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St. Peter and St. Paul Church is situated on the edge of the village of Eythorne, near Dover. It serves the villages of Eythorne & Elvington, and Waldershare.
The church is a Grade II listed building, built in the 12th century and extensively restored in 1874.
In 2008 the parish (of Eythorne & Elvington as it was then) financed a full restoration of the roof and the south wall of the tower was re-pointed. Extensive interior redecoration was also carried out. The LCC is fortunate in being able to call upon a team of skilled local volunteers for ongoing maintenance work and repairs. Some work remains to be completed from our last Quinquennnial Report.
A Friends of St. Peter and St. Paul is being set up to support the church with additional fund raising.
The church has one of the larger capacities of the five churches, having a main aisle with traditional pews and a north aisle with a small chapel at the east end. This aisle and chapel can be used with extra seating for large weddings and funerals or for exhibitions, meetings or other events – concerts have been held in the past.
The 10.30am services are varied and attract a range of ages, including some under16s. Services held include Prayer & Praise, Morning Prayer and Holy Communion as well as special services at Easter, All Souls, Harvest and Christmas. Last year an innovation was to hold a carol service during a Tree Festival in the church.
The lay team provide welcoming and verging support, which helps to make us more approachable as a church and known to local residents.
The church bells had been silent for many years but in 2017 a new band of bell ringers have been trained to Level 1 and are now working towards Level 2.
Bells are now rung for weddings, special services and are tolled for funerals.
Although the village school is not a church school, links have developed with its children being active in some of our events. The children visit the church as part of their curriculum and hold KS1 and KS2 Christmas services there. They have also visited the Lunch Club and hosted the Lunch Club members to afternoon tea at the school. A member of the Ministry Team regularly attends the school to lead the school assembly. The church is used for the biennial Flower Festival
The church runs a Resource Centre adjacent to the church which has been well used. Activities include a twice monthly Lunch Club, Rainbows and Brownies, Craft Club, Ceramics Group, Women’s Institute and an annual Harvest Supper. Dover District Council uses the Centre for national and local elections and the Parish Council hold meetings there.
Lent Lunches are held in the Resource Centre every Friday during Lent and raise money for a nominated charity each year raising approximately £500. These lunches are supported by members from the community and other churches.
A closer relationship has been established with the Parish Council who have taken responsibility for the maintenance of the church clock. Help has been offered by the Parish Council to improve the access to the clock tower.
An annual Messy Christmas Concert is held at Elvington Community Centre led by members of the Ministry Team. Members of the school choir take part in this event and the Silver Band from the local Baptist Church provide music.
The annual Service of Remembrance is led by a member of the Ministry Team at the War Memorial outside the village Post Office. This is also attended by the Baptist Silver Band and Clergy from the Baptist Church and the Pentecostal Church in Elvington.
A Church page is provided for the Community Magazine, which covers Eythorne, Elvington, Barfrestone and Waldershare. It is delivered free of charge to all household
The population of Eythorne & Elvington is approximately 2500, with Elvington being a former mining village. Elvington has a large modern Community Centre which provides for a range of activities for all ages. There is a strong sporting tradition in both villages. The Community Primary School serves both the villages of Eythorne and Elvington, with a Sure Start Children’s Centre on site. Waldershare is the seat of the Earl of Guildford. The church of All Saints, Waldershare which is owned by the Churches Conservation Trust, hosts an annual service of Evensong. There is also a thriving Baptist church in Eythorne, as well as a Pentecostal church in Elvington.