November’s services follow the usual pattern of worship at St George’s with a Eucharist at 6.30 pm on the first Sunday and a Sung Evensong at the same time on the third Sunday.
The Ivychurch Harvest Supper on Saturday 4th October was a great success. Although our original number of 90 suddenly swelled to an unprecedented 130, it all provided a wonderful example of how a village community can come together and act for the common good. With three serving positions and an army of helpful assistants, the main course was served with the minimum of fuss. Entertainment was provided by six altos from the Tenterden-based group Ruby Tuesday who sang a selection of mainly swing songs from the 1940s and altogether a jolly evening was enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to all those who willingly gave their time to make the Ivychurch Harvest Supper such a success in its preparation, execution and clearing up in the aftermath. By Sunday lunchtime, the church had returned to something like normal!
With Remembrance Day fast approaching, this year’s ceremony is especially poignant, marking as it does the centenary of the start of the Great War. Our village war memorial records the names of eight men who were either born or who lived in Ivychurch but there were few families in the land who were not affected in some way or other with a personal loss. Villagers are warmly invited to place a small cross of remembrance on the bench below the memorial, with the name (and dates) of any family member who was lost in the First World War, so that they too might be remembered at this year’s ceremony.
The passing during September of two great supporters of our marsh churches needs to be recorded here.
Her Grace the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire was a Vice President of the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust and gave the AGM talk at Ivychurch in 1996. Reading through a transcript of her speech, the following paragraph seems particularly worth repeating: “I find it intensely moving to come into a church like this, alone, and to allow the atmosphere to overwhelm me and take me for a few minutes into the past and to drink in the peace which such atmosphere brings. It eases the mind and puts the bothers of everyday life into perspective”. The Duchess took a great interest in Ivychurch and through her input, a significant contribution was made towards the restoration of the church clock for which we shall always be grateful.
The actor and broadcaster Sir Donald Sinden was also a Vice President of the Trust and knew all the marsh churches really well, living as he did at nearby Ebony. His great wit and style combined with his mighty, sonorous and oh so fruity voice will be sorely missed. Sir Donald was a great lover of churches and was also a Vice President of the Ecclesiological Society.
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.
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