St Dunstan's, Cranbrook

100 Club

Cranbrook really is a special place

We have the 200 year old Windmill, still in working order and the 500 year Rectory Cottages now housing the museum. There are many ancient buildings in Cranbrook - 163 of them are Listed. And, Cranbrook School, which in 2018 celebrates 500 years since Queen Elizabeth I granted a Royal Charter for the school to provide free education to the boys of Cranbrook. And then, of course, there is St Dunstan’s Church…

The Church we see today dates back to 1550 though a Church has been on this site since as early as the 11th century. The bells in St Dunstan’s rang out a special peal when Queen Elizabeth I visited Cranbrook in 1573 and the clock chime mechanism in the tower was a prototype for Big Ben. The Church also boasts beautiful stained glass, medieval green men carvings, a unique total immersion font and extraordinary gothic architecture. St Dunstan’s church is very much the heart of Cranbrook and,  whether you are a ‘church goer’ or not, it is a focal point for our community and encapsulates the history of the town in stone.

However!

St Dunstan’s, as a grade I listed building, often referred to as “the Cathedral of the Weald” due to its size and splendor, is expensive to run and maintain. It costs on average £2,500 a week! And that does not include restoration and capital projects such as the recent Tower restoration costing in excess of £400,000. Costs are rising - increasing gas and electricity prices, the need to satisfy 21st Century expectations. These costs are substantially met by the existing congregation but it is now necessary to look to other ways of increasing income. Most of us make use of St Dunstan’s at some time in our lives, whether it is a Carol Service, attending the Remembrance Day Service, a School Speech Day, getting married, attend a friend’s wedding, a Baptism service or even a funeral.

St Dunstan’s 100 Club

This is a club whose members contribute a monthly amount, in this case, £5 per ticket. The money is collected in advance by a monthly or annual standing order or by payment by cheque of £60 (for 12 months) made out to St Dunstan’s Cranbrook. The collected money is divided in two. One half goes to St Dunstan’s and the other half is used for a monthly draw. So, if the club has, say, 300 members a total of £18,000 is raised in one year: £9,000 for St Dunstan’s and £9,000 for the prize draw. We shall be having 3 major prizes of£1000 each 11% of the prize money) to be drawn on St Dunstan's Day in May, at the Apple Fair in October, in December for Christmas PLUS a further 10 prizes each month.

£100 each month (1.1 % prize money)

£75 each month (0.8 % prize money)

£50 each month (0.6 % prize money)

£50 each month (0.6 % prize money)

£50 each month (0.6 % prize money)

£35 each month (0.4% prize money)

£35 each month (0.4% prize money)

£35 each month (0.4% prize money)

£35 each month (0.4% prize money)

£35 each month (0.4% prize money)

Who can join? 

Absolutely anyone! Just complete the standing order form 

For more information contact:

stdunstans100club@gmail.com

Tel: 01580 715861