All posts by Lesley Crawley

I am a priest in the Guildford Diocese, I am particularly interested in inclusivity for all in the church and clergy wellbeing. I became a Christian when I was 14 which was a shock because I previously scoffed at all faith, spirituality and religion. I have a bachelors degree and doctorate in Engineering. I have worked in Engineering Management, Research Science and have been a University Lecturer in Engineering. I am married and have three sons, four step-daughters and a grandson. My favourite place is Southwold and spend as much time as I can there, I enjoy walking and sitting in coffee shops, I also play Bridge. I love psychology, I am fascinated by people and what makes us thrive.

Using Zoom

We will be attempting to use Zoom for some services over the coming weeks, and whilst you don’t have to do much to use it there are somethings that you have to do, so here are the instructions.  These are for Windows computers – I suspect for phones you will need an app from one of the stores – probably called Zoom Cloud Meetings!

  1. You will receive an email with a link to the meeting, which you should click on.  It will look like this:
  2. The first time that you do this you will be prompted to download some software, which will probably start automatically
  3. Screen
  4. You should then run this to install the software to receive the meeting
  5. You will be asked if you want to allow Zoom to install the software – this screen may not appear on top of other things on your computer but will appear at the bottom of the screen as a yellow and blue shield.  Switch to that message and allow it to update your computer.
  6. Then it will prompt you for your screen name, which is what people will see you being called.

You only have to do all this the first time.

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
Rachel Cooper 40 years 16/01/1866
Aaron Mallett 19 years 17/01/1866
Martha Curtis 42 years 01/02/1866
Thomas Anderson 65 years 09/02/1866
Mary Brown 74 years 13/02/1866
Eliza Pownex 30 years 20/02/1866
Elizabeth Cumber 30 years 21/02/1866
George Hays 43 years 01/03/1866
Ann Lee 19 years 12/03/1866
Ellen Hill 24 years 19/03/1866
Henry Sandle 12 years only 26/03/1866
Ann Elizabeth Punter 43 years 13/04/1866
John Wheatley 33 years 25/05/1866
Richard Smith 58 years 02/06/1866
Joseph Cook 57 years 09/06/1866
Ann Browning 45 years 11/09/1866
George Jewers 47 years 30/11/1866
William Gummell 68 years 23/01/1867
Alice Harriett Sargent 41 years 22/03/1867
William Henry Gough 5 months only 02/09/1867
David Barnes 17 years 06/01/1868
Charles Draper 79 years 09/01/1868
William Stubble 9 months only 28/02/1868
Thomas Green 2 years only 28/02/1868
James Stovold 54 years 13/03/1868
Charles Cranham 7 months only 04/04/1868
Charles Mearing 36 years 21/07/1868
Henry Eden 2 days only 16/09/1868
James Painter 18 years 16/11/1868
Richard Williams 2 weeks only 26/12/1868
George Kenton 70 years 20/01/1869
Sarah Ellen Gains 9 weeks only 05/02/1869
Elisha Everdell 10 months only 13/02/1869
David Spearman 46 years 17/02/1869
Albert C Everdell 2 years 2 months only 21/05/1869
Charles Grinham 2 years 03/09/1869
Jane Pettett 24 years 06/01/1870
Rebecca Simms 51 years 27/09/1870
Frederick Hart 49 years 28/12/1871
Sarah Harriet King 4 months only 12/01/1872

Caravan Jazz Videos

Did you miss the opportunity to see the Caravan Jazz event on May 4th, when Wendy Edwards and the Teddy’s Café Bar Jazzmen played music and told stories from the life of Ted and Jean Parratt, Wendy’s parents?  Fear not, it can be seen by clicking the below links, videos thanks to Seamus Flanagan. The evening raised money for the Kitty Milroy murals, at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale:

Part 1

Part 2

Featured are Michael Atkinson R.I.P. bass guitar/ukelele, Kendall Gordon – keyboard, Hugh Lister- clarinet, David Mason-trumpet, Geoff Rideout-guitar, Roger Sinclair- keyboard, Wendy Edwards- vocals, Melissa Heathcote-vocals, Mike Twiddy-vocals and Frances Whewell-piano

If you would like to donate to the Murals fund then please click on the icon below.

Consecration of St John’s, Hale

In this 175th anniversary year many new and interesting documents telling the story of St John’s have been found. Below is a press cutting, thanks to Bob Skinner, telling of the consecration of St John’s on 8th November, 1844:

18441116 Hampshire Advertiser p. 4 Consecration of St Johns Church 8 Nov 1844.

In addition, our church architect has found some plans. Below is the original plan of the church and then the plan of the extended church in 1897 (you can read the appeal for fundraising for the extension here):

1842 to 44 Original Plan1861 Extension Plan

There was a dedication service at St John’s, after the extension and thanks again to Bob Skinner, the cutting is here (it is difficult to read so I have also typed out the words):

Surrey Advertiser 24 February 1897 p7

The chancel of the parish church of St. John, which has been enlarged and improved as a jubilee thankoffering was re-opened by the Bishop of Winchester at a special service on Saturday afternoon. The work was commenced in November 1894, and completed at the end of last month. The chancel has been extended towards the nave, and an iron screen on a low kerb wall has been placed at the entrance. Permanent choir seats and clergy desks have been provided in oak in the increased space, and the pulpit and lectern have been removed to the nave. The renovation in the chancel also consists of a mosaic reredos. The new transept has been erected over the tomb of Bishop Sumner, who was interred with his wife on the south side of the chancel in 1874. The organ has been placed in the transept, the opening to which on the east side is near the altar rails. The super-altar was on Saturday adorned with vases of white flowers. A very large congregation had assembled for the dedication. The service was opened with the singing by the choir of the 84th Psalm as the Bishop and clergy entered the church from the vestry and proceeded to the chancel.  His lordship was attended by the Rector of Farnham (the Rev. C. H. Simpkinson), and the Rev. C. E. Hoyle (chaplains), and the following clergy: Revs W. H. Moody, R. D. (Frensham), G. E. Hitchcock (Hale), G. J. C. Sumner (rector of Seale), R. J. S. Gill (vicar of Aldershot), J. De Verd Leigh (incumbent Holy Trinity, Aldershot), J. D. Henderson and E. D. Finch-Smith (Farnham), J. W. Pickance, A. E. Algar, and G. Bentham (Aldershot), and South Phillips (Hale). Coral evensong was conducted by the Vicar of the parish and the Rev. A. South Phillips, Tallis’ music being used for the responses. The special Psalms were the 24th and 150th. The Rev. C. H. Simpkinson read the first lesson and the Rural Dean the second. Following the singing of the anthem, “Break forth into joy,” by Nimper, the Bishop said the special prayers of dedication. His lordship preached from the text St. John c.10. v. 22. He said it was not merely an accident when they used the word dedication in association with the fact of their service that day. There was a close association with the ceremony which took place where our Lord was as described in the text and with that in which they were then engaged. They were that day not merely commemorating the building of a large place, but were taking part in a service to show that it should be beautified and made appropriate for divine worship and best fitted for the great end for which it was set up. They were that day offering afresh to God a church more worthy for the ministers and those who worshipped. A church like that in a parish which was likely to become populous must bring the solemn thought that in ages ahead men, women and little children would come there and would remember that others had obtained help in their daily life in the years before. He trusted that he and they might be making a difference for those who were yet unborn and who in the ages far ahead would come to worship within those walls. The offertory, and also that on Sunday, were in aid of the building fund. Mr E Caesar, who presided at the organ, played a march by Theo Bonheur at the close of the service.

The painter of the beautiful picture above of St John’s when it was first built is not known.

BCP Evensong and Taizé are here to stay

We trialled two new services for the last six months, each were monthly on Sunday evenings:

  • BCP Said Evensong at St George’s at 5pm and
  • Taizé at St John’s at 6pm.

Both proved popular with about 7-11 people enjoying the stillness, so they are now going to be part of our regular service pattern. In addition, both congregations asked that they might occur more frequently. So this is the new pattern:

1st Sunday – Taize at St John’s at 6pm

2nd Sunday – BCP Evening Prayer at St George’s at 5pm

3rd Sunday – Taize at St John’s at 6pm

4th Sunday – BCP Evening Prayer at St George’s at 5pm

5th Sunday – no service

Also, some people have expressed a desire for us to say BCP Matins. This could be possible on a Wednesday or Thursday morning once a month. If you would value this please get in contact with me.

Lesley Crawley

Pragmatism or Principle?

Recently there has been much discussion about the decision not to invite the spouses of gay bishops to the Lambeth conference – I think there is a reasonably fair post from a more conservative perspective here.

A lot of this has focused on the apparent inconsistency of inviting the bishops, but not their spouses, and the majority of views that I have seen have either expressed the view that if you are inviting the bishops you should invite the spouses as if it is wrong to invite the spouses it is wrong to invite the bishops, or that if you aren’t inviting the spouses you shouldn’t invite the bishops for a similar reason.  Both then rail against the decision because it is placing pragmatism above principle (the Archbishop of Canterbury apparently having told one of these bishops that if their spouse were invited there would be no Lambeth conference).

What I wish to look at in this blog post is the assumption that Christianity is about holding a principled position on this issue or that.  The two great commandments:

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Matthew 22:37-40

and numerous other quotes suggest that the most important thing about Christianity is love; love for God, love for neighbour, love for enemy.

If instead of assuming that we have to hold onto a principled position – and that our principle is more important than someone else, whose principled position leads them to the opposite conclusion, both then requiring those in authority to decide who is right – we assume that we have to love one another where does that lead us?

I have long thought that the 10 commandments, or the 613 laws of the Torah, are far easier to keep (ho ho) than the two great commandments because they are so black and white, and allow for little need of interpretation; whereas the two great commandments can leave lots of scope for ambiguity, and debate as to who has got it right.

I for one would have more sympathy for the decision if I thought that it came from the wrestling with the two Great Commandments, than if I thought it was a purely pragmatic attempt to get as many bishops to Lambeth as possible – even if the answer were the same!

Please help us find the relatives of these people buried at St John’s, Hale

Some of the gravestones in St John’s churchyard have become very unsafe and we are worried that someone might be hurt as a result. The maintenance of gravestones is the responsibility of the families of the loved ones, however, if we are worried about them from a safety point of view we have the right to lay the stones flat. We don’t really want to do this and so we urgently would like to contact the relatives of the following people as we believe that their gravestones fall into this category.  If it is you, or you know who they might be please would you let me know?

Ethel Matthews
Fredrick Lipscomb
Henry Tompkins
Harry Beaumont
George Cantwell
Wilfred Park
Eaustania Fagan
Jill Stares
Lotti Raynsford
Ivy Biddle
Charles Stent
Albert Woodhams
Frances Wilkinson
Samuel Bide

Thank-you so much

Lesley Crawley

St John’s Church is 175

Come to the 175th events:

Flower Festival
May 18th 10-4pm and May 19th 12-4pm. Entry £1, refreshments available.

Talk on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
May 22nd 7pm
Bishop Charles Sumner, who founded our church was a relative of William Wilberforce and so I seems appropriate as part of the 175th anniversary celebrations that we look again at slavery. Modern day slavery and human trafficking is going on around us now and we need to have our eyes open to it and learn what we can do to combat it. Suzette Jones, the Diocesan Health & Wellbeing Adviser, will give a talk at St John’s to help us all understand what we can do.

Talk from Christopher Herbert on ‘Art, Architecture and Christianity in Victorian England’
June 5th at 7:30pm. Donations welcome, refreshments available.

Art and Craft Exhibition
June 22nd 10-4pm and June 23rd 12-4pm. Entry £1, refreshments available.

BIG Party entitled ‘Music in the Churchyard’     
July 20th 12-2pm. Free of charge for the whole community. There will be music, food and lots of cake. All are invited, please let us let us know that you are coming so we can get the catering right. Email

Afternoon Tea Singing and Reminiscing

Aug 3rd 3-5pm. Free of charge and open to all. There will be a cream tea and lots of opportunity to join in the singing.

Celebration service with Bishop Andrew presiding

Nov 24th  at 9:30. Please come and join the service, followed by our 175th birthday cake!

Please also write about what St John’s Church means to you in 175 words and email it to The writings will be published here so let us know whether you want it to remain anonymous.

Also – please complete our community survey by clicking here

Christmas at St Mark’s

Monday 24th Dec at 5pm – Crib Service (especially for youngsters, come dressed as your favourite nativity character)

Monday 24th Dec at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass

Tuesday 25th Dec at 11am – All age Communion service


Christmas at St John’s

Monday 24th Dec at 3pm – Crib Service (especially for youngsters, come dressed as your favourite nativity character)

Monday 24th Dec at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass

Tuesday 25th Dec at 9:30am – All-age Communion


Christmas at St George’s

Monday 24th Dec at 3pm – Crib Service for Toddlers

Monday 24th Dec at 5.30pm – Crib Service for all ages

Monday 24th Dec at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass

Tuesday 25th Dec at 10:00am – All-age Communion