Category Archives: remembrance

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday is on November 14th this year and there will be services at each of the churches in the Parish – 9.30am at St John’s, 10am at St George’s and 11.10am at St Mark’s. There will also be an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Badshot Lea following the St George’s service. Anyone wishing to attend that who has not been at the service is asked to arrive for around 10.50am.

The St Mark’s service will follow the Act of Remembrance at the Hale War Memorial at 10.45am, where there will be a two-minute silence at 11am. This will be attended by Farnham Brass Band, the Scouts and Upper Hale councillor Cllr Pat Evans, and Cllr Evans and the Scouts will then continue on to St Mark’s for a service.

Lesley Crawley will also lead an Act of Remembrance at Weybourne Village Hall at 4pm.

The Farnham Festival of Remembrance

The third Farnham Festival of Remembrance will take place this year on Saturday, November 13. Once again, because of Covid, it will be online here on the website and on Facebook from 6pm.

Among those taking part are faith leaders, the Mayor of Farnham; Alder Valley Brass; Princess of Wales Royal Regiment; Army and Air Cadets; Farnham Heath End School, Potters Gate School and the Parish Choir, and they will present a moving evening of music, poetry, reflections, prayers, hymns and readings which will pay tribute to all those who have served in times of conflict and peace.

Simon Alexander has organised the event and reminds us that while we understand that Remembrance is a time to pay tribute to all those who serve and have served to protect and defend us, that “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.”

Our thanks go to everyone who has taken part. Please join us online for this year’s Farnham Festival of Remembrance from 6pm on November 13 here on and Facebook.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day when we remember those transgender or gender diverse people who have died because of who they are, whether through violence, suicide or medical inequality

It is estimated that at least 409 people across the world are known to have died because they were transgender or gender diverse. The youngest was just 15, the oldest 79. That is just those who are known. Countless others have been on the receiving end of violence and abuse, have been made to feel worthless and afraid.

The church is not blameless; the church has added to the transphobia which causes this violence and abuse, these murders, these suicides, these medical inequalities. I am not saying that this parish has done so, I am not accusing any one individual church, and there are hugely welcoming and affirming churches across the world. But the church as a whole has not been like this, the church continues to discriminate and preach against those who do not fit gender ‘norms’.

There are two videos here. The first is a video here is a quiet and sad reflection about these terrible facts and a call for us to see where we can bring about a change.

The second is a deeply moving and sombre service, produced by Open Table Network

For a list of those lost this year, together with some of their stories, visit… To respond to the latest consultation about the rights of trans and non-binary people in the UK, visit…  

Here in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale we stand with our transgender and gender non-conforming siblings, all of us beloved by God. And we are sorry for when we have failed you.

Picture by Ted Eytan.

Remembrance Day

Today is the 11th November, Remembrance Day, the day we commemorate those members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. It is observed on November 11th as this was the day on which hostilities ended in the First World War in 1918.

On Remembrance Sunday (this year November 8th), here in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale we held Acts of Remembrance at the three War Memorials – Badshot Lea, Weybourne and Hale – when the names of the dead of the villages were read out. We have also recorded online versions of these ceremonies and you can find them here:

Remembering those of Badshot Lea who died in World Wars One and Two.
Remembering those of Hale who died in World Wars One and Two.
Remembering those of Weybourne who died in World Wars One and Two.

The online Remembrance Sunday services are also here:
and you can find our annual Farnham Festival of Remembrance online here:

There is also a garden of poppies and crosses in St John’s churchyard.

Prayers for Remembrance Day

For those who have died

Almighty and eternal God,
from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted,
either by death or life:
hear our prayers and thanksgivings
for all whom we remember this day;
fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For those who have died on active service

O God of truth and justice,
we hold before you those men and women
who have died in active service:
in Iraq, in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
As we honour their courage and cherish their memory,
may we put our faith in your future;
for you are the source of life and hope,
now and for ever.

© Church of England

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