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Space2Breathe

If you and your family need a bit of a breathing space in lockdown, we may be able to help.

St George’s Church has joined up with Hale Community Centre and Space2Grow in central Farnham and all three are opening our doors to families who need to get out of the home and into a different space.

From Monday, February 8, families will be able to book a session in any of the three and allow their children to play or do schoolwork there with support from a volunteer who can also be a listening ear for parents. They can do so by emailing space2breathefarnham@gmail.com

The scheme has been developed in response to the growing mental health pressures that families are facing during lockdown. Many parents are struggling with working from home while trying to home-school several children, look after pre-schoolers, and run their households.

“The pressure on families is immense and we know that it is having a serious effect on mental health across the ages,” said Norma Corkish, chair of trustees for Hale Community Centre.

“Parents are getting to the end of what they can manage to juggle and many children are feeling frustrated and are struggling to do all the school work which schools are legally obliged to set. As one parent said ‘I am going a bit stir crazy being at home on my own’.

“Offering safe spaces where parents can bring their children is a practical step towards helping the families. Children can have some freedom to run round and play, engage with another adult, go for a walk, get some support with home schooling or whatever will help give a period of brief respite from the stresses of the current restrictions. And the parents can have another adult to talk to.” 

The spaces will have some teaching aids such as flip charts but families will need to bring their own toys and school resources.

The scheme is offering morning and afternoon sessions and the organisers hope to be able to increase the number of them if there are enough volunteers. Volunteers are needed to spend an hour either in the morning or afternoon with a family in the spaces and be willing to go for walks with the families. The organisers would also like to hear from any students who could spare some time to be an extra pair of hands. Anyone who can help should contact Cathy Burroughs at the Hale Community Centre on 07471 180958 or halecommunitycentre@gmail.com

Reports of our death have been exaggerated

You may have read or heard national media reports on the Church of England in decline and dire consequences ensuing. Well, not on our watch. The parish has been bucking the trend and is seeing growing congregations both online and in person.

Though we were shut for many months last year because of Covid, we’ve seen new people coming to church when we have been able to be open and lots of people joining in online with our services, groups and festivals we have run.

Lesley Crawley says: “This has been a time of extraordinary change for us all and we have had to adapt to the challenges and respond in a way which meets the needs of those around us. Going online had been one obvious response and it is something we should have done years ago, alongside our services in church. There are lots of people who would like to come to church but can’t for whatever reason – disability, caring responsibilities, ill health, shift work and the like – so being able to access online services when they like is a real bonus.  What’s more they can take part by recording readings, prayers etcetera.

“We’ve also really involved people in the services in the churches themselves, ensuring that it’s a whole-church event rather than just the same people standing up the front and speaking. So we have families doing drama for instance, or reading poetry and they have really enjoyed it.

“But it’s not just the numbers, we have also thought carefully about how we relate to everyone around us. So we have, run online events – our latest is a poetry festival – and looked at how we can use the buildings better, make them more accessible, change the way we do outreach, really get serious about church health and develop ambitious plans for the future. We have seen this as an opportunity to understand what our community wants from us and how we can share God’s love with everyone so that everyone feels welcomed and valued whoever they are and whatever their circumstances.”

Watch out for more changes and growth as we continue to seek God’s will and respond to people around us.

Picture: New growth by Agatha Valenca on Unsplash

The Farnham Lockdown Poetry Festival

Lockdown, lockdown. It’s all around us. And how are we feeling? Why not try to express it in poetry?

We are running the Farnham Lockdown Poetry Festival and invite everyone to write a poem about being in lockdown – whatever you feel, whatever your experience – and send it to us and we will put together a compilation video of our favourite poems and put it on our website.

Adults and children alike are welcome to send in their poems on the theme of lockdown. And don’t worry if you don’t think you can write poetry; read some and give it a go!

If you want some ideas, listen to this lockdown poem by Harry Baker:

Or this poem by Jim Carruth

the long bench

For the times ahead
when we will be

as if at either end
of the long bench

where distance kept
is love’s measure

and death dances
the space between

when words alone
are not enough

and queued memories
reach out to touch

let longing be a store
of nut and seed

that grows each day
in strange hibernation

readying for its end –
the sharing of the feast.

Send your poems to Lesley Crawley: revd.lesley@badshotleaandhale.org to arrive by February 26. Or you can send them in the post to Rev’d Lesley Crawley, The Rectory, 25 Upper Hale Road, Farnham GU9 0NX.

An Advent full of Joy

Advent is going to be a bit different this year. Normally the four services leading up to Christmas are a little bit solemn; the church is not decorated, no baptisms happen, the hymns are in a minor key. It is all about watching and waiting and hoping.

However, not this year! Let’s be honest, ever since March we have been watching and waiting and hoping – it has been the longest Advent ever. A number of people have said they have had enough of being miserable and they would like some joy in December instead. Also, as we are not having crib services or carol services in church this year, we want to invite everyone in throughout December to hear the story of Christmas.

Consequently, all the churches will have a series of family-friendly services including drama and opportunities for craft throughout December and we will be looking at characters in the Nativity:

  • 6th December – Mary and the Archangel Gabriel
  • 13th December – Shepherds and Angels
  • 20th December – Mary and Joseph
  • 25th December – birth of Jesus
  • (no service on 27th December)
  • 4th January – Magi (or Kings)

Please let Lesley know if you are willing to take part by email revd.lesley@badshotleaandhale.org or phone 01252 820537. At each of the above services there are lots of roles for adults and children and young people to get stuck into:

  • Welcoming
  • Singing
  • Reading a prayer
  • Drama
  • Reading a poem
  • Preparing crafts

It will be lovely to see you there.

Every blessing

Lesley

Join our online Christmas tree festival

The Christmas lights are on in Farnham, two houses across the road from my house have their decorations up; it must be time for a Christmas Tree Festival.

This year we can’t hold or take part in standard Christmas Tree Festivals so we’ve decided to go online. We are inviting local individuals, families, groups, schools, charities, churches and businesses to take part by creating a Christmas tree and displaying it in our online Christmas Tree Festival which will be here on the website from December 1st-14th.

All you have to do is send us a picture of a Christmas tree, decorated as you wish, and include something about yourself, your school, business, organisation, charity, church – whatever or whoever your tree is representing and we will display these on our website during the first two weeks of December.

It’s free for charities, churches and schools, and there is a minimal charge for commercial businesses as we are raising funds for the church’s work in north Farnham.

It’s a perfect opportunity for you to tell people about what you do and get your message out there. Our website visitors come from both the local area and as far away as the USA and China and so far this month the website has had more than 9,000 views.

We will also promote our festival on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Not sure what Christmas tree to display? We have a few you can use.

To find out more and take part, contact Stella Wiseman, news@badshotleaandhale.org

Happy Christmas Trees!

Art and craft fair – shop Now for Christmas Gifts

Welcome to our online art and craft fair, displaying the talent of individuals and small businesses. There’s a huge range here, from illustrations to felt booties, cards to crochet, jewellery, candles, t-shirts, knitting, cushions, bunting, jam, decorations, flowers, ceramics, mosaics, frames, gin…

It’s an ideal way to do your Christmas shopping and support small businesses. Just browse through the pages here – click on the links to take you to the ones you want – and contact the maker direct. There are contact details on every page.

Thank you to everyone who is taking part here. Happy shopping!

All Sorts

Gorgeous knitwear for children

https://badshotleaandhale.org/all-sorts/

Anna Londei

All that sparkles is Anna Londei with customised clothing

https://badshotleaandhale.org/anna-londei/

Ash Brockwell

Multimedia Art from transmasculine artivist Ash Brockwell

https://badshotleaandhale.org/ash-brockwell/

Aspen Crafts

Cards, coasters, bags, prints and more with an animal theme

https://badshotleaandhale.org/aspen-crafts/

Badshot Lea and Hale

The parish’s own stall with Christmas craft and tasty treats

https://badshotleaandhale.org/badshot-lea-and-hale/

Cartref Crafts

All things fabric from bags to bunting

https://badshotleaandhale.org/cartref-crafts/

Chris and Co

Mugs, coasters and greeting cards, all made locally

https://badshotleaandhale.org/chris-and-co/

Crafty Marvel Boutique

Upcycled bowling balls, mosaics and ceramics, sold for charity

https://badshotleaandhale.org/crafty-marvel-boutique/

Csilla Bedy

Crochet creations and essential oils for happiness and wellbeing

https://badshotleaandhale.org/csilla-bedy/

Dannie’s Christmas Crafts

Handmade Christmas cards and decorations plus personalised gifts

https://badshotleaandhale.org/dannies-christmas-crafts-2/

Finn and Fern

Nordic boho-style macrame home decor and jewellery

https://badshotleaandhale.org/finn-and-fern/

Gifts with Bethany

Creativity and colour from a young Textiles graduate

https://badshotleaandhale.org/gifts-with-bethany/

Gloímoí Skin Care

A solution to dry skin with these soft, soothing creams

20% off until December 30th.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/gloimoi-skin-care/

HD Watercolour

Pet portraits, family keepsakes, lovely watercolours and acrylics.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/hd-watercolour-art/

Honey Badger Prints

Custom clothing for you and your little ones

https://badshotleaandhale.org/honey-badger-prints/

Joyful Makes

Handmade craft from recycled material. All for charity.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/joyful-makes-6/

Kat Giannini

Animal art and pet commissions, cards and bio-friendly wrapping paper.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/kat-giannini/

Kittoo Crafts

Beautiful handmade craft from Kitty.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/kittoo-crafts/

Mews Gin

Local gin distiller Mews Gin has a range of exciting new gins including London Dry, Rhubarb and Honeyberry Gin. 

https://badshotleaandhale.org/mews-gin/

Mi7

Felts and soaps and stunning creativity

https://badshotleaandhale.org/mi7/

Mind Your Bonce

Hats, made in Farnham but worn around the world

https://badshotleaandhale.org/mind-your-bonce/

Nibbs Gin

Small batch artisan gin from the Surrey/Sussex borders

https://badshotleaandhale.org/nibbs-gin/

Popolo Ceramico

Personalised ceramic gifts and keepsakes

https://badshotleaandhale.org/popolo-ceramico/

Pretty Practical

Personalised gifts and practical items

https://badshotleaandhale.org/pretty-practical/

Pure Glass

Handmade glass and sterling silver jewellery made in Farnham.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/pure-glass/

QF Designs

Handmade jewellery made with love, fire and a lot of hammering.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/qf-designs/

Rene’s Blankets

Not just blankets but bags, decorations and gifts, crocheted and knitted for charity

https://badshotleaandhale.org/renes-blankets/

Resin Expectations

Using the versatile material resin to decorate boxes, clocks, keyrings, and jewellery

https://badshotleaandhale.org/resin-expectations/

Sarah Metcalfe

A Minecraft duvet set to thrill any young fan

https://badshotleaandhale.org/sarah-metcalfe/

Sherlock & Sons

Artisan gins from a quintessentially English distillery

https://badshotleaandhale.org/sherlock-sons/

Shirley Watson Design

Individual pieces from a local lino printmaker

https://badshotleaandhale.org/shirley-watson-design/

The Squirrel Collective

With colourful gloves and letters from Father Christmas, Christmas is covered.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/the-squirrel-collective/

St Clare’s at the Cathedral

Beautiful gifts and cards, innovative worship resources and church supplies.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/st-clares-at-the-cathedral/

Steph Lovell Flowers

Contemporary floral designs from a young florist

https://badshotleaandhale.org/steph-lovell-flowers/

Susie Lidstone

Local scenes and floral art from one of Farnham’s most popular artists

https://badshotleaandhale.org/susie-lidstone/

Tropic

Vegan, cruelty-free make-up and skin care products which support education across the globe.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/tropic/

Usborne Books

Plenty to keep the children occupied with a huge selection of books for youngsters.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/usborne-books/

Farnham Festival of Remembrance

This year the Farnham Festival of Remembrance is online.

With thanks to:
The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Cllr Pat Evans, Mayor of Farnham
Jonathan Jones
Lt Jonathan Huse, POWRR
Sea Cadets Aidan, Bastie and Ella
Sara Burnie, Waverley Singers
Cdt Sgt Peacefull,
Aldershot Army Cadet Force
Farnham Heath End School
Badshot Lea Village School
Folly Hill School
Hale School
William Cobbett School
Farnham Brass Band
Olivia Jasper
FHES – Abbi, Madison, Elinor
Finn & Megan
Hale Scouts – Amberley May
The Rev’d Michael Hopkins
The Kay Family – St Mark’s
St John’s Choir
The Rev’d David Uffindell
Ian Hunter – Royal British Legion
The Rev’d John Morris
Bob Skinner
Sean Malik

SHop Now at our Art and craft Fair

Welcome to our online art and craft fair, displaying the talent of individuals and small businesses. There’s a huge range here, from illustrations to felt booties, cards to crochet, jewellery, candles, t-shirts, knitting, cushions, bunting, jam, decorations, flowers, ceramics, mosaics, frames, gin…

It’s an ideal way to do your Christmas shopping and support small businesses. Just browse through the pages here – click on the links to take you to the ones you want – and contact the maker direct. There are contact details on every page.

Thank you to everyone who is taking part here. Happy shopping!

All Sorts

Gorgeous knitwear for children

https://badshotleaandhale.org/all-sorts/

Anna Londei

All that sparkles is Anna Londei with customised clothing

https://badshotleaandhale.org/anna-londei/

Ash Brockwell

Multimedia Art from transmasculine artivist Ash Brockwell

https://badshotleaandhale.org/ash-brockwell/

Aspen Crafts

Cards, coasters, bags, prints and more with an animal theme

https://badshotleaandhale.org/aspen-crafts/

Badshot Lea and Hale

The parish’s own stall with Christmas craft and tasty treats

https://badshotleaandhale.org/badshot-lea-and-hale/

Cartref Crafts

All things fabric from bags to bunting

https://badshotleaandhale.org/cartref-crafts/

Chris and Co

Mugs, coasters and greeting cards, all made locally

https://badshotleaandhale.org/chris-and-co/

Crafty Marvel Boutique

Upcycled bowling balls, mosaics and ceramics, sold for charity

https://badshotleaandhale.org/crafty-marvel-boutique/

Csilla Bedy

Crochet creations and essential oils for happiness and wellbeing

https://badshotleaandhale.org/csilla-bedy/

Dannie’s Christmas Crafts

Handmade Christmas cards and decorations plus personalised gifts

https://badshotleaandhale.org/dannies-christmas-crafts-2/

Finn and Fern

Nordic boho-style macrame home decor and jewellery

https://badshotleaandhale.org/finn-and-fern/

Gifts with Bethany

Creativity and colour from a young Textiles graduate

https://badshotleaandhale.org/gifts-with-bethany/

Gloímoí Skin Care

A solution to dry skin with these soft, soothing creams

https://badshotleaandhale.org/gloimoi-skin-care/

HD Watercolour

Pet portraits, family keepsakes, lovely watercolours and acrylics.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/hd-watercolour-art/

Honey Badger Prints

Custom clothing for you and your little ones

https://badshotleaandhale.org/honey-badger-prints/

Joyful Makes

Handmade craft from recycled material. All for charity.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/joyful-makes-6/

Kat Giannini

Animal art and pet commissions, cards and bio-friendly wrapping paper.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/kat-giannini/

Kittoo Crafts

Beautiful handmade craft from Kitty.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/kittoo-crafts/

Mews Gin

Local gin distiller Mews Gin has a range of exciting new gins including London Dry, Rhubarb and Honeyberry Gin. 

https://badshotleaandhale.org/mews-gin/

Mi7

Felts and soaps and stunning creativity

https://badshotleaandhale.org/mi7/

Mind Your Bonce

Hats, made in Farnham but worn around the world

https://badshotleaandhale.org/mind-your-bonce/

Nibbs Gin

Small batch artisan gin from the Surrey/Sussex borders

https://badshotleaandhale.org/nibbs-gin/

Popolo Ceramico

Personalised ceramic gifts and keepsakes

https://badshotleaandhale.org/popolo-ceramico/

Pretty Practical

Personalised gifts and practical items

https://badshotleaandhale.org/pretty-practical/

Pure Glass

Handmade glass and sterling silver jewellery made in Farnham.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/pure-glass/

QF Designs

Handmade jewellery made with love, fire and a lot of hammering.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/qf-designs/

Rene’s Blankets

Not just blankets but bags, decorations and gifts, crocheted and knitted for charity

https://badshotleaandhale.org/renes-blankets/

Resin Expectations

Using the versatile material resin to decorate boxes, clocks, keyrings, and jewellery

https://badshotleaandhale.org/resin-expectations/

Sarah Metcalfe

A Minecraft duvet set to thrill any young fan

https://badshotleaandhale.org/sarah-metcalfe/

Sherlock & Sons

Artisan gins from a quintessentially English distillery

https://badshotleaandhale.org/sherlock-sons/

Shirley Watson Design

Individual pieces from a local lino printmaker

https://badshotleaandhale.org/shirley-watson-design/

The Squirrel Collective

With colourful gloves and letters from Father Christmas, Christmas is covered.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/the-squirrel-collective/

St Clare’s at the Cathedral

Beautiful gifts and cards, innovative worship resources and church supplies.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/st-clares-at-the-cathedral/

Steph Lovell Flowers

Contemporary floral designs from a young florist

https://badshotleaandhale.org/steph-lovell-flowers/

Susie Lidstone

Local scenes and floral art from one of Farnham’s most popular artists

https://badshotleaandhale.org/susie-lidstone/

Tropic

Vegan, cruelty-free make-up and skin care products which support education across the globe.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/tropic/

Usborne Books

Plenty to keep the children occupied with a huge selection of books for youngsters.

https://badshotleaandhale.org/usborne-books/

Farnham Festival of Remembrance returns

The Farnham Festival of Remembrance returns this year but will be online, here on the website, on Saturday, November 7, from 6pm.

Covid restrictions mean that it has been impossible to hold the festival in its home in St John’s, but, nothing daunted, we’ve gone online, with participants recording themselves separately and the whole being put together to create a moving event which pays tribute to all those who have served in times of conflict and peace. This year the festival also commemorates the 75th anniversary of both VE and VJ Day which marked the end of World War Two.

Jeremy Hunt, MP, will open the festival and he will be followed by an assortment of readings, reflections, prayers, poems, songs and hymns and the National Anthem played by Farnham Brass Band.

Simon Alexander has been working seemingly non-stop to organise the event and says: “Each November as a community and a nation we take a moment to pay tribute to the service men and women of our Armed Forces in an act of Remembrance.

“Living in Farnham, the presence of military service is all around us: Farnham, the home of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment; neighbouring Aldershot, the home of the British Army; nearby Odiham, one of the bases of our Royal Air Force; and Sandhurst, the home of our world-renowned Military Officers Academy to name just a few.

“Remembrance is a time for us to pay tribute to these brave men and women who serve so selflessly to protect and defend our nation and our freedom.

“War comes in many forms and, as such, the public service of our Armed Forces comes in many forms too. This year we have leant on the help of our military again in our time of need here at home to help us deliver essential services during the pandemic. Dedicated, agile and responsive as ever, the men and women of our Armed Forces have responded to our nation’s call.

“As we embark on our annual national commemorations of remembrance please join us online along with the Royal British Legion; Princess of Wales Royal Regiment; Sea, Army and Air Cadets; Jeremy Hunt MP; the Mayor of Farnham; Farnham Brass Band; local schools and a range of readers, soloists and performers for the Farnham Festival of Remembrance 2020, whom we thank for their time and skill in contributing, and let us together not forget our service men and women, past, present and future.”

Join us online for this year’s Farnham Festival of Remembrance.

Pictured: The Combined Forces at last year’s Farnham Festival of Remembrance in St John’s Church.

Calling All crafters, artists and small creative businesses

Have you been crafting over lockdown? Are you an artist? Do you knit/sew/paint/sculpt/make cards/work in glass/take photographs/carve/crochet/make jewellery/weave/generally create things of beauty which you would like to sell? Do you have a small, creative business?

We’re holding an online art and craft fair in the first two weeks of November and you are invited to take part. If you would be interested in hiring a space to show off your creations, please contact Maxine Everitt: maxine.everitt@badshotleaandhale.org

There’s a cost of just £10 a ‘table’ and for this you will be featured on our website with pictures of your products and a link through to your website or contact details of where to buy. We’ll be promoting the fair on social media, through the magazine, our newsletter and in the press. And in church of course!

Or, if you would like to donate some of your creations, the parish is having a table – all profits going to the work of our churches here in north Farnham.

So help us all kickstart our Christmas shopping and join our online art and craft fair!