Facilities

St Martin of Tours, Eynsford

St Martin's was reordered in 2015, and now boasts a disabled/buggy access, toilet and baby change, tea station, meeting rooms and a flexible nave worship space.

A small church hall, named after Sunday school teacher Olive Seal is situated at the top of the graveyard.

The church and Olive Seal Hall are both available for hire. Please see 'Lettings' on drop-down menu to read terms and conditions/rules and regulations and to download booking form.

Please email or phone the office to book the church (efloffice3@gmail.com or 01322 863050).

Please email efloshall@gmail.com to book the Olive Seal Hall.

 

Closure of St Martin’s Churchyard

As previously reported the PCC has reluctantly agreed to apply to the Ministry of Justice for an Order in Council to discontinue burials in the churchyard on the grounds that there is no usable space for new graves. As part of the process the PCC is required to make sure that local parishioners are aware of the proposal so that they may raise any concerns or questions with the Ministry of Justice.

Notice is therefore given that it is the intention of the Secretary of State for Justice, acting on an application by the incumbent and churchwardens, to apply to the privy council for an Order requiring the discontinuation of burials in the churchyard of St Martin of Tours Church, Eynsford, Dartford, Kent.

Provision would be made for the following exceptions:

  1. in any vault or walled grave in the churchyard, burial may be allowed but every coffin in such vault or grave must be separately enclosed by stonework or brick work properly cemented:
  2. in any existing earthen grave in then churchyard, the burial may be allowed of the body of any member of the family of the person or persons previously buried in that grave, but no part of the coffin containing the body shall be less than one metre below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave:
  3. in any grave space in which no interment has previously taken place, the burial may be allowed of any person for whom, or any member of the family for which that grave space has been reserved and appropriated, with the exclusive right of burial there,  but no part of the coffin containing the body shall be less than one metre below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

Any representations about the proposed closure should be sent to the Coroners and Burials Team, Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ (quoting reference OPR/075/400 within 21 days of this publication

The closure of the churchyard does not prevent the interment of cremated remains and these will continue, as at present, in the rose garden. Should additional space be needed in the future to continue these interments, the PCC will apply for a faculty to enlarge the rose garden. Following the closure, the nearest place for burials will be the Otford Cemetery.

Our churchyard policy is available here.

 

St Peter & St Paul, Farningham

We hope to open a small community hall on the edge of the churchyard; complete with toilet and tea making facilities.

St Peter and St Paul were gifted a building, Shand Hall, accessed through the churchyard, principally for the benefit and use of the Farningham community  but available for the wider community, already used by the Church for tea and coffee after Services and open for all for the Friday Café between 10.0 and 12.0.  Once final legal possession of the building is complete, Shand Hall will be available for hire through the Benefice Office

The church is available for hire - please contact the church office to hire the church (efloffice3@gmail.com or 01322 863050).

The churchyard is open for burials and interment of ashes. Our churchyard policy is available here.

 

St Botolph, Lullingstone

St Botolph's is set within the grounds of Lullingstone castle, where toilets are available in the gatehouse. The castle and world garden are well worth a visit.

The churchyard is open for burials and interment of ashes. Our churchyard policy is available here.