Wye and Brook – and elsewhere

Wye…

Wye is a historic village in Kent, England, located some 12 miles (19 km) from Canterbury, with a population of about 2500 people. Wye is on the Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury in a designated ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’, within easy reach of London by road or train, and also France via ferry, Eurotunnel or Le Shuttle. The construction of the Anglican Parish Church of St Gregory and St Martin at Wye was completed in the 13th century. It was enlarged during the time of Cardinal John Kempe – who later became Archbishop of Canterbury – around 1447, but lost some of its grandeur when the tower collapsed in the year 1572. Several congregations averaging 100 or so meet each Sunday – in complete safety, and much more comfort since we replaced the old static pews with modern moveable pews.

… and Brook

Brook is a neighbouring village about 3 miles to the east, and somewhat smaller than Wye. The 12th century parish church, dedicated to St Mary was erected about the year 1075, of stone, in the Early Norman style, and has a tower containing 3 bells: the tower was struck by lightning in 1896, and the northwest corner destroyed, but it was restored in 1899. It is known for its impressive medieval wall paintings. The congregation recently celebrated their 900th birthday.

The two Churches constituted one Parish for many years, and now form part of the United Wye Benefice embracing six other local Parish Churches: Boughton Aluph, Elmsted, Hastingleigh, Hinxhill, Petham and Waltham.

The Trust in Wye and Brook – and elsewhere

The Wye and Brook India Trust was founded in 1978 after the first of many visits to India by the late Canon David Marriott while he was Vicar of the Parishes of Wye and Brook. His wife, Elizabeth, retains close contact with the Trust and Trustees. Ever since then the Trust has been supporting the schooling of some of the poorest children through the work of the Delhi Brotherhood Society.

Financial support to the schools of the Brotherhood through the Wye and Brook India Trust now comes from many donors, both individuals and organisations, Christian and secular, spread around the United Kingdom. Some supporters are based overseas, from the Netherlands to New Zealand,  and choose to use the Trust because of the efficiency with which we make financial transfers to India. We have no paid staff and total costs are minimal: apart from the cost of professional examination of our annual accounts, postage, bank charges and photocopying amount to about 2% of income.

One of the highlights of the year is usually the annual Coffee Morning held on a Saturday in May at the Church in Wye, displaying information about the work of the Brotherhood and raising money through the sale of cakes and preserves, coffee, and plants. . 

The date of the next coffee morning is Saturday 20 May 2023,  and is the same day as the local farmers’ market. Come and see us!

Most years, a member of the Brotherhood visits Wye and other supporting Churches around the country, while others from Wye, with commitments in India, visit the Brotherhood whenever possible. The Chairman made a visit in November 2018, and has posted a blog on this site. Sadly until September 2022 no visits to or from Delhi have been possible becuase of the pandemic. However, the Chairman, Nigel Poole and Treasurer, Ali Poole were able to make a flying visit in September 2022 and we are hoping that one of the Brothers will be able to visit in 2023.

The late Queen in 1997 and King Charles in 2003 visited the Brotherhood to see for themselves the work that is being undertaken. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams also visited the Brotherhood and its work in 2010, and played cricket with the boys. Archbishop Justin Welby visited in 2014.

Archbishop Justin with Fr Monodeep and Fr Collin

The Brothers themselves are keen to welcome supporters and show them their different activities, and with due planning can help arrange visits to some of the many tourist sites within Delhi, including the Red Fort, India Gate, and to the Taj Mahal at Agra, about two hours away by train or bus.


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