Abbey Street and Court Street are the architectural gems of Faversham. From the Guildhall at the head of Court Street, through to the beautifully restored medieval houses of Abbey Street, our conducted tour was an educational delight; even the fine old Grammar School of 1587 was open to explore.
Returning to the Parish Church of St Mary of Charity, our AGM was completed with smooth efficiency, with reports from our President, Treasurer, Secretary and a Festival report from Barbara Childs, which was read in her absence. Roger Gentry, after two successful presidential years, made way for Kevin Grafton, who assumed the role of both President and Treasurer. His first act as President was to recommend an increase in our annual subscription from £14.00 to £15.00, the first increase for several years; this was unanimously agreed by the meeting. Philip Moore, organist of Hunton Parish Church, was elected to the committee replacing Keith Rishworth, following his three generous years’ service. The remaining officers, all agreeing to serve, were duly elected and Christopher Clemence, offering to assist the new President at meetings, took on the responsibility for tea money collection.
A fine tea was followed by an engaging demonstration of the 3-manual and pedal August Gern organ by St Mary’s Organist Steven Sivyer. He played Master Tallis’s Testament by Herbert Howells and Final in B flat op. 21 by César Franck. These well-chosen pieces revealed the organ’s many timbres, which culminated in a lush full organ ensemble. We must also thank Jane Baker and Vicky Shepherd who so kindly arranged the afternoon tour for us.
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