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Please help us give joy to traumatized women!

Can you imagine what it’s like to be in fear of your life from your partner? To be hit, burned, punched and told you’re ugly and worthless on a regular basis.

Can you even begin to imagine how it must be to have been sold into slavery as a child? To be brought to the UK as a domestic slave and never to have had a day off work in your life; never to have had a moment of fun just for yourself; to have only slept on the kitchen floor, and been beaten if you raised your eyes when spoken to by your ‘owner’?

Maybe you can imagine the trauma of being told you have terminal cancer, and how it might feel to lose your breasts, your hair and your dignity as you’re poked and prodded and put into machines.

Now imagine you can help give women who have suffered such trauma some fun in their lives – dancing to lively music, shaking their shoulders, swinging their hips and laughing as they shimmy and sway in the company of other women just like them.

Markbeech based Company of Dreams is a unique charitable company, which teaches free, weekly bellydance classes in local women’s refuges, rape support groups, hospices and organisations supporting victims of slavery and trafficking. Our work is changing women’s lives, helping raise their self esteem and body confidence and giving women a little joy and fun to take their minds off the terrible things they’ve suffered.

We are completely local – our director and board members all live in the benefice or nearby and much of our work is in the county, including at the Hospice in the Weald and two local refuges for women escaping domestic violence.

But we need your help!

In September we are joining a global fundraising challenge to raise funds for our unique work. We have people all over the UK doing amazing things to raise money for us (two dancers are actually climbing Mount Snowdon in bellydance outfits to raise funds for us!) But to have the support of our friends in the benefice will help so much. Many people already gave so generously at our Markbeech fundraiser in June and enabled us to begin this inspiring work, but not everyone could make that event.

So we’re making this special plea!

Please consider giving a donation to our work. Even the smallest amount really can help us make a difference to the lives of women who have suffered so much. To donate please email or go to





Do join us for the second in our series of Lent Discussion Groups.  This week we are meeting at

Hever Brocas, 6pm – 7pm.  Discussion led by Jane Rosam on Theodicy.  All Welcome!

The Christmas season in the benefice…

christmas_candles_-_Google_Search…. and all through the Benefice the Christmas Season is in evidence. Come and celebrate ………….see below!

All Welcome!

Friday 19th December ** TONIGHT **

Hever: 7pm: Nine Lessons & Carols Service, followed by Carol Supper at 8pm. (Supper Tickets £7: Ring 01732 668807)

Saturday 20th December

Hever: 4pm: Mulled wine & mince pies in the Henry VIII Pub followed by Family Carols Round the Tree in St Peter’s Church at 5.15pm with Edenbridge Town Band

Sunday 21st December

Four Elms: 3pm: Carols By The Tree in the Church Garden, with Edenbridge Town Band

Markbeech: 5pm: Carols in the Kentish Horse Pub

Christmas Eve

Hever: 5pm: Crib & Carols by Candlelight

Hever: 11:30pm: Midnight Communion by Candlelight

Christmas Day

Markbeech: 9.15am: Family Sung Christmas Eucharist

Four Elms: 11am: Family Christmas Communion

Carols at Markbeech

Slightly earlier than some years the Carol service at Markbeech is this Sunday, December 14th at 6.00pm, and if you come a little early, from about 5.30 we are serving Glögg – Swedish mulled wine – to warm you and prime your voices for some good singing.

We look forward to seeing you!

(And don’t forget Carols in the Pub at the Kentish Horse at 5.0pm on Sunday 21st December!)


Christmas is coming…

And we are all busy planning lots of lovely Christmassy activities. Here’s what’s happening in Markbeech:Christmas_in_MB 14

Christmas Bazaar
Saturday 22 November, 12.00 – 2.30pm, Markbeech Village Hall

Markbeech Carol Service
Sunday December 14, 6.00pm Markbeech Church, mulled wine served from about 5.30

Carols in the Pub
Sunday December 21, 5.00pm Kentish Horse, with nibbles

Christmas Day Family Sung Eucharist
December 25, 9.15am Markbeech Church


Everyone is very welcome – and we look forward to seeing you at as many of the events as you can manage.


Women’s World Day of Prayer

IMG_2257Ss Peter & Paul, Edenbridge is hosting a service themed “Streams in the Desert”, praying for Egypt, for the 2014 Women’s Day World of Prayer.

Friday 7th March, 10.30am.  Visiting Speaker Rev’d Jane Weeks

Ss Peter & Paul, Church Street, Edenbridge. Refreshments after the service.