We are crowdfunding to raise money for our new Youth Hub at the St John’s which will be every day after school for 11-16 year olds. Check out www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/st-johns-project to find out what you can get for your money and what we will be doing with it.
The Youth Hub
The hub will be open to all young people and we will be working in partnership with Relational Hub, a national charity which is helping young people thrive. Relational Hub is a proven model of youth and community work, with over a decade of supporting young people.
The Youth Hub will be based on these four principles:
Radical Hospitality – the way you welcome young people;
Everyday Youth Work – daily, consistent drop-in;
Support and Opportunities – developing skills and co-producing projects;
Sustainable Approach – having a long term approach, fundraising and enterprise strategy.
Our April magazine is out now, full of Easter hope, news, plans and offers by our wonderful, loyal advertisers.
Inside, along with the joy of Easter, you will find information on our plans for growth and how we want to serve our community better, you’ll find encouraging news about vaccinations, courses about faith, a ‘cycle ride’ from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for the church and for research into dementia, a piece about Pamela who has led the choir at St John’s for the past decade, and much more. (Miaow! Don’t forget me – the Church Cat).
Please read, share, respond, contribute. Let’s tell more people about all that this parish has to offer. And if you’d like a printed copy, let us know.
The cover price of the magazine is £10 for the year which pays for the editorial costs. We would be grateful if those accessing it online would pay £1 an issue. You can pay by clicking on the button below:
Farnham man Paul Eggleton (pictured below) has started his ‘cycle ride’ from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for both the parish and Alzheimer’s Society, but without leaving his house.
On April 1 he started the ‘journey’ on his exercise bike, ‘travelling’ about 20 km a day, so the 1,550km will take him approximately 10 weeks. Today, April 11, he reached Dingwall and will be in Inverness tomorrow.
This is a peculiarly lockdown-style fundraising event. Paul says: “I started to use an exercise bike and thought this would be a good way of getting fit and raising money for charity, as we can’t actually get out and do much at the moment.
“I chose the two charities because I see Alzheimer’s as one of the biggest challenges for an aging population and finding a cure would immeasurably improve life for older people, and the St John’s Church tower has crumbling stonework which comes from being nearly 200 years old. It’s a lovely north Farnham landmark and we want to preserve it.”
Charity fundraising has been a victim of Covid, but there have been ways to keep bringing in money as a concert at St John’s before Christmas (and before Tier 4) proved.
The Gazebo Quartet, made up of local professional musicians, hired the church on December 13 and put on a concert for an invited audience who could sit safely in bubbles and appreciate the music.
Judy Dudley from the quartet writes: “
“The players who constitute the Gazebo String Quartet would like to give a big thank you to St John’s, Church Hale for making it possible for us to perform our Christmas Concert in December 2020.
“Being local musicians who play for both amateur and professional events, we formed the quartet when playing together outside under a gazebo during the early Covid restrictions, hence the name!
“We presented an eclectic programme of popular music items from Neil Diamond to Gilbert and Sullivan followed by beautiful arrangements of Christmas Carols from a variety of European roots.
“St John’s Church has a very fine acoustic for an event like this which made playing there particularly satisfying for string players. We were so pleased to be able to donate £175.00 to Macmillan Cancer Care donated by our generous invited audience.”
In response to this, our very good friends in the area, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, have launched a ‘Cheap & Easy Cooking’ campaign. As part of this, they have produced a downloadable booklet to help us cook five Pakistani/Indian curries cheaply, easily, and healthily, with meals starting at only 9p per serving. You can download the booklet here:
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness among people to save money by cooking budget-friendly dishes at home rather than eating costly meals from outside. The campaign consists of distributing a recipe booklet containing easy-to-follow instructions to make delicious Pakistani/Indian curries along with online videos that show how these can be cooked. These videos can be watched here.
The community is also distributing some Curry Starter Packs to the local Food Bank, which will also include the basic ingredients so that people can easily and quickly get started.
Have you got an unwanted coat? It’s now easy to pass it on to someone in need, thanks to the ‘Wrap Up Farnham’ initiative just launched by Farnham Maltings.
The idea is to gather unwanted or unused coats and distribute them to those most in need.
There will be a drop-off point for donated coats at the Maltings from Wednesday, November 25 to Friday, November 27, 10am-4pm, after which volunteers will check the quality before placing them in quarantine.
be warm and good quality (no light summer jackets)
be fully cleaned
have all their buttons or a working zipper
be something that someone would want to wear
The Maltings has linked up with a number of charities who will collect the coats and distribute them among those in need, including families, older people, those sheltering from domestic abuse and those who are homeless.
If you are a charity who would like to receive coats to pass onto someone in need then please get in touch with Erin Beesley: email@example.com the Maltings.
This month, as we deal with lockdown and all that this means, we remember and give thanks for those who served and sacrificed themselves in times of war. Our commemorations are mostly online this year but they are as important as ever.
We also look at ways of reducing our waste, hear from local MP Jeremy Hunt and welcome a new PCC. There’s Christmas shopping to do in our online art and craft fair, and the villages will be lit up by beacons on November 14, bringing hope and light.
Plus give to Project Wenceslas and help tackle fuel poverty and pop an extra pudding or two in your shopping order to give to the Foodbank. Oh, and get a cat…
Aly Buckle (pictured above), who goes to St Mark’s, has had the chop. Her lovely long hair is now a bob, and the hair that her husband Derek (also pictured) cut off with his garden shears and wallpaper scissors (or that was the threat!) has been donated to Little Princess Trust to make wigs for children who have lost their hair because of cancer.
But not only is she donating her hair, Aly is also raising money for the British Heart Foundation. Derek, as Aly explains, has been a heart patient for many years having had multiple heart heart attacks in his forties resulting in cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated and, as she says “is in his seventies and still beating! We are so blessed and grateful for all the treatment he has received.”
Aly has set up a fundraising page for the British Heart Foundation in gratitude for the help Derek has received. You can find it here. Please give generously.
Tough times, and 2020 certainly falls into this category, can bring out the best as well as the worst in people, and this year we have seen acts of huge kindness and generosity with communities coming together to support each other with acts of service.
The theme of generosity has inspired an initiative by the Diocese of Guildford called Transforming Generosity which can help us gain a deeper understanding of God’s abundant generosity, to reflect on generous giving as part of our discipleship and worship, and to respond by continuing to build generous churches.
We will be focusing on this theme in our church services through the lens of the Gospel of Luke, but there is more that we can do as individuals. Every day this month there is a short daily audio reflection, each one looking at different passages in the Gospel of Luke and written by different contributors from across the diocese.
The reflections are available at www.cofeguildford.org.uk/generosity and will continue to be available beyond the end of the month. You can also sign up to receive a daily email link to the podcast reflections.
Serving the Villages North of Farnham: Badshot Lea, Hale, Heath End & Weybourne