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Before we leave the subject of the youth groups in Church Street, ex-pat Natives may like a glimpse of All Saints as it is today. After all it is one of Whitstable's most familiar locations and a hub of the community....

 

 

.. with the church yard sweeping westward to the old railway line and south to Church Street playing fields....

 

 

As a kid living in Railway Avenue of the 1950s, one of my lasting memories is of the sound of the church bells tumbling down across London's Fields amidst the aroma of the freshly cut hay. It was a comforting sound and it had that essential English permanence about it. I could even spot the church tower peeping over the trees. Of course, the fields have gone now... but the bells remain.

Irrespective of one's religious belief and persuasion, no-one remains untouched by a church. For me, this was the location of my parents wedding in the dark days of World War II. It was where I was Christened back in 1949. It was where I attended Sunday School. It was where my mum attended occasional Old Time Dance afternoons. It was where my father was carried on his final journey....

  

 

For most people, it is a cornerstone of the community.

Of course, buildings change. This is the familiar front of the Church Hall...

  

 

.. but it now has a modern and more impressive side entrance... 

 

 

Other things have retained that timeless look... like the old Lychgate... 

 

 

In fact, this picture will bring back extra memories of childhood for many Natives. That lovely building on the right is the one that was used by Mrs Lamb as a nursery school back in the far off days of the 1950s.

Of course, many will also recall the vicarage with its impressive ornamental well in the front garden.... 

   

 

... and the country garden at the rear....

 

 

It was the scene of so many well-remembered garden fetes. Of course, fetes still take place.... and the Church grounds still provide a home for the Third Whitstable Scout Group and a playschool.

After all, the church remains one of those essential cornerstones of community.

  

   

Long may it be so.

Many thanks to Rev. Canon Sale and all at All Saints for allowing us the chance for photos... and, more importantly, for being there when we need them.

  

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