St Michael & All Angels

Sharing God's Love

 Village & Church Diary


This page will keep you up to date with events around Marden parish (in black) and a little beyond (in blue). If you know of an event that is not listed, please email the diary editor

1. Ongoing Events

2. Diary Dates

Thursday 22 February
2.00 - 3.30 pm
Come and Sing, Congregational Church
7.30 - 9.00 pm "Praying into Scripture" , a two-session course on Ignatian prayer and imagination, at St Augustine's Centre, West Malling. Course fee £30, book your place by phone (01732 252656) or by email. Second session 1st March

Saturday 24 February
7.00 pm Maidstone Wind Symphony at The Space, Sevenoaks School - Festival of Wind Brass 2018 (including Mendelssohns's Overture for Winds, Arutiunian's Trumpet Concerto). Tickets £10 by email
7.30 pm City of Rochester Symphony at the Central Theatre, Chatham (Vaughan Williams' Tallis Fantasia, Ireland's Piano Concerto, Saxton's Music to celebrate the Resurrection, Elgar's Enigma Variations). Tickets £11 to £17 from 01634 338338

Sunday 25 February
6.00 pm J.A.M., Vestry Hall

Monday 26 February
2.00 pm
Craft Group, Vestry Hall

Tuesday 27 February
9.15 am
Music Time, Congregational Church
12.00 noon The Story Keepers (KS1 & KS2), Primary School
12.30 pm Lent Lunch, Parish Church

Wednesday 28 February
9.15 am
Baby & Toddler Group, Congregational Church
7.30 pm Lent Course (2/5), Parish Church
7.30 pm Marden Society, Vestry Hall. Mary Smith on 'A Schoolgirl's War'; tea/coffee and raffle

Thursday 1 March
2.00 - 3.30 pm
Come and Sing, Congregational Church
7.45 pm
Marden W.I., Vestry Hall
7.30 - 9.00 pm "Praying into Scripture" , the second session on Ignatian prayer and imagination, at St Augustine's Centre, West Malling. Course fee £30, book your place by phone (01732 252656) or by email.

Saturday 3 March
10.30 am
Saturday Book Group, Library
2.00 pm Marden Walking Group: Group A Marden Churchyard (half-hour) meet at the library; Group B Copper Lane & fields (1 hour) meet at the library
8.30 pm Live music by Michael at The Unicorn - Reggae, Soul...

Sunday 4 March
10.00 am
Marden Walking Group - Aircraft West Walk (5.5 or 7.75 miles depending on weather). Meet at the library
7.30 pm Quiz Night, West End Tavern

Tuesday 6 March
12.00 noon Lent Lunch, Parish Church
8.00 pm
Marden Motor Club, West End Tavern
8.30 pm Quiz Night, Unicorn

Wednesday 7 March
9.45 am Marden Walking Group - Litter picking, Tilden Lane. Meet at the library
7.30 pm Lent Course (3/5), Parish Church

Thursday 8 March
2.00 pm
Thursday Book Group, Library

Saturday 10 March
Parish litter pick - to volunteer, phone Ali in the Parish Office (01622 832305) or email. (Walking Group will do Thorn Rd, starting from Sutton Forge)
8.15 for 8.30 am
Men's Breakfast, West End Tavern. The cost will be £7 per head. The speaker will be Hugh Nelson, Vicar of Goudhurst and Kilndown. If you wish to attend please reply to Geoff on 01622 831106 or 07973 118241 or by email.
9.30 am - 1.30 pm Open Diocesan Synod. Revd Canon Prof Loveday Alexander speaks on 'How do we read Scripture together?' Open Session includes lunch. (Synod members only, business agenda from 1.30.) The John Wallis CofE Academy, Ashford. Booking essential online
7.30 pm Bearsted Choral Society at Holy Cross Church, Bearsted (Brahms' Requiem, Tragic Overture, Four Serious Songs). Tickets £10 (f/t students free) by email, from 01634 666730 or on the door

Sunday 11 March
9.00 am - 1.00 pm
Farmers' Market, West End Tavern garden
9.30 am The Marden Walking Group is joining Maidstone Ramblers to do a 13 mile walk via Goudhurst (lunch stop) finishing approx 4.40 pm - and invites others who wish to have a go too
7.30 pm Sevenoaks Symphony at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks - Italy, Carnival & Caprice (including Berlioz, Respighi, Tchaikovsky). Tickets £1 from 01732 450175

Monday 12 March
2.00 pm
Craft Group, Vestry Hall

Tuesday 13 March
12.00 noon Lent Lunch, Parish Church
7.30 pm  Horticultural Society, Vestry Hall

Wednesday 14 March
9.45 am Marden Walking Group - Final text testing of the Unicorn Walk. Meet at the library

Thursday 15 March
2.00 - 3.30 pm Come and Sing, Congregational Church
7.30 pm Lent Course (4/5), Parish Church

Saturday 17 March

2.00 pm Marden Walking Group: Group A Sovereigns Way (half-hour) meet at the Medical Centre; Group B Turkey Farm (1 hour) meet at the library
7.00 pm Rochester Choral Society at Rochester Cathedral - Rossini's Petite Messe Solonnelle. Tickets £15 from 01634 401049
7.30 pm
Maidstone Choral Union at All Saints, Maidstone - Haydn's Creation. Tickets £12 from 01622 726193

Sunday 18 March
MAIDSTONE ROAD RUN 2018 In aid of Heart of Kent Hospice. Start and finish at Cornwallis Academy. Register now 01622 790195 or by email

Monday 19 March
12.30 pm
Community Lunch, Vestry Hall

Tuesday 20 March
12.00 noon Lent Lunch, Parish Church
8.30 pm Quiz Night, Unicorn

Wednesday 21 March
9.45 am Marden Walking Group - final text testing of the Turkey Farm Walk. Meet at the library
7.30 pm
Lent Course (5/5), Parish Church

Saturday 24 March
10.00 am
Prayer Walk TBA
2.00 pm
Marden Walking Group: Group A Stanley Road Circle (half-hour) meet at the library; Group B Cemetery, Bridgehurst Wood & fishing lake (1 hour) meet at the library

6.40 pm (pre-concert talk) for 7.30 pm: Maidstone Symphony Orchestra at Mote Hall, Maidstone (Mozart's Symphony No 32 K318, Brahms' Violin Concerto, Beethoven's Symphony No 6 "Pastoral"). Tickets £12-£26 (student cardholders £5, u-18s FREE) on the door.

Monday 26 March
2.00 pm
Craft Group, Vestry Hall

Wednesday 28 March
9.15 am
Marden School Easter Service (for pupils and staff only), Parish Church
9.45 am Marden Walking Group - Confirmation of Marden Meadow Walk. Meet at the library
7.30 pm
Marden Society, Vestry Hall.  A talk on 'ENSA'; tea/coffee and raffle

Thursday 29 March
2.00 - 3.30 pm
Come and Sing, Congregational Church

Sunday 1 April
10.00 am Marden Walking Group - A walk for those wishing to avoid the Bank Holiday traffic.  Mystery tour depending on weather.  Meet at the library
7.30 pm
Quiz Night, West End Tavern

Tuesday 3 April
8.00 pm
Marden Motor Club, West End Tavern
8.30 pm Quiz Night, Unicorn

Thursday 5 April
7.45 pm
Marden W.I., Vestry Hall

Saturday 7 April
10.30 am
Saturday Book Group, Library

Sunday 8 April
9.00 am - 1.00 pm
Farmers' Market, West End Tavern garden

Monday 9 April
2.00 pm
Craft Group, Vestry Hall

Tuesday 10 April
7.30 pm
Horticultural Society, Vestry Hall

Thursday 12 April
2.00 - 3.30 pm
Come and Sing, Congregational Church
2.00 pm Thursday Book Group, Library

Monday 16 April
12.30 pm
Community Lunch, Vestry Hall

Tuesday 17 April
9.15 am
Music Time, Congregational Church
8.30 pm Quiz Night, Unicorn

Wednesday 18 April
9.15 am
Baby & Toddler Group, Congregational Church

Saturday 21 April
7.30 pm
A concert for St George's Day by the BAE Systems Brass Band - a varied selection of well-known musical items, with wine and refreshments, in the Parish Church. Enquiries after 10 February to Brian (01622 743011)

Monday 23 April
2.00 pm
Craft Group, Vestry Hall

Tuesday 24 April
9.15 am
Music Time, Congregational Church

Wednesday 25 April
9.15 am Baby & Toddler Group, Congregational Church
7.30 pm Marden Society, Vestry Hall. Ian Balmer on 'Walking the Saxon Shore Way'; tea/coffee and raffle

Thursday 26 April
2.00 - 3.30 pm
Come and Sing, Congregational Church

Saturday 28 April
7.30 pm
Concert by Marden-based choir Antiphony at the United Reformed Church, Week Street, Maidstone. Spring charity concert for Hi Kent. Tickets (£10 per person to include a glass of wine) from Hi Kent during office hours (01622 691151, credit/debit cards accepted) or email

Saturday 19 May
6.40 pm (pre-concert talk) for 7.30 pm: Maidstone Symphony Orchestra at Mote Hall, Maidstone (Tchaikovsky, Prokoviev, Shostakovich). Tickets £12-£26 (student cardholders £5, u-18s FREE) on the door.

Wednesday 23 May
7.30 pm Marden Society, Vestry Hall.Steve Hopkins on 'The bits that don't fit - a miscellany of items'; tea/coffee and raffle

Saturday 9 June
The Big Musical Picnic on Southons Field. Details to follow

Sunday 10 June
RSCM Music Sunday

Wednesday 27 June
Marden Society outing - boat trip on Bewl Water and afternoon tea. Tickets from Mo (01622 831529) £11.50

Friday 29 June
to Sunday 1 July
Changeling Theatre Company - Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at Boughton Monchelsea Place

Saturday 14 July

Laura Jurd of the wonder band 'Dinosaur' is Artistic Director for a one-day jazz festival at Little Mill Oast, featuring also Rob Luft, Corrie Dick and the Elliot Galvin Trio. Start time and ticket prices TBC. Ticket numbers will be limited to 90 so when the (work in progress) website is launched, book quickly! Beult Concerts' updates also on Facebook.

Sunday 22 July
Girl band Little Mix - high-energy show at the Kent Events Centre, Detling Showground

Friday 17 August to Sunday 19 August
Changeling Theatre Company - Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at Boughton Monchelsea Place

Wednesday 26 September
7.30 pm Marden Society, Vestry Hall. Melanie Gibson-Barton on 'The life of Edith Cavell'; tea/coffee and raffle

Wednesday 24 October
7.30 pm Marden Society, Vestry Hall. Mary Douglas on 'Handbells' (talk & demonstration); tea/coffee and raffle

Sunday 11 November
7.00 pm
'The Battle's Over' tribute - a national Beacons of Light celebration to mark the end of World War 1

Wednesday 28 November
7.30 pm Marden Society, Vestry Hall. Simon Ginnaw on 'The history of Mote Park'; tea/coffee and raffle


A D V E R T I S E M E N T
The Vestry Hall in the centre of Marden Village is available for hire.
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