Category Archives: Christmas

An Advent full of Joy

Advent is going to be a bit different this year. Normally the four services leading up to Christmas are a little bit solemn; the church is not decorated, no baptisms happen, the hymns are in a minor key. It is all about watching and waiting and hoping.

However, not this year! Let’s be honest, ever since March we have been watching and waiting and hoping – it has been the longest Advent ever. A number of people have said they have had enough of being miserable and they would like some joy in December instead. Also, as we are not having crib services or carol services in church this year, we want to invite everyone in throughout December to hear the story of Christmas.

Consequently, all the churches will have a series of family-friendly services including drama and opportunities for craft throughout December and we will be looking at characters in the Nativity:

  • 6th December – Mary and the Archangel Gabriel
  • 13th December – Shepherds and Angels
  • 20th December – Mary and Joseph
  • 25th December – birth of Jesus
  • (no service on 27th December)
  • 4th January – Magi (or Kings)

Please let Lesley know if you are willing to take part by email revd.lesley@badshotleaandhale.org or phone 01252 820537. At each of the above services there are lots of roles for adults and children and young people to get stuck into:

  • Welcoming
  • Singing
  • Reading a prayer
  • Drama
  • Reading a poem
  • Preparing crafts

It will be lovely to see you there.

Every blessing

Lesley

Join our online Christmas tree festival

The Christmas lights are on in Farnham, two houses across the road from my house have their decorations up; it must be time for a Christmas Tree Festival.

This year we can’t hold or take part in standard Christmas Tree Festivals so we’ve decided to go online. We are inviting local individuals, families, groups, schools, charities, churches and businesses to take part by creating a Christmas tree and displaying it in our online Christmas Tree Festival which will be here on the website from December 1st-14th.

All you have to do is send us a picture of a Christmas tree, decorated as you wish, and include something about yourself, your school, business, organisation, charity, church – whatever or whoever your tree is representing and we will display these on our website during the first two weeks of December.

It’s free for charities, churches and schools, and there is a minimal charge for commercial businesses as we are raising funds for the church’s work in north Farnham.

It’s a perfect opportunity for you to tell people about what you do and get your message out there. Our website visitors come from both the local area and as far away as the USA and China and so far this month the website has had more than 9,000 views.

We will also promote our festival on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Not sure what Christmas tree to display? We have a few you can use.

To find out more and take part, contact Stella Wiseman, news@badshotleaandhale.org

Happy Christmas Trees!

Light, rain and beacons of hope across town

Eight beacons shone out through the rainy skies across Farnham tonight.

The beacons, provided by Farnham Town Council, shone from Badshot Lea, Rowledge, Wrecclesham, The Bourne, Farnham Castle, Central Farnham and Lower and Upper Hale where they were placed in the grounds of St John’s and St Mark’s.

Their lighting marked the beginning of the Christmas season in Farnham and the switching on of the Christmas lights across the town.

The beacons were warmly received across town with typical comments on social media being ‘heart-warming’, ‘beautiful’, ‘fabulous’, ‘amazing’. One man who turned up at St Mark’s took a selfie with the light and explained that he was doing so at all eight.

Towards the end the skies cleared and stars appeared and the evening felt just a little hopeful in this difficult year.

The beacon at St John’s. Top: At St Mark’s

Art and craft fair – shop Now for Christmas Gifts

Welcome to our online art and craft fair, displaying the talent of individuals and small businesses. There’s a huge range here, from illustrations to felt booties, cards to crochet, jewellery, candles, t-shirts, knitting, cushions, bunting, jam, decorations, flowers, ceramics, mosaics, frames, gin…

It’s an ideal way to do your Christmas shopping and support small businesses. Just browse through the pages here – click on the links to take you to the ones you want – and contact the maker direct. There are contact details on every page.

Thank you to everyone who is taking part here. Happy shopping!

All Sorts

Gorgeous knitwear for children

https://badshotleaandhale.org/all-sorts/

Anna Londei

All that sparkles is Anna Londei with customised clothing

https://badshotleaandhale.org/anna-londei/

Ash Brockwell

Multimedia Art from transmasculine artivist Ash Brockwell

https://badshotleaandhale.org/ash-brockwell/

Aspen Crafts

Cards, coasters, bags, prints and more with an animal theme

https://badshotleaandhale.org/aspen-crafts/

Badshot Lea and Hale

The parish’s own stall with Christmas craft and tasty treats

https://badshotleaandhale.org/badshot-lea-and-hale/

Cartref Crafts

All things fabric from bags to bunting

https://badshotleaandhale.org/cartref-crafts/

Chris and Co

Mugs, coasters and greeting cards, all made locally

https://badshotleaandhale.org/chris-and-co/

Crafty Marvel Boutique

Upcycled bowling balls, mosaics and ceramics, sold for charity

https://badshotleaandhale.org/crafty-marvel-boutique/

Csilla Bedy

Crochet creations and essential oils for happiness and wellbeing

https://badshotleaandhale.org/csilla-bedy/

Dannie’s Christmas Crafts

Handmade Christmas cards and decorations plus personalised gifts

https://badshotleaandhale.org/dannies-christmas-crafts-2/

Finn and Fern

Nordic boho-style macrame home decor and jewellery

https://badshotleaandhale.org/finn-and-fern/

Gifts with Bethany

Creativity and colour from a young Textiles graduate

https://badshotleaandhale.org/gifts-with-bethany/

Gloímoí Skin Care

A solution to dry skin with these soft, soothing creams

20% off for Diwali, November 14 and 15 only.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/gloimoi-skin-care/

HD Watercolour

Pet portraits, family keepsakes, lovely watercolours and acrylics.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/hd-watercolour-art/

Honey Badger Prints

Custom clothing for you and your little ones

https://badshotleaandhale.org/honey-badger-prints/

Joyful Makes

Handmade craft from recycled material. All for charity.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/joyful-makes-6/

Kat Giannini

Animal art and pet commissions, cards and bio-friendly wrapping paper.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/kat-giannini/

Kittoo Crafts

Beautiful handmade craft from Kitty.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/kittoo-crafts/

Mews Gin

Local gin distiller Mews Gin has a range of exciting new gins including London Dry, Rhubarb and Honeyberry Gin. 

https://badshotleaandhale.org/mews-gin/

Mi7

Felts and soaps and stunning creativity

https://badshotleaandhale.org/mi7/

Mind Your Bonce

Hats, made in Farnham but worn around the world

https://badshotleaandhale.org/mind-your-bonce/

Nibbs Gin

Small batch artisan gin from the Surrey/Sussex borders

https://badshotleaandhale.org/nibbs-gin/

Popolo Ceramico

Personalised ceramic gifts and keepsakes

https://badshotleaandhale.org/popolo-ceramico/

Pretty Practical

Personalised gifts and practical items

https://badshotleaandhale.org/pretty-practical/

Pure Glass

Handmade glass and sterling silver jewellery made in Farnham.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/pure-glass/

QF Designs

Handmade jewellery made with love, fire and a lot of hammering.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/qf-designs/

Rene’s Blankets

Not just blankets but bags, decorations and gifts, crocheted and knitted for charity

https://badshotleaandhale.org/renes-blankets/

Resin Expectations

Using the versatile material resin to decorate boxes, clocks, keyrings, and jewellery

https://badshotleaandhale.org/resin-expectations/

Sarah Metcalfe

A Minecraft duvet set to thrill any young fan

https://badshotleaandhale.org/sarah-metcalfe/

Sherlock & Sons

Artisan gins from a quintessentially English distillery

https://badshotleaandhale.org/sherlock-sons/

Shirley Watson Design

Individual pieces from a local lino printmaker

https://badshotleaandhale.org/shirley-watson-design/

The Squirrel Collective

With colourful gloves and letters from Father Christmas, Christmas is covered.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/the-squirrel-collective/

St Clare’s at the Cathedral

Beautiful gifts and cards, innovative worship resources and church supplies.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/st-clares-at-the-cathedral/

Steph Lovell Flowers

Contemporary floral designs from a young florist

https://badshotleaandhale.org/steph-lovell-flowers/

Susie Lidstone

Local scenes and floral art from one of Farnham’s most popular artists

https://badshotleaandhale.org/susie-lidstone/

Tropic

Vegan, cruelty-free make-up and skin care products which support education across the globe.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/tropic/

Usborne Books

Plenty to keep the children occupied with a huge selection of books for youngsters.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/usborne-books/

Beacons of Light and Hope

The night sky will be lit up across Farnham this Saturday by beacons which will shine out from 5-8.30pm from eight places across the town, including St John’s and St Mark’s Churches.

The lights will sweep across the sky from Badshot Lea, Weybourne, Upper Hale, Rowledge, Wrecclesham, The Bourne, Farnham Castle and Central Farnham and will mark the beginning of the Christmas season in Farnham.

During the shining of the beacons, the switching on of the Christmas lights in the town centre and surrounding neighbourhoods, will also take place.  

The beacons are being staged by Farnham Town Council to represent the coming together of the Farnham community during 2020 and hopes for a brighter 2021. 

Councillor Alan Earwaker, the council’s lead member for tourism and events, said: “COVID may stop us inviting residents to the town centre to see an official Christmas lights switch-on this year but let us bring the lights to you. Wherever you live in Farnham or nearby villages, we hope you will be able to see at least one of our searchlights in the sky. Come out to your doorsteps to see them – and give your neighbours a wave too if you can.”

Picture by Casey Horner on Unsplash