Celebrations at Tonbridge Parish Church

 After 4 months of extensive restoration and refurbishment, St Peter & St Paul’s church dedicates its fresh, improved building to God and the community on Sunday 8th May at 10am.

Church members raised over £140,000, which, together with grants and donations, covered the full cost of the works.

Since January 2016, the church has remained in use alongside work on:

  • Restoration of monuments, some 17 – 18th century and of national importance
  • Repair and redecoration of inside walls
  • Removing some pews and creating wider staging
  • Improvements to lighting

In the course of the work,  several interesting older features came to light, including 17th century tombs which had been boarded over when the Victorian choir stalls were installed.

The aims of the project were to safeguard the ancient building and make it more accessible and flexible for the many community events we hold – Holiday Club, Experience weeks, Extravaganzas, concerts…

Everyone is welcome to the dedication service at 10am; a crèche will be available and refreshments served.  The service will be attended by all involved – the backers, the planners, the local experts, craftsmen, builders and engineers … and those who have swept up each week to keep the church open.

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