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Cards for Good Causes

The Cards for Good Causes charity card shop normally opens at the Tenterden Museum in Station Road from the end of October to the middle of December selling Christmas cards, wrapping paper, calendars, ribbon, napkins, tea towels, advent calendars, candles, and small gifts. At the moment though it is Lockdown! Here is a message from Chris who runs the Cards for Good Causes shop every year.

"We hope to re-open the shop at the Tenterden Museum to the public after the Lockdown ends on 2 December but in the meantime and for the remainder of the lockdown the Christmas Card shop at the Tenterden Museum will be running a click and collect service online. Customers can visit the Cards for Good Causes website and order to collect two days later from the Tenterden Museum. Collection slots are available between 10am and 1pm only from Monday to Saturday inclusive and availability will be limited to what we have in stock, which can be seen on the website."

"Please support us through these difficult times and use our Click & Collect service" >>> more 
Cards for Good Causes Charity Cards

St Mildred's Church

First Phase of Major Improvements Scheme

One of the most beautiful churches in Kent, St Mildred's, Tenterden, is just about to start the first phase of a major improvements scheme, designed to make the 12th century church as resonant as possible for the 21st century.

Permission was granted by the church authorities on 11 November 2020 for the pews to be removed and replaced with 330 chairs. The pews will be removed in the next few weeks and chairs introduced which will allow services and events to be managed much more easily to comply with any ongoing Covid-19 related restrictions after 2 December 2020.

Whilst the use of the church is currently limited by the pandemic restrictions this news is a major boost for the church and the community. It means that when we are able to come together in larger groups, the inside of the church will allow for great flexibility for varying types of worship and the opening up of the entire nave for exhibitions, concerts, social and business functions.

Permission has also been given for the redecoration of the inside of the church which will commence after Christmas and be ready for Easter 2021.

These works are possible in part through the generosity of the Michael Uren Foundation and a grant from Ashford Borough Council. We are extremely grateful for the kind support of both bodies. Without it we would not be able to commence this phase of the project.

This is the first phase of the transformation project which the church has consulted with the local community on over the last few years. The next stage, which is in development, will provide for a new floor together with a new eco friendly and sustainable heating system. Further phases will include providing better facilities such as toilets and a kitchen to enhance the worship and community role of the church still further.

Says Lindsay Hammond, Vicar of St Mildred’s
“We want to bring our historic church right up to date. St Mildred's is here, first and foremost, for worship and prayer, but it needs to also serve our community in many other ways, and be a vibrant place which is open to everyone. We have a building at the heart of the community and we want the community at its heart”

The St Mildred’s Parochial Church Council, which is carrying out the changes, has pledged that the historic interior of St Mildred's will be retained and enhanced.
St Mildreds Church Tenterden

St Mildred's Church

The chosen chair, called Theo, was designed in 2009 by British furniture designer, Simon Pengelly. It was created specifically for use in church buildings and has won the Church of England’s ‘Design a Church Chair Competition’ and been recognised by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers as ‘outstanding’. It has since gone on to earn recognition in the wider design community, picking up accolades from Design Guild Mark, Reddot Design Award and The Wood Awards.

The chair has been successfully used in such places as Bath Abbey, Norwich Cathedral and many parish churches

St Mildreds Church new chairs
St Mildreds Church new chairs

Useful Information

See here for takeaways, online shopping, opening hours, useful information including what's coming up at Christmas UPDATED DAILY

Festive Menus

There are lots of Festive menus coming up for you from our local pubs, cafes & restaurants after Lockdown finishes. See here for some of the Festive menus >>> here more links coming soon ...

“Christmas isn’t cancelled, so dust off your best festive jumper! As soon as we reopen, we’ll be sure to bring you seasonal cheer with our three course Festive menu. It’s full of indulgent dishes and Christmas classics, from turkey with all the trimmings to oven-roasted cod and slow-braised beef.  We are taking reservations from 3rd December, so why not give yourself something to look forward to? Even better, book before 7th December and receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco for each member of your party (t/cs)” >>> more

"We're really sorry to be closed again, but we'll hopefully be back on 2nd December. Our Christmas menu will run from Monday 7th - Monday 21st December in addition to our usual full menu. As there won't be anyone here during lockdown, please book by email. Stay safe! Nick, Sarah, Steve & team" >>> more

"We look forward to seeing you in December. If you would like to book for a Christmas Party, Christmas Day or any of our Secret Cinemas then email Elsie, George and The Woolly Team" >>> more

Christmas Lunches/Dinner Mondays & Tuesdays in December - 12 noon - 8pm. Also Black Tie nights, Charity Quiz on 13 Dec, and our special "pantomime" Cinderfella on Monday 28 Dec. Bookings via social media or phone after 2nd Dec >>> more

Christmas in Tenterden in about 1980!
Christmas in Tenterden in about 1980
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Tenterden Creative Market

Saturday 5 December, 10am-4pm
Tenterden Market Square
Handmade - Makers - Artists - Craft - Artisans

The first Creative Market in Market Square last month was such a success we're going to hold another one in two weeks' time - hopefully the Government guidelines will allow this!! We will be showcasing makers and artists from the surrounding area, perfect timing to purchase your Christmas presents. See below for some of our fantastic makers. Free entry  >>> more 
Flossy Watts at Tenterden Creative Market
Liza Townsend at Tenterden Creative Market
Kate Baker Mosaic Muse at Tenterden Creative Market
Louise Peachey Artist at Tenterden Creative Market
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