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St George Ivychurch - Canterbury Diocese  

Image John Hendy

 

Church Services at St George Ivychurch - Click here for the services at Ivychurch

 

Priest in Charge Revd. Julie Coleman, The Vicarage, North Street, New Romney TN28 8DR - Tel: 01797 362308

 

Please telephone Julie for Baptisms, Weddings and Banns at Ivychurch

or for any pastoral concern which you would like to discuss

 

- Churchwardens: Margaret Waite and John Hendy

- Organist: Jessie Bennett

- PCC Secretary: 

- PCC Treasurer: Sarah Wreathall

- Sacristan: John Hendy

- Church keys: Celia Heritage

- Magazine Editor & Advertising: Mike Worthington to email: click here

- Web-site: Mike Worthington

 

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IVYCHURCH

CHURCH SERVICES

Services at St George’s for the month follow the usual pattern with a Eucharist/ Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month(4th January - and the day before Twelfth Night) and Sung Evensong on the third Sunday (18th January). As usual both services are at 6.30 pm.

CHRISTMAS STAR 

Once again, our thanks to Peter Hawkins for placing the Christmas Star on the church tower flagpole and also to Stella Hendy for sponsoring it. The illuminated star certainly adds a wonderfully festive air to our village and can be seen for miles across the damp, marshland fields. It draws us in, just like the Star of Bethlehem did to the wise men some 2000 years ago.

CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS

Our Festival of Lessons and Carols with Christingle on 14th December was again a wonderful occasion and was blessed by the magnificent support of the indefatigable Canterbury City Band. It really is wonderful to experience our huge barn of a church filled with joyous music and this year, for the first time, three Authorised Lay Ministers from elsewhere in the benefice introduced the Christingle to the dozen or so children present. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the occasion so memorable.

AND THE PARTY …

The children’s party, which was held in the Village Hall on 13th December, attracted about 20 young people from the village and beyond. They enjoyed music and games while some made Christingles in preparation for the following day’s service at St George’s. A lovely tea was provided and thanks to Julie Diplock, Judy Suckling, Margaret Waite and their helpers for arranging and supervising it all.

LICHENS SURVEY

Readers might remember that members of the British Lichens Society visited the church during the autumn. They were impressed by the wonderful diversity of lichens and during their two-hour search counted no fewer than 100 different examples. It was pointed out that churchyards remain a very valuable habitat for lichens, particularly in Kent where natural outcrops of rock are sparse. Over one third of the 2,000 species found in the British Isles are found in churchyards. Should anyone wish for a copy of the report then please contact me via e-mail (johnhendy479@btinternet.com) and I’ll gladly forward it.

John Hendy


ST GEORGE   IVYCHURCH

 

Due to its size and space, St. George's is known as 'the Cathedral of Romney Marsh' and is mainly a 14th century building with a sevenbay arcade built in the late Decorated style of English architecture. The body of the church dates from around 1360 with the Perpendicular-style tower and west end being added about 100 years later. There are some remains/ reminders of an earlier, Early English, church which are mainly found at the east end and the first Rector is recorded as taking up his post in 1242.

 

The building is mainly constructed of Kentish ragstone but some Caen stone from the earlier church can also be found as can many wave-rolled flints which are a reminder of the close proximityof the English Channel.

 

The nave is particularly impressive as it is empty of seats and the space is put to uses such as exhibitions, concerts, barn dances and the annual Harvest Supper. The recently restored north aisle (originally the Lady Chapel) is now a Museum of Rural Life.

 

The population of the parish has never been large and the church is a statement of importance and propaganda on behalf of the Archbishops of Canterbury on whose land it was built in the Manor of Aldington. The blocked clerestory windows in the nave are identical to those in the south aisle of Canterbury Cathedral which indicate that masons from Canterbury were involved with its construction.

 

We operate an open church policy and visitors are welcome during the hours of daylight. Please sign our visitors' book!

 

Information concerning the church is available via our new all-colour church guide and our Architectural Guide to St. George's which contains a detailed plan. John Piper post cards are also available for sale.

 

The parish is huge and spreads across the marsh down to the Kent ditch (the boundary between Kent and East Sussex) although its population is only some 170, 50% of whom live in the village. The shape of the parish is rather unusual as it follows the parcels of land to the south-west which were progressively 'inned' (drained) in the 12th century onwards.

 

The church congregation is small but very welcoming. Services are held every other Sunday and include both a Eucharist from Common Worship and a Sung Evensong from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

 


RECTORS OF

IVYCHURCH ST. GEORGE

 Where the word “in” appears before a date it signifies that the

priest was in occupation of the benefice during that year but

 the date of his institution is not known.

 

Walter de Bradele

 

  1242  

Thomas Osmonton

    1657

Robert de Orlawestone

  in 1278  

Alexander Burnett

    1660

Hugh de Penebroke

  1288     Bishop of Aberdeen 1663

Hugh de Nottingham

  1293     Archbishop of Glasgow 1664

John de Ros

 

  in 1301     Archbishop of St Andrews  1679

Robert de Norton

 

  1323  

Robert Boys

    1663

Walter de Kemeseye

  1324  

Edward Ladbrooke

    1666

William de Foxcote

 

  in 1337  

Obadiah Brookesbye

  1676

William de Leghton

 

  1353  

Nicholas Battely

    1685

Robert de Charwelton

  1362  

Elias Sydall

    1704

Thomas de Preston

  1368     Dean of Canterbury 1728

John Marcelly

 

  1368     Bishop of St Davids 1731

Thomas Forster

 

  in 1375     Bishop of Gloucester 1731

Thomas Guldesfeld

 

  in 1404  

George Jordan

 

  1731

John Bateman

 

  1405  

Henry Heaton

 

  1754

Matthew Assheton

  1408  

Bladen Downing

 

  1777

Philip Morgan

 

  1413  

Anthony Egerton Hammond 

  1789

Bishop of Worcester 1419  

William Wing Fowle

  1802

Bishop of Ely   1427  

The Hon. Hugh Percy

  1809

Senobius Naufer

 

  1417     Dean of Canterbury 1825

Peter de Monte

 

  in 1440     Bishop of Rochester 1827

Nicholas Risshton

 

  1441     Bishop of Carlisle   1827

Robert Sturdy

 

     

George Robert Gleig

  1822

John Goldstone

 

  1492     Chaplain General to the Forces  

Herman Tuleman

 

  1504  

Wm. Charles Lockwood Wingate

1880

John Clerke

 

  1514  

John Aaron Miller

 

 

1903

Dean of Windsor   1519  

Newcome Reginald Raven

 

1910

Bishop of Bath & Wells 1523  

George Hewitt

 

 

1932

John Stokesley

    1524  

William Rutherford

 

 

1949

Bishop of London    1530  

David Allan Pope

 

 

1963

Nicholas Wotton

    1530  

Nigel George O’Connor

 

1965

First Dean of Canterbury 1542  

Walter Littlewood

 

 

1975

Dean of York   1544  

John Mark Arnott Roberts

 

1982

John Armerar

    1555  

John Harold Coleman

 

1992

Andrew Peerson

    1563            

Henry Wayland

    1589     PRIESTS-IN-CHARGE  

Gervase Nidd

    1614  

Martin Nicholas Dale

  2004

John Sandford

    1615  

James Lewis Field 

 

  2008

Thomas Jackson

    1629            

John Banks

    1647            
                 

 

 

If you would like to make a donation towards the upkeep of any of these four wonderful churches then please telephone

 

Priest in Charge  The Vicarage, North Street, New Romney TN28 8DR - Tel: 01797 362308

 

Please telephone for Baptisms, Weddings and Banns at Dymchurch or for any pastoral concerns which you would like to discuss.