St Peter & St Paul, Newchurch
Newchurch is a village in the centre of the Romney Marsh, having at its heart the church of St Peter & St Paul.
The village is mainly composed of a farming community of about 300. This had remained for many years at 250 but over the last twenty years has risen to the current level.
Over the years the village has had, apart from the church, a school, a village hall, various shops and a public house but the school closed and was transferred to the village hall. In due time this was also closed at which time a new hall was built. The nearest schools now are at New Romney and Dymchurch. The public house closed and following the pattern of the school house, the old village hall, vicarage and the shops, all were eventually closed and are now private dwellings. The only businesses still active are a restaurant and the new village hall which also incorporates a social club. We also have a visit from the post office for one hour each week in the Village Hall. Much extra information concerning the village can be found on the new website at www.newchurchvillage.org
However, following a period of decline, prospects are presently looking good. We have activities such as a weekly toddlers’ group, a short mat bowls club, W.I. and a dog club in addition to a monthly auction together with the annual village pantomime, plus the busy social club.
Our rather large 13th century church covers most types of service. We hold weekly services varying from Family Services, Communion by Extension, Morning Prayer and full Communion when an ordained priest is available. Any fifth Sunday is usually kept for a Benefice Service. These are usually held in our church during the summer due to the ‘cool’ atmosphere.
We try to keep the church open daily throughout the year for visitors. To enable all who wish to visit, to inspect or to discover, our History Exhibition is based in the north chapel. For those who wish to spend a quiet time in prayer, the south chapel is made available.