A time line showing some of the events which have occurred during the Development Stage of the All Saints HLF Urgent Repair Project in 2016 and 2017:

4. Heritage Lottery Fund logo on All Saints scaffolding


5th January         PCC Strategy Evening

7th January         Meeting to prepare advertisement for an architectural firm

12th January       Report on successful bid for Development Stage HLF grant given to PCC meeting. Vote taken to go ahead with the Development Stage (& raise the necessary match funding).

17th January       Strategic presentation on the HLF project given to the church congregation

16th February     Letters sent to members of the wider community interested in joining or helping with the Project Team.

8th March           PCC meeting – formal approval given to accept the tender of the architectural firm, Thomas Ford & Partners.

17th March         Project Team meet to plan the Public Meeting and discuss applications to grant-making bodies.

9th April               Public Meeting held at All Saints Church

HLF Public Meeting black and white poster (Final FINAL draft).doc

21st April             Friends of All Saints Committee make plans for the summer Open Day (with art exhibition)

3rd May               PCC receive report on the Public Meeting and on the work being done by the Project Team

7th May               Church begins to be manned by two volunteer welcomers every Saturday throughout summer

24th May             Architect Paul Sharrock begins investigations at All Saints

refreshments-at-art-exhibition-summer-201611th June             Friends of All Saints ‘Open Day’ held at church with an art exhibition by local schools and adult groups, a talk, tour and outdoor cream teas overlooking the river.

Art Exhibition in All Saints Church - Summer 2016
Art Exhibition in All Saints Church – Summer 2016

15th June             Project Team consider tenders in Architect’s report and initial draft of Activity Plan

18th June           Snodland C of E Primary School hold a Summer Fayre in aid of the HLF project

2nd July              Friends of All Saints Church man a stall at Snodland Carnival to raise funds and promote the HLF project

7th July                Year 6 children from Snodland C of E Primary School trial visit All Saints Church to learn about Christian pilgrimage and use the ‘Snodland Stones’ prayer walk symbols to reflect upon their own journeys of life.

12th July              PCC receive a report on fundraising and grant applications for the HLF project and on the draft Activity Plan

23rd July              Meeting with local IT professional to restore and rebuild church website

27th July              Project Team what additional expert advice should be sought (eg English Heritage and Kent Wildlife Trust)

All Saints HLF Urgent All Saints Repair HLF Urgent Project Investigations (Summer 2016)
All Saints HLF Urgent Repair Project Investigations (Summer 2016)

9th August          Major investigations by various companies  of roof, stonework and timbers etc (including the use of a cherry picker) take place at All Saints Church






11th August        Friends of All Saints committee plan music and candlelit supper fundraising event (Snodland Community Centre generously offered as a free venue)

All-night Bat Survey is carried out at All Saints Church

6th September   Project Team consider what questions to  put to the architect following the investigations

8th September   The Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) give approval for the proposed repair work to be carried out

10th September The Friends of All Saints hold their autumn Open Day (Heritage Weekend and Kent Churches ‘Ride & Stride’)

13th September PCC receive a report on the HLF project investigations in August and on the questions arising from them

16th September Meeting in All Saints churchyard with representatives from the Kent Wildlife Trust

5th October        Project Team discuss the Kent Wildlife report on All Saints churchyard and ideas on how to enhance the wildlife there

Dead hedging in churchyard by Community Payback Team
Dead hedging in churchyard by Community Payback Team

Several Wednesdays in October     A ‘Community Payback’ team work in the churchyard clear ivy from gravestones and do some dead hedging on the bank above the river.






22nd October     Jeremy Ashbee from English Heritage visits All Saints Church to advise on the display of artifacts

One of the groups of singers at the fundraising candlelit supper in the Snodland Community Centre which raised over £3,000
One of the groups of singers at the fundraising candlelit supper in the Snodland Community Centre which raised over £3,000

12th November Fundraising Candlelit Supper with Music at the Snodland Community Centre








18th November  Rector meets with Tracey Crouch MP (Minister of Sport, Heritage and Tourism) to discuss the HLF project

Project Team committee examine English Heritage Report & discuss booklets for children, the display of artifacts and possible ‘Hard Hat’ visits whilst the repair work is being carried out

25th November  Rector, Churchwardens, and Treasurer consider investigations report from architect

6th December  PCC discuss with the architect  the condition of the fabric highlighted by the investigations report (in particular the risk of falling cement and plaster). Formal approval given to the architect to apply to the HLF for additional funding; decision taken to proceed with the Delivery Stage of the project subject to funding (the required match funding was in place); and decision also taken, in the light of the investigations report, to request from the Bishop the temporary closure of All Saints Church until the relevant repairs were completed.


2nd March Rector is notified that the application to the HLF Grant for additional funding has been successful

22nd March PCC Standing Committee meet with architect to agree draft guidelines and priorities in carrying out the project

4th April A special, additional meeting of the PCC approves guidelines and priorities for carrying out the project and approves a formal proposal to go forward with it.

30th April Meeting Helen Knell from Kent Wildlife Trust to discuss draft All Saints circular walks  (part of the Activity Plan)

2nd May A Faculty for the repair work is received from the Chancellor of the Diocese

10th May Official HLF ‘Permission to Start’ granted and HLF approved media announcement made available to the press

18th May Meeting with carpenter at All Saints Church to discuss display stand for medieval door & poor box (part of Activity Plan)

24th May Pre-start meeting with architect and builder in All Saints Church

3. Scaffolding being erected around All Saints church tower - June 20175th June Start-date for the repair work – scaffolding begins to be erected in and around All Saints Church




25th June ‘Friends of All Saints’ Summer Garden Party in Rectory garden including an update for ‘friends’, donors and supporters on the HLF urgent repair project.5. 'Friends of All Saints' Summer Garden Party 2017

6. 'Friends of All Saints' Summer Garden Party 2017


1st July Stonemason, Sam Walker, demonstrates his equipment and skills to local people at Snodland Town Carnival

1. Stonemason Sam Walker at the 2017 Snodland Carnival

11th July Children from all three Primary Schools in Snodland visit All Saints Church during the course of the day to learn more about this remarkable ancient building and about the repair project

Paul Sharrock (architect), Emma Carr (site manager) and Sam Walker (stonemason) prepare for schools 'hard hat' visits to All Saints
Paul Sharrock (architect), Emma Carr (site manager) and Sam Walker (stonemason) prepare for schools ‘hard hat’ visits to All Saints

19th August An adult ‘hard hat’ afternoon at All Saints church included tours of the scaffolding both externally up the side of the tower and internally above the chancel arch. The event included cream teas and a presentation by the architect, Paul Sharrock.

Towntalk - hard hat day

26th October Discovery during the course of repairs of possible pre-Reformation textual fragments in a wall cavity near former chimney announced to Client Meeting.

Manuscript fragments
Manuscript fragments

2nd November Friends of All Saints committee approve the printing of the new Children’s Guide Book, ‘Exploring All Saints Church’ (with Finn the ferryman):

10th November Internal and external work on the stonework above the chancel arch is complete and the scaffolding being removed. High level repairs to tower and bell-ringing floor nearing completion.





2nd December  A working party of about 30 volunteers spend a good part of the day cleaning the church in preparation for its reopening for services the following day, Sunday 3rd December.

Cleaning the brasses
Cleaning the brasses






Cleaning the nave
Cleaning the nave


13 January Concert at All Saints Church


11 February 

Congregation gather for a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication

A Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication was held following the completion of the main repair work. It was attended by a wide range of people from the local community as well as by those like the architect and stonemasons directly involved in the project.

One of the display boards


There were displays of photographs and artifacts related to the work.




All around the church was festooned with 56 large hessian strips embroidered and decorated by different groups and organisations within Snodland.

Hessian strips made by children from the local C of E Primary School






17 February  Kent County Organists Association visit All Saints Church

24 March  Hackney Bell ringers visit All Saints Church

31 March 10.00am – 12.30pm Easter Egg Hunt in All Saints churchyard

7 April Saturday afternoon Summer Openings at All Saints Church (2pm-4pm) begin                     with team of ‘Welcomers’

9 April University of the 3rd Age (U3A) visit All Saints Church for a talk on its history

April  Console for sound system in All Saints Church relocated

April Font cover attached to chain permanently overhanging font

5 May  Bell Ringers from Bromley visit All Saints Church

11 May New window guards fitted at All Saints

13 May  Launch of new circular walk leaflet, produced in conjunction with the Kent Wildlife Trust. Around 30 people gathered for a picnic lunch in All Saints churchyard and afterwards set off on two mini-pilgrimage walks (part of the national ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ week). The main walk was led by Helen Keller from KWT using the new leaflets. The walkers returned to the church for some welcome tea and an outdoor service using the recently installed Snodland Stones prayer walk.

HLF Wildlife Walks poster & flyer

Walkers clutching copies of the new circular walk leaflet

June Penny’s nature paintings on display in church

19th June ‘Journey of Life’ educational project – Year 6 children from Wouldham Primary School visit All Saints church

26th June ‘Journey of Life’ educational project – Year 6 children from Invicta Valley School, Holborough Lakes, visit All Saints church

July/August Photographic Society display in church

3rd July ‘Journey of Life’ educational project – Year 6 children from St Katherine’s Primary School visit All Saints church

12th July ‘Journey of Life’ educational project – Year 6 children from Snodland C of E Primary School visit All Saints church