Category Archives: Kitty Milroy

Christmas Craft Market with Father Christmas

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.

See you there!

Come to a Kitty birthday celebration

Sunday, November 6th, 11am

Everyone is invited to a celebration of the Kitty Milroy murals and the artist Kitty Milroy herself at St Mark’s Church, on the morning of Sunday, November 6th at 11am, just two days before the anniversary of her birth on November 8th, 1885, and also the anniversary of her death on November 8th, 1966.

There will be a communion service at 11am, followed by a bring-and-share lunch soon after noon, and a talk on the murals by Nick Seversway who has led the campaign to restore the murals, and Stella Wiseman.

Kitty Milroy’s now-famous murals were restored in 2021 and are recognised as being of national importance and a jewel in Surrey’s crown. St Mark’s Church was awarded Grade II listed status by Historic England last year, and in March 2022 was shortlisted for a Surrey Historic Buildings Trust Heritage Award.

Kitty’s murals are stunning works of art, and for years she and the murals were overlooked, probably because she was a woman and women’s art was seen as less important as that of men. She painted the murals between 1911 and 1920 and they depict the Annunciation – the meeting between Mary and the Angel Gabriel when Mary is told she will be the mother of Jesus – as well as scenes from the Benedicite, an ancient hymn of praise to God about the wonders of the natural world, and local views. There are figures depicting the natural elements and seasons, and the models for these figures are known to be local people.

The whole is a stunning creation by a hugely talented artist and we invite everyone to come and enjoy them and find out more about them and Kitty herself.

Come and join us on November 6th. If you can’t bring lunch, please come anyway, there will be plenty to share.

Craft Market and free lunch

We are holding our Craft Market at St Mark’s, Upper Hale, tomorrow (Saturday 17th) 10am-2pm, and offering a free Harvest lunch from noon.

There will be a slideshow in memory of The Queen and a place to light candles for her.

Please come and join us, listen to live music, enjoy a free lunch, and support businesses while buying gifts and treats. It’s also a chance to see the Kitty Milroy murals.

Jubilee celebrations!

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 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 or 07842 761919

Saturday, June 4

Upper Hale – Family Fun Day

Sandy Hill Field
10am -12 noon FREE 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

*cover charge applies

St Mark’s is shortlisted for a Surrey Heritage Award

We are thrilled to announce that St Mark’s has been shortlisted in the 2022 Surrey Heritage Awards.

St Mark’s, which was given Grade II listed status by English Heritage in December 2021, was entered for the awards following the restoration of the ‘Kitty Milroy murals’, painted by local artist Eleanor Catherine  Wallace Milroy, known as Kitty, between 1911 and 1920.

The Surrey Heritage Awards were established by the Surrey Historic Buildings Trust to recognise ‘Best Practice’ in historic building conservation in Surrey, and the murals have played an important part in the conservation of St Mark’s, a Victorian church built by local people in the 1880s and still a vibrant part of community life. The murals are now recognised as being of both local and national importance, particularly as examples of the development of mural art and the recognition of women’s painting in the 20th century.

Making the announcement, Surrey Historic Buildings Trust described St Mark’s as: “A late-Victorian church … noted for its stunning wall murals painted by local artist Kitty Milroy, a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art. These murals had deteriorated and faded after a century’s accumulation of dirt, so the local community rallied round to raise the funds for a major project to clean, repair and restore the murals to their former glory.”

Andy Smith, Director of Surrey Historic Buildings Trust, added: “The restoration of Kitty Milroy’s amazing murals at St Mark’s has been one of the most interesting projects the Surrey Historic Buildings Trust has been involved with in recent years, and I was delighted to hear that the project had been shortlisted for the Surrey Heritage Awards 2022. It was also wonderful to learn just a few weeks ago that the church had been given Grade II listed status. Hopefully this will generate greater interest in Kitty Milroy’s work, and in early-twentieth-century artwork of this kind.

“We are fortunate here in Surrey to have a number of churches with beautiful and intriguing wall paintings, including rare survivals from the medieval period, but the Milroy murals, dating from the period just before the First World War, are especially striking and thought-provoking. St Mark’s Church is very fortunate to have these extraordinary paintings and I hope more people will visit the church to view them.”

The murals were restored in 2021 by wall painting conservationists Stephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede who described them as “stunning” and called Kitty a “major, but unrecognised, artist”.

Lesley Crawley said: “We are utterly delighted that St Mark’s has been shortlisted for an award. It is testament to the love and care that has been poured into the church over many years – from when it was built by the villagers in the 1880s; through the installation of the Edwardian organ, affectionately known as Emily; and the painting of the beautiful Kitty Milroy murals in the early 20th century; and right through to the present day with the restoration of those murals.

“There is not just local history here but a real sense of a warm community building, cherished and used by the village where it has stood for almost 140 years, and where people can come to seek God and find welcome.”

A team of judges will visit St Mark’s on March 3 and the results will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held on March 30 at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge.

St Mark’s is open on Sundays at 11am and Wednesdays at 12pm for services. It is also open on the third Saturday of the month for a craft market, 10am-2pm. The next one is February 19.

There are six buildings on the shortlist. In addition to St Mark’s, the buildings are: The Old Well Cottage, Peaslake; Mansion House Farm, Crowhurst; Naggs Stable, Loseley Park, Guildford; Colquhoun Chapel, Brookwood; and The Horton, Epsom.

Pictured top is the chancel at St Mark’s with the Kitty Milroy murals.

St Mark’s from the community orchard.

Your February magazine is here

The latest parish magazine is out now and inside you will find news, events, ideas, reflections, advertisements, pictures, contacts and more, to give you a snapshot of what is going on across our parish.

There’s lots of good news at the moment and lots to look forward to this year. Read on and find out more… And don’t forget to enter our poetry competition – write a Poem for Farnham and you could win £25!

You can download the magazine here:

Come to the craft market!

Come to our craft market on Saturday, February 19, 10am-2pm at St Mark’s, Alma Lane, GU9 0LT, and buy lovely gifts and treats while supporting local businesses and individual crafters. There will be glass, sweets, hand and face creams, knitting, soaps, cards, pottery, candles and many other gifts, made by skilled local craftspeople. Along side this there will be live music and refreshments, plus a chance to see the Kitty Milroy murals.

And if you are a crafter, why not have a stall? Contact or 07842761919.

New Year, New Craft Market

Come to the craft market at St Mark’s this Saturday

Join us this Saturday, January 15, at St Mark’s between 10am and 2pm, for the first of this year’s monthly craft markets.

There will be pottery, soaps, glass, cards, jewellery, textiles and all manner of gifts for sale, made by local craftspeople. Browse and buy while you listen to live music, then take a look at the Kitty Milroy murals which featured on BBC TV last month. Then stop off for a hot drink, a savoury roll, cakes and biscuits.

Come and support small businesses as you shop and eat.