Where is St Martins?

Where is St Peters?

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 19 Dec 2017
10:00AM -
Toddler's Group
Tuesday 19 Dec 2017
10:00AM -
St Peter's Community Cafe
Wednesday 20 Dec 2017
08:00PM - 09:00PM
Bell Ringing Practice
Thursday 21 Dec 2017
07:00PM - 08:15PM
Choir Practice
Saturday 23 Dec 2017
04:00PM - 06:00PM
Messy Church at St Peters
Sunday 24 Dec 2017
08:00AM -
Holy Communion Order 2
Sunday 24 Dec 2017
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sung Holy Communion
Sunday 24 Dec 2017
03:00PM -
Nativity Play
Sunday 24 Dec 2017
11:30PM -
Christmas Midnight Communion
Monday 25 Dec 2017
08:00AM -
Holy Communion

History Of St Martin's

Restoration Supported by

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Welcome to St Martins Herne

Welcome to St Martins Herne

Happy Christmas to Our Web Visitors.

You are most welcome to attend any of our Christmas Services

Sunday 24 Dec 2017
03:00PM -
Nativity Play
Sunday 24 Dec 2017
11:30PM -
Christmas Midnight Communion
Monday 25 Dec 2017
08:00AM -
Holy Communion
Monday 25 Dec 2017
10:00AM -
Christmas Sung Communion


We are a family friendly church that balances  a central church tradition in a beautiful ancient place of worship. We encourage a mixed economy of worship and hope that there is something for everyone. We have a range of different worship services and our monthly evening services vary between Sung Evensong, Holy Communion, Healing services, Tea & Cake with Songs of Praise etc. 

We are building up small groups and social activities as well as service to the wider community and those in need. 

Do drop in or telephone to find out more.  

We aim to welcome you as Christ welcomes us all.

News Flash

Sunday 17th December Advent 3 --- 8.00 am Holy Communion (Order 2) --- 10.00 am Sung Communion -Estella's Farewell--6.00 pm Carols by Candlelight --- Recent Restoration Grants Received - National Churches Trust £30000, Garfield Weston £10000 - Church Care Trust £5000 ---

Latest News

Herne's Heroes

Herne’s Heroes launched on Remembrance Sunday November 12th 2017


On Herne’s WW1 War Memorial there are names of sixty-six men who died between 1914 – 1918. No rank or regiments are given. The book includes their Herne connections, their family background and identifies their regiment, rank and places them in the theatre of war in which they died.
Some facts & Figures about the men are;

There are 7 sets of brothers. The youngest to join the Services was aged 15 years. The youngest to die was “not quite seventeen.” We are proud to have a Victoria Cross recipient amongst them, as well as 2 Military Crosses, a Distinguished Service Medal and 2 Military Medal awards. 7 of the men served in the Royal Navy.

Two in particular are; John Burge grandson of Herne Bay’s founding father George Burge and; Edgar Simmons whose sister Victoria Lidiard was UK’s last surviving suffragette. The extraordinary story of a Missionary and Military Chaplain adds an extra dimension. The family histories of local Herne families are covered in some detail.

Herne parish boundary once included developed parts of eastern Herne Bay where people owned second homes and eventually retired to the town. Some sent their sons to Herne Bay College – a private school situated in Canterbury Road, Eddington. The sons of these families whose names are on Herne’s Memorial put a unique slant on the Memorial in respect of the diversity of family occupations which include for example; Bankers, Stockbrokers, Art & Antiques Dealers and Tea Importers.

As well as Herne parish, the men have connections with other areas of Kent including; Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Faversham, Whitstable, Canterbury, Strood, Birchington and Margate. Places outside Kent include areas around London and the counties of Sussex, Hampshire and Hertfordshire. Worldwide the soldiers stories cover Ceylon, China, Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Canada.

My research, which began in 2005, has taken me on a long and intriguing journey with the discovery of some intriguing and moving stories with unexpected twists and turns. I hope the book will honour their memory and will be, in the words of Lord Harris who unveiled the memorial in June 1920, “something that will last long after we have gone, that will show what we thought of them in this day.”
The book is fully indexed with detailed references and sources, illustrated with original images. Published October 2017; 170pp.
Further Information from; Sylvia Mckean 01227 281257 H&BLHG October 2017

HLF grant

Herne St Martin’s External Fabric Repair project wins National Lottery support

St Martin’s Church, Herne has received additional support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the External Fabric Repair project, with a first round pass of up to £336,100, which is 85% of the total estimated costs of the project of £395,511, it was announced today. This includes a development grant of £35,400.

This is the third phase of the external repair project at the historic 12th century St Martin’s Church and brings the amount of awards from the Heritage Lottery Fund to just under £1million (including development work).  Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to carry out urgent repairs to the church fabric, particularly the church tower and the clock, as identified in an architectural survey in 2014 resulting in St Martin’s being placed on Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register. Work will start on preparation for the repair work to the tower and the clock in the next few weeks. 

This is excellent news as it means the work to remedy the serious defects in the fabric of this historic church, can continue. 

The first phase of the project was completed earlier this year when the most urgent areas of unsound masonry were repaired and rainwater was prevented from coming in the church. The second phase of the project is currently in development to repair the west elevation of the church.



St Martin’s Church is an ancient, Grade One listed building dating back to the 12th Century (with possibly 7th century foundations from a previous building) and is referred to in the Doomsday book. The tower is said to be magnificent and “probably the most ambitious piece of early 14th-century parish church architecture in south-east England”.  The restoration work enabled by the Heritage Lottery Fund awards will not only preserve the church but also help to expand its profile in the local community. 


Commenting on the award, Sir Roger Gale MP for North Thanet said,

“When I visit St Martin’s Church, Herne, I am always struck by the magnificence of the building and its imposing setting.  I am therefore particularly delighted that the work of restoration, preservation and adaptation can continue thanks to the award of a third grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.” 

Vicar of St Martin’s Reverend Carol Smith said:

“It is an exciting time to be leading Herne St Martin’s as this third award from the Heritage Lottery Fund means we can go on serving the large numbers of people who come from far and wide to attend a Church Service, Christening or a Wedding or sometimes because they’ve discovered a long-lost ancestor buried in Herne Churchyard.”  

“Now we can look to the future with confidence as the next thing we must do is modernise our facilities to ensure that the building is well and fully utilised by people of all ages.”  

Notes to editors

St Martin’s Church, Herne

The Revd Carol Smith

Tel. 01227 636960 

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.st-martins-herne.co.uk/stmartinsherne 

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

(Grants programme) applications are assessed in two rounds.  A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round.



Restoration Events

Phase 2

Delivery Stage



Start date

End date


Instruct contractor/mobilisation/scaffold design

December 2017

March 2018

Architect and contractor

Carry out repair work to the building

March 2018

December 2018

Architect and contractor

Deliver activity plan for community engagement

March 2018

December 2018

Outreach worker and members of the PCC

Evaluate activity plan and consider future activities

December 2018

January 2018

Members of the PCC

Evaluate repairs and plan future work, including possible reordering

December 2018

January 2018

Architect and members of the PCC

Activity plan dates



Detail of event


Drawing demonstration

23 March 2018

Rob Hudson

Herne Junior School

Flower arranging workshop

21 April 2018

Flower ladies

St Martin’s church

Open Day


Flower Festival

Cake Competition

St Martin’s Church

Garden Safari


Flower Festival


Herne and Broomfield including St Martin’s church

Drawing competition

22 June 2018

Hanging of drawings

St Martin’s Church

Drawing competition


Viewing of drawings

St Martin’s Church

Drawing competition


Judging of drawings

St Martin’s church

Memorial Carols



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Photography competition


Photographic club members


“Bayeux" Tapestry



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Evaluation of events



Restoration News

External Fabric Repair Project Phase 1 - Delivery

This has been completed so far as HLF is concerned. There is a final payment which will be required to be paid to the builders of the 2.5% retention for which money needs to be held in the restoration account until the retention is paid. The maintenance money of £11,000 is also to be used for maintenance over the next 5 years.

External Fabric Repair Project Phase 2 - Development

The Specification for the work in the delivery stage of phase 2 was put out to tender on 18th September and tender returns are therefore awaited next month.

The Specification has been submitted to the Diocesan Advisory Committee, with the first stage of a faculty application for the work. A site visit by members of the DAC for phase 2 and the chancel repairs (the subject of a separate application to the DAC) took place on 29th August 2017 with restoration committee members and the architect.

The health and safety advisor has sent their documents and invoice for phase 2. The grant monies provided on account by HLF totalling £26,260 have been used to pay invoices for phase 2, currently totalling £24,750. Invoices have not been received from B W May for digging the test pits, and Canterbury Archaeological Trust for supervising the excavations, estimated to total £1,680. There will be further invoices in the development stage from the architect and quantity surveyor, and the H & S advisor has recommended an asbestos survey for the toilet, if not already surveyed, the cost of which is not yet known. HLF will only pay the final 10% of the development award when the closing report is submitted, and will only pay a percentage (approximately 80%) of the total development costs. VAT recovery should be possible on most VAT incurred during the development stage.

Applications for grants have been made to National Churches Trust and the Church Care Trust. A grant application will be made to Garfield Weston in October 2017.

The activity programme has been developed in house by John Bennett and others, and taken over by Sarah Bingham.

Sir Roger Gale, MP visited St Martin’s on 22nd September 2017 and was updated on the External Fabric Repair project. Our HLF grants officer is coming to visit St Martin’s on the 24th October 2017.

The development stage must be completed by 8th December 2017. The delivery stage (if approved by HLF) will then follow, subject to availability of the selected contractor and weather considerations, also the requirements of Natural England.

External Fabric Repair Project Phase 3

The restoration committee hope to be in a position to provide more information to the PCC at the meeting. 

Recent & Forthcoming Events

Joint School Prayer Week

Joint School Prayer Week

  The children  prayed using a Labyrinth prayer walk in the Lady Chapel

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Hand prayers covering the altar

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 'I have written your names on the palm of my hand' Isaiah 19:16 

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Messy Church - Sat 28th October 4:00pm

Messy Church
Every 4th Saturday at St Peters 4 - 6 pm 

Next Messy Church is on  Saturday 28th October 4-6pm come along to St Peter's, Greenhill - fun for all the family with craft activities, bible stories and a hot meal. Everyone is welcome!


Shape Course


Wine and Wisdom etc

Wine and Wisdom Nights are held on a regular basis, in Institute Hall Herne,

The next one is on Saturday 1st April at 7.00 pm for 7:30 pm start


Church Groups

Beer and Curry Club


The Beer and Curry Club meets regularly during the year, sometimes a Men's Only event but sometimes ladies are invited!!

Look up the Social Event Calendar on this web site for dates of future meetings


St Martins Bell Ringers

The Bells are rung regularly for Sunday Service at 09:45 am, at Weddings and for National Occasions.

Practice night is on Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:00 pm.

Campanology (Bellringing) is the Art and Science of ringing bells using a rope and wheel. It is a distinctly "English" pastime, originating in the British Isles, but in the last couple of hundred years has spread to the colonies, and can be found as far afield as New Zealand and Texas

A major bell restoration was carried out in 2010-11 when the original bells the oldest being cast in 1621 were augmented to 8 by the addition of 2 treble bells cast at Whitechapel Bell Foundry in March 2011. The Bells were rededicated by the Bishop of Dover in December 2011

The Bells are rung regularly for Sunday Service at 09:45 am, at Weddings and for National Occasions.

Practice night is on Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:00 pm.

We need more ringers, come and meet us on Wednesday, have a go?.

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St Martins Choir


The 4 part harmony choir sings for services each week, and practises weekly on Thursday from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.

We always looking for new members.

Please contact Susan Record This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

House Groups


All are welcome to our House groups that meet regularly at various church member 's homes during the month.

Please contact Our Vicar Revd Carol Smith to find out further details of where a Prayer Group is meeting when and where.

Sunday School



On the first Sunday the young people take part in the All Age Sunday Service.

On other Sundays Sunday School takes place during the first part of the Sunday Service splitting to groups except on the first Sunday of the month, the teenagers leaving to have an activity at the Smugglers Pub whilst other young people have an activity in the Ridley Room within the Church.

Parent Children

Little Fishes


Little Fishes at St Peters Greenhill

Come along and meet other local mums

Look forward to meeting you!

Other Information

We are open every Friday in term times from 9.30 - 11.30

Tea, toast and biscuits

Secure outside play area for sunny days £1.00 per family


Toddlers group Institute Hall Herne Toddlers, babies and carers groups Term Time Only Every Tuesday at 10:00 AM

The Rev'd Carol Smith

The Rev'd Carol Smith

Vicar's News

As a Maid of Kent I am delighted to be back in my Home County! Since our arrival in Herne in January, my husband Brian and I are really enjoying living and serving here. It’s a great place with something for everyone so why not come to a service or a social event some time? We’d love to see you!

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Please contact our Vicar The Rev'd Carol Smith for Enquiries about Services, Baptisms and Funerals

Tel. 01227 636960 E-mail: carolrev@gotadsl.co.uk

For Weddings please contact our Wedding Administrator Mrs Joan Jeffers on
07544 234 101 between 10am and 5pm Wednesday - Saturday. Alternatively you can email her on jojefferswork@gmail.com.


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