Surrey wine company Wine&Something has survived and thrived in lockdown – and has a special offer for readers.

Based in Guildford, Surrey, Wine&Something is the story of a brand built in lockdown. Having only established itself a year earlier and exclusively serving the trade industry before COVID-19 struck, the company knew it had to change journey, after losing 100% of its income, and reinvent itself as a consumer brand – quickly!

Fuelled by the spirit and determination of an underdog, the company changed brand name and created a unique positioning to be relevant to the general public. The result is Wine&Something – a brand and website that was conceived and created during lockdown, launched in September 2020.

Wine&Something promises to bring ‘wow’ to the wine lives of customers across the UK. How? By bringing them a unique collection of 300 indie wines from 75 artisan producers across 12 countries. This is about taking people on a journey of discovery – which is why 85% of its portfolio is exclusive to Wine&Something in the UK. Oh – and 100% of the wines are selected by world-class Master of Wine, Robin Kick.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled evening with friends, Wine&Something offer a variety of virtual wine tastings with a choice of entertaining and knowledgeable hosts, including their Master of Wine. Wines are delivered to you in advance. Average cost £75 (includes 4-6 full sized bottles)

Wine&Something would like to treat the lovely people of Badshot Lea and Hale with a 10% discount on your first order using the code BL&H10.   

Latest on plans for Farnham

North Farnham Voice – Farnham Infrastructure Plan Update

The draft Optimised Infrastructure Plan was issued for public consultation on the February 15 and the consultation finishes on March 14 so there isn’t much time.  So the consultation is really short.

Copies of the document can be found via the links below and comments can be made via the virtual consultation website:

There are some set questions against each of the summary pages for the different areas of the town but there is also a comments section that can be used for each area.  

There are also three virtual meetings being planned by the team running the programme which residents can participate in. 

Thursday, March 4, 6.30pm: Local Liaison Forum  
Monday, March 8, 6.30pm: Local Liaison Forum
Wednesday, March 10, 6.30pm: Businesses in Farnham.

You can register to attend via the link below:

There have been a couple of Zoom meetings of members of the North Farnham Voice Group and some useful exchanges on the North Farnham Voice Facebook page which have identified that the key concern from a North Farnham perspective is that there is no defined link between options to pedestrianise the town centre, which would close off the A325 and A287 through the town centre, and how the displaced traffic would be mitigated. 

The areas of highest impact will be in North Farnham. There are also concerns about the combined impact of displaced traffic and the significant additional housing development planned in the towns around Farnham.  The map below summarises the concern.

There are also issues raised at the North Farnham Local Liaison Forum meeting on January 6, such as rejecting the idea of no right turn from the Upper Hale Road on to Alma Lane, which are still in the proposals and need to be commented on again. There are also some proposals that have been well received by those involved in the North Farnham Voice group and others that lack clarity or have had a mixed response. 

The second issue of the North Farnham Voice leaflet has been prepared and is being distributed, and you can download a copy here.

Please spread the word about this consultation. There is still an opportunity to influence what is studied in the next phase that is what this consultation is for. If people say nothing, then those running the Farnham Infrastructure Programme will assume all is well and that the proposals are supported. Please do engage in this consultation as the outcome of this Infrastructure Programme will have an impact on Farnham for decades to come. 

There is lots of discussion on the North Farnham Voice Facebook page if you wish to share thoughts and ideas with the local community you are welcome to join –

Catherine Powell – Founder of North Farnham Voice

Help Us make Mothering Sunday special

Mothering Sunday is on March 14 and we will be holding special services in church and online. What’s more, we need your help.

If there is a new baby in the family who was born during the pandemic, we’d love to include a picture in our online service. Please do send a picture of your little one to Alan Crawley.

Also, could you video your young children recording a message saying ‘I love you Mummy’ or something similar? Again, we’d love to put that in the online service so please send your video to Alan.

The service will be here on March 14.

We will also be holding services in church with daffodils for mothers and other special people, and lots to get all ages involved.

We have taken precautions to keep our churches Covid-secure (please follow the guidelines) and we welcome you all to the services which will be at St John’s, Hale, at 9.30am, St George’s, Badshot Lea, at 10am, and St Mark’s, Upper Hale, at 11am.

Join in Online Worship Here

Sunday Services

Morning Service:

Book of Common Prayer:


Future services

We would love more people to take part in the services and here are some ways you can do so:

If you have only a telephone with no special features …

Alan can record any comments you would like to make over the phone.  Please call the Rectory (01252 820537) and arrange a time to do this. It will involve calling Alan on his mobile – and a number will be provided to do this.

If you have a smartphone/computer with camera and microphone

If you would like to record a video or sound; make something and take a picture of it; write some prose; share something you found on the web – whatever you have found that has fed you spiritually; please send it to Alan to pull it together.

Large files can be sent to Alan via

If you don’t know how to use the computer to do this
  1. Click on the magnifying glass at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Search for Camera
  3. Click on the Camera App option
  4. Click on the Video button on the right hand side of the screen so that it is white.
  5. Click on it again to start videoing
  6. Click the red square to stop videoing.
  7. Open File Explorer and then Camera Roll – you should find the video you have recorded there.
  8. Use FileMailTransferXL or PCloud (works better on mobiles) to select a video and send it to Alan.
Using a mobile/tablet
  1. Record the video – turn your device to landscape mode – it gives a bigger picture.
  2. Use PCloud to select the video and send it to Alan.

Alan looks forward to receiving lots of contributions:

Sunday Service – Lent 2

Today we are celebrating the Second Sunday of  Lent. We will be having just one morning service and one evening service from now on and they are below.  First here are the notices:



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We are having a sermon series in Lent at the three Sunday services at the churches plus the Wednesday service at St Mark’s and the online Sunday Morning service. This will start on 21st February. The Lent groups will also be following this theme and will meet on Zoom. They will be on Tuesdays 2:30-4pm, Wednesdays 7:30-9pm and Sundays 1:30-2:30pm, especially for families. The week before Alan will run a session to check that everyone can access the meetings. These sessions will be on Tuesday 16th at 2:30pm and 8:45pm. Please contact Alan on 01252 820537 or to tell him you are interested in coming to Lent Groups or to ask for help with accessing them.

The Sunday Lunchtime Families Lent Group will be meeting at 1:30.
Meeting ID: 890 5692 2395
Passcode: 5jkXje

The Tuesday Afternoon Lent Group will be meeting at 2:30.
Meeting ID: 890 5692 2395
Passcode: 5jkXje

The Wednesday Evening Lent Group will be meeting at 7:30.
Meeting ID: 890 5692 2395
Passcode: 5jkXje

Meditative Prayer

Join us online during Lent for a quiet prayer session on Thursday evenings. The pattern will be some reflective liturgy, a time of silent, meditative prayer, followed by liturgy based on Compline. The service will be available via Zoom. Please click this link to join: The passcode is 218711. If you are uncertain about getting in to Zoom calls you can have a practice run on February 16 at 8.45pm. Please contact Alan about this.


Morning Service

Evening Service

Your March Magazine is here

The March issue of the parish magazine is out with plenty to read inside: Lent, Easter, Mothering Sunday, school news, our new florist who moves into St Mark’s at the start of the month, exciting news about the Kitty Milroy murals and Emily the organ, prayer, news from the parish and the local MP, the Church Cat and lots more.

You can find the magazine below. But if you would like a paper copy, please let us know by emailing Anne Young:

The cover price of the magazine is £10 for the year which pays for the editorial costs. We would be grateful if those accessing it online would pay £1 an issue. You can pay by clicking on the button below:

The magazine is available here:

Art at St Mark’s – Unlimited

For this period, we have been illustrating our responses to the Song of Simeon and we are delighted to share our Gallery with you.
(Everyone is welcome to submit art for our Gallery and the next theme is “Easter”; more details to follow)
Thank you to all the artists who have submitted work this time.

The Song of Simeon

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Picture by Hugo Buckle
Picture by Carol Gunner
Picture by Aly Buckle
Picture by Alison Ridgeon
Picture by Hallie Buckle
Picture by Lesley Shatwell. I took both the photos I used, one is poppies in my garden, the other is of Les Drus in the Alps.
I wanted to show God’s creation with two images which bring me joy. They remind me that God creates all things great and small.
Picture by Derek Buckle

Last call for the Farnham Lockdown Poetry Festival

Have you written your poem for the Farnham Lockdown Poetry Festival? Entries should be in by the end of tomorrow.

Send your poems about being in lockdown – whatever you feel, whatever your experience – to Lesley Crawley either by email or to her at The Rectory, 25 Upper Hale Road, Farnham GU9 0NX.

Adults and children alike are welcome to send in their poems on the theme of lockdown. The Mayor has offered a prize for the best adult and best child one but don’t worry if you don’t think you are the world’s greatest poet – just give it a go!

If you want some ideas, listen to this lockdown poem by Harry Baker:

Or this poem by Jim Carruth

the long bench

For the times ahead
when we will be

as if at either end
of the long bench

where distance kept
is love’s measure

and death dances
the space between

when words alone
are not enough

and queued memories
reach out to touch

let longing be a store
of nut and seed

that grows each day
in strange hibernation

readying for its end –
the sharing of the feast.

Picture by Ksenia Makagonov on Unsplash

Serving the Villages North of Farnham: Badshot Lea, Hale, Heath End & Weybourne