Category Archives: St Mark’s Church

All the Fun of the Carnival

‘ROCK AGAIN, EMILY’!  This is the title of St Mark’s ‘Emily Float’ – a replica of Emily the Organ ingeniously constructed by Dave Walker and Paul Whewell, to be borne along on a trailer at TWO Carnivals :


The Fayre is in Gostry Meadow – 2-9pm – live entertainment and refreshments.

The Parade starts in the Upper Hart Car Park (just above Waitrose) at 6pm, and winds round the town through the crowds, returning to the Hart at 7.30pm.

The theme of Farnham Carnival is Rock and Pop Legends, hence ‘Rock Again, Emily!’  We hope to have wacky organ music coursing through her ‘pipes’!

The Emily float will make another appearance at the –

HALE CARNIVAL on Saturday 7th July.  The judging will start at the Hale School Field at 5.15pm.  The Procession begins at 6pm, and proceeds down the hill on to the green.  It does just one lap of the green.  This is a smaller event than the Farnham Carnival, but just as important, and it is our ‘local’ Carnival.

The money collected in the Carnival buckets will be distributed among many good causes.  And one is the beautiful Edwardian Emily who so deserves a thorough restoration. Then she will fill St Mark’s with glorious sound again.

Frances Whewell

Frances Whewell

‘Let’s make Emily Rock Again’

That’s the title of St Mark’s entry for the Hale Carnival on Saturday 7th July.  The float will be a replica Emily Organ.

Chrissy has been busy collecting long thin and short fat cardboard tubes from ‘Freelance Fabrics’ and other curtain shops.  Yes, you guessed it: these tubes will be transformed into organ pipes. Some will be vertical, and painted silver, and others will be brightly coloured, and at rakish angles.

Dave Walker is the Master Mind behind this project.  He is constructing the base to support the 5′ high pipes.  Please come to that hub of creativity – the St Mark’s coffee morning each Thursday – if you’re a keen Pipe Painter, and help us make this float as attractive as possible.

The organ look-a-like will be mounted on a trailer, and recorded organ music will, we hope, sound as though it’s issuing from the pipes.  The keys of the instrument, not necessarily black and white, will be mounted on  the long sides of the trailer, so that the cheering crowds can see them.

Details of the time and place of the procession will appear in the July magazine.  Please support this crazy venture.  You never know, we might be in with a chance of winning the ‘Most Original Entry’!

Frances Whewell


The Miracle play (or Pentecost, the musical)


It was a funny coincidence of events, really. Just before Christmas, we went to see a friend of ours performing in a pantomime. At the same time, Lesley was wondering what she could do for “Thy Kingdom come”, the annual C of E call to prayer. For the previous two years she had organised an art exhibition at St John’s, but felt it was time to do something different. The idea of writing and performing a miracle play about Pentecost came just as we turned our car into the driveway, coming home from the pantomime.

So, extensive internet research on what existed on this theme only produced a small fragment referring to Acts, Ch2, where the locals accused the disciples of being drunk as they emerged from their upstairs room speaking in tongues (or glossolalia if you want the technical term to help with the occasional crossword).

However, this, and a few more modern ideas, from the Life of Brian, for example, led to a script.

The venture then seemed to acquire a life of its own. We had our young artists at St Marks painting paper “flames” to hand out to the congregations. Lesley found short quotations from St Theresa and other, largely contemporary, theologians to stick on the back of them. I found myself in the role of producer, although once the rehearsals started, I did very little, as the cast effectively took over and the play blossomed into something much greater than the original concept.

It was a memorable and exhausting event. We did two performances on the 13th and two more on the 20th May. My thanks to everyone who took part, particularly the “Holy Spirits” Freya, Emilia and Tia (and their mums) who gave excellent performances and had a double dose of religion for two weeks running!

Possibly the lasting image I’ll take from it was the look of shock and astonishment on the faces of Alan and Lesley, our rectors, when the flip chart was produced and the congregation asked, “What has God ever done for You?” This memory is closely followed by the choreographed rendition of “Give me that Old-time religion” – maybe we should perform more hymns in this way!

I think we succeeded in getting the message of Pentecost across in a quite unexpected but effective way – a good combination of humour and a serious underlying message.

Bob Shatwell

It’s A Miracle… play!

Its’ a Miracle…. play was performed on Sunday (13th) at St John’s and St Mark’s and will be performed at St George’s on the 20th May at 10am and 11:30pm. I am lost for words, other than “GO ALONG” – it was very, very funny indeed and I am still sniggering every time I think about it. Huge congratulations to Lesley and Bob Shatwell, and the cast!

Lesley Crawley

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Write yourself into the story – 15 May

On May 15th we are running ‘Write yourself into the story’, an opportunity to enter the world of a Bible story and respond creatively by describing what you experience through your senses, who you meet, what they say, how you feel. This will be a personal response and everyone’s will be different. There will be no obligation to read anything out but there will be a chance to discuss the experience either in a group or privately and to pray. Run by Lesley Shatwell and Stella Wiseman, ‘Write yourself into the story’ will be held at St Mark’s at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 15th. Call Stella on 07854426297 for further details.

write yourself in poster v1


“It’s a Miracle” Play – 13 and 20 May

The C of E has an annual “Thy Kingdom Come” initiative where the parishes are asked to do something different to “help families and young people to pray together”. For the previous two years we’ve put on an art exhibition with a biblical theme at St John’s. This year we’ve decided to do something different – a miracle play. We’ll be performing it at St John’s and St Mark’s on 13th May and St George’s on 20th May.