St Martin's, Brasted

Harvest Evensong
Sunday 29th September at 6.30pm

On our Harvest Festival day we shall be celebrating with a full choral Evensong at 6.30pm, when our choir will be joined by members of other church choirs from the Westerham and Sevenoaks areas. We shall be singing music which has been used for worship in churches and cathedrals over several centuries, as well as a modern anthem in lighter vein.

Our Canticles were written for Evensong by Henry Purcell, who wrote several settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis whilst he was organist at Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal during the 1680s and 90s. These, and the Responses - by Richard Ayleward, organist of Norwich Cathedral during the 1660s, continue to be used today in cathedrals and in churches where choral Evensongs are held.

Our Introit, Maurice Greene’s Thou Visitest the Earth, is well-known at Brasted. The anthem, a setting by Andrew Carter of the text For the Beauty of the Earth, has a catchy tune and accompaniment.

We are delighted to be able to welcome members of other local church choirs to join us in worship through music in the wonderful acoustic of Brasted church. Please come to the service, enjoy the traditional words of the Book of Common Prayer and sing the Harvest hymns.

Dr Stuart Field MBE from Porchlight
Sunday 20th October at 10am service

For 30 years Dr Stuart Field was a Consultant Radiologist in East Kent, working mainly at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital. He was Director of Radiology and Director of the Kent Breast Screening Service which he introduced into the county in 1989. He is a former Professor of Radiological Sciences at the University of Kent and was sometime Dean and Vice President of the Royal College of Radiologists, where he was responsible for all the radiologists in the UK. He was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to the NHS.

Since retirement he has been Chairman of the League of Friends of the Kent & Canterbury Hospital, a Governor of the East Kent Hospitals University Trust and Chairman of The Arts Society Canterbury (formerly NADFAS).

He is on the PCC and an active member of St Peter’s Church Bekesbourne.

He is a Kent Ambassador and has been giving talks on behalf of Porchlight since a visit to the young peoples supported accommodation, Old Johnson House in Sittingbourne. He has recently become a Trustee and Director of Porchlight.

We will be welcoming Dr Field at our 10am Sunday Service on 20 October. He will be coming from Canterbury to speak to us about Porchlight. The service will be shortened to allow Dr Field the time he needs to present his talk and answer any questions we may have. Please come and hear about the work he does with Porchlight and how we may be able to support this charity.

There is more information on Porchlight website.

Saturday 9 November, 7.00 for 7.30pm

Brasted Village Hall

This very popular annual event is held on the second Saturday in November, thus being near or on the date of the patronal festival of St Martin after whom our beautiful parish church is named.
The supper is organised by church members and friends and everyone is welcome, particularly newcomers to the village, although numbers are strictly limited due to fire and safety reasons.
There will be a delicious two course supper (with lots of choice and vegetarians catered for), cheese and biscuits, coffee/tea and chocolates plus wines and soft drinks. There will also be the customary quiz and raffle plus, as I write, just a possibility of a little more!

Tickets are now available from Pam Day (564064) or in Church. Adults £9, £4 for under 16’s. Payment: preferably by cash. Book early to avoid disappointment.

You are asked to bring your own cutlery and your supper ticket for the Lucky Number Draw.

New Pattern for Evensong

The July evensong will be our last monthly one. In future the pattern will be:


The first Sunday in Lent

Pentecost Sunday

For these services we will be inviting other local church choirs to join us so that we can make much more of the music. Hopefully we will have more people in the congregation to enjoy and appreciate the service too.

New History and Guide for St Martin's

St Martin’s Church, Brasted now has a new guide book for the first time in nearly thirty years.

Original source material was used in compiling the long history of the church, making this new book an amazingly comprehensive work. There are 44 pages and 22 photographs.

Readers can also use the book in a self-guided tour to learn more about the many features of the church and their part in its history.

Copies are now available at £3.50, or £5.00 inc UK P&P. Either from St Martin's (checking this website for when it might be open) or from Roger Rogowski (

All proceeds after costs go to St Martin's.