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The Hands of Time

On June the 3rd 1919 a village referendum took place in which villagers voted for their preferred war memorial to remember all those who lost their life during the First World War. A clock for the church tower won the vote and was installed in the church on Christmas Day 1920.

National commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War will take place this throughout this year. The highlight will be a national event taking place on November 11th named ‘A Nation’s Tribute – Battle’s Over’, which Upchurch Parish Council will mark with the construction and lighting of a village beacon and the church will accompany with the peeling of the church bells.

The Parish Council, (which looks after the war memorial on behalf of the residents of the Parish), has decided that the centenary of the end of the Great War is the perfect opportunity to upgrade, modernise and preserve the clock for future generations of villagers to enjoy. This will complete the works started in 2011 when the 3 clock faces were refurbished as part of the project to renovate the church tower.

Local residents and visitors to the village have expressed their desire to make a contribution to the work as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for the sacrifice of those in the First World War, in the same way it was originally funded. The Parish Council is providing this crowd funding opportunity to those who wish to make a personal and lasting act of Remembrance in helping preserve our War Memorial for future generations of villagers and visitors to enjoy.

The village clock was provided by the residents of the village 100 years ago as a War Memorial to those who lost their lives defending our freedom and the Parish Council wishes to offer the residents today the opportunity to show their thanks and appreciation by taking part in the restoration project in a personal way. Residents are invited to ‘buy time’ on the clock face, our target is to raise an hour, or put another way 3600 seconds, to say thank you!

Please donate what you can, to reach our target, we would like each second on the face to sell for £2.35, (less than a cup of coffee), we hope you will agree this is a worthwhile and lasting way to personally say thank you from our generation, to those in an earlier generation who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

If you wish to give to remember those who gave their all, there are two ways in which to give.  You can donate online  here through a fund raising page or you can give by cheque made payable to “Upchurch Parish Council” and send to the Clerk, 14 Trapfield Close, Bearsted ME14 4HT.

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Upchurch is situated just off the A2, between Rainham and Sittingbourne, in the County of Kent.  It has been here for centuries, and is now a bustling village, population approximately 2,500, which still retains a rural atmosphere, despite being within easy reach of the Medway Towns, the north Kent coast and many other places of interest such as Canterbury and Rochester

Upchurch has many facilities, such as a fine 13th Century church, a thriving primary school, a busy Village Hall, three pubs, farm shops, a golf course and many other activities, making it both a good place to live and to visit.

The Parish Council normally meets every first Thursday of the month (excluding August, when there is no meeting). Please refer to the Minutes and Agendas page for details of time and location.

Our Useful Links page contains details of various sites for finding out what is happening in the village, logging faults with roads, pavements, street lights and public rights of way as well as other helpful links for travel, weather and what to do in an emergency.