St Saviour’s, a Grade II listed church, built of Kentish ragstone, in the Victorian Gothic style, was consecrated by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Edward White Benson, on 23rd July 1884. It was designed by Charles Nightingale Beazley of London, the architect of the Westgate-on-Sea Estate, of which the church was an integral part. It lies in the heart of the Town Centre Conservation Area and its surrounding grounds, which The Friends help to maintain, provide a welcome oasis in a completely built up area.
In late 1990 the then Vicar of St Saviour’s, the Revd Stanley Evans, put forward the idea of forming an association called The Friends of St Saviour’s. This was duly formed in 1991. The object of the Association is to assist and support the parish priest, the churchwardens and PCC.
The main objects are to maintain, repair and improve and enhance the church building, garden and grounds. Repair of the organ and bells are included in this.
Since its formation in 1991, The Friends have made grants to the PCC of more than £31,000 for such diverse purposes as the restoration of the stonework in 1999 and 2004, the provision of improved access for the disabled in 2003, the restoration of the Victorian iron door furniture and carpet cleaning. In 2005 The Friends gave a Cross of Blessing to be hung in the Memorial Chapel to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. More recent grants have included £4,000 towards the repair of the West Wall and £1,044 for a brass rail to assist getting in and out of the pulpit. In June 2017, The Friends promised a grant of £6,000 towards the cost of repairs to the clerestory windows and rainwater goods.
We very much rely on our members and their interest and support is valuable to us. Our income is raised from the modest annual subscription of £2 per person, donations and social events.
For all church enquiries please telephone
Reverend Dr Peter Rowe
Honorary Assistant Priests
The Reverend Susan Wing
The Reverend Lesley Valiant
Mrs Brenda Carter
Mrs Christine Attwood
The Parochial Church Council are delighted to welcome Reverend Dr Peter to officiate at St Saviour, following an unusually short […]