Come to Christingle

Come to Christingle this Sunday, December 1, at St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, at 11am.

Christingle is a celebration that takes place sometime between the beginning of December, which is when Advent begins, and February 2.

‘Christingles’ are created out of oranges, sweets and dried fruit stuck in them using cocktail sticks, red ribbon around the oranges and a candle which is then lit. At this point, Bob, the churchwarden who is also responsible for health and safety, looks anxious and claims we are going to burn the church down but we are sure he’s joking (aren’t you Bob?!), and we are always safe.

The orange represents the world, the red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ, the sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations, and the lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.

There are prayers and songs and a lot of fun and it’s aimed at everyone in the family. Come along at 11am, join in and also raise money for the charity The Children’s Society.

A Christmas Carillon at St George’s

Christmas kicks off at St George’s Church, on Friday, December 6, when the Carillon Singers stage a concert there from 7.30pm.

The Carillon Singers are a four-part, 30-strong choir, and on December 6 they will perform a varied programme including traditional favourites such as The First Nowell and O Come, All Ye Faithful, together with new songs, poetry recitals and a guest performance by a young musician.

The Carillon Singers have become known in the area, giving regular concerts in their ‘home church’ of St George’s, other churches, halls and residential homes, raising funds for charities and other organisations – one of which is Children in Distress, a charity helping sick, disabled and terminally ill children in Romania.

For 25 years the Carillon Singers have been under the musical leadership of Ralph Earwicker but now have a new musical director, Sam Rolles. Sam brings a wealth of musical experience in performing, teaching, composing and conducting. He has arranged some of the pieces for the St George’s Christmas concert especially for the Carillon Singers.

Entry to the concert is free but there will be a voluntary collection for charity.

For further information on the Carillon Singers visit

Sam Rolles
Sam Rolles, new musical director of the Carillon Singers
Pictured top: The Carillon Singers at a concert in St John’s, Midsommer Norton. 

175th birthday service at St John’s

A bishop, a mayor, an archdeacon and clergy and church members old and new joined the celebratory service for the 175th birthday of St John’s on Sunday, November 24.

St John’s was consecrated in November 1844 and the service on Sunday – which was led by the Bishop of Guildford and attended by the Mayor of Farnham, Cllr Pat Evans – marked the climax of several months of birthday celebrations which have included a flower festival, an arts and crafts festival, talks, concerts, a lot of reminiscing and, of course, cake.

St John’s was also delighted to welcome the Archdeacon of Surrey – the Venerable Paul Davies – as deacon, and former St John’s clergy the Rev’ds Paul Smith and Jennifer Paterson. Paul Smith led the intercessions while Jennifer read the New Testament lesson – Acts 2:37-47 which shows the church in action 2,000 years ago, sharing the same gospel of Jesus Christ that is shared today.

The Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Rev’d Andrew Watson, preached at the service about the many changes that had gone on in the past 175 years, including the fact that traffic on Castle Street could sometimes be slower now than it was when local resident and inventor John Henry Knight was the first man fined for speeding in a car – in 1895, travelling at nine miles per hour. The Bishop also spoke about the future and the sense he had of God’s plans for the church in Hale.

There are plans underway to use St John’s not just for services but as a hub, responding to needs in the community. Rev’d Lesley Crawley is working on a long-term project to develop the church and has been talking to local residents, groups, charities, schools, businesses and other organisations, to discover what is most needed in the area. She said: “Our 175th birthday has been a wonderful reason to celebrate this beautiful church and we have loved welcoming friends old and new to St John’s. It has also been an opportunity to focus our minds on the future and what we believe God is calling us to do here in Hale. I am very excited as I look forward to seeing the church grow and develop. Here’s to the next 175 years!”

Afterwards there were snacks and Prosecco and the Bishop and Lesley Crawley cut the birthday cake made by parishioner and member of the choir June Jasper.

There is a communion service at St John’s every Sunday at 9.30am, and on the first and third Sunday there is also a ‘Taizé service at 6pm, using liturgy featuring prayer chants and silence and based on the Taizé monastic community in France.

This Christmas there will also be a carol service on Sunday, December 15 at 4pm; a ‘Longest Night’ service – for people who find Christmas difficult – on Wednesday, December 18, at 7.30pm; a Crib Service on December 24 at 3pm; Midnight Mass on December 24 at 11pm; and a Christmas Day service at 9.30am. St John’s will also be the meeting point for the Christmas event, ‘a Journey to Bethlehem’, on Friday, December 20, when two groups will walk to the church from Badshot Lea and from Upper Hale and arrive for a short service attended by the Mayor.

Top 10 Carols!

It’s that time of year again – time to vote for your favourite carols and hear them sung at St George’s Church on Sunday, December 1, in the annual Top 10 Carols.

This year there are two chances to take part in Top 10 Carols – at Worship for All at 11.30am, and at a Top 10 Carols service at 4pm.

All you have to do is write the name of a favourite carol on a voting slip (to be found in each church), pay £1 per vote, and put the money and voting slip in an envelope and place them in the box provided. You can vote as many times as you like as long as you pay £1 per vote. If you are casting votes for carols to be sung at Worship for All, write Worship for All on your voting slip.

The 10 carols with the highest number of votes will form the running order for a Top 10 Carols Service at Worship for All and at 4pm.

So come along, pay your pound or two or ten, vote for your favourites and enjoy a rousing Christmas sing at St George’s.


175 words for a 175th birthday

We asked people to write 175 words about St John’s for the church’s 175th birthday.

If you want to add some more, email



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Happy 175th Birthday, St John’s!

Away from the hurly burly of life in Hale
Intensely moving
Never hostile and always

Just the place to celebrate with
Others the love of God, his Son and the Holy Spirit,
Nowhere more

Christenings and marriages of family and friends.
Healing in times of sadness with
Understanding and support of clergy and congregation.
Revelations of God’s work through words, music and images.
Celebrations of special events; Christmas, Easter and  Harvest.
Holy times throughout the year, every year.

Happy 175th Birthday, St John’s!
Always there since 1844.
Let us all embrace change in the years ahead,
Enclosed by your sheltering roof.

Alison Ridgeon, 2019


What does St John’s mean to me? It is a place of memories. Moving to Hale 80 years ago and being taken as a small child to church. Passing the church on my way to school and later work, learning about God and his love for us. Happy memories and sad, losing my father when I was 20, being supported and comforted. Happy times when I walked down the aisle to be married to my late husband John, 60 years ago. Returning 2 years later with our first daughter to be baptised.

Moving away from the parish but still holding St John’s close to my heart. Keeping in touch through my Mother until her death. The wonderful Requiem service that was held for her. With the coming of the Internet to be in touch again. Recently through this source my parent’s names have been entered in the Book of Remembrance.

Whatever the future holds for the incorporating of other uses in this beautiful building, may the presence of the Lord be always moving in St John’s

Mary Hart  (née Green)   


On a Sunday in September 2001 at St John’s, I led a pilgrim communion with boots underneath my robes and rucksack under the altar. After the service a few parishioners accompanied me towards the North Downs Way and the beginning of the way to Canterbury. I had always wanted to go on pilgrimage and finding myself at one end of the long-distance trail seemed too good an opportunity to miss. I stayed in parishes along the way, having made prior arrangements for accommodation, and arrived in Canterbury the following Saturday. Members of the parish travelled there to meet me and join in Evensong in the Cathedral. I invited parishioners to accompany me, both by physically walking with me for all or part of a day, or by following my daily posts on the internet. One day, making our way through Kent, one of my companions inspired me with stories of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In 2006 I made the first of three pilgrimages there. Thank you, St John’s, for the inspiration!

Paul Smith


My grandparents, parents, my husband and myself all married at St John’s  – it holds a special place in my heart.

Every Sunday of my childhood we attended Matins at 11:00am, the service conducted by Rev. Jonathon Edwards. A pretty full congregation, each member regularly in their same pew, my Father as church warden seeing to hymn books and taking the collection. Mr. Leigh-Taylor often read the lessons, with such a clear, expressive voice. If my Father read the lesson I remember being surprised as it was the same voice I heard for a bedtime story.

Harvest Festival was a splendid event, every possible space filled with flowers, fruit vegetables and a beautifully baked sheaf of corn in front of the altar. The church smelt wonderful.

I remember the arrival of Rev. Peter Hogben for one particular reason. He preached a sermon which had us all laughing out loud – in church!!! I was shocked but secretly delighted to have this happen in the usual quiet, sombre service, in which one rarely spoke above a whisper.

Judith Hunt


The grand opening of St John’s Hale on November 8th, 1844 was well described by a reporter at the time. It was a wet day, with the ‘road thronged with carriages and other conveyances’; the Archdeacon preached an ‘elegant and impressive sermon’; the princely sum of 84 pounds, 13 shillings and sixpence was raised in the collection; and ‘in the evening the Lord Bishop entertained at dinner a large party of the clergy and gentry’!

Move the clock forward 175 years and it feels like a very different age than our own! Yet the same ‘God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’ is being worshipped Sunday by Sunday, and St John’s remains at the heart of the community, with a vision to reach out further still. I was privileged to visit the church on one of my first Sundays in the diocese, and was given the warmest of welcomes; and I much look forward to returning during this anniversary year to give thanks for all that has been, that is, and is to come.

Blessings, +A

The Right Rev’d Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford


St John’s for me over the years has been a constant presence.  Like many in the community, a punctuation for life events. A place for bright beginnings and soft endings. A place for celebration, solace and hope. And now St John’s is all this to my young family, too.



We as a family first attended St John’s Church for the Christmas midnight service of 1977. We were living in Army quarters in Farnborough and had found a partially built house in Hale which we were going to buy, so we thought it would be a good idea to attend the Hale Parish church.

The church was very full, but we had a nice welcome and thought it might be the one for us, so now, nearly 42 years on, I am still a member.

Yes, the congregation has altered, a lot have moved or died, but there are some members still active and enjoying the formality of the church.

So now, nearly 42 years later, the congregation is smaller, but there is always a friendly greeting on arrival.

There have been several changes of clergy. The Rev’d Michael Sellors had the job of burying my husband; yes, another very full service. He, himself, died a few year ago.

Diana Thomas


St John’s Church is a place where it is easy to pray. Sometimes I am there with no intention of praying, I’m just there to collect something, but I find myself sitting in the church, enjoying the stillness and the beauty, and more than that – the palpable sense of God. It is almost as if the walls have absorbed all the people’s prayers over the years and now when we enter the building we are enveloped in the gentle love of God, our hearts are stilled and we feel peace.

St John’s church is also under threat, though. The roof and the tower and the walls are all crumbling, costing far more than the congregation could possibly raise. But I have an immense sense that God hasn’t finished with St John’s yet, God has plans for its future and it falls to us to discern them and join in.

Lesley Crawley 


St John’s has been my spiritual home now for 42 years; through the good times and the sad times, the church door has always been open for me, allowing me to pray and contemplate on my life.

Initially, I mainly attended at festive times. In later years, I went to the Sunday early morning Communion service and enjoyed very much the peace and tranquillity, which helped me meditate when praying. After a spell of going to Friday services at St Marks, I have now arrived at the 9.30am Sunday service.

I really enjoy this service – singing hymns and participating in the service. There is something about saying your prayers with others. I try to pray every day at home, but in Church there’s a contentment which is difficult to describe.

St John’s is my Rock – so much so, that when I pass away (which hopefully will be a long time yet!) I would like my ashes to be buried in the cemetery at the Church. Long may St John’s flourish for the next 175 years.

Chris Fisher


Last year we filmed a 60s wedding scene in the church. The building is beautiful and charming, and helped realise our script perfectly.

When we first visited the Church the sun was shining through the windows so wonderfully, which on the day of filming helped to craft the warm and loving atmosphere we were aiming to create! The priest and volunteers were equally as warm!  The Church felt untouched by time and was such a joy to work in!  We filmed during the heatwave, and the building most definitely provided some cool relief (popular with the cast and crew!). Filming in such an impressive building made our jobs easy, as the visuals were already stunning. I remember the sunshine pouring through the stain glass windows, which looked glorious (and even better on 16mm film!)

We’re very lucky and grateful to have been given the opportunity to film in such a beautiful and historical building.

A special thanks to Winston, Sylvie, and Alan, without whom The Bride in the Black Veil would not have been possible!

Lauren Jarvis


A warm welcome – my first and abiding memory of St John’s.  In 2001 I turned up to the Wednesday morning Holy Communion, prior to an interview for the post of full-time curate.

I was a stranger.  I was greeted at the door by Diana, with a smile and friendly greeting. Afterwards, many people said “hello”. For someone whose future ministry may lie in this place, it was immensely reassuring.

I became curate at Hale with Badshot Lea, as it was then, that summer. Another precious memory is of the first Holy Communion I celebrated, in 2002. Jane Virji and I had been through our diaconate and priesting together so it was decided that we should ‘co-celebrate’ at St John’s.

It was an unusual arrangement, but the parish took it in its stride. Rector Paul Smith moved on very soon afterwards, leaving two inexperienced priests running the Hale end of things. With the love and patience of many people, we survived.

Something at St John’s which mystified me was a sound which seemed like the muffled cry of a child. After many months I discovered that it was a creaking floorboard near the vestry door!

Rev’d Deborah Scott-Bromley


My memories are of running down Upper Hale Road on a Saturday afternoon in the 1960’s cassock, surplice and ruff in hand, with my younger brother David to sing in St John’s choir during the wedding season.  We were paid 1/2 crown per wedding and it was very exciting to have two or three weddings during one afternoon.

Although we belonged to St Mark’s choir the weddings were always at St Johns and members of St Marks were always encouraged to help provide a full choir especially during the summer holidays, when numbers were low!  We always enjoyed the weddings.  The church was beautifully decorated, the congregation were happy and excited and sang loudly to the well known family hymns. It sent shivers down my spine when the organ struck the first notes of the bridal march and once the bride was handed to the groom we could see the nervous couple and were proud to be part of their special day.  St John’s is a beautiful church full of history and happy family memories.

Wendy-Rae Mitchell


150th anniversary of St John’s building and consecration was a high point of my period as Incumbent of Hale with Badshot Lea. We celebrated with a catalogue of events through a week in November, including welcoming a former parishioner who had subsequently become a bishop to preside and preach, wearing a new set of Eucharistic vestments that had been especially commissioned and made for the occasion. At the end of the week there was a celebratory dinner in Farnham Castle (home, of course, of Charles Sumner, our founder and benefactor) at which the guest speaker was the comic actor Derek Nimmo, who had made a specialism in his career of creating clerical characters on stage and screen.

In the introduction to the 150th Anniversary History of St John’s I wrote: “A building, even a Church building, is hallowed not so much by its appearance or proportion as by the faith that it represents and the community in which that faith is celebrated.” May that continue to be true in Hale for decades to come!

+Humphrey Southern
Vicar of Hale/Team Rector of Hale with Badshot Lea 1992-1999


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Farnham Workhouse Burials

Thanks to Marion Bridger’s research we know that the following people who died in Farnham Workhouse were buried in St John’s Church, Hale:

Name Age Burial Date
John Stevens 17/06/1845
William John Flourday 05/09/1845
Unknown Man 09/10/1845
William Trimmings 75 years 05/01/1846
Ethel Brockhouse 81 years 27/01/1846
Harriet Bartlett 1 day old 03/03/1846
William Lovelock 79 years 02/05/1846
James Ellins 80 years 09/06/1846
Charles Hack 20 days old 11/06/1846
William Dudley 52 years 18/09/1846
Mary Franklyn 40 years 21/09/1846
William Weedon 69 years 28/10/1846
William Smith 46 years 12/11/1846
William Fountain 102 years 26/12/1846
Rose Anne Moore 27 years 04/01/1847
Mary Bartlet 40 years 08/02/1847
James Praddy 71 years 15/04/1847
Elizabeth Allen 3 months old 20/04/1847
Herbert Herd 83 years 03/07/1847
Thomas Fewtrell 78 years 16/08/1847
James White 6 weeks old 27/12/1847
John Warner 77 years 17/01/1848
John Baptist Garrett 54 years 11/02/1848
Maria Jones 36 years 19/02/1848
Michael Page 62 years 11/04/1848
James Steer 4 days old 03/07/1848
Charles Middleton 30 years 13/09/1848
Christiana Brown 58 years 01/01/1849
Thomas Harrison 8 years 03/02/1849
Mary Ann Wish 1 year old 27/03/1849
William Morris 1 month old 04/04/1849
Jane Grover 5 years old 08/05/1849
Thomas Allen 69 years 14/05/1849
Martha Dolman 74 years 02/07/1849
William Grover 21 years 02/07/1849
John Williams 03/08/1849
Mathew Hawkins 26 years 29/08/1849
Stephen Mathews 68 years 10/09/1849
James Paris 18/09/1849
Sarah Reen 39 years 19/10/1849
William Dolman 54 years 23/02/1850
William Boxall 92 years 26/03/1850
John Paggott 66 years 02/04/1850
James Bridger 74 years 22/06/1850
Mary Donovan 11 months old 05/07/1850
William Toad 46 years 19/08/1850
Anthony Kincher 82 years 24/09/1850
Daniel Prince 60 years 23/10/1850
George Pullinger 69 years 25/11/1850
Elizabeth Harris 73 years 03/12/1850
Mary Drinkwater 77 years 17/07/1851
Eleanor Bide 92 years 23/07/1851
Joseph Robinson 45 years 05/08/1851
Phebe Lunn 79 years 25/10/1851
Richard Bridger 23 years 13/01/1852
James Ramsgate 45 years 05/02/1852
Catherine Alderten 91 years 20/02/1852
Elizabeth Boxall 76 years 02/03/1852
Sophia Withall 28/05/1852
James Stagg 40 years 11/08/1852
James Dowling 20 years 15/09/1852
John Williams 65 years 09/10/1852
Ann Edwards 86 years 26/10/1852
James Smith 83 years 24/02/1853
Charles Hoodgen 63 years 09/03/1853
George Taylor 47 years 30/03/1853
Thomas Nichols 67 years 18/05/1853
Michael Smith 36 years 24/05/1853
Jesse May 62 years 10/06/1853
Elizabeth Coles 80 years 02/01/1854
William Martyn 82 years 11/02/1854
James Younge 58 years 21/06/1854
Harriet Woodyer 24 years 07/08/1854
John Compton 62 years 08/08/1854
William Hilton 3 months old 17/08/1854
Sarah Woodyer 1 year 7 months old 09/10/1854
George Woodyer 3 months old 17/10/1854
James Ellis 1 week old 23/10/1854
David Barham 73 years 09/11/1854
William Bridger 2 years 7 months old 14/11/1854
Mary Ann Chambers 7 months old 18/11/1854
Mary Ann Ruffin 31 years 09/12/1854
Eliza Skilling 26 years 15/12/1854
Mary Ewens 3 years 6 months old 30/12/1854
Sarah Deadman 86 years 27/01/1855
Emily Barfield 1 year old 02/02/1855
George Newman 81 years 24/02/1855
Thomas Bird 41 years 03/03/1855
James Hickery 86 years 05/03/1855
Maria Nash 2 years old 06/03/1855
George Moth 56 years 02/04/1855
Harriet Boxall 2 years old 11/04/1855
William Palmer 4 years old 11/04/1855
William Warner 81 years 14/04/1855
Thomas Stevens 1 year old 14/04/1855
Eliza Nash 4 years old 21/04/1855
Fanny Moorey 4 years old 26/04/1855
Richard Maunders 89 years 21/06/1855
James Samuel Slaughter 41 years 05/07/1855
Jane Herbert 07/08/1855
Georgiana Peters 2 years old 08/09/1855
Richard Newnham 14 years 02/10/1855
Catherine Dean 24 years 09/10/1855
John Bigwood 68 years 10/10/1855
Rebecca Clarke 26 years 20/10/1855
Henry Mansell 53 years 09/11/1855
Rebecca Johnson 42 years 16/11/1855
Mary Baker 80 years 24/03/1856
Catherine Pithers 60 years 28/03/1856
Elyah Granham 66 years 02/05/1856
James Elsleys 76 years 13/05/1856
George Green 71 years 15/05/1856
John Copus 63 years 16/05/1856
Eliza Savage 4 years old 26/05/1856
Emma Rapson 10 years old 11/06/1856
James Vicars 51 years 13/09/1856
James Brown 40 years 13/09/1856
Maria Higgins 22 years 15/10/1856
Sarah Mayhew 01/11/1856
Frank Lawrence 19 years 12/12/1856
Eliza Judge 3 years old 29/12/1856
John Aharan 28 years 29/12/1856
John Martin 63 years 05/01/1857
Levi Judge 4 years old 12/01/1857
Thomas Edward Mason 8 years old 12/01/1857
Edward King 48 years 02/02/1857
Lucy Edwards 18 years 13/02/1857
William Hickman 64 years 14/02/1857
Anne Gadd 68 years 21/03/1857
Martha Morris 92 years 06/04/1857
John Franklin 50 years 19/05/1857
Thomas Hill 59 years 26/05/1857
Ann Lamport 67 years 20/06/1857
Thomas Coles 24 years 01/07/1857
Elizabeth Newman 18 years 16/09/1857
Richard Davis 10 weeks old 24/09/1857
Emma Foot 19 years 02/10/1857
William Everett 1 year old 02/10/1857
Mary Ann Amison 19 years old 20/10/1857
Eliza Lovegrove 19 years 03/11/1857
Richard Heyes 29 years 03/11/1857
Emma Masters 18 years 01/12/1857
William Martin 5 days old 05/12/1857
Frank Dennis 55 years old 05/12/1857
William Gardener 57 years 18/01/1858
Jane Steer 36 years 26/01/1858
Charlotte Michener 20 years 26/01/1858
George Champion 24 years 02/02/1858
Rose Ann Morris 4 days old 06/03/1858
Susanna Thompson 32 years 12/03/1858
Mary Newman 67 years 27/03/1858
Eliza Downs 19 years 29/04/1858
Mary Duke 20/05/1858
Michael Butler 13 years 07/06/1858
John Thompson 19 years 14/06/1858
John Mathews 75 years 29/07/1858
Henry Martin 60 years 15/09/1858
Caroline Attfield 23 years 08/10/1858
Patrick Foran 33 years 13/10/1858
Arthur Knowles 87 years 20/10/1858
Ann Fuller 10 years old 10/11/1858
Mary Ann Edwards 1 year 10 months old 24/11/1858
Mary Ann Penfold 12 years old 23/02/1859
~~~~~~ Cooper 48 years 24/02/1859
Margaret Wareham 18 years 06/04/1859
John Keene 64 years 18/04/1859
George Knight 65 years 06/05/1859
Robert Thorn 64 years 19/05/1859
Sarah Eaton 23 years 20/05/1859
James Brown 37 years 11/06/1859
Susan Avis 20 years 07/07/1859
William Bedford 47 years 24/08/1859
George Gunner 28 years 17/12/1859
Richard Passey 50 years 24/12/1859
John Elliot 34 years 26/01/1860
Frederick Fitzroy Herbert Meakin 5 months old 04/02/1860
Jane Thompson 20 years 14/02/1860
Alexander Faulkner 3 months old 01/03/1860
Michael Egan 40 years 09/03/1860
Henry Grubb 55 years 30/03/1860
Jesse Risbridger 60 years 18/04/1860
Robert Walters 5 years old 16/05/1860
James Lamport 64 years 24/05/1860
Mary Worden 18 years 26/05/1860
George Kemp 60 years 29/05/1860
Joseph Craig 64 years 06/07/1860
Ann Jackson 22 years 14/08/1860
William Faithful 40 years 04/10/1860
Eliza Scarlett 20 years 11/10/1860
James Hack 75 years 29/10/1860
John Pharo 3 months old 30/11/1860
Ellen Clarke 22 years 03/12/1860
Jane Bonn 23 years 08/12/1860
Thomas Brown 63 years 23/02/1861
Sarah Muckle 24 years 26/02/1861
Elizabeth Riley 63 years 06/04/1861
Emma Jones 24 years 15/04/1861
Jane Gray 24 years 16/04/1861
Elizabeth Ledley 24 years 29/06/1861
William French 20 05/07/1861
Emma Gallagher 15/08/1861
James Binfield 70 years 29/08/1861
Elizabeth Bandell 25 years 09/09/1861
Charlotte Seyman 21/09/1861
Henry Askew 24 years 28/10/1861
William Clarke 34 years 02/11/1861
Stephen Best 22 years 19/11/1861
Ellen Aslett 22 years 04/12/1861
William Trimlade 2 years only 20/12/1861
Peter O’Hare 31 years 03/01/1862
Henry Williams 36 years 22/01/1862
William Howell 11 months only 30/01/1862
Catherine Mc’Dermott 10/02/1862
George Lyons 48 years 05/03/1862
Jane Martin 21 years 06/03/1862
Richard Crawford 80 years 22/03/1862
George Trussler 21 years 01/04/1862
John Barrett 61 years 02/04/1862
Richard Ashett 50 years 10/07/1862
Mary Full 24 years 25/07/1862
Sarah Maria Collins 20 years 04/08/1862
Sarah Evans 20 years 11/11/1862
Edward Palmer 42 years 25/11/1862
Ann Balchin 63 years 01/12/1862
Maria Cutler 21 years 04/12/1862
Sophia Hathan 65 years 13/12/1862
Eli Beacher 49 years 17/12/1862
Eliza Serace 20 years 09/01/1863
William Coxhead 57 years 02/02/1863
Robert Kelmaster 09/02/1863
Mary MacDonald 22 years 28/02/1863
Joseph Saunders 86 years 13/03/1863
Martha Alkins 71 years 21/03/1863
Clara Golden 29 years 27/04/1863
Emma Townsend 20 years 02/05/1863
James Bason 52 years 17/06/1863
Mary Ann Robinson 23 years 27/06/1863
John Ryan 22 years 23/07/1863
Josiah Gowland 50 years 29/07/1863
Peter Hughes 84 years 25/08/1863
Jane Everett 26 years 19/09/1863
Henry Blackall 34 years 23/09/1863
Eliza Osborne 23 years 29/09/1863
Mary Ann Phillimole 62 years 09/10/1863
Frederick William Sargent 5 years only 16/11/1863
Elizabeth Baigent 18 months old 20/01/1864
John McKenzie 3 years old 04/02/1864
Alfred Mould 34 years 15/02/1864
Eliza Eady 22 years 20/02/1864
William Savage 4 years old 24/02/1864
Robert Mausey 2 years only 14/04/1864
Emma Weeks 20 years 03/06/1864
Emily Simmons 1 year 4 months only 15/06/1864
Ellen Ellis 20 years 13/07/1864
John Lewis 62 years 20/07/1864
Mary Ann Clerk 23 years 02/08/1864
Elizabeth Boundey 20 years 03/08/1864
Mark Vickars 52 years 15/08/1864
Richard Summers 42 years 02/09/1864
Tom Brown 18 years 08/10/1864
Mary Anne Hearne 33 years 29/10/1864
Lydia Williamson 28 years 30/11/1864
Benjamin Andrews 84 years 07/12/1864
Benjamin Lucas 63 years 08/12/1864
Thomas Cook 40 years 09/12/1864
Henry Weeden 70 years 23/12/1864
Emma Heath 26 years 19/01/1865
Lazarus Roberts 76 years 13/03/1865
Emma Noel 38 years 22/03/1865
Mary Ann Rogers 39 years 01/04/1865
Frederick William Clear 21 months only 01/04/1865
Mary Tapley 84 years 06/04/1865
Mary Ann Sargent 38 years 08/04/1865
William Stock 3 years only 03/06/1865
Henrietta Granett 24 years 09/08/1865
Mary Ann Beal 23 years 05/09/1865
Henry Johnson 29 years 17/10/1865
William Knight 75 years 16/11/1865
William Oates 5 years only 16/11/1865
Catherine Green 32 years 18/12/1865
Louisa Norgrove 70 years 29/12/1865
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An invitation to our 175th birthday service


Come to a 175th birthday service at St John’s Church, on Sunday, November 24, at 9.30am, bringing to a climax several months of celebration.

Everyone is invited to join in a celebratory service, marking 175 years since the church was consecrated in November 1844, and just as a bishop, Charles Sumner, was at the first service, so a bishop will be at this service 175 years later. The Rt Rev’d Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford, will lead the service and preach, and the Archdeacon of Surrey, the Ven Paul Davies will also be there, along with former clergy and members of the congregation.

There will be traditional, favourite hymns, a Communion service and afterwards birthday cake and a chance to reminisce about the past and look forward to the future.

Join us on November 24 at 9.30am, at St John’s Church, GU9 9AB, to celebrate the past and look forward to the next 175 years.


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Join us on a Journey to Bethlehem

As the schools break up this Christmas, everyone is invited to join ‘A Journey to Bethlehem’ – a short re-enactment of the journey Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem on the first Christmas, complete with angels, shepherds, kings and even a couple of donkeys.

On Friday, December 20, at 7pm, two groups of adults and children will make their way from St Mark’s Church in Upper Hale and from St George’s Church in Badshot Lea, to St John’s Church, Hale. Among the groups will be shepherds, angels, kings, donkeys, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, and on the way they will meet more members of the traditional Nativity cast, including an innkeeper with no room at the inn, and a star to guide them.

Everyone is invited to join them on the route and to join in the carol singing as they go.

The two groups will converge on St John’s Church for a short service at 7.30pm, followed by refreshments.

Hannah Moore said: “This will be a lovely start to the Christmas holidays for children and adults alike. Come and join us as we remember the journey that Mary and Joseph had to make, and Jesus’s humble birth when God came to earth in human form. Another name for Jesus is ‘Emmanuel’ which means ‘God with us’ and that is just what this Christmas story is all about.”

Everyone is invited to arrive at either St Mark’s or St George’s at 6.30pm, ready to leave at 7pm and make their way to St John’s at the bottom of the Upper Hale Road. Children are particularly encouraged to wear nativity costumes with suitable footwear for winter weather. There will be marshals but please also bring torches to light the way.

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‘When I hear The Last Post I think of him’

St John’s Church, Hale, was packed on Saturday night when people of all generations gathered for the Farnham Festival of Remembrance, to pay tribute to all who have suffered and died in armed conflict and to pray for peace in a divided, war-torn world.

The Festival featured the Royal British Legion and other representatives of the armed forces in the form of A Company, 4th Battalion, Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment; the Sea Cadets of TS Swiftsure1 Battalion Aldershot Army Cadet Force; and 229 (Farnham) Squadron Air Training Corps.

Civilians were represented by the Mayor of Farnham, Cllr Pat Evans; the British Red Cross; St John Ambulance; the Guides; and three local schools – Badshot Lea Infant School, William Cobbett Primary School and Farnham Heath End School.

Music was provided by Farnham Brass Band; TS Swiftsure; the combined Parish choir; Frances Whewell; Wendy Edwards; Liv Jasper;  Sara Burnie; and Dexter and Archie Dedalo-Skilton, Kyle Manson-Hing and Paris McCann, all extraordinarily talented musicians from Farnham Heath End School.

Narration was by Town Crier Jonathan Jones; and a service was led by Rev’ds Hannah Moore and John Morris, with additional reading by Bob Skinner, one of the leaders of Weybourne Community Church. The whole festival had been organised by Simon Alexander, to whom huge thanks and praise must go.

Each brought to the occasion a unique element, from the stirring percussion of the Sea Cadets to the moving tribute of the member of the Army reserve who spoke of his friend ‘Socks’ (so called because one time he forgot his socks when he was deployed) who was killed in Afghanistan. “When I hear The Last Post I think of him” he said.

There was the thoughtful poetry from William Cobbett pupils, the solemnity of the moment when the Guides processed in with the Torch of Remembrance, accompanied by Liv Jasper singing When the Lights Go On Again. There was so much more, including heart-rending poetry from World War One; a simple and beautiful poppy installation by children from Badshot Lea Infant School; memories of World War Two; and the building of a drum altar, draped with the Union Flag and the standard of the Royal British Legion, and topped with a Book of Remembrance of local people who had died in World War Two.

Intertwined with this was the sense that peace is a fragile thing and we must never stop striving and praying for it. In Aftermath, written by Siegfried Sassoon in the year after the end of the ‘war to end all wars’, Bob Skinner read the line: “Do you ever stop and ask, ‘Is it all going to happen again?’”

The young people sharing in the festival and receiving the gift of remembrance from older generations, seemed aware that this gift was a responsibility too and that the hope of peace lay in their hands as much as anyone else’s.

Above all, as prayers were said in front of the drum altar, there was an understanding that , however dark the world is, the suffering God is there in the midst of the darkness.

“Have you forgotten yet?…
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you’ll never forget.”
                                                                                    (Siegfried Sassoon, March 1919).

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Lights, craft, action – Christmas kicks off in Badshot Lea

The Christmas lights are being  switched on in Badshot Lea on the evening of Monday November 18th, in preparation for celebrating the coming of God to earth in the form of Jesus, born some 2000 years ago but ever relevant and transformative.

Come and join us at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, from 4.30-7pm. Not only are the lights going on, there will be a craft fair in the church and, outside from 5-6.30pm, community singing and entertainment by the Sea Cadets and the children of Badshot Lea Infant School.

There are still some craft tables left. If anyone would like one, let us know by email. And come along and do some Christmas shopping, have a sing and get into the Christmas spirit.


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