Category Archives: St Mark’s Church

Exhibitions of plans for changes to Farnham

Saturday, Aug 13, 1-4pm – St George’s
Saturday, Aug 20, 9am-noon – St Mark’s

Come and see the plans for major changes to Farnham Town Centre and the potential impacts on other parts of Farnham, including North Farnham. There will be an exhibition to explain the changes at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, this Saturday, August 13th, 1-4pm; and at St Mark’s, Upper Hale, on Saturday, August 20th, 9am-12 noon.

The changes are proposed as part of the Farnham Infrastructure Programme, a partnership between Surrey County Council, Waverley Borough Council, Farnham Town Council and Jeremy Hunt MP and the plan is to “reduce carbon emissions, improve the connections between the town’s communities, support economic vitality and encourage growth, and improve life in Farnham with cleaner air, healthier lifestyles and less dominance of traffic on communities”. However, there are questions over how this is done and what impact it will have on other parts of Farnham so a consultation is underway.

As North Farnham is likely to be affected if the proposals go ahead, residents are being encouraged to come to the exhibitions and ask questions, as well as complete the consultation. This is online here and there will be hard copies available at the exhibitions. There are also hard copies available at the Farnham Town Council offices on South Street.

The consultation it runs until September 11th, but with an extension into early October to allow time to go into the schools at the start of next term.

To find out more come to the exhibitions and also visit https://farnhaminfrastructure.commonplace.is

Free Family Fun Day

Join us for a FREE family fun day on Friday, August 19th, 10am-1pm, at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale (next to Tesco Express).

Free lunch provided, plus music, craft, table tennis and a chance for parents to relax and chat. Everyone welcome.

You can find out more by messaging us here or emailing Michelle – youth@badshotleaandhale.org

See you there!

Our Untold Stories

An exhibition about three communities

Everywhere we go, the people we live and move among have their own stories. These will be influenced by, and overlap with, the stories of different communities.

This area is no exception and St Mark’s Church is hosting an exhibition about three communities until July 15. The exhibition will then  move to the Museum of Farnham, which has co-curated this, on July 26 where it will remain until December.

Reflecting on 60 years: Our Untold Stories is an interactive exhibition which  introduces us to the Ahmadiyya Muslim, the history of Hale and the Polish community in the area. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisation, the Hale History Project and the Polish School of Surrey worked with the museum to create a pop-up exhibition about each community’s stories, their origins and specific purposes and provide insight in to the development of local areas.

The exhibition  is open at St Mark’s at the following times: Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 1pm, until July 15.

Join us for Father’s Day

Sunday, June 19th

Join us for Father’s Day this Sunday and celebrate the men who have been important in your life. It may be a dad, it may be a granddad, it may be a teacher, an uncle, a family friend. Whoever it is, come and celebrate with us.

There are services at all three churches this Sunday, and brunch at St John’s.

The services are:
St John’s, Hale, 9.30am, followed by brunch at 10.30am.
St George’s, Badshot Lea, 10am.
St Mark’s, Upper Hale, 11am.

All welcome!

A weekend of Jubilee celebration

There were celebrations throughout the parish over the Jubilee weekend, as communities gathered together to mark 70 years of service by Queen Elizabeth II.

The long weekend started with a Jubilee tea party at St George’s on Thursday with entertainment by the Paris School of Dancing and the Parish Choir, along with memories from the past 70 years, poetry by Debbie Nobbs, and a huge Jubilee tea.

On Friday, Cajun Boogaloo and caller Kris Lawrence led around 50 of us in a barn dance at St Mark’s, and on Saturday, after a Family Fun Morning on Sandy Hill, with traditional games, including a tug of war, St Mark’s was filled with people tucking in to a free lunch provided by Hale Community Centre, with 80 per cent of the food coming from the Community Fridge. Once again there was music, with Roger Sanders on the saxophone and In Accord singing acapella; memorabilia; poetry and a message from the Queen (possibly), brought to us by Rosemary Wisbey; and a slide show with music of Hale in the past created by Elaine Fell. Then it was off to the Hale Rec for a Picnic in the Park with entertainment and teas and ice creams.

On Sunday, which was also the day of Pentecost, the Bishop of Dorking – the Rt Revd Jo Bailey Wells – led an outdoor Songs of Praise at St George’s, and then hurried on to St John’s for an indoor Service of Thanksgiving at St John’s, with the 2nd Farnham (Hale) Scouts, Air Cadets, members of Farnham Heath End School, local councillors and singer and healer Heather Golding. This was followed by a Big Jubilee Lunch with barbecue and a lot of cake, with more music from Roger Sanders and his saxophone quartet.

A huge thank-you to everyone who joined in for a celebration of the reign of a monarch who has served faithfully through good times and bad, and who has always emphasised how her Christian faith has been her constant guide.

Jubilee celebrations!

North Farnham is all set to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a long weekend of events between June 2nd and 5th, arranged by the parish, North Farnham Voice – a group of residents dedicated to caring for the area – and the Hale Community Centre.

The events are:

Thursday, June 2

St George’s Church – Afternoon Tea
2.45-5.30pm with exhibition of Coronation and Queen Elizabeth memorabilia and entertainment.
Please book your free ticket in advance by contacting Maxine.everitt@badshotleaandhale.org or phone 01252 318135

Friday, June 3

St Mark’s Church – Barn Dance
6pm -10pm Enjoy a FREE evening of dancing to music by Cajun Boogaloo Trio. Bring your own refreshments. Tea and coffee available for donations to the Kitty Milroy mural fund. Further info admin@badshotleaandhale.org or 07842 761919

Saturday, June 4

Upper Hale – Family Fun Day

Sandy Hill Field
10am -12 noon FREE activities with Bouncy Castle, Games, Fire Engine, Music, Treasure Hunt, Tug-o-war and Ramble

St Mark’s Church
12.30pm – 2pm FREE JUBILEE LUNCH
with live music and a display of photos of people and  past events from Hale History Project.  Plus, a chance to see and hear more from the experts about the recently restored Kitty Milroy murals.

Hale Recreation Ground
2pm – 4pm Bring your own PICNIC IN THE PARK and enjoy more live singing and music and dancing displays by local groups. (Toilet facilities open in the Institute and Scout Hut)
The Church on the Green will be selling teas and coffee and will be holding an exhibition of Jubilee memorabilia.

Sunday, June 5

10am St George’s Church Outdoor Songs of Praise.
11am  Badshot Lea Primary School fete.
12 noon St John’s Church, Hale, Service of Thanksgiving with the Bishop of Dorking and the Scouts.
1pm  St John’s Church churchyard BIG LUNCH with BBQ* and music.  Bring your own picnic.

SAVE THE DATES – Everyone is welcome!

If you’d like to get involved with the preparations, help at these events or have a group activity you’d like to promote please contact elaine.fell@me.com

*cover charge applies

Messy Church is here!

Messy Church takes place on the third Thursday of each month at St Mark’s Church, 3.30-5.15pm, so this month’s is tomorrow: Thursday, May 19. Please join us.

The theme is Jonah and the Whale and there will be games, craft, songs and hot food for everyone. Children must be supervised. To book, find out more or help out, contact Michelle: youth@badshotleaandhale.org