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Stonegate Singers will be performing the Pergolesi 'Stabat Mater' and the Fauré Requiem on Saturday April 2 in the Parish Church.  Soloists Grace Constable, Kate Welch and Carl Brumpton.

Tickets £8 including a welcome drink from any member of the Singers,
phone 01435 883692  or


A packed church sat enthralled to a stunning performance of this great sacred work on Saturday 22 January; with soloists Grace Constable [soprano], Kate Welch [alto], Gary Marriott [tenor] and Michael White [bass], trumpeter Simon Desbruslais and Antony Pitts [organ], the Stonegate Singers gave it all they could, under the direction of Kate Welch, nearly bringing the roof down in the Hallelujah Chorus.  Isn't Stonegate fortunate to have such a hard-working and talented group in our midst!  The performance has been recorded and copies will be available for £10 shortly.  A few photos from Michael Flegg are below.

Hear the Hallelujah Chorus - here


The soloists
Antony Pitts
Simon Desbruslais
Michael White
Gary Marriott
Grace Constable
Stonegate Singers
Kate Welch
Stonegate Singers
Stonegate Singers
Stonegate Singers


Exciting PTA events coming soon (all proceeds to the Stonegate School Building Appeal)

 1.       Film Night at the Kino, Hawkhurst.  Monday 24 January (doors open 20:00, curtain up 20:30)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona – staring Penelope Cruz (she won an Oscar) Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem and Rebecca Hall – a sizzling, erotically charged, relentlessly hilarious and touching romantic comedy.  £10 per ticket tickets 01580 200198

2.       If you came to “Bollywood” last year you will know that the Kit and Kev extravaganzas  in the Village Hall are not to be missed. 
The latest, Jamaican Jump Up, Sat 5 February 20:00 – midnight.  £20 including food, drink and red red wine!  Dress Island Style. tickets 01580 200198

 3.       “Stonegate through the Ages” – 19:00 Wednesday 16 February at Stonegate Village Hall. 
£5 per head (includes a bowl of Kit’s wonderful curry).  Licenced bar serving wine, beer, tea and coffee. 01580 200386

 Have you ever wondered about the landscape we are lucky enough to live in?  Would you like to discover more about the history of this area over the past three thousand years and specific landmarks in our beautiful landscape?  Come and find out more about the disused drove roads, the Marlpits, the history of the Bardown Roman Iron works, plus lots lots more!

Matt Pitts – the cultural landscape advisor for the High Weald
Robin Hodgkinson – Chairman IHRG and local historian.

 Question and answer session

Stonegate C.E. Primary School News
It has been a busy and exciting start to the new school year with 18 reception children settled into school life with the help of their year 6 buddies. Already we have marked European day of languages by going Spanish for the day, celebrated harvest festival with a service in St Peter’s church and  harvest lunch (see below), and held a successful table top sale. Now we are looking forward to finding out more about Guy Fawkes and welcoming prospective parents to an open morning on Tuesday 9th November. Our Christmas fete will be held on Friday 3rd December in the school hall.

On Tuesday 28th September, Badgers years 5 and 6 had a Harvest café, to raise money for the R.S.P.C.A and Cancer Research. Beforehand Badgers had spent
several D.T lessons learning how to create our own soups! Our choices were Rainbow Spicy Surprise made by Daisy, Jack G, Lola and Isabel. Our other soup choice was called Fantastic Vegetable Surprise by Victoria, Emily P, Josh and Cameron.
It all started at 12 noon, it became very busy very quickly for the first 20 minutes. Lots of people were commenting about the soups we were delighted that they liked them! They were both very popular soups, but the Fantastic vegetable soup ran out first. We really enjoyed working together as a café and we hope everyone else did too! Here are some comments from our customers ‘The most delicious spicy soup ever, well done and thank you’ from Kevin, ‘It was absolutely delicious, I shall make it at home!’ from Holly.
By Chantal and Anna