All posts by Stella Wiseman

I am the parish administrator and communications officer, a former journalist and now a deacon in the parish.

Just as we are

60-second sermon

Lesley Crawley presented a 60-second sermon on BBC Radio Surrey/Sussex on Sunday, May 21st and was interviewed by Kevin Duala, talking about mental health and the importance of getting outside. The sermon considered anxiety, neurodiversity, the importance of accepting ourselves as we are and how God loves diversity and inclusion.  

You can listen here: Go to 1:43:55.

Parish fete

Our fabulous parish summer fete is back, this year on June 10th at St George’s, Badshot Lea, from 12-4pm.

There will be all sorts of stalls with things to buy, games to play, delicious food and drink, a craft market and a grand raffle. It’s a proper community fete with people from across the villages which make up our parishes taking part.

So please, put the date in your diary, and also, if you’d like to run a stall, help set up, clear up, generally get stuck in, let us know. Email Maxine Everitt to find out more.

Coffee Artz with a Spring in its step

It’s Coffee Artz again this week, on Thursday, May 18th, 10.30am to 12noon, and the theme is Spring.

Everyone is welcome to join in and help create a picture of Springtime which will then be made into cards to sell.

Coffee Artz takes place on the first and third Thursday of each month and each time the group takes a different theme to inspire the art. No artistic skill is needed, no experience is needed and the equipment is all provided. Coffee, chat and cake are also provided!

To find out more email Elaine Fell.

Different faiths and miracles

Interfaith Women’s Group

The next Interfaith Women’s Group will take place at St Mark’s Church on Saturday, May 20th2.30-4pm when we will be talking about miracles. How does our faith influence our view of miracles, what do we mean by them, do they happen now?

The group is a joint venture between the parish and Lajna Ima’illah, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association and usually takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month at St Mark’s but is earlier this month because of the forthcoming half-term.

The group discusses topics that most concern us today, such as social media, gender-based violence, inclusion, education, equality, bringing up children and many more. There is also plenty of tea and cake!

Women of all faiths and none are welcome.

To find out more, contact Stella Wiseman.

Concert for Christian Aid

It’s Christian Aid Week next week and we are holding a concert to raise money for this vital charity on Friday, May 26th at 7.30pm at St George’s.

There will be music from soloists and groups, including Saxooma saxophone quartet, choirs, a singalong, dancing, a raffle, drinks and nibbles. Tickets are £5 (children free) on the door.

This year, Christian Aid Week is focusing on Malawi where food, fuel, fertiliser and school fees have doubled in price in the last 12 months, and hard-working farmers are seeing their harvests fail as the climate crisis brings increasingly erratic weather. The impact of the recent Cyclone Freddy in Malawi has been devastating. Floods have washed away crops, over 500,000 people have been displaced and hundreds have lost their lives.

Please support Christian Aid at this concert and via their online appeal here.

Coronation poems

Write a poem with your thoughts on the Coronation!

We love a bit of poetry in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale, so we are asking you to send in some poems about the Coronation and we can put them up in our churches and on the website.

Email them to or send them to Stella Wiseman, Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale, St Mark’s Church and Community Centre, Alma Lane, Farnham GU9 0LT.

Looking forward to reading them!

Photo by Chris Jackson.

Commonwealth War Graves at St John’s

A new notice outside St John’s Church, Hale, reveals that there are Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard.

There are six of these graves in the churchyard and information about most of them can be found on the Find A Grave website

Lieutenant Colonel Lindsay Cunliff Owen is buried with his wife Eglantyne Mary Owen, under the large magnolia tree near the path. He was born in India in 1887 and died in 1941. You can see more here

Private JE Hammond is buried here following his death in 1919. He came from London and was married to Alice Mary Hammond, of ‘Bideford’, Bullers Road, Weybourne. His grave can be found six down from the back fence and three to the right of the bench. You can find out more here.

One row back and slightly to the left of Private Hammond is Rifleman Sydney Harry Collyer. He died in 1919 and was the son of Harry and Alice Gray Collyer, of Myrtle Villa, Junction Road, Farnham. You can find more here.

Driver William Fenwick Moore is buried eight graves closer to the church than Private Hammond. He died in 1942 at the age of 19, but we do not currently have any more information on him, apart from a picture of his grave here

Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.) William Leslie Webb, is one row up and to the right of Moore. There is no information on Find A Grave but a photo of his grave is posted below.

There is also a grave to Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Duncan Caddell who died in 1942 at the age of 60. He was born in Dundalk and served in World War One and returned to service in World War Two, when he was Commanding Officer at the Military Hospital, Chatham, until he had to retire on the grounds of ill health. He played Rugby for Ireland and was awarded the Military Cross. There is further information here.