St Martin's, Brasted

NOTICES


MUSIC REPORT

Music at Brasted Sunday morning services, as well as the monthly services of Evensong, are led by our choir which rehearses on Thursday evenings between 7.30 and 8.30p.m. Our music is largely traditional, consisting of hymns and some psalms and canticles, and we have a repertoire of anthems which we sing at some of the evensongs, and as appropriate for particular services such as the Harvest Festival. We are few in number but a jolly group, and would offer a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us.

At Christmas and Easter the choir is augmented by visitors so that we are able to perform special music. On Easter Sunday of 2017, we sang movements from a Haydn mass to the accompaniment of a string quartet and timpani. At Christmas of that year a choir from Bromley sang with us for our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. On Good Friday of 2018, in addition to two visiting soloists a large number of singers joined us for a ‘come and sing’ performance of Stainer’s The Crucifixion.

Our fine mechanical-action organ, built by the firm of J.W.Walker and Sons Ltd., was installed in 1992. To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of its inauguration, in December 2017 a recital was given by international organ recitalist James McVinnie. James’ programme, which contained pieces taken from the organ repertoire of the renaissance to the present day, allowed the many different tone-colours of our instrument to come to the fore and delighted the large audience.

Many visitors to our church comment on its excellent acoustic, the large performance space in the chancel and the fine instrument. Within our area our church is in a unique position to host musical events. We welcome visitors who wish to join us in providing the music for our worship, and we welcome performing groups who would like to hire the church for their own concerts.

Gloria Toplis (Director of Music)


ST MARTIN'S HERITAGE TRUST FURTHER PLANS

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.


ST MARTIN'S BRASTED HERITAGE TRUST

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 http://www.stmarysheritagetrust.org.uk/

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 revlindagreen@aol.com
Richard Lance 01959 564332 richard.lance@btinternet.com
Roger Rogowski 01959 561345 roger.rogowski@hotmail.com