspirations and even the little things that niggle all of us. I don’t have a monopoly on good ideas and I’m willing to ‘borrow with pride’ from each and every one of you, so come and talk or even come and dream!

It is however only fair to warn you that I do have an agenda. That agenda is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as we possibly can. Everything that we do is subordinate to that one simple calling and it should be the lamp that lights the path to the decisions we make. There will be ‘interesting times’ ahead for all of us but together I am certain we can do great things in the service of Christ, and I look forward to accompanying each of you on our journey together into the future.

Yours in Christ

Rev Nick Williams







Twelfth Night Quiz 2015 Answers

Thank you to all who took part in our latest quiz which raised £110 for church funds.  The winner with 48 points was Clara Wilson-Green, the runners up with 47 points were the Scarlin family

The Church of St John The Baptist  12th  Night  Quiz  2015        Questions and Answers

This year we feature Famous People.   (Dead, Alive and Fictitious)


1    Who celebrated over 63 years as Monarch, in 2015?       Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth

2   Who left his boots at Walmer Castle?                               Wellington

3   Jacob’s twin?                                                          Esau

4   Baptist preacher and Bible salesman, whose name today inspires thoughts of       “Sun, Sea and Sand” ?                                                                                 Thomas Cook

5   Which leader of the Peasants’ Revolt has a road named after him, in Maidstone?    Wat Tyler

6   In 1605, he was fired up to be a Bright Spark?                  Guy Fawkes

7   Musical siblings whose name links them to Joseph, husband of Mary?           The Carpenters

8   Who sang to President John F. Kennedy, on his birthday ?                             Marilyn Monroe

9   Which Singer & Performer celebrates this year with  “ 75 at 75” ?                 Sir Cliff Richard

10   Architect immortalised in song by Simon & Garfunkel?                              Frank Lloyd Wright

11   Which Goodie became a well-known Twitcher?                                             Bill Oddie

12   Who reputedly drove out all the snakes from Ireland?                                 St Patrick

13   50’s Singer……Cider Maker from an Italian Lake?                                     Perry Como

14   Who was the first Girl Guide?                                                                    Agnes Baden Powell

15   Fictitious spy, with adhesive qualities?                                                       James Bond

16   She sounds like she could rustle up some swans in sequins…?                   Darcey Bussell

17   Classical violinist with another – unexpectedly jazzy – string to his bow?  Yehudi Menuhin

18   Who was Jerry Mouse’s dancing partner in a 1945 film about two sailors on leave in Hollywood?                                                                                                           Gene Kelly

19   Who took A Long Walk To Freedom?                                                         Nelson Mandela

20   Former Genesis drummer who drove over lemons to literary fame ?           Chris Stewart

21   We can bank on this Canadian to keep our interest going…?                       Mark Carney

22   Who was the inventor of the Televisor and the Noctovisor?                        John Logie Baird

23   Who said   “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give”?                          Sir Winston  Churchill

24   Prolific writer of letters, to the Ephesians, Philippians and many others..?      St Paul

25   Vogue photographer and subsequently pig farmer, as famous for his sausages as for his photographic art…?                                                                                                      Norman Parkinson

26   Slave trade abolitionist, with links to our Benefice?                                     William Wilberforce

27   American songwriter who had 3 Oscars, 4 wives and 6 Grammy Awards..?  Burt Bacharach

28   Which railway enthusiast refers to himself as a   “Former Future Prime Minister”?          Michael Portillo

29   In the painting by David Hockney, who are Percy’s companions?                 Mr & Mrs Clark

30   In August 1963, who had a dream?                                                               Martin Luther King

31   Which war-time Band Leader gave dance lessons on the radio?                  Victor Sylvester

32   Who is Alexander Armstrong’s  pointless friend?                                          Richard Osmon

33   Which Kent artist has his studio   ‘up the garden path’?                               Graham Clarke

34   Which comedian and raconteur invariably ended his TV shows with the words               “Goodnight, and may your God go with you” ?                                            Dave Allen

35   Author and presenter, who in 2014, celebrated 50 years in a different career to either of those…?                                                                                                      Alan Titchmarsh

36   The Great-Great-Grandfather of this American President has a memorial in All Saints Church, Maidstone..?                                                                                                                George Washington

37   Of whom was it said   “He’s mad, bad, and dangerous to know”?           Lord Byron

38   Potty man from Peru, did go on to be doubly famous…?                         Michael Bentine

39   Think of a city in Italy, the bird which sang in Berkeley Square, and selfless devotion to her patients, and who comes to mind?                                                                      Florence Nightingale

40   He started out as a fish porter in Billingsgate Market – but not a lot of people know that !

Sir Michael Caine

41   Builder Extraordinaire, he didn’t take single passengers..?                                 Noah

42   Who was the most famous recipient of the Maidstone Medal, in 1897?            Edith Cavell

43   Which television presenter shares his programme with his dog, Nigel?             Monty Don

44   He studied Law in London, and went on to be the prime mover towards India’s Independence; what is the meaning of the name he adopted as his first name?                “Great Soul”  (Mahatma)

45   Author who became famous for stories about a bear belonging to his young son…? A.A. Milne

46   Which American film star developed his own pasta sauces, and donated the whole of the profits to charity?                                                                                                                          Paul Newman

47   Local Boy Makes Good …..writer, art critic, painter and philosopher, born in Maidstone in 1778..?                                                                                                                William Hazlitt

48   Which famous pianist had the first names Wlaziv Valentino?                            Liberace

49   Immortalised by such diverse figures as Thomas Malory, Mary Stewart and Walt Disney, who was   “The Once And Future King”?                                                                 King Arthur

50   12th century Chancellor and Archbishop who preached under a yew tree in the churchyard at Capel, in Kent..?                                                                          Thomas Becket – accept ‘a Becket’