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.
Your June magazine is here, filled with Jubilee events, the Flower Festival, information about what is going on in the parish, reflections, an article about coping with deafness, news from our local MP, prayer, new advertisers.
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.email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 07842 761919
Saturday, June 4
Upper Hale – Family Fun Day
Sandy Hill Field 10am -12 noonFREE 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 email@example.com
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!
The Farnham Flower Festival is back at St John’s Church, over the weekend of May 14-15. There will be displays of flowers, art, craft, poetry, music, delicious cakes, drinks and a raffle. Entry is only £1. It will be open between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, 14thand 12pm and 4pm on Sunday 15th. It is sponsored by Florescence, award-winning florists who have a workshop downstairs at St Mark’s.
Among the exhibitors will be Hale School, William Cobbett School, Badshot Lea Bloomers, Hale Methodist Church, Arts at St Mark’s, the Parish Choir, artists Susie Lidstone and Alison Ridgeon, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Weybourne Community Church, our own churches, Farnham ASSIST, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Elmaz Ekrem, winner of the Farnham Literary Festival’s poetry competition, and Florescence.
Bring your friends to see the wonderful displays and enjoy a community event here in the parish.
Richard Myers reviews an unusual evening at St Mark’s
‘Campfire’ was a show put on at St Mark’s on 8th April, advertised as ‘An evening of stories, song and hot cocoa. True stories told by members of the community’. We all had to pretend we were sitting round a campfire while these delights went on. The lights were low, and a few props and some real cocoa helped to create this impression, with a few sound effects at the beginning produced under instructions from the two talented hosts of the show, a poet and a musician linked with Farnham Maltings, Molly Naylor and Dominic Conway.
What was unusual about it all was that fact that it was largely people we knew who were the storytellers and musicians, with the hosts providing the framework. The two hosts had visited a few days earlier and coached those who wished on how to tell their story well. The stories took up the bulk of the evening. Some were extremely personal and very moving: regretting being mean at school, a hard evening in a difficult childhood, a long wrestle with the desire to have beautiful hair. Others were individual experiences of national events – an account of an Empire Day celebration many years ago, a memory of buying an ice cream on the day World War 2 started. A few were humorous – misunderstandings in teaching the Scouts. There was an account of being caught up in a terrorist incident in Paris. Speakers were old and young. The standard was very high. I liked the fact that some of the personal stories were quite difficult to listen to and broke through the general jollity to a more powerful note.
But this seriousness was balanced by the lighter stories and by the music. ‘Karma Chameleon’ figured and some others I am unable to name. There was a bit of a sing-along with some impromptu guitar playing by members of the audience. We were invited to list ‘family sayings’ during the interval, and these were read out in the second half – rather a clever idea with a nice feel – funny, but also with an insight into different family lives: one was ‘FHB’, said by the mother when she had under-catered, meaning ‘Family Hold Back’, i.e don’t eat very much.
St Mark’s was offered this ‘show’ by Farnham Maltings due to the part it had played during the Farnham Literary Festival; so I guess we all have to thank Stella for it, as well as Farnham Maltings. And we did well; the videographer there said we were a better audience and a better location than they had had the night before!
Pictured: Molly and Dominic at Campfire.
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