Carry on celebrating Harvest tonight (Saturday) with a Harvest Supper at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, starting at 6pm.
There will be a buffet meal, a Harvest raffle and entertainment. Please bring your own drinks. Donations to the raffle will be gratefully received.
Got a party piece? Give Lesley Crawley a call on 01252 820537 to let her know.
Tickets – £8, children £5 – are on sale from: St Mark’s – Jenny Bull 01252 326437, St George’s – Carol Le Page 01252 492415, St John’s – June Jasper, firstname.lastname@example.org or 07807 881311.
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There will be a Bridge Tea in St George’s Church Room, this Thursday (October 11) in aid of the Church Heating Fund. Doors open at 1.40pm and play will begin at 2pm and finish at 5pm. Tables of four cost £40.
Enjoy a delicious tea and a raffle. Contact Gemma Brown for more details: email@example.com or 01252 319559.
It’s like a youth club – but for all ages. That was the conclusion we drew at last Friday’s Table Tennis Club at St Mark’s.
Eleven of us met in the back of the church and spent the evening playing table tennis and pool, drinking tea, coffee and squash, eating biscuits and Bakewell tarts and chatting. We ranged in age from 12 to ehemty-ehem, we came from a range of places and backgrounds and we gelled. I certainly came away feeling I had made new friends and that this was the start of something.
We started the Table Tennis Club because we wanted to play table tennis and it seemed like a good idea. Thanks to a grant from the Farnham Institute we were able to buy a table tennis table, bats and balls, plus some comfortable seating. We added a small pool table when someone generously gave one away on Freecycle, a website where people offer all sorts of unwanted and useful items, and then we launched the club.
I don’t think I’d realised how sociable it would be. As there is – currently at least – just one table tennis table and one pool table we had to take turns which meant we talked. “Why don’t we have board games?” asked one person. “And I’d like to play chess.”
Why not indeed? I am going to look out my chess set and we definitely have Yahtzee somewhere. Scrabble and Upwords were also mentioned. Should we look for a Nintendo Wii which would make some sports more accessible? I recently met a woman in a wheelchair who could beat anyone at Wii 10-pin bowling, and I’m told Wii table tennis is fast and furious.
We met on the last Friday of the month as a trial and from now on we are meeting on the first and third Fridays of the month, which means that we will be at St Mark’s between 7pm and 9pm on Fridays, October 5 and 19, then November 2 and 16, and December 7 (no meeting on December 21). To join in you don’t have to be good at table tennis, pool, or even Upwords. Just drop in any time. It’s rather like a youth club but for all ages.
Everyone is invited to celebrate the fruits of the Hale community orchard on Apple Day, Sunday, October 7, at St Mark’s, at 10am.
The celebrations will be held in the orchard, which is next to the church, and inside the church hall, and everyone is encouraged to bring their apples and put them in the apple press for freshly pressed apple juice.There will be apple songs, apple pancakes and apples dipped in chocolate, all followed by a celebratory harvest festival service in the church. The Bishop of Dorking, the Right Rev’d Jo Wells, will join in the celebrations and harvest festival.
Rev’d Lesley Crawley explained how the day has come about: “In December 2014 we planted 11 fruit trees to create a community orchard at St Mark’s. Each tree was adopted by a different community group and all except one have thrived since they were planted.
“Our first Apple Day was in 2015 because we were so delighted that our trees were bearing fruit and so we decided to celebrate! Since then we have celebrated every year by having apple pancakes, apple-y music and apple pressing. It is a great atmosphere with children and adults pressing the apples, drinking the juice, eating pancakes, listening to the music and chatting. This year with have the Bishop of Dorking joining us for the celebrations at 10am and staying on for our harvest festival at 11am. Please come and join in the festivities.”
Anyone who wants their apples turned into juice is asked to bring apples that are in good condition, picked from the tree and washed, along with clean two-litre plastic milk cartons, including the lid, to put the juice in.
Come along and celebrate!
We have a new table tennis club at St Mark’s, starting on Friday evening (September 28), 7-9pm.
The club is open to all ages and abilities and everyone is welcome. If you don’t know how to play or are a bit rusty, we can give you some tips, but if you are a skilled player we’ll be happy to pick up tips from you too!
We also have a small pool table so you can play on that while waiting for a turn at table tennis – or play table tennis while waiting for a game of pool.
After this Friday, it will take place on the first and third Fridays of the month – October 5 and 19, November 2 and 16, December 7 (no meeting on December 21).
The club has been made possible by a donation from the Farnham Institute which paid for the table tennis table and some soft seating for anyone waiting.
For further details of the club call Stella Wiseman on 07854 426297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Party in the Church (grounds) on August 11 was great fun. There were lots of families there, a barbecue, cakes and mocktails and a super atmosphere. In all we raised about £250 towards the St. George’s heating fund.
Many thanks to all those who helped make it a great success.
On 11th August, from 12.00, St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, join us for a fun afternoon (hopefully in the sun!) BBQ, mocktails, soft drinks, teas, games for everyone, young and old – a bit of music, a chance to relax. (If you’d rather have something a bit stronger to drink then please feel free to bring your own.) Open to all. Tickets £1 from Maxine – 01252 318135 – mainly so we have an idea of numbers. All proceeds to St. George’s heating fund. (If it does rain, we will be literally in the church 😃)
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Come and join us for a really traditional Parish Fete, at St. George’s Church, Badshot Lea on Saturday, 9th June 12 – 3.30ish. There will be a bar and BBQ, delicious cream teas and cakes as well as a Bouncy Castle, stalls with delectable things to buy, games to play and prizes to win. The Grand Raffle tickets will be on sale with a chance to win £100! We will be entertained by the children of Badshot Lea School, the Carillon Singers and the Swiftsure Band. It should be a terrific chance to have fun, meet new people and join in with a true village event.
Connections is a group for over 50s on 5 June from 10:00 to 11:30 just come along to St George’s church and enjoy a cup of coffee, some cake and various activities.