Standing on Battle Hill, it is said that Alfred's son Edward 'the elder' fought the Danes at Kenardington. At this time (circa 892AD) the church was probably wooden and burnt after it had been looted by the Danes. More peaceful times followed with the Normans rebuilding the church in stone, evidence which can be seen in the east wall of the chancel. The Tower dates from 1170AD. After a fire caused by lightning in 1559, the nave and north aisle collapsed. These were never rebuilt however material from them was used to build a north wall to the south aisle, which became the church. The remains of the foundations can still be seen, the outline of the nave on the east wall of the Tower.
Fast forward to today and St Mary's has undergone building improvements including a Pentice area for events and meetings. This also allows access from the tower to the church once again, after being bricked up in the 16th century! A facilities building is now present in the churchyard, along with a much improved and needed parking area.
Come and visit St Mary's and see the story for yourself. All are welcome at this unique, serene, wonderful place.
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
Churchwarden: Ian Woods Tel: 01233 758243
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.