THE PARISHIONER JUNE 2019
WE ALL BELONG I have engaged in the democratic process of casting my vote twice in the last few months, and who knows, maybe we will be back again soon with a General Election or a Second Referendum. No matter how many “indicative votes” that Parliament has, it feels like we are stuck in the mud, or perhaps sinking deeper into quicksand. I have never known politics to be grimmer. The picture of the Prime Minister on the front of today’s newspaper saddened me. She looked completely exhausted, and the headlines suggested she was in tears. Infighting, backstabbing, leaks, resignations, accusations, and old hatreds - and that’s just the Tory Party! Labour, lurching even further to the left, seems to relish the idea of a new class war. About the only thing in Westminster that has given me hope recently is the young idealists warning us all of Climate Change and telling us to stop bickering “whilst Rome burns”. Back in 1999 I was training for ordination, and we were taken on a visit to a Roman Catholic Seminary in The Netherlands. Whilst there we learnt that Dutch Catholics and Dutch Protestants managed to get along with each other over the centuries because they had a deeply-held realisation: “We all work together, or we all drown together.” This is, of course, a reference to the dikes. The Dutch realise that if the dikes fail, everyone will drown, whatever their denomination! Another way of saying this is “we all belong”. Atheist, Muslim, Jew and Christian, we all belong. Whatever colour or gender, we all belong. Whatever sexuality, class or status, whether we are 9 or 90, we all belong. This is equally true in this parish. One of the things that I have appreciated the most (over these last four years since we arrived) 2
is that everyone gets along. Whether it’s OHRA drinks at the Black Swan, or WAG working together to preserve our greenbelt, or gathering at the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday, or Ockham Fete, we enjoy one another’s company, and treat one another with respect. I am looking forward to the Village Meeting on Wednesday 12th June, when we can all listen and all contribute, working together to make our Village even better. But we won’t get there by behaving like Westminster politicians! Whether or not we are believers, perhaps we should all (including me) remember those qualities recommended in Scripture (called the Fruits of the Spirit) namely, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” God bless us, one and all, because we all matter, and we all belong!
CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayers June 2019 Almighty God and comforter, we pray for all individuals with a lifelimiting disability or illness, who cannot enjoy many of the advantages often taken for granted by able-bodied people. May they know how precious they are to You Lord and help them to obtain the support they deserve through the loving care of others. AMEN.
MU4ALL Is Just That! For ALL: THE BEEHIVE The Beehive meets once a month on the 4th Thursday at 2.00 p.m. at St. Martin’s Court. Coffee, cake and a time to share, whilst making a difference to others in need. We meet together to work at MU projects, such as neonatal supplies, knitting, making blankets and quilts and any particular needs which arise.
FOODBANK The Cobham Food Bank still needs our support, both by our donations, and by giving out vouchers. The need for the Foodbank is as great as ever and donations can be made at both All Saints and Downside as well as Costa Coffee, Sainsburys and Waitrose in Cobham. Donations must be non-perishable. Hugh has food vouchers. The Revd Renos Pittarides Rector of East Horsley The Rectory Ockham Road South East Horsley Surrey KT24 6RL t: 01483 283713 4
Parish Clergy Rector: Revd. Hugh Grear* Tel: 01483 224136 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Revd. Elisabeth Burke (01932 863886) Email: email@example.com LLM Lay Reader: Mrs. Clare Bevan (01483 479963) Church Wardens Mrs. Sally Pound (01932 400189) Mrs. Jan Winser (01483 225200) *Hugh’s working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday Don’t forget to keep up to date with everything happening in our Parish by going to www.ockhamchurch.org.uk
St Michael’s Chapel, Downside is available for hire for meetings and other events at very reasonable rates. Contact David Pappin (01932 863020) or email firstname.lastname@example.org Please send articles for the next edition by the 19th of the month preceding publication to email@example.com CHURCH POSTCODE GU23 6NQ 5
SUMMER FUND RAISER
Please join us for our summer fundraiser for Rainbow Trust and Christian Solidarity Worldwide – helping families with children who have serious illnesses and individuals persecuted for their beliefs, worldwide. This year, the Charities Team at Ockham with Hatchford & Downside are raising funds for charity by providing you with delightful summer pots for your front step, patio or your very own Gardens of Babylon. Each pot is well stocked with developed plants bedded in locally-produced compost – surely guaranteed to help your summer bloom happily! All proceeds are going to our two charities with a suggested minimum pot donation of c.£20 Your SUPPORT for this great cause! Come along instead to the Open Garden on the afternoon of June 2nd at Bridge End Cottage, Ockham Lane, GU23 6NR. Please contact your nearest member of the charities team to drop off donated pots (or bring them to St Matthew’s School, Downside; The Rectory on Ockham Lane (GU23 6NP); or Bachelors Farm, Long Reach (GU23 6PG). We will look after them while
growing on and you can have them ready-made up before June is out! Reps: Fiona Cheese – 01483 284940 (Bachelors Farm) (firstname.lastname@example.org) David Boothby – 01932 596760 (email@example.com) Judith Allen – 01932 863415 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rev Hugh Grear – 01483 224136 (The Rectory) Rev Elisabeth Burke – 01932 863886 (email@example.com) At school: _____________________________
ST MICHAEL'S CHAPEL, DOWNSIDE IS NOW LICENSED FOR WEDDINGS! Up until now anyone wanting to get married in our chapel at Downside has had to get a special licence. But the Bishop of Guildford has now granted us a full license. It is a lovely, modern and intimate venue for a wedding - the chapel seats a maximum of 40 people and the east window looks out over fields. For more information contact Hugh Grear 01483 224136
COMMUNITY NOTICES Meet your Neighbours at the Black Swan the First Monday of each month Friendly company and chat From 6.45 pm, to the right of the bar Complimentary nibbles courtesy of the Black Swan
CLASSIC CAR EVENT At the Black Swan Second Sunday in each month Classic Car morning from 8am at the Black Swan Breakfasts served! VILLAGE RESIDENTS MEETING Wednesday 12th June 8pm at Ockham Parish Rooms
Summer Fund Raiser Open Garden on the afternoon of June 2nd at Bridge End Cottage, Ockham Lane, GU23 6NR
Ockham Summer Fete and Dog Show 2019 Sunday, 16th June. Hautboy Meadow, 12-4.30pm Please speak to Jan Lofthouse, if you would like to book a stall. Please see advertisement (Page 13 ) below for details.
FORTHCOMING SERVICES Sunday 2nd June Sunday after Ascension 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 9th June Pentecost 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’
Holy Communion Parish Communion *PEBBLES
Sunday 16th June Trinity Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 23rd June Second Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Family Service Sunday 30th June Third Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am St Mary’s W. Horsley Group Ministry Service Sunday 7th July 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’
Fourth Sunday in Trinity Songs of Praise Parish Communion *PEBBLES
*PEBBLES children’s group meet in church at the start of every Communion service, leave for their own activities in the Cabin and join the congregation at the end.
FROM THE REGISTERS BAPTISMS Jemima Georgia Hargreaves WHITE baptised on 5th May Isabella Lucy UNDERWOOD baptised on 26th May FUNERALS Bob PRIMROSE died 26th April. Thanksgiving service at All Saints’ 25th May Charles Hewlett Charles Hewlett’s family would like to thank everyone in Ockham for all the help and good wishes they have received during the period that Charles passed away. The recessional collection in his memory totaled £1,010.00 which has been distributed to Asthma UK, The British Heart Foundation and The Royal British Legion.
CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW AND
FAMILY FUN DAY 2019 CLANDON PARK, SUNDAY 7TH JULY. * Something for all the family*
• • • • • • •
Hundreds of Classic Vehicles, Exciting Stalls, Entertainment for the Children, Hospitality Area serving Hot and Cold Food and Drinks, Picnic Area with Toilet Facilities, Show Opens 11.00am - 4.30pm, Entry for Public £7 per adult, Under 12’s Free,
ENTRY VIA THE A25 - MERROW TO WEST CLANDON ROAD. Nearest Sat Nav postcode GU4 7AA
Magazine of the Parish of Ockham with Hatchford & Downside