Farnham Help for Refugees are holding a collection on Friday, 17th, from 4-7pm at William Cobbett School, Weybourne Road.
CLOTHING Winter and summer clothes. For men they need sizes S, M and L only. For women, teens and children all sizes are needed. NEW underwear for all the above sizes. Trainers – teens and men. Adult football boots (sizes 6-10 only) and football gear.
NO formal clothes – suits/office wear.
BAGS School/college bags. Backpacks. Suitcases.
TECHNOLOGY Smartphones with chargers.
TOYS (Good condition only) Small toys (simple toys, no battery-operated toys).
They cannot accept anything not on the list, nor can they accept dirty or damaged items.
The March parish magazine is here filled with plenty of news about the parish, including the Lent groups, the Seekers service, an encouragement to ‘Pray for 5’, the Literary Festival, groups and events, and the new Badshot Leader. The Badshot Leader was first produced 46 years ago and has been relaunched by the Badshot Lea Community Association in conjunction with the parish. It will appear in the magazine every two months and it can also be received directly from the Association – see page 19 of the magazine.
There are lots of advertisers too – please use them and tell them that you saw them in the magazine.
Pictured above is a scene from The Chosen which we are discussing for Lent. Picture courtesy of The Chosen, Angel Studios.
It’s February, the month of Valentine’s love, pancakes and the first signs of Spring. It’s also a month when lots starts happening in the parish – well, does it ever stop? But here we are coming into Lent, with Lent courses which this year focus on the TV series The Chosen, a Questioning Faith course which will lead to confirmation in the Cathedral on Easter Eve, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, with services of ashing, and our Pancakes and Temptations service. Then there is a barn dance on February 25th, and an invitation to enter the Farnham Poetry Competition – this year the theme is hope.
Take a look inside the magazine for more details where you will also find a response to the bishops’ proposals on equal marriage, the Church Cat, prayer, thoughts on faith, events and reports from local groups.
The Farnham Poetry Competition 2023 has now opened and this year the theme is hope.
There is a children’s competition, open to under-16s, and an adult one, and entrants are asked to write a poem on the theme of hope – what gives them hope, what hope is, where we might find it, anything about hope.
Poems should be sent by email to email@example.com or by post to Farnham Poetry Competition, St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, Farnham, GU9 0LT, to arrive by 5pm on Friday, February 24.
The competition is being run by the parish and is part of the Farnham Literary Festival which is being held across Farnham between March 3 and 12.
The children’s poetry competition is being judged by poet Coral Rumble and the adult one by poet Ellora Sutton. The competition is free to enter and there will be prizes for the first prize-winners and runners-up in both categories. The winners will be announced at the poetry final evening on Saturday, March 11, at St Mark’s Church at 5pm, when there will also be an open mic for anyone to share their poetry, and the two judges will also perform their work.
Stella Wiseman, who is organising the competition on behalf of the Literary Festival, said: “We are living through extraordinarily difficult times at the moment and sometimes we can feel pretty hopeless. But there is hope around us and within us and this competition is an opportunity to explore where we might find it, what gives us hope, how we share that hope, really anything about hope.
“Last year, the poetry competition really showed the breadth of talent, ideas and sheer joy to be found in people and their writing and we really hope that this year will be the same. Please do have a go, and just enjoy yourselves writing.
“And once again we are delighted to have Coral Rumble and Ellora Sutton on board to judge the competition. They are both inspiring poets and we are honoured that they are taking part.”
Coral Rumble is a popular, award-winning poet, with five poetry collections, plus 170+ anthology contributions. The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat (picture book) was longlisted for Oscar’s Book Prize Award.
Coral won the Caterpillar Poetry Prize, 2018. Her collections have been promoted by education magazines and shortlisted for awards. Her verse novel, LittleLight (2021) was a recommendation for National Poetry Day 2021, and was a chosen text for Empathy Day 2022. It has also been longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2023. Her debut novel, Jakub’s Otter will be published in 2023.
Entrants should state whether they are entering the adult or under-16 category. Adults with particular educational needs may enter the under-16s category (call 07842761919 or email for further information).
The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Come to our Christmas Craft Market this Saturday, November 19th, 10am-2pm, at St Mark’s.
Lots of amazing handmade gifts and cards for Christmas and a chance for children to meet Father Christmas. Plus there is a lucky dip. Win a prize! Live music, free entry, refreshments, and a lovely atmosphere.
Huge thanks to the lovely Magikats in Farnham for sponsoring us. They provide tutoring for children and teenagers in Farnham and are at St George’s every Tuesday afternoon. Check them out.
Farnham will be holding A Moment of Reflection: a vigil for The Queen, on Sunday, 18th September, the evening before her funeral. The commemoration will take place in Gostrey Meadow, Farnham, GU9 7PT, with the lighting of candles from 7.30pm.
Please gather for the vigil at 7.45pm near to the bandstand. Both Cllr Alan Earwaker, the Mayor of Farnham, and Cllr John Ward, Mayor of Waverley, will speak and then there will be a minute’s silence which will be shared with communities across the UK. In Farnham, the minute’s silence with be signalled by a whistle, this will be piped by Farnham, Fleet and Aldershot Sea Cadets.
People can hold this minute’s silence anywhere, or come join together in Gostrey Meadow on Sunday evening; everybody is welcome.
There is a book of condolence in the Byworth Suite, Farnham Town Hall, South Street, Farnham which is available for people to sign until the end of the period of national mourning during office hours, which are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm.
Here is your September magazine, chock full of news and events for the next month, including a welcome to David and Nabila Camp, who have come to the parish while David is training for ordained ministry. There is news about harvest events – our free Harvest Lunch at the next Craft Market on September 17th, Harvest festival services and Apple Day on 18th, and Harvest Supper on October 1st with entertainment and an auction of some beautiful Nativity sets.
We look wider than the parish too with details of a Rainbow Service in Guildford on September 14th and questions about the new Farnham Infrastructure Programme. Please read and complete the consultation.
And don’t forget the Autumn Fayre on September 3rd!
Join us at our Autumn Fayre at St John’s Church, Hale, on Saturday, September 3rd, from 12-4pm.
There will be stalls, games, food and drink – a barbecue, bar, tea and cakes – a grand raffle with loads of prizes, and music. The fayre will be opened by Cllr Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham, at 12pm.
Come and browse the stalls – everything from crafts to a bottle tombola – play games, eat, drink and be merry while listening to music by local musicians.
Buy a lucky programme and be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher for Heaven’s Kitchen restaurant; buy a raffle ticket and you could win £100, or a host of other prizes; browse gifts on the stalls; eat delicious cake or a burger; have a drink, and know that you are helping to raise money to support the church’s work in the community, including the setting up of a new youth hub at St John’s.
The changes are proposed as part of the Farnham Infrastructure Programme, a partnership between Surrey County Council, Waverley Borough Council, Farnham Town Council and Jeremy Hunt MP and the plan is to “reduce carbon emissions, improve the connections between the town’s communities, support economic vitality and encourage growth, and improve life in Farnham with cleaner air, healthier lifestyles and less dominance of traffic on communities”. However, there are questions over how this is done and what impact it will have on other parts of Farnham so a consultation is underway.
As North Farnham is likely to be affected if the proposals go ahead, residents are being encouraged to complete the consultation. This is online here and there will be hard copies available at the exhibitions. There are also hard copies available at the Farnham Town Council offices on South Street.
The consultation it runs until September 11th, but with an extension into early October to allow time to go into the schools at the start of next term.