Category Archives: St Mark’s Church

Tudor Altar Mystery

Can you help the congregation at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale solve a mystery? The altar underneath the window at the far end of the church is Tudor in style and has an inscription “GIVEN BI HENRIE LVNNE 1608”. However, the church was built in 1883. So where was the altar for the first 275 years?

Parish Priest The Revd. Lesley Crawley said:
“I was absolutely amazed to find that we had something so ancient in the Parish. It is a real treasure to have an ancient Altar, but we are all mystified as to where it came from. We’d love to know. Our church documents say it came from Waverley Abbey, but that can’t be right because the Abbey was closed in 1536 as part of King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries.”

If you would like to see the altar then the church is open on Thursdays between 10am and midday for “Drop-In Coffee” and the Sunday Service is 11am for 45minutes followed by coffee so you take a look while you drink your cuppa. Otherwise contact the Revd Lesley Crawley on 01252 820537

Baptism of Christ

We invited back to our churches ll those who had been baptised or confirmed in 2014:

We thank God for those who were baptised in our Parish in 2014:

at St Georges:

Alfie William Arthur Yeomans

Chloe Grace Hill

Elle Holly Basley

Erin Macy Langham

Florence Ann Aggie Burling

Harry Joseph Panton

Issac Jacob Daniels

Ruby May Hill


at St Johns:

Bella-Rose Blanch

Dylan James David Bond

Emme Nicola Pickles

Harriet Alexa Allibone

Penelope Ada Rowe


at St Marks:

Andrew Maxwell Robertson

Ben Dominic Cabrera

Benjamin James Taylor

Bethany Rose Taylor

Holly Gabrielle Flanagan

Isabel Louise Cabrera

Isabella Jane Featherstone

Jack Joshua Browne

Jaiden Aston Bowes

Kate Alexandra Sowden

Lucas Tommy Bowes

Lylah-May Bowes

Mason Olly Bowes

Mollie Elizabeth Helen Burton

Poppy Stella Rae Searle

Sofia Elizabeth Bainbridge

Thomas Asher Sowden

Toby Joseph Johnson

William Edward Ronald Parris

William James Best


We thank God for those from our Parish who were confirmed in 2014:

 Confirmed at Guildford Cathedral:

from St George’s:

Bayley Hobbs

Benjamin Grafham

Katie Campbell

Milo Kyle

Oliver Valentine

Tobias Kyle


from St John’s

Susan Allibone


from St Mark’s

Thomas Sargent


Baptised and Confirmed at Guildford Cathedral:

from St George’s:

Jamie Adam Finlayson

Julie Erin Mansfield

Lucy Jane Finlayson

Sarah Anne Small


from St John’s:

Joanne Elaine Richardson

Oliver Richard Pendle


from St Mark’s:

Deborah Louise Pearce-Simmonds

Jasmine Chelsea Flanagan


Here are the photos thanks to Alison Ridgeon and Lesley Shatwell


The Community Orchard is Planted!

When you dig a hole today…

Digging in to create a Community Orchard.

The fruit trees have been ordered and the planting date set for the community orchard in Upper Hale. Trees have been ‘adopted’ by community groups so that the trees get the ongoing care they need. Help is needed to dig holes on Saturday 8th November at 1pm and plant trees on Saturday 6th December at 1pm at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, GU9 0LT.

Hale will soon have a community orchard. Members of the community, old and young, are invited to bring their spades and help dig some holes for the fruit trees on Saturday 8th November at 1pm at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, GU9 0LT. The trees will be planted on Saturday 6th December at 1pm and again members of the community with willing hands and spades would be welcome!

Paul Sowden who is leading the team said:
“It is exciting that the orchard is going to actually happen. The trees have been ordered and I hope that this will become a beautiful and peaceful space for all in the community to enjoy. It was great to see young people at the consultation evening who were so engaged and interested in the project. We have eight community groups who have adopted a tree each, so that the tree can be cared for properly, there is room for other groups to adopt the other two trees. At the moment we are concentrating on the trees, but we also intend to create a wildflower garden and that will be our next challenge.”

John Ely, who has experience with creating and restoring orchards said:
“We have chosen trees that are local varieties so that they will thrive in this part of Surrey, not just apple trees but pears and cherry trees too. We’ve also decided to train a quince along one of the walls which will be a beautiful addition to the orchard.”

Parish Priest The Revd. Lesley Crawley said:
“We have a responsibility to look after creation and we know that planting trees has a beneficial effect not only in our own community but more widely than that too. Christians believe that the beauty of creation gives glory to God and I hope this orchard will be beautiful as well as fruitful and that it will become a sanctuary for all in Hale.”