St Martin's, Brasted



St Martin’s Stars took place twice a month for the whole of 2017.

Kelly Bennett ably took charge of this group, preparing interesting things to make whilst enabling those who took part to learn about faith and God. Unfortunately the number of children attending Stars was very small and sometimes there were no children at all. Kelly has given much of herself and her time to run this group but with so few children joining in with it she has decided to stop running it for the time being.

I thank Kelly for all she has done for the Stars, for her infectious enthusiasm, joy and commitment to continue the group for the year, in the hope that others would join in along the way. Linda


Looking forward, there are lots of ideas in the pipeline for next year, and it’s hoped that there will be many in the village who will enjoy taking part and maybe pitching in to help run the events. One of the biggest and most exciting suggestions is a street party in the St Martin’s Brasted Church car park to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the Great War. Although this effectively happened in the month of November 1918, we’re taking our cue from the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that marked the official ending of hostilities in June 1919, and the event will be held on a summer Saturday,
June 23.

As many long-time village residents can testify, Brasted has hosted some truly memorable street parties over the years and this one will be open to the whole village. It will take place come rain or shine – inside or outside a marquee – and everyone will be invited to bring along plenty of party food which, in the true spirit of such events, will be collectively shared around. There are lots more ideas for the day, which will be developed over the coming months, but mark that date in your diary now!

Other plans for next year include a regular village film club, a Saturday coffee morning in the church every month to supplement the Thursday event and even potentially an open air service to bless the animals, to take place next October on St Francis’ Day.

For full details and updates keep an eye on the this website.


We are currently looking at the feasibility of setting up a heritage trust with the aim of maintaining and preserving our ancient church, much along the lines of the successful St Mary's Westerham Heritage Trust, which you can read about online at

In this way, we also hope to bring the church and the wider community closer together and to enable Linda and the PCC to concentrate more more on the wider work and life of St Martin’s.

If you are interested in supporting this initiative in some way or would like to find out more, we would very much like to hear from you.

Linda Green 01959 565829
Richard Lance 01959 564332
Roger Rogowski 01959 561345