Undoubtedly the oldest and most historical location of all the festival venues is St Clements and its majestic 80ft tower. With its peal of eight bells it stands like a caring guardian forever watchful over the vibrant ‘village like’ community of Leigh.
Within these ancient Kentish rag-stone walls part of which, legend has it, were taken from ruins of nearby Hadleigh Castle the church will be host to Poetry by Candle Light (a Come all ye’ open Mic’ evening) on the Thursday evening . Friday evening Storyteller Justine de Mierre takes the stage and on Saturday morning: The Mudlarks Community Choir, The afternoon is the annual Open Mic’ Session (pre booked performances) and the Saturday evenings concert is Justin Hopper, I Made Some Low Inquiries.
Throughout Saturday a vast array of refreshments will be on sale in the church at very reasonable prices also, as in past years, if the weather is favourable St Clements tower with its breathtaking panoramic views will again be open on the Saturday.
From this most wonderful vantage point, on a clear day, Looking to the north, on its high horizon is the village of Canewdon and the Church of St Nicholas situated in what is locally known as witch country and steeped in the legend that while the church tower still stands, there will always be one Witch living in that village.
Eastwards can be seen the white propeller blades of the North sea wind farm dwarfing the once proud W.W. 2 sea forts. South across the Thames Estuary is Kent and the Isle of Grain at the mouth of the River Medway and to the west the capitals Canary Wharf and the Shard.
All at St Clements hope you enjoy your visit and wish you a most enjoyable Folk Festival.