Coldred is a small village in East Kent between Dover and Canterbury. It has a population of about 100, which has hardly changed in the past 150 years. Historically the village population would have engaged in agriculture and there is one working farm in the village, but now the village consists mainly of retired people. The church stands in the bailey of a Norman motte and bailey, which is a scheduled ancient monument.
There is a service almost every week at 9.00am using Common Worship with its traditional language. On one Sunday every month a joint service for the Parish of Bewsborough is held, rotating between the five churches. Coldred has special services at Christmas, Candlemass, Easter, Harvest and Remembrance Sunday. The candlelit services at Candlemass and Christmas draw many people from outside the village.
The Coldred Forum, which organises social events in the village and works closely with the Parish Council, organises an annual “Beating the Bounds” and stops at the church for a prayer and a blessing.
The church could not manage without the support of our community. The village works together to run the Church Fete, which is St Pancras’ principle source of income. About £2500 is raised each year and it is also a valuable social event, with people attending from far and wide.
There is a Christmas Coffee Morning every year in the home of one of the villagers, with a change of venue from time to time.
The latest venture is to establish a “Friends of St Pancras, Coldred” in order to involve a wider section of the local community. Several members of the village who do not attend church have already joined or promised to join.
St Pancras is well-maintained and all the work recommended in the last quinquennial has been completed. Internal repainting will be completed by the end of 2018.
The churchyard is well-maintained and includes a small conservation area. Members of the village forum help with churchyard maintenance and spring cleaning.
The church is on pilgrimage routes, including the Via Francigena. It attracts a many visitors from both pilgrims and history groups. The LCC is currently involved in a project to install an automatic door lock, so that the church can be opened for these visitors in daylight hours. Until this is done, key holder details are in the porch.