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Details of services are set out below, showing whether the service is in Shipbourne Church or in Plaxtol church.

  8.00 9.30 11.00
1st Sunday of month Holy Communion
Parish Communion
Family Service
2nd Sunday of month Holy Communion
Parish Communion
3rd Sunday of month Holy Communion
Parish Communion
Family Communion
4th Sunday of month Holy Communion
Family Service
Parish Communion
5th Sunday
(when there is one)
Holy Communion
Parish Communion

Evening office
This takes place every weekday (except Friday) at 4.30pm.
This is a short service and lasts about 20 minutes.

Mothering Sunday
Sunday 6th March: there will be a Mothering Sunday family service with baptism at 9.30am. There will be bunches of flowers for each child to give to their mother.

Good Friday, 25th March: after a choral meditative service at 12.00pm in Plaxtol church, you are invited to walk with the Cross from Plaxtol Church to Shipbourne Church, starting at 1.00pm
2pm Meditative service at St Giles Shipbourne
Easter Sunday, 27th March:
8.00am: Holy Communion
9.30am: Parish Communion
If you would like to give a lily in memory of someone at Easter...
Just fill in the name on one of the slips of paper at the back of the church, and put it with your donation in one of the envelopes marked “Easter Lilies” and give it to one of the Churchwardens. Alternatively you can send your donation to Felicity Ward at Hookwood House, Shipbourne, Kent TN11 9RJ.
There will be a list in church at Easter in memoriam of all the people who are being remembered.
We shall also use daffodils for the church at Easter, so if you would like to give some to the church please bring them to St Giles between 9 and 10 am on Saturday 26 March, when we shall be decorating the church. If the weather warms up, we shall use yellow and white tulips on the windowsills, as the daffodils may be going over by then.
If you would like to help with the church flowers at Easter, please contact Felicity Ward (810525).

Christenings, weddings and funerals
Please contact the Rector, Rev Andrew Procter if you would like to discuss a christening, a wedding or a funeral at Shipbourne Church.

For children...
Some services are designed particularly with children in mind:
The family service is held at 9.30am on the fourth Sunday of every month.
The Nativity and Christingle service at Christmas, when children take part in the nativity tableau during the service.
A new service, Community@4 (see below).

Playchurch at Shipbourne Church is aimed at pre-school and primary school children and their parents. It is an opportunity for everyone with young ones to meet and worship at St Giles in a relaxed atmosphere. Playchurch takes place at 9.30am, normally on the second Saturday of each month. It lasts about 3/4 hour with Bible stories and craft activities for the children and is an opportunity for parents to have an informal discussion on the week's theme. There will be refreshments for both children and their parents.
Playchurch will take place on Saturday 12 March, 9 April, 14 May and 11 June, starting at 9.30am.

If you've got young children, it would be great to see you there. For more details, call the Rector Andrew Procter on 01732 811081 or Mary Perry on 01732 810797.

Rock Solid
This group is for 10 to 14 year olds in Shipbourne and Plaxtol.
The aim is to help them as they start out in their lives in their new schools and as teenagers. It features discussion on the Bible and life issues, games, films and snacks. The next meeting of the group will be at the new Community @4 service (see below). For more information on Rock Solid, please contact Peter Brewin, 01732 810361 or at

This is our new modern service and will be held on the third Sunday of each month.
  Suitable for all ages
  Worship songs with a band
  Discussions for different age groups
  Craft and play time for children
  Bring and share refreshments after the service
This will be held from 4 to 5pm on Sunday 20 March, 17 April, 15 May and 19 June.

Worship Review
In 2014, there was a review of worship in the two churches in the joint benefice. Following wide consultation, various changes were implemented for a trial period of a year. At the end of this period a questionnaire was circulated, seeking views on the success of these changes, and the replies have been analysed. The Rector, Rev Andrew Procter, writes
"I am grateful to all who participated in the review of our experimental year in our life of worship. The PCCs have now considered the outcome and this note is a digest of the main findings.

1. The Community@4 service has been well received and will continue for the foreseeable future. There is to be further consideration as to its venue but its overall style will be kept.
2. The 5th Sunday benefice worship has also been liked and will be kept as our ongoing pattern on those Sundays.
3. The monthly Family Services in both Churches are good and will stay. There are ways to develop both of them which we will reckon to implement.
4. The main Parish Communion Services. There is little need for change at St Giles. Consideration will be given at Plaxtol to taking up now recommendations originally made for its main communion service but not implemented due to the pressure of launching Community@4. The suggested ways to enhance both services mentioned on the original review will be progressively implemented.
5. Matins is much liked and will be retained at St Giles. Steps will be taken to publicise it more widely around the diocese and to familiarise the congregation with its liturgical structure.
6. Publicity and marketing. All the suggestions of the original review remain worthwhile. Whilst a few have been implemented most remain to be done. They need now to be put in place."


What else we do for the parish:

Farmers’ Market
A Farmers’ Market is held at the church every Thursday between 9.00 and 11.00. You can buy local produce including breads, meat, vegetables, mushrooms, smoked fish, pickles, cheeses and fruit. The church organises the Market as a service to the local community.
For more information ring Bob Taylor 01732 833976

St Giles and Shipbourne Newsletter
The Newsletter contains information about the church and the local community. It is produced by the church and delivered free to every house in the parish. Further copies are available in the church and can also be viewed online. Mrs Lindsay Miles is the editor of the Newsletter; any items of news or adverts should be sent to her at Her telephone number is 01732 810439. Advertisements for the Newsletter should be sent to Tish Gourmelon (phone 07966 035492).

The Harvest Supper
The Harvest Supper is held each year for the joint benefice at the end of September. See below for a report on the Harvest Supper held in 2015.

Healing Prayer Group
The group meets on the third Friday of each month to pray for the sick. Anyone is welcome to attend. Requests for prayer can be put on the prayer board in church. For more details, including time and venue, please contact Jeannie King on 01732 364529.

Our link with All Saints' Chatham
The benefice has established a link with the church of All Saints' in Chatham. This church has recently opened the Magpie Centre, a community centre close to All Saints', and this does valuable work supporting people in the local community. The Project Leader is Linda Fiddyment, who visited the benefice last November and spoke in Plaxtol Church about the work of the Magpie Centre. The Rector and members of both churches in the benefice have visited All Saints and discussed the possible ways in which we could assist them in their work.


News of events in the parish

The Lenten course "Finding Different Ways to Pray"
The Lenten course is running on Sunday evenings once a month, between January and April. Revd Suzanne Carlson, the Director of Spirituality for our diocese, facilitates the sessions. The sessions are low key relaxed evenings offering some guidance in how to pray, a chance to practise individually and then some sharing of experiences.
The next sessions are:
  Multi Sensory Prayer (Sunday 20 March)
  God in my Day (Sunday 24 April)
These will be from 8.00pm to 9.30pm in Plaxtol Church.
There will also be a fall back session on 9 April for those who cannot make any of these dates. Time to be announced. Venue St Giles Church Shipbourne.
The Lenten courses: "Exploring God"
The Rector and Elizabeth Procter are offering a course which they have published recently, called Exploring God.
The final two parts of the course are being held:
2nd and 9th March: 1.30 to 3.30pm at Plaxtol Rectory.
6th and 13th March: 7.00 to 8.30pm at Higlers Farm, Back Lane, Shipbourne, by kind invitation of John and Corinne Boyd.

The Harvest Supper in 2015
The Fairlawne Home Farm barn provided the perfect setting for the Benefice's Harvest Supper on Friday 25 September 2015. The long trestles were adorned with apples from the Fairlawne estate and hay bales provided rustic seating.
A healthy 1,376 was raised for the two churches of the benefice.
Our thanks go to Fairlawne Estate for the generous loan and preparation of the Barn for the occasion and for the supply of estate apples and water; to all those who provided the food and drink including all those who cooked the shepherd's pies and crumbles; to the local businesses which generously donated the raffle prizes; all those who helped to set up the supper or clear up on the day and those who organised the quiz and provided the entertainment; and to the organisers, Kate Symonds, Andy Doughty and Julia Sheraton who worked hard to make the evening such a success

St Giles Summer Fair - continued
The Fair was re-run on 10 October 2015 when all those attending enjoyed the traditional stalls and games as well as teas served in the Village Hall. The children's fancy dress competition attracted some fantastic entries.
With the combined takings from the August Bank Holiday and October re-run, the Fair raised 3,190 for the church.
Warm thanks go to all who contributed by running stalls, setting up and later taking down the stalls, providing cakes and produce and prizes; to Fairlawne Estate for the use of the spill-over area around the Village Hall; and to Viv Packer and Lindsay Miles, the organisers, who worked hard to bring it all together on the day

Quiz night
Plaxtol Memorial Hall was the the venue for a hotly contested quiz night on Saturday 21 March. Warm thanks go to Clive and Lynne Buddle, who set the questions and presented the quiz, and to Mary Perry and her hard working team of helpers who organised the evening, provided the food and drink, served it and cleared up at the end of the evening. It was a successful and enjoyable evening which raised money to support the work of St Giles church.

The Roux's return
Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr returned to Shipbourne on Thursday 17 October 2013 to cook an amazing dinner for 166 guests at the Chaser Inn. This was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Shipbourne Farmers' Market and to raise funds for St Giles' Church, for the Addington Fund and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Photos of the event can be viewed at


Where are we?
The parish church of St Giles' Church, Shipbourne is situated on the west side of Shipbourne Common. Its address is:
St Giles Church
Stumble Hill
TN11 9PF

Maintaining the fabric of our church: our restoration appeal
We are working with our architect to develop detailed plans for the next phase of the restoration work. This will involve:

  Extensive underpinning of the Lady Vane Chapel to stabilise the foundations and work to repair and make good the cracks in the walls.
  Restoration of more of the most damaged stonework, mainly on the Tower.

We are already taking steps to raise the substantial funds needed to carry out this work. We have some funds available for restoration work but much more will be needed before work can begin.
  We applied to English Heritage for Lottery funding in 2011 and again in 2012 but were not successful.
  We will seek further grants and donations from grant making trusts and individuals.
  We will continue our successful programme of fund raising events. We have held concerts by a professional choir from St Petersburg (April 2012) and a flower festival during the Diamond Jubilee (June 2012), sponsored hymn singing (August 2013) and most recently the Roux dinner (October 2013). Each of these events raised funds for the Appeal. You can read more about the restoration of the church below.

Our Churchyard
Our churchyard is active which means that it is still used for burials. It is a beautiful area of just over an acre and we aim to manage it for everyone's enjoyment.

Management of the churchyard
The PCC has altered its policy for the management of the churchyard. Our aim is to manage the churchyard so that it has an informal, rural appearance; we wish to balance the need to ensure that everyone can get to the graves easily and enjoy the peace of the churchyard while encouraging the wildlife and widening the diversity of plant life. We have decided:
  We will manage some areas around the edge of the churchyard under the “God’s Acre” guidelines, so the grass will be cut only twice a year; these areas will be used by the children’s Playchurch and Boomerang groups for observing wildlife and wild flowers.
  The areas around the paths will be cut and strimmed regularly.
  In other areas of the churchyard priority will be given to cutting the grass between the graves, but the tops of the graves and other areas which need strimming will be cut less often.
The cost of maintaining the churchyard is met by a grant from the Borough Council and a contribution from the PCC.
Our churchyard working parties of volunteers have done good work in recent years in clearing graves which had become engulfed in brambles and cutting back ivy and the encroaching undergrowth. A churchyard working party last met on Saturday 3 October 2015. Warmest thanks to all who attended and to Jeff and Jeannie King for providing coffee and biscuits as welcome refreshments.

The next working party will meet in the Spring of 2016. Please come and help us. Bring your own tools, such as loppers, strimmers, shears, spades etc and suitable protective gear. Your assistance will help us to keep the churchyard under control, so that everyone can enjoy it.

God's Acre and the Kent Wild Life Trust at St Giles Shipbourne
Mary Perry writes - "We aim to encourage wild life into our churchyard. To do this we have designated three small areas defined by hazel hoops where we have, with the children who come to our youth groups, planted a selection of wild spring flowers. We will allow the grass to grow and cut it after any wild flowers have had the opportunity to set seed. To ensure that there is a variety of summer flowers as well, we are sowing seeds and will plant them out as plug plants. We are recording the species of flowers, fungi, trees, lichen, mosses, grasses, mammals and insects at various times of the year. It is our hope that once this scheme has established, we will be able to enter the Kent Wild Life Trust Award scheme."

How we are organised

Shipbourne Rector
Andrew Procter is the Rector of Shipbourne with Plaxtol. He was installed as Rector at a service of induction on 20th September 2007.

Andrew has been a parish clergyman all his working life. He originates from Yorkshire and served a curacy and a first living in the Pennines before another living in inner Bradford. For fourteen years before coming to Shipbourne he was Vicar of Hextable and Swanley Village. His wife Elizabeth is a Medical Consultant in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Gillingham. They have four children in their twenties - two married daughters and two single sons - and a disobedient dog.

Andrew can be contacted at:
The Rectory, The Street, Plaxtol, Kent TN15 0QG
Telephone 01732 811081 e-mail

The Rector is the Chairman of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) which is responsible for the running of the Church. The Annual Report and Accounts of the Church are presented to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which is held normally in April each year. The members of the PCC are elected at this meeting from the congregation.

Sir Paul Britton (365794) email:
Mrs Vivienne Packer (810822) email:
PCC Secretary: Mrs Mary Perry (810797)
Children’s Representative: Glynis Coates (811432)

Church APCM
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting took place in Shipbourne Village Hall on Monday 27 April 2015. There were reports on the activities of the Church over the past year and the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2014 were presented for approval. The annual report provides further information on the activities of the church during 2014. A copy of the annual report and the financial statements for 2014 is attached.
Downloads [PDF documents]:
PCC Annual Report and Financial Statements 2014
PCC Annual Report and Financial Statements 2013
PCC Annual Report and Financial Statements 2012
PCC Annual Report 2011
PCC Statutory Accounts 2011
PCC Accounts Independent Examiner Report 2011

The PCC has adopted a policy for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, in accordance with Church of England guidance as set out in the House of Bishops' Policy, Protecting all God's Children. This policy is on display on one of the noticeboards in the Church.
The Parish Children's Representative is Miss Glynis Coates
The Vulnerable Adults' Officer is Sir Paul Britton

The Bells
The tower contains six bells which were re-hung in 1993. Bell ringing practice is on Thursday nights at 20.00. Call the Tower Secretary, Mary Clark on 01732 811265, if you would like to ring the bells.

The Choir
The Choir sings at the 9.30 service every Sunday. Practices are held at the home of John Young, the choirmaster and organist once a week on Thursday or Friday. Contact John Young on 01732 810289 if you would like to sing with the choir.

Felicity Ward organises the rota for the flower arrangements in the church each week. Please contact her on 01732 810525 if you would like to help with the flowers or to discuss flowers for weddings or funerals.

The sidesmen's rota is displayed at the back of the church.

Coffee rota
Volunteers serve coffee and biscuits at the back of the church at the end of the 9.30am service on Sundays. The list of those organising the coffee is at the back of the church.

Cleaning the church
The church is cleaned by volunteers: details are shown on the list at the back of the church. Please contact Mary Perry on 01732 810797 or by e-mail at, if you would like to help.

History of our church
The present church was built by Edward Cazalet of Fairlawne and opened for worship in 1881. It replaced a smaller Georgian church which had fallen into disrepair; this church replaced an earlier building which had been in use since the late middle ages. A leaflet providing further information on the history of St Giles is available at the back of the church.

How do we manage the church's finances?
St Giles' is responsible for all its own expenses, including making a contribution to the costs of the diocese, and relies on donations from parishioners and other friends from outside the parish, who support the church’s work. Income from endowment funds provide some income to maintain the fabric of the church and much of the funds required for major restoration work on the fabric necessarily comes from grants and donations as well as fund raising events. You can read further details on the finances of St Giles Church in the annual report and financial statements.

Donations to St Giles can be made by bank standing order, an envelope scheme or by donations in church and benefit from Gift Aid where the necessary declaration has been made. You can find information on the envelope scheme and Gift Aid forms for completion at the back of the church. Cheques should be made payable to "St Giles' Church, Shipbourne". Further information on supporting the ministry of the church can be obtained from the Treasurer, Martyn Williams, at or telephone 01732 833751.

St Giles Trust supports the St Giles Church restoration appeal

One of the funds which has been supporting the continuing restoration of St Giles is a local charity, St Giles Trust. The Trust was set up in 1985 by the Venerable Edward Maples Earle who was Rector of St Giles at the time, and two Shipbourne residents, Bernard Russell and Aubrey Beach. Their aim was to create a fund which would contribute to the cost of the maintenance and decoration of the church’s fabric and the upkeep of its churchyard. The Trust has continued to pursue these aims and it remains a local charity, run by five trustees who are all members of the congregation of St Giles.

Over the years the Trust has contributed over 11,000 to various projects. The Trust contributed to improvements to the lighting and to the installation of the new oil fired central heating system. In 2008 the Trust contributed towards the cost of the first stage of the restoration appeal, which involved replacing the nave roof and doing urgent repairs to the roof, stonework and joinery of St Giles’ distinctive tower. In 2010 the Trust contributed to the overhaul of the St Giles organ and the restoration of the mosaic floor.

Since it was founded, many people have contributed to the Trust, through personal donations or by making a specific legacy in favour of the Trust in their wills; some people have kindly donated to the Trust funds collected in memory of a loved one. All these contributions have been greatly appreciated.

If you would like further information on St Giles Trust, or would like to contribute to the charity, please contact Nick Ward, who is the Chairman of the Trustees, telephone 810525.


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St Giles Shipbourne Restoration and Development Appeal

The church launched an appeal in 2007 for funds for urgent repairs, and for improvements to its facilities.


St Giles Church has been standing for 125 years but the structure is showing its age. When the church was inspected by the architect in 2005, she found that the nave roof was worn out, the roof of the Tower was leaking, causing rot in the timbers supporting the roof, and some of the stonework was badly damaged after being exposed to the weather for more than a century. The pictures show the poor state of the roof and tower before work began. The advice was that we couldn't patch it up any longer: we needed a new roof on the tower and nave and extensive repairs to the timbers, stonework and leadwork.

The tower and the roof

Fund raising started straight away. The Church applied to English Heritage for a grant out of Lottery funds and we were delighted when they offered a substantial grant towards the cost of the repair work. The exploratory work carried out in 2007 revealed that the Tower roof was in a much worse state than had been thought.

The repair work began in July 2008. The old tiles were stripped off, new felt and battens were put in place and new tiles were laid on the roofs of the tower, the nave and the north-east porch. The leadwork was repaired or replaced where necessary to make St Giles watertight and ready for the next 125 years. In the tower the structural timbers have been repaired where they had been damaged by damp and a new dormer doorway has been built in oak to replace the old one. The gutters were sand blasted and repainted. A stonemason has restored or replaced individual stones on the outside of the tower and on the wall of the West gable end, since many of these had been eroded by the weather. He also carved a new gargoyle, so St Giles will once again have a gargoyle on each corner of the tower. Finally the cockerel on the weather vane has been restored and re-gilded.

Lady Vane Chapel

The Lady Vane Chapel in the South transept has been transformed. A new glazed oak screen, in memory of Edward and Jocelyn Earle, has been installed behind the choir stalls at the entrance to the chapel. The fine Rysbrack sculpture, carved as a memorial to Lord Barnard and his family who used to live at Fairlawne, has been cleaned and spotlights have been installed so that the memorial can be seen properly. The other memorial plaques have been cleaned. The whole area has been cleared and carpeted. The chapel provides a space for private prayer, for signing the registry at weddings or for meetings.

The Church floor
St Giles has a fine marble terrazzo floor, with complex designs mainly at the east end of the church around the altar. Terrazzo flooring is made up of small pieces of marble. This form of flooring was first developed in Venice in the fifteenth century as a way of using up small offcuts of marble. The technique has been greatly refined over the years. It provides a tough and attractive flooring. However over the years some cracks had appeared and the surface had become dull with accumulated dirt. In June the conservators who worked on the Lady Vane Chapel carried out discreet repairs to fill the cracks and where necessary replace missing pieces of marble in the aisle and chancel. The colours of the marble have re-emerged after cleaning. We hope to carry out further restoration work in the porch and inside the main door when funds allow.

The organ

Our next project was to overhaul the organ. St Giles has a fine organ which was built by Lewis and Co, a leading firm of organ builders in the nineteenth century. It has a beautiful tone, the mechanism is virtually unchanged since it was built and it has a fine case. The diocesan organ adviser wrote about our organ:

“In thirty years as an organist…I have never come across such a wonderful instrument. Any church possessing an organ built by T. C. Lewis has a real gem for an instrument. The organs by Lewis are characteristic by their wide range of colour, superb build quality, and if money allows (in Shipbourne’s case) a superb case as well. While the organ needs a full-scale restoration, it still has a fantastic sound – all in all a really satisfying organ. You are so lucky to preside over such an instrument.”

Like the church, the organ is more than 100 years old. Bishops the organ builders stripped down the organ and carried out a thorough restoration in their workshops during 2010. The work has been completed and the organ is now in full working order.


We are working with our architect to develop plans for the next phase of the restoration work. She has advised that there is further restoration work which is now urgent.

Underpinning work
Shortly after the work on the Lady Vane Chapel was completed, some cracks appeared in the walls. Most of these followed the line of old cracks which had been filled and were thought to be stable. The cracks were carefully monitored: they opened in dry summer periods and then partially closed in the winter. Trial pits were dug in early 2011 and our structural engineer advised that extensive underpinning would be required under the walls of the Lady Vane Chapel, to stabilise the foundations and prevent further movement during dry periods. Monitoring continues and at the least the cracks must be properly repaired and made good.

Exterior stonework
Large areas of stonework on the tower and the west front were restored in 2008. Further work has been carried out on the lower level stonework in October 2013. There are further areas of exterior stonework at higher levels on all sides of the church, which are in poor condition. The damaged stones need to be replaced or repaired by a stonemason. Some re-pointing is needed. This work will require scaffolding.

Repairs to the north west porch
On the church architect's advice, we have engaged a specialist firm to replace or restore the badly damaged plaster in the north west porch, and carry out repairs to the metal gates at the entrance to the porch.

How much will this cost?
Based on the preliminary estimates we have received, we estimate that the next phase of the restoration work will cost in excess of 200,000. We have some funds available but much more is needed to complete this programme of work.

What else remains to be done?
Even after completing the next phase of the restoration there will still be much to be done. This includes

the vestry: this needs some refurbishment, including a new carpet

exterior stonework: further repairs on the lower walls and the walls surrounding the churchyard

the Chancel: the fine decoration on the East wall of the chancel has been badly damaged over the years by damp. It has been stabilised but restoration will require painstaking work by expert conservators.

the floor: there are areas of the attractive marble flooring which are cracked or damaged and these need expert restoration.

metalwork: on doors, gates and windows needs re-painting.

the churchyard: some of the graves need attention.

Improved facilities

Plans are being developed to improve the church’s facilities, including better storage, simple kitchen facilities and a WC. We are thinking about the church’s needs in coming years and considering how best to improve the facilities in a way which is sympathetic to the character of our wonderful church.

The church's architect was asked to investigate possibilities and draw up plans. The first two projects were completed in March 2015. They were to:
  fit casters to the base of the six rear pews on the south side of the aisle, so that they can be rolled forward, when required, to create a larger space at the rear of the church for social gatherings; and
  install drawers or lockers at ground level below the seats in the font screen at the west end of the church, to provide additional storage space.
Plans have been drawn up to install a small servery at the rear of the church, to provide facilities for serving hot drinks, and to provide a WC in the churchyard. Further work is being carried out to establish whether these improvements can be achieved at an acceptable cost.

Fund raising continues

We have applied for funds to various grant making trusts and some have already made generous contributions. We are grateful to all those individuals who have generously supported the Appeal.

We are continuing with our programme of fund raising events and further events are being planned.

We are delighted that we have raised sufficient funds to undertake the first stages of the restoration work but we still need further funds to enable us to carry out the rest of the restoration programme. You can contribute by sending a cheque, payable to St Giles Church Shipbourne, to the Treasurer, Martyn Williams, The Round House, Riding Lane, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9QL, specifying that you would like your contribution to be used for the restoration appeal.

Do support the parish's fund raising efforts. At the Farmers' Market you can buy:

  • The Shipbourne Cookery Book - on sale for 10

  • The Shipbourne shopping bag - the green solution to cutting down on plastic bags

  • Shipbourne tea towels

  • Shipbourne mugs

  • The new Shipbourne Christmas card. Small cards cost 3.50 for 10 and large cards cost 4.50 for 10. There is a 10% reduction for purchases of 50 or more. They are on sale at the Farmers' Market.


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St Giles Shipbourne Restoration Appeal

St Giles Shipbourne Restoration Appeal

St Giles Shipbourne Restoration Appeal

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