Snave’s annual service draws record numbers

8 September 2019

It was standing room only at St Augustine’s Snave for its annual harvest thanksgiving service this month. Over 120 people filled the ancient church, drawn by the fact that St Augustine’s which is a redundant church, and preserved by The Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust, is only permitted one service a year. 

The news of this special occasion was spread in advance on BBC South East Today, with presenter Ian Palmer broadcasting live from the churchyard. It was a news story which captured the imagination of visitors from far and wide. 

For some, the lack of electricity or water may be seen as a hindrance when organising such an event, but for Nick Hudd, Trustee and choir master, he is used to Snave’s natural simplicity and every year, arranges a four-part choir to lead the Evensong music. The acoustics were splendid and Snave truly did come to life again, with the roof all but lifting off. Canon John Dilnot kindly led the service by special invitation, and talked passionately about the extraordinary beauty of the Romney Marsh and its landmarks. 

We must thank all who supported Snave in attending, singing and donating, as well as the small band of volunteers who helped arrange it. 

We look forward to making Snave church stand proud again at the same time next year. It’s always the second Sunday in the month of September, at 3pm. 
If you would like to support the works of the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust, there are various option open to you. Find out more here. We continue to welcome warmly new members and volunteers too.