Category Archives: Art

Coffee Artz – so good we’re doing it twice!

Coffee Artz at St Mark’s – a morning of coffee, cake, chat and artistic endeavour (no skill or experience needed) – is expanding. It will now be on the third Thursday of the month as well as the first Thursday, so is on this week (19th) from 10.30am to 12pm at St Mark’s, Alma Lane.

This week the group will be exploring colourful ways of using paints and fabrics to create unique items and a group Coronation collage. They will also be eating cake, drinking coffee and tea, and socialising.

Everyone is welcome – just turn up!

Come to a Kitty birthday celebration

Sunday, November 6th, 11am

Everyone is invited to a celebration of the Kitty Milroy murals and the artist Kitty Milroy herself at St Mark’s Church, on the morning of Sunday, November 6th at 11am, just two days before the anniversary of her birth on November 8th, 1885, and also the anniversary of her death on November 8th, 1966.

There will be a communion service at 11am, followed by a bring-and-share lunch soon after noon, and a talk on the murals by Nick Seversway who has led the campaign to restore the murals, and Stella Wiseman.

Kitty Milroy’s now-famous murals were restored in 2021 and are recognised as being of national importance and a jewel in Surrey’s crown. St Mark’s Church was awarded Grade II listed status by Historic England last year, and in March 2022 was shortlisted for a Surrey Historic Buildings Trust Heritage Award.

Kitty’s murals are stunning works of art, and for years she and the murals were overlooked, probably because she was a woman and women’s art was seen as less important as that of men. She painted the murals between 1911 and 1920 and they depict the Annunciation – the meeting between Mary and the Angel Gabriel when Mary is told she will be the mother of Jesus – as well as scenes from the Benedicite, an ancient hymn of praise to God about the wonders of the natural world, and local views. There are figures depicting the natural elements and seasons, and the models for these figures are known to be local people.

The whole is a stunning creation by a hugely talented artist and we invite everyone to come and enjoy them and find out more about them and Kitty herself.

Come and join us on November 6th. If you can’t bring lunch, please come anyway, there will be plenty to share.

Craft Market and free lunch

We are holding our Craft Market at St Mark’s, Upper Hale, tomorrow (Saturday 17th) 10am-2pm, and offering a free Harvest lunch from noon.

There will be a slideshow in memory of The Queen and a place to light candles for her.

Please come and join us, listen to live music, enjoy a free lunch, and support businesses while buying gifts and treats. It’s also a chance to see the Kitty Milroy murals.

Adventurers is back!

Adventurers, the club for ages 7-11, is back again.

The popular club, led by Anne Boyman, is on Tuesdays at St Mark’s from 5.30-7pm, in term time.

There are games, craft, art, stories, prayers, refreshments and a lot of fun and friendship. So, if you, or someone you know, are age 7 to 11, why not give it a try? Just turn up, or give Anne Boyman a call on 01252 724429.

Your July/August magazine is out!

Your July/August magazine is here, filled with Ordination news, the Fete, information about what is going on in the parish, reflections, an article about the pop-up museum exhibition at St Mark’s, changes to the craft market, pride services, news from our local MP, prayer, new advertisers.

Enjoy reading and please let us have your articles and news. Email editor@badshotleaandhale.org

Jubilee celebrations!

North Farnham is all set to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a long weekend of events between June 2nd and 5th, arranged by the parish, North Farnham Voice – a group of residents dedicated to caring for the area – and the Hale Community Centre.

The events are:

Thursday, June 2

St George’s Church – Afternoon Tea
2.45-5.30pm with exhibition of Coronation and Queen Elizabeth memorabilia and entertainment.
Please book your free ticket in advance by contacting Maxine.everitt@badshotleaandhale.org or phone 01252 318135

Friday, June 3

St Mark’s Church – Barn Dance
6pm -10pm Enjoy a FREE evening of dancing to music by Cajun Boogaloo Trio. Bring your own refreshments. Tea and coffee available for donations to the Kitty Milroy mural fund. Further info admin@badshotleaandhale.org or 07842 761919

Saturday, June 4

Upper Hale – Family Fun Day

Sandy Hill Field
10am -12 noon FREE activities with Bouncy Castle, Games, Fire Engine, Music, Treasure Hunt, Tug-o-war and Ramble

St Mark’s Church
12.30pm – 2pm FREE JUBILEE LUNCH
with live music and a display of photos of people and  past events from Hale History Project.  Plus, a chance to see and hear more from the experts about the recently restored Kitty Milroy murals.

Hale Recreation Ground
2pm – 4pm Bring your own PICNIC IN THE PARK and enjoy more live singing and music and dancing displays by local groups. (Toilet facilities open in the Institute and Scout Hut)
The Church on the Green will be selling teas and coffee and will be holding an exhibition of Jubilee memorabilia.

Sunday, June 5

10am St George’s Church Outdoor Songs of Praise.
11am  Badshot Lea Primary School fete.
12 noon St John’s Church, Hale, Service of Thanksgiving with the Bishop of Dorking and the Scouts.
1pm  St John’s Church churchyard BIG LUNCH with BBQ* and music.  Bring your own picnic.

SAVE THE DATES – Everyone is welcome!

If you’d like to get involved with the preparations, help at these events or have a group activity you’d like to promote please contact elaine.fell@me.com

*cover charge applies

A festival fit for a Queen

The Farnham Flower Festival at St John’s Church last weekend (May 14-15) was an amazing success with beautiful displays of flowers, art, craft and poetry, live music, tea and cake, all of it to start the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Thanks to all who took part and also to those who worked so hard to make it happened. Here’s to next time!

Thanks to Florescence for the sponsorship!

Here are some of the displays: