Events in 2014:

29 November 

Canterbury Singers
with the Canterbury Festival Chamber Orchestra

J S Bach Christmas Orarotio
conducted by David Newsholme

St Mary of Charity at 7.30 pm on 29 November 2014

Evangelist: Nicholas Todd
Soprano: Penelope Iniscoe
Mezzo Soprano: Juliet Schiemann
Bass: George Coltart
Harpsichord: Nicholas Wearne

Wine and refreshments available

Tickets £12 from:
Canterbury Ticket Shop, Marlow Theatre 01227 787787;
or at the door

8 December:

Church closed to the public from noon until 4 pm for school carol service.

9 December:
Memorial and Thanksgiving for the life of Dr Arthur Percival MBE, MA, DLitt, FSA, FAHI starting at 11 am. 
Please join Dr Percival's family, the Faversham Society and Faversham's Town Council to celebrate the life of one of Faversham's most active and passionate 'sons'.

13 December

Faversham Choral Society presents

Ceremony of Carols (Op 28);
Benjamin Britten

with Festive Carols

7.30 pm
Saturday, 13 December 2014
at St Mary of Charity

Musical Director: Andrew Storey

Harpist: Anna Wynne

Organist: Max Barley

Tickets £10 including refreshments
under 16s free

Tickets from Carter's Newsagents, Market Place
or  on the door

15 December:
Church closed to the public between noon and 4 pm for a school Christmas service.

16 December:
Church closed to the public all day for a school prizegiving.

17 December:
Church closed to the public from noon until 4 pm for a school Christmas service.

18 December:
Church closed to the public all day for a school Christmas service.

19 December:
Church closed to the public from 9 am to 11 am for a school Christingle service.

Still available from St Mary of Charity: the Built to InSpire organ CD, recorded in January 2013 by Steven Sivyer, a former Director of Music.


This excellently executed, quality CD features 12 tracks specially chosen to highlight the church organ's versatility and strengths.  Total running time 63:14.

The CD is available at the church for £5 and can be sent by mail to anyone interested - UK mainland only (P&P £2).

Please contact the Parish Administrator on if you are interested in obtaining a copy.


Upcoming church events:

Events for 2013:

22 December

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols followed by mince pies and mulled wine.  6.30 pm.

20 December

The church will be closed to visitors in the morning for a school carol concert.

19 December

The church will be closed to visitors all day for a school carol concert.

18 December

The church will be closed to visitors in the afternoon for a school carol concert.

17 December

The church will be closed to visitors all day for a school prize giving.

15 December

Choral Evensong.  6.30 pm  

14 December

Faversham Choral Society: Christmas Concert.  7.30 pm.  Programme to be advised in due course.

8 December

Christingle Service followed by cake for all!  4.30 pm

14 November

Concert - American Primitivist guitarist, Glenn Jones, performs for one night at St Mary of Charity as part of his world tour promoting his new album My Garden State.  Doors open at 7.30 pm, tickets £10 at the door or £8 from

5 - 19 November

Art Installation: A Garden of Delights; the constant absurdities of life.  Curated by artists from Creek Creative.  Open daily.  

17-18 October

The church will be closed to visitors for a private function.

12 October

Faversham Choral Society: Autumn Concert.  7 pm.  Performing Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle.
With soloists
Soprano: Martha Rogers
Alto: Olivia Barry
Tenor: Panos Ntourntoufis
Bass: Simon Thorpe

Piano: Judith Nockolds
Harmonium: Jordan Meakin
Tickets £10 from Carter's Newsagents, Market Place or at the door

10 October

Cinema Paradiso: Sapphires.  7.30 pm, no entry charge but retiring collection.  There will be refreshments available after the film.  

Starring:Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell
Running time:103 mins
1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission this is the year that would change their lives forever. Around the globe there was protest and revolution in the streets. Indigenous Australians finally secured the right to vote. There were drugs and the shock of a brutal assassination. And there was Vietnam. The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. Billed as Australia's answer to 'The Supremes', Dave secures the sisters their first true gig, and flies them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. Based on a true story, 'The Sapphires' is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music.

This is the last Cinema Paradiso showing for 2013.

29 September

Harvest Festival Service at 10.30 am will be followed by a bring and share lunch in the church.  Come and join us for fellowship and some lovely tucker!

26 September

MacMillan's World's Greatest Coffee Morning in the church - Catriona will be running this but will be overjoyed if anyone would like to join in!  Please do come and have tea, coffee (or alternative appropriate beverage) and cake!   10 am to 12 noon.

14 September

Friends of Kent Churches' Ride & Stride.  St Mary of Charity is one of the churches taking part in the Ride & Stride.  There will be a gazebo in the churchyard by the south porch for those riding/striding to sign in (and to have a breather/drink/leave the bicycle and look inside, etc), and volunteers to take part in the sponsored cycle should speak to Catriona or email her, regarding registering/forms, etc.  Anyone who would like to help 'man' the gazebo for an hour should also speak to Catriona!

12 September

Cinema Paradiso: Khandahar.  7.30 pm, no entry fee but a retiring collection.  There will be refreshments available after the film.

Writer, Producer & DirectorMohsen Makhmalbaf
Running time:85 mins
Language:Persian, English, Pashto, Polish with English subtitles
Nafas is a reporter who was born in Afghanistan, but fled with her family to Canada when she was a child. However, her sister wasn't so lucky; she lost her legs to a land mine while young, and when Nafas and her family left the country, her sister was accidentally left behind. Nafas receives a letter from her sister announcing that she's decided to commit suicide during the final eclipse before the dawn of the 21st century. Desperate to spare her sister's life, Nafas makes haste to Afghanistan, where she joins a caravan of refugees who are returning to the war-torn nation. As Nafas searches for her sister, she soon gets a clear and disturbing portrait of the toll the Taliban regime has taken upon its people.

24 August

Organ and Trumpet Recital - Tom Allery/James Brown

12 - 16 August

St Mary of Charity's Holiday Club!  Every morning at St Mary of Charity.  

8 August

Cinema Paradiso: Capote.  7.30 pm, no entry fee but a retiring collection.  There will be refreshments available following the film.

Starring:Philip Seymour Hoffman
Running time:114 mins
In 1959, Truman Capote, a popular writer for The New Yorker, learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Kansas. Inspired by the story material, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to research an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, 'In Cold Blood'. To that end, he arranges extensive interviews with the prisoners, especially with Perry Smith, a quiet and articulate man with a troubled history. As he works on his book, Capote feels some compassion for Perry which in part prompts him to help the prisoners. However, that feeling deeply conflicts with his need for closure for his book which only an execution can provide. That conflict and the mixed motives of both interviewer and subject make for a troubling experience that would produce an literary account that would redefine modern non-fiction.

2 - 4 August

The choir of St Mary of Charity visit Truro Cathedral for their Choir Tour.   There will be no choir performances at St Mary of Charity during August.

20 July

Organ Recital - Matthew Searles.  7.30 pm, no entry fee but a retiring collection. There will be refreshments available following the recital.

11 July

Cinema Paradiso: Untouchable.  7.30 pm, no entry fee but a retiring collection.
There are refreshments available following the film.

Starring:Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy
Running time:112 mins
Language:French with English subtitles
In Paris, aristocratic and intellectual Philippe, a quadriplegic millionaire, is interviewing candidates for the position of his personal carer. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove he is seeking a job position so that he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss and offers him a probationary period of one week to gain experience helping him. After that Driss would decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the bet and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.

6, 13 and 20 July

The church will be taking part in Faversham Society's Open House between 10 am and 5 pm each Saturday.  Please note that there are weddings on the afternoons of Saturday 13 and 20 July, and we would ask visitors to respect this and plan visits to avoid the church between 1.30 - 3.30 pm.  

1 - 31 July

Light on Light:  a fascinating art installation in the north transept by three local photographers, all examining different effects created by light in Challock Wood.  Entrance to the exhibition is free, although donations to cover expenses will be gratefully received.  See their Facebook page here.  All visitors are also welcome to explore the rest of the church!

16 March

Faversham Music Club's workshops for 16 - 25 year olds and Trevor Pinnock Gala Concert will be taking place during the day, with the evening concert will feature the second performance of a new arrangement of Bruckner on harpsichord.  Further details on ticket prices and availability to follow.

9 March

The Pirates of Poole will be visiting St Mary of Charity at around noon on 9 March to visit the final resting place of the renowned pirate Harry Paye.  Originally a native of Poole in Dorset, Harry Paye was the scourge of the French and Spanish fleets until his death, in Faversham, around 1419.  Harry Paye once captured enough brandy to get the whole of the town of Poole drunk for a week!  For more information on Harry Paye, see his page on the Built to InSpire website or visit the Pirates of Poole (for photographs of last year's visit, click on this link)

The Faversham Choral Society, along with the Society's Youth Choir will be performing Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man; a mass for peace as their Spring Concert at St Mary of Charity at 7.30 pm.

The Choral will be joined by the Maidstone Wind Symphony  and the soprano is Marion Wyllie.  

Tickets are available in advance from Carter's in Market Place, or at the door on the night.  £10 each, under 16's free.

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