News from St Clement’s in Sandwich

Spring has sprung at St Clement’s, and we are indebted to the hard-working team who maintain our beautiful Churchyard, through which so many people walk each day.


We are now in the season of Easter, which lasts 40 days from Easter Day, just as Jesus appeared to his friends and followers for forty days following his Resurrection from the dead on the first Easter Day. On Thursday 9th May we will gather at 7:30pm on Ascension Day, when Jesus ascended into heaven, and we begin a special period of prayer leading up to 19th May, Pentecost, when the still terrified original followers of Jesus were inspired by the Holy Spirit and burst into the streets to share the good news. They were so exuberant and full of joy that people passing by thought they were drunk.

Pentecost, on 19th May, will also be the annual Civic Service (following the Mayor Making a few days earlier) where we welcome Councillors and Sandwich representatives, and we will pray particularly for the life of Sandwich. All are welcome to this service at 10:30am, followed by drinks and the APCM (Annual Parochial Meeting, St Clement’s Annual General Meeting), a chance to hear about plans for the future and ask questions about the life of Sandwich’s Parish Church.


We are looking forward to a very musical summer at St Clement’s, with highlights for your diary being:

  • ‘Gala Re-Opening Organ Recital’, Saturday 11th May, 7:30pm – Given by Prof. Ian Tracey (Organist at Liverpool Cathedral), followed by refreshments
  • ‘The Organist Entertains’, Sunday 16th June, 4:00pm – Given by Robert Tapsfield, with tea and cake
  • ‘Deal Festival Concert: “Times and Seasons: Bach and the Organ”‘, Saturday 13th July, 11:00am – Given by Paul Stubbings
  • ‘Nautical Notes’, Tuesday 17th September, 2:30pm – A selection of sea shanties, music, and poetry honouring St Clement, patron saint of mariners. This event forms part of Sandwich Arts Week.
  • Our Choir will also sing Evensong at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and Rochester Cathedral.

Further details on the above may be found in due course on our website,, or our social media pages in due course. You can find us on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, and Instagram.

May I wish you a very blessed Eastertide.


Fr Sebastian Hamilton

Rector | St Clement, Sandwich, and Ss Peter & Paul, Worth

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