All posts by Stella Wiseman

I am the parish administrator and communications officer, a former journalist and now an ordinand.

Take a trip to ‘France’ with our Holiday at Home

With foreign travel trickier this year, why not stay local and join us for a day trip to ‘France’ in our Holiday at Home?

On Saturday, August 7, St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, will be filled with French food and music for our first Holiday at Home. There will be croissants and coffee to start with from 10.30am, followed by a two-course lunch, music, the parish choir and soloists, a slideshow of French holiday memories and a raffle.

Join us for a relaxing day with good company, good food and entertainment.

Booking is essential. Contact Wendy Edwards 01252 406772/ 07740 082460 or email llm.wendy@badshotleaandhale.org by Saturday, July 31 to reserve your place.

Pictured above: Paris by Alexander Kagan on Unsplash.

New Craft Market is a resounding success

Farnham’s newest craft market, which opened in St Mark’s Church, Hale, on Saturday, July 17, has been declared a resounding success.

The market was opened at 10am on Saturday by Cllr Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham, and a steady stream of visitors browsed the stalls for jewellery, textiles, glass, handmade soaps, hats, home décor, cards, pictures and much more, as well as sitting down for tea and home-made cake and listening to live music played on the fiddle, saxophone and double bass. People also took the opportunity to get a closer look at the newly restored murals in the chancel which were painted a century ago by a local artist, Kitty Milroy, and are now recognised as being of national importance.

Everyone – visitors, stallholders and the amazing team who put this on – had a good time and emails and social media messages have been coming in saying how much people enjoyed it. A lot of the stallholders have asked to book again and in August we will be able to have more stalls in the church. This month we limited the number because of Covid restrictions but we will be able to expand though we intend to remain cautious in the light of the rising number of Covid cases.

This was the first of a series of regular monthly markets which will take placed on the third Saturday of each month and the next one will be on Saturday, August 21, from 10am-2pm.

Anyone who is interested in a stall at the August or subsequent markets should contact Stella Wiseman on 07842 761919 or admin@badshotleaandhale.org

A New Art and Craft Market for Farnham – at St Mark’s!

Farnham has a new market on the third Saturday of the month, starting on July 17 and it’s at St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, GU9 0LT. It will run from 10am-2pm.

The market will be selling all sorts of creative products – jewellery, glass, ceramics, textiles, hats, face creams, bath products, art, home décor, cards – as well as homemade cakes and other refreshments. There are only a couple of tables left at the first market but it will be running every month and bookings are being taken for August onwards. If you want to book a stall, contact Stella Wiseman.

There is so much creative skill in and around Farnham and we are delighted to offer artists and crafters the chance to share this with others, and also to encourage people to buy from local producers who have been hit by the pandemic. Among the first stalls will be hats from award-winning milliner Mind Your Bonce, contemporary glass jewellery from Pure Glass, handmade face creams from Gloimoi, upcycled home and gardens items from Val Lee, fused glass, soaps and bath bombs, beautiful greetings cards. Come and browse.

The market will also give visitors the chance to see the newly restored Kitty Milroy murals in the chancel. They really are works of extraordinary skill and beauty and are recognised as being of national significance and the work of a previously unrecognised major talent.

The market will be open from 10am for visitors. Covid restrictions will remain in place for the July one.

Pictured: Bath products by Abi’s Bath Bombs.

Say Thank you this Sunday

We’re joining in national Thank You Day this Sunday, July 4. People around the country are gathering to show their gratitude to those who have helped us so much over the pandemic and we are holding Thank You services in each of the churches with special visitors from across Farnham.

Join us at St John’s at 9.30am, St George’s at 10am and St Mark’s at 11am.

Among those also joining us will be Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham, and Catherine Powell, Surrey Councillor for North Farnham, who will all be at St John’s; Gemma Ball, head of Badshot Lea Village Infant School, Alex Hayhoe from the Hygiene Bank and Iain McCready from Farnham Town Council who will be at St George’s; and Cathy Burroughs, manager of Hale Community Centre, Daniel Gee, head of content for the Farnham Herald, Alastair Shanks from Right at Home care agency, and Pat Evans, former Mayor of Farnham, who will be at St Mark’s. They will be talking about the community in the past 18 months, the future as they see it and what they are thankful for.

There will be opportunities to express your own thanks and make thank-you cards.

Please join us and say thank you too.

For further information, call 07842761919 or email admin@badshotleaandhale.org

ARTZ @ St Mark’s

Join us for a weekend exhibition of local arts, crafts and music to celebrate the restoration of the Kitty Milroy murals, and exhibit your own work at the same time!

Artz @ St Mark’s will be opened by Cllr Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham, on Friday, July 30, at 6pm.

Exhibition opening times.

Friday, July 30, 6pm – 8pm; drop in anytime.

Saturday, July 31, 10am – 4pm; drop in anytime

Sunday, August 1, 2pm – 4pm; drop in anytime.

Join in with your own work or performance

If you like doing arts, crafts and music-making and have your own work to show or perform at this exhibition, please get involved.

Please print out and complete a hard copy entry form which you can find here:

and drop into the box at St Mark’s, or complete the online entry form – https://forms.gle/DWCPhvRjM4STQdfZ6

This will be a unique opportunity to bring together the talent in our local community.

Everyone is welcome.

Items for the exhibition should be dropped off at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale from 1pm on Friday, July 30, and should be clearly labelled with your name. They will be available for collection at 4pm on Sunday, August 1.

Proceeds from the sale of refreshments will go to the murals’ lighting fund.

Picture above is by Motjaba Ravanbakhsh on Unsplash.

Your July/August magazine is here!

The July/August magazine is out now with news and events from around the area.

As well as information about the churches – the St John’s Youth Hub funding and the Kitty Milroy murals for instance – you will find articles from other organisations in the community. We want this to be a real community magazine and welcome contributions from others.

This time, for instance, we have articles from Crown Daisy Nursery, Badshot Lea Bloomers, Farnham Assist and Hale Community Centre and we are looking forward to more from others next time. You will also find the first of a regular column from the Surrey County Councillor for North Farnham, Catherine Powell, and of course words from our MP Jeremy Hunt.

Other items not to miss in this month’s mag include a special offer from Wine&Something, news on Artz @ St Mark’s – a weekend of art, craft and music which we’d like you to be involved in – and the new monthly art and craft market at St Mark’s on the third Saturday of each month. There’s a book by Bishop Chris Herbert- you can meet him at the book signing – news of upcoming events including our Autumn Fayre and Pride Service, and a call for help. The amazing Anne Young has left Farnham and we need someone to take over administering the magazine distribution. If you can help, please get in touch.

There’s also a trade index on page 2. If you need a plumber or builder or florist or vet or chiropractor etc etc check this first and use our local people.

Happy reading!

The Murals have been restored!

Restoration of the Kitty Milroy murals is complete!

Thanks to the amazing skill of Stephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede, wall-painting conservationists, the murals in St Mark’s Church have been stabilised and can be seen as they once were when first painted by Kitty Milroy between 1911 and 1920.

The murals were revealed on Friday to a small gathering of people, many of whom had donated to the restoration, and Nick Seversway, a picture restorer whose passion for the murals has driven forward the work, and Rev’d Lesley Crawley gave a joint talk on Kitty and on the content of the murals.

The murals themselves depict Biblical imagery, in particular the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and give birth to Jesus, and the Benedicite, a song which appears in some versions of the Bible and in which all parts of creation are called upon to praise God, from the heavens to the waters, the sun, moon, stars and elements, the mountains and hills, the cattle, the people, ‘all that are holy and humble in heart’.

We need to look after the murals for the future and are still fundraising to help do so, and to improve the lighting so that they can be better seen. We have set up a crowdfunding page to do so – please do support us. Click here to find out more.

On the evening when the murals were revealed there was also a presentation of a book by the Church Recorders, a group which has been recording everything in St Mark’s along with its provenance and history.

Because of Covid restrictions there are limits on the numbers who can see the murals at any one time but visits can be arranged. Please contact the administrator, Stella Wiseman, for details.

Come to the Community Fete

We  are very excited to be able to host the Badshot Lea Community Fete on 3rd July at St. George’s from 12-4pm.

We will be having a barbecue and refreshments, including cream teas.   Due to the restrictions still in place, everyone eating or drinking will need to be seated – so it is lucky we have lots of lawn.  It should be a lovely atmosphere on the beautiful summer grass. 

Sadly, the restrictions mean that the children of Badshot Lea Village School are unable to perform for us but hopefully this will not stop them coming along and enjoying everything on offer.  We are delighted to have partnered with the Tice’s Meadow Birders group, who will have an exhibition,  Badshot Bloomers, with their exciting news about a new Community Garden and the Community Association.  The Sea Cadets will be present and letting people know what goes on in their organisation and the Working Men’s Club will also be represented.  Nibbs Gin are producing flyers which will include interesting discounts.

As a new incentive this year, we have invited small businesses to hire a spot in the car park to sell their wares – so there will artists, wax melts, Usborne Books, bath bombs, hand and face creams, children’s bits and bobs, fudge, calligraphy, craft items, our very own ‘Home Produce’ and a good-as-new toy stall.  We also have a children’s ‘Tea Cup’ ride.

Don’t forget our Summer Grand Draw with a first prize of £100; tickets are already on sale. We are also running a bottle tombola and a more general tombola.  (Any donations gratefully received).

We are all looking forward to a great afternoon of eating, having fun in the sun and coming together as a community.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

The next stage for funding the Youth Hub

We’re delighted to say that we made our initial crowdfunding target of £4,000 for the new St John’s drop-in Youth Hub.

Thanks to everyone who gave so generously we actually raised £4,580 + an estimated £840 in gift aid from 28 supporters over 42 days.

This will enable us to make the north aisle into a good space for the Youth Hub  – we will clear the pews, make the floor level and purchase equipment. You can see more here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/st-johns-project

We are now raising money to fund a community youth worker, so we can provide high quality youth work Monday to Friday each week.

To give to this project please consider:

To find out more, please get in touch with us – admin@badshotleaandhale.org or revd.lesley@badshotleaandhale.org or call Lesley on 01252 820537.

Many thanks to everyone for your support!