This year, during Lent, we are going to take a look at the subject of forgiveness and be asking some in-depth questions, such as:

· What is forgiveness?

· Do others need to repent before we forgive them?

· Is resentment a bad thing?

· Is forgiveness sometimes impossible?

The course will be run by the clergy, and Michelle Chapman will be running a family course.

We won’t be following a book; instead there will be a booklet with questions and a list of optional resources which you might or might not wish to engage with. It will be quite possible to take part in the course without looking at any of the other resources.

Please let Alan know if you would like to be part of a Lent Course this year, either online or in person, and what days or evenings are good for you.  Also, please let him know if you would be willing to host a meeting.

Could you write A Poem for Farnham?

Enter our poetry competition which is being run in conjunction with the inaugural Farnham Literary Festival which is being held across Farnham between March 5th and 13th.

Take part in the competition and you could find yourself reading your poem at a poetry evening on Saturday, March 12th at St Mark’s Church.

There is a children’s competition, open to under-16s, and an adult one, and all you have to do is write a poem about Farnham – what it means to you, what you like or dislike, what the town feels like to you, its history, its people… anything you want to write which means Farnham to you.

Then send it in to us to reach us by 5pm on Monday, February 14th. Send your entries by email to or by post to Poetry Competition, St Mark’s Church and Community Centre, Alma Lane, Farnham, GU9 0LT.

There is no word limit, but entries should be typed, double-spaced.

The children’s poetry competition is being judged by poet Coral Rumble and the adult one by poet Ellora Sutton.

Coral Rumble is an award-winning poet specialising in writing and performing for children. She has had four poetry collections published, with Things that Should be in a Poem out soon. Her verse novel Little Light was published last year and she has also written picture books and for children’s TV. You can find her at and she tweets @RumbleCoral.

Coral Rumble

Ellora Sutton, she/her, is a queer poet, museum professional, and critic. Her work has been published in the Poetry Review, Interpreter’s House, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, fourteen poems and Poetry News, amongst others. She reviews poetry for Mslexia. She tweets @ellora_sutton, or you can find her at

Ellora Sutton

Art @ St Mark’s

Anyone gasping for a cup of coffee and more art?

Our next coffee mornings with art are

Thursday 6 January and Thursday 3 February 2022

10.30 – 12.30

St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, Farnham  GU9 0LT

We are going to be entering our work into the Maltings Unseen Artists exhibition, which takes place on the weekend of 19-20 February.  It is a marvellous opportunity to see our work on show in the town so we need lots of art to make a good display.

We are taking as our theme “St Mark’s”, so we need to get our artistic thinking caps on:-what St Mark’s means to us; Kitty Milroy Murals; and there’s always the winged lion emblem of St Mark; or perhaps a sketch of one of our services …  We will be bringing along a few ideas to the coffee mornings to get us started.  Or alternatively, why not come along for a chat and a cuppa? 

Drop in – 10.30 – 12.30 and who knows, you may find yourself picking up a pencil and trying a quick sketch.

If you are unable to get to our sessions and yet desperate to be part of Unseen Artists, you can drop your art off at any of our services at St Mark’s or send me a photo of your work.

(Lesley Shatwell – email:

To comply with copyright laws, it must be all entirely your own work.

St Mark’s is a listed building

We are delighted to announce that St Mark’s is now a Grade II listed building.

Historic England this week named St Mark’s as one of the “most captivating places across the South East” and praised its “stunning” murals, painted by Kitty Milroy between 1911 and 1920.

The murals were restored earlier this year by wall painting conservationists Rickerby and Shekede and new lighting has been installed to show them off to their best advantage.

Kitty was an intermittent student at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. The Slade was noted for turning out a number of talented young muralists and Mary Sargant Florence, a major woman artist and muralist, led a fresco and tempera painting course there. There are records of Kitty exhibiting paintings both locally and in London, and drawings of the St Mark’s frescos were exhibited in the 1923 Winter Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Her only other known fresco scheme was in the chancel of the chapel at St Elphin’s School in Matlock, Derbyshire, which she painted between 1921 and 1931. These frescos were lost when the chapel was enlarged in the early 1940s.

The side walls and east end of the chancel at St Mark’s are covered in colourful paintings of religious scenes, including the Annunciation. Milroy’s imagery appears to draw on works by Botticelli such as Primavera and Birth of Venus. Her depiction of The Song of Creation blends personifications of elements of the natural world with imagery taken directly from her surroundings, from local landscapes and flora to the faces of fellow congregation members. The figure of ‘Water’ is believed to have been modelled on the Milroy family gardener, Edwin Thomas Warner.

Heritage Minister Nigel Huddleston explained that listing St Mark’s and other historic sites is a way of protecting “our valuable heritage for future generations to learn from and ensure they are on the map for local people and visitors to be proud of and enjoy.”

Lesley Crawley, rector of the parish, added: “We are thrilled that St Mark’s has received this accolade. The murals are a real gem and we are really thankful that Kitty Milroy’s art and skill are being recognised. She was a truly gifted artist and the murals are stunning examples of her work and a testament to her faith as they depict joyful psalms and biblical scenes as well as the Benedicite, also known as the Song of Creation. The murals are also significant from the perspective of local history as the people who modelled for her were local villagers and we are gradually discovering who they were.

“We welcome people to come and see these beautiful works of art and the church which was built in the 1880s to serve the village of Upper Hale and is still serving the local community today.”

Join in Online Worship Here

Sunday Services:

You can find all the services here.

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:

New Year, New Craft Market

Come to the craft market at St Mark’s this Saturday

Join us this Saturday, January 15, at St Mark’s between 10am and 2pm, for the first of this year’s monthly craft markets.

There will be pottery, soaps, glass, cards, jewellery, textiles and all manner of gifts for sale, made by local craftspeople. Browse and buy while you listen to live music, then take a look at the Kitty Milroy murals which featured on BBC TV last month. Then stop off for a hot drink, a savoury roll, cakes and biscuits.

Come and support small businesses as you shop and eat.

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