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A Christmas Treasury

Jonathan Jones is returning to St Mark’s, Alma Lane, Upper Hale to help raise money for Emily the Organ. He will be presenting a Christmas Treasury on Saturday December 9th at 7:00pm. Please come along for an evening with a Christmas feel, relaxed candle lit atmosphere. There will be a donations bar, raffle and some lovely music from Emily. There will be retiring collection in aid of the saving Emily the organ. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Christmas Treasury poster



Carol Singing for Christian Aid

Come Carol Singing outside Farnham URC on 9 Dec from 14:00 for Christian Aid. Singers and collectors needed; can you let me know if you can manage some time Also I`m afraid that cannot really continue as the co-ordinator of the annual door to door collection, as it requires someone either living in Hale or with a motor. I`ll be very happy to brief the next volunteer; it`s all straightforward, though a silver tongue is an advantage !! Thanks.

Parish Fete

It was very exciting bringing the fete to Badshot Lea this year – everything needed planning from scratch.    We started planning, a small team, people from all four of our congregations.   We set a date, 10th June, making sure we did not clash with the schools or Farnham Carnival – the raffle tickets went to the printers and the applications for the necessary licences were made and our entertainers were invited -but then panic set in as we realised that St. George’s hall had been booked for that date!   (Note to self, the hall is booked a lot now!)   We were truly blessed – everything was able to be changed, with no extra cost, and our new date was set for 3rd June.   I’m sure the Lord as with us, because we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Friday evening, thunder storms were forecast, but it was fine and warm.  Tombola prizes were ticketed, tables collected from the school,  brave people climbed up the ladder and strung bunting from the flag pole and with a lot of help, the grounds became festive.    No one could have missed that there was something going on at the Church.

Saturday started early, the sun shone, it was warm but not too hot.  Perfect fete weather.  The bouncy castle arrived and the beer was delivered.    Mentioning beer, a huge ‘Thank You’ to the Shepherd and Flock, who donated a barrel of beer and 30 single bottles of Prosecco, an incredible gift.  We must also thank all those businesses who donated prizes for the raffle and the auction – and those trusty people who sent out letters and visited with smiles and pleas for ‘just a little something for the Parish Fete’.

By 9.45 it was really busy, tables were set up, goods brought out and our DJ got us in the mood.  The hall was turned into the ‘cool café, the maypole took centre stage. The BBQ started to smell enticing and we gave a cry of ‘Help, who knows how to tap a barrel?’.  Cups of tea and coffee kept everyone  going – the kitchen was busy and then suddenly it was 12.00.

A group of children opened the fete and the fun began.    Fingersmith and the Rocking Thumbs, an amazingly good band of young rock stars began our entertainment and performed later in the day before rushing off to a gig in Farnham.    The children from Badshot Lea School were delightful as they wound the Maypole.    Some of the grown ups wanted a go…. Not quite as successfully!   Children’s faces were painted and they loved the games and activities.    Prizes were being won and stalls sold lots of delectable items.   The afternoon progressed and became a real village affair.  Passers-by popped in and stayed.   The beer tent was busy and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere with people having teas, eating burgers and enjoying the sun.    The Carillon Singers came along to entertain, performing in the Church and were, as always, excellent.  Olivia Jasper sang and played beautifully entertaining those in the café and sitting by the bar.

The afternoon was rounded off with the auction and the Grand Raffle.  The crowds went home, happy and slightly sun burned.  Lots of people lent a hand and before long everything was cleared away and we were putting the Church back together.  We were all exhausted but very happy.

The final total is about £2,500 – which is about £500 more than last year.   An incredible effort by everyone concerned.  There are too many people to thank individually and you know who you are.    It was a real team effort and a great bit of outreach, fun and fellowship.

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Maxine Everitt



Lest we Forget

“Lest we Forget” was one of the most moving and interesting events that I have ever been to. Jonathan Jones read poetry from the Great War, first from the perspective of the soldiers, and after the interval from the perspective of the women – wives, mothers and lovers left at home.

In between the poems Jonathan explained the context and I learned so much about such things as the origins of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the tradition of wearing poppies and the tomb of The Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.

We really must never forget the horror of the Great War and I am so grateful to Jonathan for introducing me to poems and history that I was completely unaware of. My favourite poem was “The Road to La Bassée” – so very human and down to earth. I was also struck by the poem “Christ in Flanders” by Lucy Whitmell.

Kathy Robertson did us proud with her team providing authentic WWI refreshments and then Margaret Emberson lead us in singing some WWI songs. Oh and £200 was raised for the “Emily the Organ” appeal.

Lesley Crawley

Parish Fete

What a great day!

It dawned beautifully sunny and the forecast suggested that no rain was due until about 4.  Friday night had been really good, with lots of help putting up gazebos, moving tables, hanging bunting and generally getting things ready – a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped out.

So at 9 O’clock  the bouncy castle arrived and bit by bit throughout the morning people and goods appeared and the Rectory Garden came to life.      We had more gazebos than ever before – they were all squashed together.     We had put a bucket for voluntary entry donations and is soon started to fill up.  Time passed swiftly – there was a drizzly rain for about an hour but it dried up and more people came.    The children joined in with the games, there was a bit of dancing and jigging around.   As always the refreshments and the BBQ were great.    At 3, there was a last minute flurry of raffle ticket buying  – the prizes were very inviting – before the winners were drawn and the tidying up began.  We managed, just about, to get everything packed up and away before the heavens opened and the last few intrepid souls unloaded tables , banners and bunting back at St. George’s getting  totally soaked. (What fun!)

We raised a tiny fraction over £2000 – pleasing in this economic climate – but more to the point, we had a time of fellowship, made new friends and worked together to achieve something good.

Thank you to everyone who came along  and especially to those who worked  so hard beforehand and on the day.

Maxine Everitt

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Lest we forget

On the 10th November 1920, one hundred cadets from the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, the military boarding school I attended in Dover, together with a contingent from the 2nd Connaught Rangers, formed a guard of honour as the coffin of the Unknown Warrior was received at the Marine Railway Station, Dover, for its onward journey to Victoria Station, in readiness for the funeral service to take place in Westminster Abbey the following day.

It was Rev. David Railton, a military Chaplain, and the then vicar of St. John the Baptist Church, Margate, who first suggested to the Dean of Westminster the idea of arranging for the body of an unknown serviceman to be returned from the battlefields of Northern France, to be given a national burial service in Westminster Abbey, as a focus of grief for all those whose loved ones had no known grave.

On the 7th November 1920 an instruction went out to the burial parties in France that one unidentified body be exhumed from each of the four main early battlefields of the war; the Aisne, Arras, the Somme and Ypres. The bodies were delivered to a small chapel in St Pol., where one body was selected at random and placed in a sealed coffin.

On the 10th November 1920, the coffin was piped aboard H.M.S. Verdun for the journey across the channel to Dover. As it entered Dover Harbour, a 19-gun salute was fired from Dover Castle, a salute normally reserved for the return of a Field Marshall.

On the 11th November 1920, after the unveiling of the new Cenotaph in Whitehall by King George V, and the two-minute silence, the Unknown Warrior was taken to Westminster Abbey, and interred in the far western end of the nave, using soil also brought back from the battlefields of Northern France.

The inscription on the black Belgian marble stone that caps the grave includes the following:-


There is also a stone in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, dedicated to the memory of all the poets of the Great War, twelve of whom are listed by name, and six of whom were to die during that conflict. It is through their poetry that we can better understand the horror and futility of war, and the need to ensure that such conflicts never again occur.

On the 12th November, at St Mark’s, I will be recounting in greater detail the origins of the Unknown Warrior, together with the origins of other aspects of remembrance that we now observe, and interspersed with readings of the poets such as Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.



The Parish Giving Scheme

We are currently raising money to pay our Parish Share – this money goes to paying, housing and trining our clergy and towards the support costs of the diocese. It is really important work. Please help us by joining the PGS scheme – ask Alan – 01252 820537 or


The running and maintenance costs of our churches are very high,  any financial support you can give would be most welcome.

Even if you cannot get to church on Sunday you could become a member of the Parish Giving Scheme and give a regular donation.  By helping us with the running costs you will ensure the church is here for when you need it.

What is the point of PGS?

PGS will help us in the parish to reach our donors who prefer an automatic direct debit based systems to the traditional ways of collecting money into the local church.

How does PGS help donors?

PGS offers donors a convenient, elegant and secure method of making their regular donations to our church by Direct Debit.

What are the benefits to the donor and the church?

Donors may have their donation automatically uplifted by inflation each year, if they so choose. Also, donors can remain anonymous to their local churches if they prefer.  One of the biggest problems faced by most churches is that of ‘static giving’. If giving had kept track with inflation since the year 2000, it would have increased by over 50%.  As an example of the difference this would have made to a donation of £40.00 a month given in the year 2000, it would now have to be £61.32 a month.

Can Gift Aid be claimed back if giving is through the PGS?

The answer is yes and it is very easy to set up.  You simply sign a declaration when you make your application to join the scheme to confirm that you are a payer of tax.

How will my donation qualify for Gift Aid?

In order for your donation to qualify, you must:

  • Be a UK taxpayer
  • Pay at least as much Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax as our church will recover on your donation in the tax year.


How much will it cost us?

The Diocese is paying the marginal costs of participating in a scheme already set up by the Diocese of Gloucester. There are NO additional costs to our parish.

I don’t pay Income Tax and you will not be able to claim Gift Aid so what is the point of me belonging to the scheme?

A regular donation will assist with the financial planning by your PCC.  You may even be willing to agree to the inflation increase option so that you help the church overcome ‘static giving’.  This will become even more important if we have an ageing congregation who no longer pay tax. Approximately 15% of our income is currently through Gift Aid but is likely to reduce unless we get new tax paying donors.

Can I change the amount I donate or drop out of inflation proofing my donation?

The answer is Yes to both of these questions.  Details of what to do can be found in the information pack.

How do I join the scheme?

It’s easy, you just have one simple form to complete.

I don’t go to church, can I give financial support?

You don’t have to attend church regularly to be a donor but by giving regularly you can help to ensure the church is there when you need it in the future.

A sparkling evening of Kipling

Jonathan Jones treated local residents to a sparking evening of drama and poetry when he performed a one-man Kipling show at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, to raise money for the “Emily the Organ” appeal. One of the parishioners, Kathy Robertson, with her team, provided props and the refreshments and the church was transformed into Kipling’s living room for the evening.

The Reverend Lesley Crawley said, “Jonathan told us Kipling’s life story in the first person. We travelled with him through his difficult childhood and the appalling grief when he lost first his daughter and then his son during the Great War. There was also humour and deep wisdom in the poetry. The evening was spellbinding.”

£380 was raised towards refurbishing the pipe organ, at the moment £6000 has been raised towards the £23,000 target. If you would like to help get the pipe organ playing again then please contact Lesley Crawley on 01252 820537 or

Tea and cakes with ‘Emily’

It’s not every day that a church organ recital is held on a sunny afternoon with the audience gathered round flower bedecked tables, tea and delicious cakes being served in the interval.  Such was the scene at St Mark’s on 2nd June.

This was Lesley Crawley’s idea – to have a fund-raising concert for the Edwardian organ, ‘Emily’, and Pat Love and her Tea Cakes Group were the kind hosts.  Since highlighting this event in the June magazine, two of my organist friends, John Mansfield and Geoff Willis, offered to take part.  I couldn’t have done it without them.  Each played five or six pieces.  My favourite of John’s were Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Sicilienne’, Johnny Dankworth’s ‘Light of the World’ – originally a worship song, and also ‘Gospel Chorus’ which used some of Emily’s louder stops.

We didn’t want to disguise Emily’s imperfections, because we needed to demonstrate that she needs attention!  So we made a feature of the low Eb on the pedals which emits a loud whooshing noise.  Geoff said this was the vacuum cleaner effect!  He had thought of playing a piece by Sir George Dyson, but decided against it!  Instead he played some beautiful pieces including ‘Shenandoah’, a traditional American 19th century folk song.  Geoff also played ‘The Festive Trumpet Tune’ which David German wrote for his own wedding. Emily doesn’t have a trumpet stop, but the oboe stop coupled with a flute stop makes a rich bright sound.

The  gentle flute stops by themselves seemed right for ‘Greensleeves’ and ‘O for the wings of a dove’ which I played.   In between the organ music Bob Shatwell and Margaret Emberson provided the perfect interlude with fiddle and piano music, ending with two reels – “Grumbling old men and growling old women’, (I think that’s the right title!), and, even more rousing, ‘Whisky before Breakfast’!  This dances along at 110 beats per minute – no problem at all for the folk duo.

Among Emily’s problems are very clackety keys – audible to the audience.  And some of the stops make the keys very stiff to play, so she cannot perform to her full glory.  The concert raised the splendid sum of £178 towards her restoration.  Thank you to all who supported us.  One of my organist friends in the audience said afterwards:

“I was glad to come along and hear such a lovely little instrument….it is perfect for that space.  I was also interested to look at the pictures on the wall – all in all, a hidden gem of a building.”

Frances Whewell