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Sketch of the Church

The original school in 1908 1908 The School grounds as per the O.S. Map.
A painting of the original school Circa 1908 a painting of the School.
The church in 1925 1925 The first Layout as a Church.
The church in 1958 1958 The revised Layout.
The church in 1961 1961 The ornate Altar.
The church in 1965 1965 The new porch is blessed.
The church in 1990 1996 The new organ.
The church in 2002 2002 The War Memorials.
The church in 2005 2005 The current layout.
The church in 2011 2011 The refurbished Kitchen.
The church in 2014 2014 The spruced up exterior.
The church new notice board 2015 90 Years Young.
Our building has been a center for worship for over 164 years and in 2015 will celebrate 90 years of existence as a dedicated Church .

In 1856 a piece of land was conveyed, for the sum of £50, from the Guardians of the poor of the Maidstone Union to the Reverend George Davey of the parish of St. Peter, Maidstone.

This was to provide a site for a school for 'poor persons to be taught in the principles of the Established Church'. The original building, in local ragstone, tile roof and brick chimmneys, now forms the Church Hall, kitchen and Vestry. The present Church was added in later extensions.

From the earliest days services were held in the school on Sundays. When the new West Borough Schools opened in 1907, the building became the Heath Mission where Sunday services and social activities were held under the leadership of Mr Stephen Ashby, a local butcher and Lay Reader.

1925,
The new developments in Barming Heath, including the Cherry Orchard estate, resulted in the Mission becoming a Church, dedicated to St Andrew. At that time the altar was at the Tonbridge Road end of the Church.

1958
The Church was re oriented and the altar moved to its present position.

1964
A new porch was built at the Tonbridge Road end. The original entrance porch has been turned into a Sacristy and no longer has an exterior door.

1990
A new Organ and movable sound proofed partition wall between the Church and the Hall.

2002
The aisle carpet has been replaced and edged with safety strip to prevent fraying.

2002
The installation and re dedication of the War Memorials that once held pride of place in the Church of St Saviour on the site of the old Oakwood Psychiatric Hospital. They had been found in a roadside ditch near the village of Teynham. The congregation of St Andrew’s feel that the sacrifice of these people should continue to be honoured. They were restored by Maureen Lovering, and remounted by James Lakeland.

"At the going down of the sun
And in the morning.
We will remember them."

2003
The hall floor, which had withstood many years of boots, bowling balls and babies, was replaced.

2004

The flat roof at the bottom of the bell tower has been replaced.

2005
A new heating system for the Church and Hall has been installed.

2006
The sound system in the Church has been upgraded and an induction loop transmitter installed.

New hall tables have been purchased.

2007
The windows of the Church have been replaced.

2008
The windows of the Hall have been replaced as has the entrance door for the Hall.
An illuminated stainless steel cross has been mounted on the A26 side wall of the Church Hall.

2009
Six small folding leg tables have been purchased to replace the old 'Card tables'.
The Hall Fire Door has been replaced

2010
A toilet acessible by wheelchairs and those needing the asistance of a carer has been completed.

2011
The Kitchen cupboards and worktops have been replaced. A water boiler has been installed and the surplus crockery 'culled'.
In November the old tatty dusty curtains in the Hall were replaced by adjustable vertical blinds.

2012
The ceilings of the toilets and the corridor leading to them have been replaced and decorated.

2014
The outside woodwork of both Church and Hall has been sanded back to bare wood, made good and then covered in a long life primer followed by an imposing Navy Blue top coat.

Some extra effort has been made this year to cull, trim and confine the trees and shrubbery within the Church Grounds.

2015
The incandescent floodlights in the church have been replaced with LED devices giving us an 83% saving on the lighting power consumption.
The aged Sign board has been replaced. Read about the first 90 Years as a Dedicated Church.

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