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 14 November
9.30 - 11.30 am Stay & Play at the Marden Children's Centre
12.30 - 2.30 pm Breastfeeding drop-in session at the Marden Children's Centre
2.00 pm Come & Sing at the Congregational Church

Friday 15 November
10.00 - 10.30 am
Baby Rhyme Time in the library
9.30 am MARDEN IN BLOOM's bulb planting session
6.00 - 9.00 pm Parish Council Open Day - come to the Memorial Hall and have your say on
   - Call for Sites information
   - Update on the Neighbourhood Plan
   - Marden ISP consultation
   - Field Gym location for the Playing Field
   - Building Design Brief consultation
   - Parish information and what does the Parish Council do

7.15 pm Choir practice with 'extras' for Candlelit Carol Service, Parish Church
10.30 am - 1.00 pm Memories Days at Maidstone Museum - SPORT - come and recount your memories and have them recorded. Free

Saturday 16 November
10.00 am - 2.00 pm
Parish Council Open Day - come to the Memorial Hall and have your say on
   - Call for Sites information
   - Update on the Neighbourhood Plan
   - Marden ISP consultation
   - Field Gym location for the Playing Field
   - Building Design Brief consultation
   - Parish information and what does the Parish Council do

12.00 noon
Parish/Police Surgery with PCSO Nicola Morris outside the Memorial Hall
Evening entertainment by TooT'n'Skamen (Ska) at Marden Village Club (members and guests only)
10.00 am - 3.30 pm Fossil Roadshow at Maidstone Museum - family fun day - free entry, with charged activities


Monday 18 November
2.00 pm
Craft Group in the Vestry Hall

Tuesday 19 November

2.00 pm Talk Time (coffee, chat and optional board games) in the library

Wednesday 20 November

3.00 - 4.30 pm
Juniors Club (Marden Children's Centre) in the John Banks Hall
2.30 pm
Goudhurst & District U3A - George Hutchinson on "Rudyard Kipling: His Life and Verse", Goudhurst Parish Hall.  Non-U3A members £3

Thursday 21 November
9.30 - 11.30 am Stay & Play at the Marden Children's Centre
12.30 - 2.30 pm Breastfeeding drop-in session at the Marden Children's Centre
7.00 pm 
Marden History Group presents an illustrated talk by Colin and Sean Welch "The V2 and Marden" in Marden Primary School Hall. All welcome.
The V2 rocket attacks— and in particular the recent excavation of a rocket that was launched early on Friday 9 March 1945 from The Hague and impacted near Marden six minutes later. A presentation about the V-weapons and a journey of discovery. Exhaustive archive work and archaeology. The talk will feature a digital film which catalogues the entire V-weapon offensive into Great Britain, plotting every recorded impact accurately in an animated mapping. A compelling visual description of the progression of the offensive and the countermeasures. Featuring an unravelling of the Marden V2 impact and the work to discover its archaeology. There also will be an exhibition of the finds.
4.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Maidstone Town Centre Christmas Lights switch on event, Jubilee Square

Friday 22 November
10.00 - 10.30 am Baby Rhyme Time in the library
6.00 - 8.30 pm Christmas Market at the Vestry Hall. Cakes & seasonal produce, bottle tombola, crafts, children's games, raffle, unwanted gifts, cards, refreshments (hot dogs). Festive songs from Marden Primary Choir

7.15 pm Choir practice with 'extras' for Candlelit Carol Service, Parish Church

Saturday 23 November
10.00 am - 12.00 noon Christmas Market at the Vestry Hall. Cakes & seasonal produce, bottle tombola, crafts, children's games, raffle, unwanted gifts, cards, refreshments (breakfast rolls).
6.00 - 8.00 pm
Christmas Open Evening at FORTY SEVEN and THE OLD POST OFFICE COFFEE HOUSE. Complimentary mulled wine, mince pies, sausage rolls, raffle prizes, late night shopping, gift vouchers, festive hot drinks
Evening entertainment by Highway 61 (Rock & Blues) at Marden Village Club (members and guests only)
7.30 pm
Cranbrook Choral with Cranbrook Sinfonia in St Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook (Faure, Vaughan Williams). Tickets £15 (students £7.50) from 01580 714411, 01580 714828 or online

Monday 25 November
2.00 pm
Craft Group in the Vestry Hall

Tuesday 26 November

9.30 am - 12.30 pm Royal British Legion Careers Advice drop-in at Marden Children's Centre
10.30 am Living Memories with The Roaring 20s Jazz Band in the Vestry Hall
2.00 pm Talk Time (coffee, chat and optional board games) in the library
Evening
Wreath making with Eliza Rose, Artisan Florist, at Marden Village Club (ticket only event)

Wednesday 27 November

3.00 - 4.30 pm Juniors Club (Marden Children's Centre) in the John Banks Hall
7.30 pm
Marden Society, Vestry Hall. Wilf Lower on 'Don't sneeze near the microphone'; tea/coffee and raffle

Evening Wreath making with Eliza Rose, Artisan Florist, at Marden Village Club (ticket only event)

Thursday 28 November

9.30 - 11.30 am Stay & Play at the Marden Children's Centre
12.30 - 2.30 pm Breastfeeding drop-in session at the Marden Children's Centre
2.00 pm
Come & Sing at the Congregational Church
6.30 - 8.30 pm
MUSEUM LATES -"Kent: a cradle of world sport" - John Bunyard on Kent's important role in the development of sport. £8 (MMF £6) including a drink. Maidstone Museum
7.30 pm "The Diversity of Bats"  - learn more about the little creatures with Kent Bat Group. Lenham Community Centre ME17 2QT. Suggested donation £3 to help meet running costs

Friday 29 November
10.00 - 10.30 am Baby Rhyme Time in the library
12.15 - 2.00 pm
Charity Lunch for the Weald Family Hub.  Soup, bread, cakes and tea or coffee will be served. No charge, but donations appreciated. Vestry Hall
7.15 pm Choir practice with 'extras' for Candlelit Carol Service, Parish Church

Saturday 30 November
12.00 noon - 2.30 pm
Marden Primary School PTA Christmas Fair. Lots of Christmas stalls and a visit from Father Christmas
TBA Marden Village Club retired members' Christmas lunch (ticket only event)
TBA
Come & Sing at Kenward House Christmas Fair (details to be confirmed)
9.00 pm
Live music with 4 Wheeldrive at The Unicorn
6.40 pm (pre-concert talk) for 7.30 pm Maidstone Symphony Orchestra at Mote Hall, Maidstone. Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms. Tickets £13-£28 (students £5, 18s & under free) on the door or (booking fees apply) 0333 666 3366 or online
6.30 pm for 7.00 pm FESTIVE FUSION - Hospice in the Weald Community Choir - different musical styles with a dash of Christmas sparkle. St Peter's Upper Church, Pembury. Gurst stars, Raffle, Refreshments

Sunday 1 December
7.30 pm
Quiz Night at the West End Tavern

Tuesday 3 December
2.00 pm Talk Time (coffee, chat and optional board games) in the library
9.15 am
Music Time at the Congregational Church
10.30 am Living Memories Christmas Special with Bing Lyle
8.00 pm Marden Motor Club, West End Tavern

Wednesday 4 December
9.15 am
Baby & Toddler Group at the Congregational Church

3.00 - 4.30 pm Juniors Club (Marden Children's Centre) in the John Banks Hall

Thursday 5 December
9.30 - 11.30 am Stay & Play at the Marden Children's Centre
12.30 - 2.30 pm Breastfeeding drop-in session at the Marden Children's Centre
7.45 pm
Marden W.I. in the Vestry Hall

Friday 6 December
10.00 - 10.30 am Baby Rhyme Time in the library
11.00 am
Mothers' Union Advent Service at Canterbury Cathedral
2.00 - 6.00 pm
Bring your Christmas Tree to the church for tomorrow's display
4.30 - 5.30 pm
Youth Café in the Vestry Hall
7.15 pm Choir practice with 'extras' for Candlelit Carol Service, Parish Church

Saturday 7 December
10.00 am - 12.00 noon Fresh fish & seafood sales at the West End Tavern
10.30 am Saturday Book Group in the library
All day MARDEN AT CHRISTMAS - events throughout the village:
  - Marden Village Club (Marden Big Band)
  - Forty Seven (Christmas Goodies)
  - The Unicorn (Mulled wine & mince pies)
  - The Old P.O. Coffee House (Hot drinks & mince pies)
  - Marden Parish Church (Nativity Scene, Christmas Tree Display, Hot Soup)
  - By the church (Scouts' campfire smores)
  - By the library (MHG "Throw a sponge at the Devil")
  - West End Tavern (Turkey Burgers)
11.00 am - 12.30 pm The Allens (Carol singing, Silver band, Morris and Sword Dancers, Refreshments)
1.30 - 4.00 pm Memorial Hall - Christmas Fair (Father Christmas' Grotto, Children's Roundabout, Ballards BBQ, Tea & Cake from the W.I.)
10.00 am - 3.30 pm Maidstone Museum Christmas Market (and on 14 Dec)

Sunday 8 December
2.00 - 4.00 pm
Please collect your tree from the church

Monday 9 December
2.00 pm
Craft Group in the Vestry Hall

Tuesday 10 December
9.15 am
Music Time at the Congregational Church
10.00 am - 12.00 noon Golding Homes' Workwise Hub at Marden Children's Centre
2.00 pm
Talk Time (coffee, chat and optional board games) in the library
7.30 pm
Horticultural Society, Vestry Hall
8.00 pm
Quiz Night at The Unicorn

Wednesday 11 December
9.15 am
Baby & Toddler Group at the Congregational Church

3.00 - 4.30 pm Juniors Club (Marden Children's Centre) in the John Banks Hall

Thursday 12 December

7.00 am - 10.00 pm GENERAL ELECTION - polling at the Memorial Hall
9.30 - 11.30 am Stay & Play at the Marden Children's Centre
12.30 - 2.30 pm Breastfeeding drop-in session at the Marden Children's Centre
1.30 - 4.30 pm
Marden Art Club in the Vestry Hall (the last this year - restarts in January). Phone Mo on 01622 831529 or email for more information and charges
2.00 pm Come & Sing at the Congregational Church
2.00 pm
Thursday Book Group in the library

Friday 13 December

10.00 - 10.30 am Baby Rhyme Time in the library
4.30 - 5.30 pm
Youth Café in the Vestry Hall

7.15 pm Choir practice with 'extras' for Candlelit Carol Service, Parish Church

Saturday 14 December

Evening
Marden Village Club Christmas Draw with music by Where's Brian? (live band 'spanning the decades') (members and guests only)

10.00 am - 3.30 pm Maidstone Museum Christmas Market

Sunday 15 December
6.30 pm
Carols at The Oast (Little Mill) - ticketed event

Tuesday 17 December
9.15 am
Music Time at the Congregational Church
9.30 am - 12.30 pm Royal British Legion Careers Advice drop-in at Marden Children's Centre
2.00 - 4.00 pm
Citizens Advice outreach session in the Old Schoolroom

2.00 pm Talk Time (coffee, chat and optional board games) in the library

Wednesday 18 December
9.15 am
Baby & Toddler Group at the Congregational Church
9.15 am School Christmas Celebration (pupils & staff only) at the Parish Church

3.00 - 4.30 pm Juniors Club (Marden Children's Centre) in the John Banks Hall

Thursday 19 December
9.30 - 11.30 am Stay & Play at the Marden Children's Centre
12.30 - 2.30 pm Breastfeeding drop-in session at the Marden Children's Centre
2.00 pm
Come & Sing end-of-term concert and party at the Congregational Church

Friday 20 December

10.00 - 10.30 am
Baby Rhyme Time in the library

7.15 pm
Choir practice with 'extras' for Candlelit Carol Service, Parish Church


Saturday 21 December

12.00 noon Parish/Police Surgery with PCSO Nicola Morris outside the Library
8.00 pm
Christmas Carol Evening with Antiphony in The Unicorn

Sunday 22 December
3.00 pm
Marden-based Old Kent Carollers will be singing lively and interesting old fashioned local carols in the West End Tavern. All are welcome, words sheets provided. Folks are also welcome to join us to practise the carols in advance. Go online for information
6.30 pm Carols by Candlelight at the Parish Church

Monday 23 December
2.00 pm
Craft Group in the Vestry Hall

Christmas Eve
3.00 and 4.30 pm
Christingle Services (same content - choose your time) at the Parish Church
11.30 pm Midnight Communion at the Parish Church

Christmas Day
8.00 am
Holy Communion at the Parish Church
10.30 am Family Communion at the Parish Church

Tuesday 31 December

Evening
entertainment by Starks Family Band at Marden Village Club (ticket only event)

Friday 10 January

10.30 am - 1.00 pm Memories Days at Maidstone Museum - HOMEMAKERS - come and recount your memories and have them recorded. Free

Saturday 18 January
10.30 am, 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm
Family Science Day - 1 hour sessions of family fun. £9 per child (MMF £4, accompanying adult free)

Wednesday 22 January
7.30 pm
Marden Society AGM, Vestry Hall

Thursday 30 January
6.30pm and 7.30 pm MUSEUM LATES - History Mystery Tour "The Museum Years" - tour Maidstone Museum. £10 (MMF £8) including a Victorian sherry cobbler drink

Saturday 1 February

6.40 pm (pre-concert talk) for 7.30 pm Maidstone Symphony Orchestra at Mote Hall, Maidstone. Britten, Weber, Arnold, Elgar. Tickets £13-£28 (students £5, 18s & under free) on the door or (booking fees apply) 0333 666 3366 or online

Sunday 2 February

3.00 pm Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra, Susanna Gaspar soprano, Catia Mereso mezzo, Jung Soo tenor, Richard Morrison baritone, cond. Roderick Dunk - OPERA GALA - Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Box office 01892 530613

Friday 14 February

10.30 am - 1.00 pm Memories Days at Maidstone Museum - TRANSPORT - come and recount your memories and have them recorded. Free
6.30 pm
and 7.30 pm "Valentines Escape Room" - escape from love (18+ singles). Maidstone Museum, £12 includes love potion cocktail

Wednesday 26 February
7.30 pm
Marden Society - Steve McArragher on 'Back to our Rootes' - Vestry Hall

Thursday 27 February
6.00 for 6.30 pm
Film Night at Maidstone Museum - "Rocket Man" - £10 (MMF £8) including drink)

Sunday 1 March

3.00 pm Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra, Martin James Bartlett piano, cond. Roderick Dunk - Copland, Ravel, Brahms - Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Box office 01892 530613

Saturday 21 March
Time TBA
Parish Litter Pick - volunteers please ring Ali in the Parish Office 01622 832305

6.40 pm (pre-concert talk) for 7.30 pm Maidstone Symphony Orchestra at Mote Hall, Maidstone. Dukas, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky. Tickets £13-£28 (students £5, 18s & under free) on the door or (booking fees apply) 0333 666 3366 or online

Wednesday 25 March

7.30 pm Marden Society - James Dickinson on 'Margaret of Anjou' - Vestry Hall

Sunday 5 April

3.00 pm Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Gould violin, cond. Barry Wordsworth - Bizet, Barber, Massenet, Beethoven - Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Box office 01892 530613

Wednesday 22 April

7.30 pm Marden Society - John Dickenson on 'History of Anaesthesia' - Vestry Hall

Sunday 3 May

3.00 pm Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra  cond. Roderick Dunk - Mozart, Bruckner - Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Box office 01892 530613

Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May
VE Day 75 Anniversary

Saturday 16 May

6.40 pm (pre-concert talk) for 7.30 pm Maidstone Symphony Orchestra at Mote Hall, Maidstone. Wagner, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky. Tickets £13-£28 (students £5, 18s & under free) on the door or (booking fees apply) 0333 666 3366 or online
 

Wednesday 27 May

7.30 pm Marden Society - Paul Laundy on 'Winston Churchill and Chartwell' - Vestry Hall

Wednesday 24 June
Marden Society Summer Outing TBD

Wednesday 23 September
7.30 pm Marden Society - Geoff Doel on 'Hopping in Kent and the Hartlake Disaster' - Vestry Hall

Wednesday 28 October
7.30 pm Marden Society - Guy Bartlett on 'The Dambusters' - Vestry Hall

Wednesday 25 November
7.30 pm Marden Society - Ray Morris on 'Update on wildlife around Marden' - Vestry Hall


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.
Click here for more information.



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