St Mary Magdalene Ruckinge is a Grade I listed building and mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086. The main structure of the building is 12th century, but it was probably built on top of an old Saxon church. The Western tower was rebuilt in the 13th century, its origin being Norman.
In the east window of the north aisle, there are fragments of 14th century glass, featuring St George and the dragon. As in many churches of this area, most of the glass is clear. The chancel has medieval choir stalls with poppy head bench ends, tracery and shields. Much damage was incurred in 1987 in the Great Storm, and has only recently been fully repaired. In 2011 the interior plasterwork was completely redecorated and restored.
For a few centuries smuggling was rife on Romney Marsh, and it is rumoured that the notorious Ransley brothers were buried in Ruckinge churchyard after being hanged at Penenden Heath, Maidstone. One of these graves is marked with a 'Bedpost' Memorial.
The Parochial Church Council has adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England. In particular we are committed to:
The safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring service amongst other tools, to check their suitability.
Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed.
Cooperating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation.
Ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who as experienced abuse.
Extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected from them.
We have appointed: Lucy Whateley as Coordinator: Tel: 01233 733394
Churchwardens: Mary Sillibourne Tel: 01233 732615 Margaret Allen Tel: 01233 730905
Any child wishing to talk about a problem can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111.
Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can contact Family Lives on 0808 800 2222.
The Parish Safeguarding Coordinator is available to speak with adults or children.