At our PCC meeting held on Monday 13th October 2023 the PCC decided to suspend our charitable giving for the whole of 2024, with the exception of the Parish Fete.  The reason for this is that we hope that work on the St. Giles Centre will begin in earnest in the summer of this year. 

To date we do not have a clear picture of how much this work is going to cost but it will certainly be a substantial amount.  Consequently every month we are going to ask our Church and community to contribute to a particular area of the refurbishment work.

April Update

For April’s Charity, the focus is still on raising money for the refurbishment for the St Giles Centre. So far we have managed to raise £5239 which is an excellent start. To date we are still working with the contractors for an estimate, and I will let you know as soon as I can.

I appreciate that raising money for a building is not the most exciting of things, but I would continue to encourage all of us to give as generously as we can to this ongoing appeal. St Giles does a lot of good and is a very important church to many, many people. Having a good hall is an important part of our common life and outreach in the community.

Thank you very much.


St Giles Centre has played an important part in the life of our church since its construction in the 1970s and 80s.
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Social events, play groups, music lessons, film nights, bereavement support groups, PCC meetings, Sunday Schools, afternoon teas and fund-raising events have all taken place within its walls. In addition, it has been home to the Parish Office for over 10 years which has meant that the administrative centre of the parish has been at the heart of the village along with our church. Importantly since the closing and demolition of the public toilets the Centre has been the site of the only toilets in close proximity to the church.

Over the past 20 years my focus and that of the PCC and the Friends has been the refurbishment of St Giles. Over this time half a million has been spent on such things as the lighting, kneelers, tower, bells, altar frontals, organ, cupboards, the lychgate, boiler and redecoration to mention just a few.

Now, with all the improvements safely in place the time has come to turn our attention to the refurbishment of the Centre. The current plans are suggesting a thorough refurbishment of the whole building which will include:

* A new roof across all rooms.
* A new unisex toilet which can be
* accessed when needed.
* A new kitchen
* New flooring and lighting throughout.
* Re-plastering and redecoration throughout
* A new tarmac driveway
* Solar power and gas supply.

As you can imagine all of this is not going to be cheap. As I write this, we are not in receipt of any builder’s quotes, but we are talking tens of thousands of pounds.

So that we do not have too many competing demands upon our finances, the PCC has agreed to make 2024 the year of the Centre. This means that every month our community will be invited to donate to a particular aspect of the refurbishment. For example, in January we will be raising funds for a new roof, then in February for the new kitchen and so on.

I know that donating to a building refurb is not the most exciting of projects, yet having a good and attractive Centre will play an important part in the ongoing life and mission of St Giles.

Donations (cheques made payable to St Giles PCC. Marked St Giles centre on the back) can be left in the envelopes which will be in the church, or by direct bank transfer to

Account No 50686212,
sort code 20-14-14,
Acc. name - Parochial Church Council of St Giles.

Thank you for your support.


Prayer for the Centre Refurbishment

Almighty God, good Father to us all we thank you for your love and provision towards St Giles church over many years.

We now offer to you the challenges that we face in terms of our Centre, we pray for a generous response to our appeals and that all that is required may be in place so that the light of your love and truth may be proclaimed in this place.

This we ask in Jesus' name,


Charity in Focus 2023

Here are the charities that were supported2023:
Month Charity
Jan / Feb Church of Bangladesh
March MANUP - Men's Mental Health Charity
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August Christians Against Poverty
September Giving to St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope Appeal
November CRISIS
December The Samaritans

Charity in Focus 2022

Here are the nominated charities for 2022:
Month Charity
Jan - Feb The Church of Bangladesh
March Zimbabwe a National Emergency (ZANE)
April  - May Christian Aid
(May - June The Parish Fete)
July - August Away From It All (AFIA)
September The Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Bromley Homeless

Eddie Roberts  01689 851267


Charity Film Night:

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Thursday 25th April
St. Giles Centre  7:15 for 7:30pm

Girls! Girls! Girls! is a 1962 American musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley as a penniless Hawaii-based fisherman who loves his life on the sea and dreams of owning his own boat. "Return to Sender", which reached No. 2 on the Billboard pop singles chart, is featured in the film.

The film peaked at #6 on the Variety box office chart and finished the year at #19 on the year-end list of the top-grossing films of 1962, having earned $2.6 million at the box office.[3] It was also nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture - Musical in 1963.  
The film was the second of three films Presley shot on location in Hawaii.

Too late for Tears

Thursday 23rd May
St. Giles Centre 7:15 for 7.30pm

Too Late for Tears is a 1949 American film noir starring Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, and Dan Duryea. Directed by Byron Haskin, its plot follows a ruthless woman who resorts to multiple murders in an attempt to retain a suitcase containing US$60,000 ($609,000 in 2023) that does not belong to her. The screenplay was written by Roy Huggins, developed from a serial he wrote for The Saturday Evening Post. Arthur Kennedy, Kristine Miller, and Barry Kelley appear in support.  

Originally released by United Artists in the summer of 1949, the film was reissued under the alternate title Killer Bait in 1955. It received mixed reviews from critics. The film was a box-office bomb, and its financial failure resulted in the film's producer, Hunt Stromberg, filing bankruptcy. In the years since its release, it has been noted for featuring one of Scott's strongest performances.