Notices, 22 March 2020

Notices, 22 March 2020

There are various things that might be helpful to know during these unusual times of social distancing and self-isolation.

All Public Worship suspended

Hopefully you have already got the message, but St Mary’s and St Michael’s are sadly not able to offer Public Worship at present or any of our other regular activities. Find out more about that news on this website.

National Day of Prayer today!

The Presidents of Churches Together in England, including our Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday. They write….

“This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds. At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer. [Do be sensible when putting a candle in your window and ensure you can do this safely, without risk of starting a fire – preferably use an electric candle; if you don’t have one, please ensure that all draperies are kept far away from the candle and it cannot be knocked over by pets – or clumsy humans – and don’t leave it burning unattended for any length of time]

Community support

If you know of something that’s happening in West Malling or Offham to support those in isolation or those who are unwell, please let us know and we’ll happily publicise it here.

Offham Community Network is coming

St Michael’s is working with Offham Parish Council and eight other local clubs, societies and agencies to create a network of people who want to help and people who need help during the Coronavirus pandemic. We’re very nearly ready to launch so watch out for an email or a leaflet through your door with details of how you can either ask for help, or volunteer to help others.

Spadework Vegetable boxes and Collection service

The wonderful people at Spadework do veggie boxes that could be a real godsend for those who are isolated. Why not ask about whether you can sign up.

Spadework have also said:

Call us with your grocery, fresh fruit and veg, wine, beer and spirit orders. We have stocked up with essentials such as eggs, meat, pasta, bread flour, part-baked bread, tins of soup and more, as well as baked goods, biscuits, snacks and our usual range of luxury items. We’ll call you back with a total price once your order has been entered onto our till, take card payment over the phone, and let you know when the order will be ready to collect. At the agreed collection time, one of our team will bring the order out to your car. You can then check the goods and load them into your boot, whilst we keep our distance in order to ensure your safety. We may even be able to arrange delivery (subject to a delivery charge) if you live in Offham, West Malling or Kings Hill.
If you’re fortunate enough to look younger than 25 and have ordered alcohol. we will, of course, have to see some proof of age! We have good stocks of most of our lines at the moment, but are limiting the numbers of each item purchased in order to give everyone a chance to get what they need. Spadework Farm Shop Direct Dial Number: 01732 879 088 Current opening hours 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Also, please note that Spadework’s Garden Centre is open for business as usual.

The Farmhouse are delivering (free to over 70’s)

They write “We are still open until we are told otherwise by the government and have taken the necessary steps to make sure all our staff and customers are safe when they are within our pubs. But if you, your family or a neighbour can’t visit us then your local is here to help! As of today (Friday 20th March 2020) we’ll be serving a take away menu of food and drink, all available at take away prices. Our menu will be available every day from 12pm to 9pm with 25% off food items and 50% off all drinks including bottles of wine. This will be available for a non-contact collection or delivery within five miles and our delivery service will be FREE to the over 70’s.

Find out more on their website

The Swan are doing takeaways and a free dish of the day if you’re over 70 and self-isolating

Call 01732 521910 to find out more. You’ll have to excuse the dark humour on the menu!

Fraud warnings

Message from Community Safety Unit, Tonbridge & Malling Police:

You should all be aware that there have been reports of persons claiming to be from the Health Authority knocking on doors and offering to take temperatures of elderly people. Please tell elderly relatives/neighbours not to let unknown people into their homes.

Further to this there are also coronavirus-themed phishing emails, with infected attachments containing fictitious ‘safety measures’, hereby making money out of exploiting people’s fears over COVID-19.


St Michael’s, Offham had their Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) last weekend. Our thanks to Stephen Betts and Jane Jordan, our newly elected Churchwardens, to Associate Churchwarden Sonja Pitcher, to Deanery Synod reps Jane and Sonja, and to re-elected PCC members David Godfrey, Emily John and Becky Robinson-Hugill. The Annual Report is still available to take home and read from the back of church. It’s also available to download from the church website.

The Bishop of Rochester has recently written to confirm that for APCMs which have not yet taken place, he has signed a formal Instrument extending the time-frame for holding APCMs and Meetings of Parishioners to 31st October 2020. Current PCC members continue in office until the conclusion of the rescheduled APCM and Churchwardens now have to be admitted by 31st January 2021. St Mary’s will look to have their annual meeting after we’re allowed to hold public worship once again.

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