Category Archives: Social Events

New Craft Market is a resounding success

Farnham’s newest craft market, which opened in St Mark’s Church, Hale, on Saturday, July 17, has been declared a resounding success.

The market was opened at 10am on Saturday by Cllr Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham, and a steady stream of visitors browsed the stalls for jewellery, textiles, glass, handmade soaps, hats, home décor, cards, pictures and much more, as well as sitting down for tea and home-made cake and listening to live music played on the fiddle, saxophone and double bass. People also took the opportunity to get a closer look at the newly restored murals in the chancel which were painted a century ago by a local artist, Kitty Milroy, and are now recognised as being of national importance.

Everyone – visitors, stallholders and the amazing team who put this on – had a good time and emails and social media messages have been coming in saying how much people enjoyed it. A lot of the stallholders have asked to book again and in August we will be able to have more stalls in the church. This month we limited the number because of Covid restrictions but we will be able to expand though we intend to remain cautious in the light of the rising number of Covid cases.

This was the first of a series of regular monthly markets which will take placed on the third Saturday of each month and the next one will be on Saturday, August 21, from 10am-2pm.

Anyone who is interested in a stall at the August or subsequent markets should contact Stella Wiseman on 07842 761919 or admin@badshotleaandhale.org

ARTZ @ St Mark’s

Join us for a weekend exhibition of local arts, crafts and music to celebrate the restoration of the Kitty Milroy murals, and exhibit your own work at the same time!

Artz @ St Mark’s will be opened by Cllr Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham, on Friday, July 30, at 6pm.

Exhibition opening times.

Friday, July 30, 6pm – 8pm; drop in anytime.

Saturday, July 31, 10am – 4pm; drop in anytime

Sunday, August 1, 2pm – 4pm; drop in anytime.

Join in with your own work or performance

If you like doing arts, crafts and music-making and have your own work to show or perform at this exhibition, please get involved.

Please print out and complete a hard copy entry form which you can find here:

and drop into the box at St Mark’s, or complete the online entry form – https://forms.gle/DWCPhvRjM4STQdfZ6

This will be a unique opportunity to bring together the talent in our local community.

Everyone is welcome.

Items for the exhibition should be dropped off at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale from 1pm on Friday, July 30, and should be clearly labelled with your name. They will be available for collection at 4pm on Sunday, August 1.

Proceeds from the sale of refreshments will go to the murals’ lighting fund.

Picture above is by Motjaba Ravanbakhsh on Unsplash.

Your July/August magazine is here!

The July/August magazine is out now with news and events from around the area.

As well as information about the churches – the St John’s Youth Hub funding and the Kitty Milroy murals for instance – you will find articles from other organisations in the community. We want this to be a real community magazine and welcome contributions from others.

This time, for instance, we have articles from Crown Daisy Nursery, Badshot Lea Bloomers, Farnham Assist and Hale Community Centre and we are looking forward to more from others next time. You will also find the first of a regular column from the Surrey County Councillor for North Farnham, Catherine Powell, and of course words from our MP Jeremy Hunt.

Other items not to miss in this month’s mag include a special offer from Wine&Something, news on Artz @ St Mark’s – a weekend of art, craft and music which we’d like you to be involved in – and the new monthly art and craft market at St Mark’s on the third Saturday of each month. There’s a book by Bishop Chris Herbert- you can meet him at the book signing – news of upcoming events including our Autumn Fayre and Pride Service, and a call for help. The amazing Anne Young has left Farnham and we need someone to take over administering the magazine distribution. If you can help, please get in touch.

There’s also a trade index on page 2. If you need a plumber or builder or florist or vet or chiropractor etc etc check this first and use our local people.

Happy reading!

Come to the Community Fete

We  are very excited to be able to host the Badshot Lea Community Fete on 3rd July at St. George’s from 12-4pm.

We will be having a barbecue and refreshments, including cream teas.   Due to the restrictions still in place, everyone eating or drinking will need to be seated – so it is lucky we have lots of lawn.  It should be a lovely atmosphere on the beautiful summer grass. 

Sadly, the restrictions mean that the children of Badshot Lea Village School are unable to perform for us but hopefully this will not stop them coming along and enjoying everything on offer.  We are delighted to have partnered with the Tice’s Meadow Birders group, who will have an exhibition,  Badshot Bloomers, with their exciting news about a new Community Garden and the Community Association.  The Sea Cadets will be present and letting people know what goes on in their organisation and the Working Men’s Club will also be represented.  Nibbs Gin are producing flyers which will include interesting discounts.

As a new incentive this year, we have invited small businesses to hire a spot in the car park to sell their wares – so there will artists, wax melts, Usborne Books, bath bombs, hand and face creams, children’s bits and bobs, fudge, calligraphy, craft items, our very own ‘Home Produce’ and a good-as-new toy stall.  We also have a children’s ‘Tea Cup’ ride.

Don’t forget our Summer Grand Draw with a first prize of £100; tickets are already on sale. We are also running a bottle tombola and a more general tombola.  (Any donations gratefully received).

We are all looking forward to a great afternoon of eating, having fun in the sun and coming together as a community.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

The May magazine is here

Our May magazine is out now, a bumper edition this month with information about the elections for Surrey County Council members and the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner. Please read their statements and please vote; if we don’t bother to have a say we can hardly complain about the people who are elected.

There is information too about events going on this month including our Farnham Flower Festival (online again, of course) which is being sponsored by our favourite florist Florescence, and plans for the fete in July. Please get involved in both. There is news about new rooms to hire, an article on grief, information about taking part in Christian Aid Week and much more, plus, of course, lots of great adverts with services, offers and classes.

Download it here:

Take part in our fete

Badshot Lea and Hale Community Fete
July 3rd, 2021


Restrictions permitting, St. George’s Church will be hosting this year’s Badshot Lea and Hale Community Fete.

We’d love to make this a real community event, so if your group is based in the Parish or the surrounding area and you would like to come along just to publicise or to run a stall for your organisation, or have any brilliant ideas, please contact Maxine Everitt – Maxine.everitt@badshotleaandhale.org


We’d also like to offer small businesses a chance to hire a space at just £15 – we appreciate this has been a hard time for you and we expect a good footfall, so why not give it a go? Again, drop Maxine an email.

RESCHEDULED – THE GREAT BOARD GAME QUIZ!

The Great Board Game Quiz will be on Zoom on Saturday, May 1, a change from its original April date. It’s a brilliant way to have fun and raise money for parish funds. 

There will be quiz rounds inspired by board games and it will be suitable for all the family.

Get your teams together (or join on your own) and email admin@badshotleaandhale.org to be sent a link to join in.

Quiz Night!

We are holding another Quiz Night for the parish – this Saturday evening (May 30) at 7.30pm, on Zoom.

Last time we had around 16 teams who tackled an admittedly tricky quiz (strong words were had with the quiz master afterwards!) and we are aiming for even more this time and perhaps slightly more user-friendly questions. In fact the quiz master has resigned on the grounds that he wants a chance to answer questions too and the quiz will be devised and compered by Ed Eggleton.

We’ve also learned a lot about Zoom in the past few weeks so that should all be smoother too!

Last time we raised around £100 for the parish through donations and there will be the chance to donate again. Let’s beat that number too!

Want to join in? Email Stella on admin@badshotleaandhale.org and she’ll send the Zoom link.

See you on Saturday!