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Ockham with Hatchford and Downside Newsletter MARCH 2018

Let’s Celebrate Our Community! We have a wonderful village, and we are privileged to live here. Not only is it beautiful, but it has a great mix of friendly people. It is worth fighting for! This month the Planning Inspector’s Report will be sent to the Secretary of State. We wait with bated breath, to see how the Secretary of State is going to respond. A good number of us recently enjoyed the hospitality of Ockham Cricket Club, who put on a “Curry Night”. It was excellent value, enjoyed by everyone, and there was a lovely community spirit. Our grateful thanks to Matt Hampton, our host, and David Scotland, the chef. It reminded me that the cricket club is there as a benefit for the whole community. It’s really brilliant to see the Parish Rooms showing films once a month. If you are reading this in March, then I hope you took the opportunity to watch “Goodbye Christopher Robin” on Saturday 24th February. The March film will be “Darkest Hour”, the film about Winston Churchill, starring Gary Oldman. I believe he won a BAFTA for best actor, and critics have called it ‘an electrifying drama’, and ‘a masterpiece’. It will be shown on Saturday 24th of March at 7:30pm, and tickets cost £6. Our thanks to Jan Lofthouse and the Ockham Parish Rooms Committee for starting this most welcome initiative. In one sense every resident is a member of the Ockham and Hatchford Residents Association, whether or not you realise it! It’s a great way to bring everyone together. The Residents Association meets for a social on the first Monday of every month at the Black Swan pub. The management of the pub always put out some nice eats for us, and there is usually a raffle, but primarily it’s a great 2

way to have a drink and a laugh, to catch up, share gossip, and find out what’s happening in the village. You can arrive from 6:45pm, but actually you are free to drop in at any time through the evening. Up in Downside, we have the Downside Sports and Social Club on the Island, Downside, Road. It is a Members Club, with great hospitality and very reasonably priced food and drink. It holds events, and I gather that “Elvis will be in the building” on Saturday 17th of March at 8:00pm. Have a look at their Facebook page to find out how to contact them. Ockham with Hatchford and Downside is a great parish. Both All Saints’ Church in Ockham, and St Michael’s Chapel in Downside would welcome all residents with open arms! The service on Sundays at the chapel starts at 9:00am, and the service at All Saints starts at 10:30am. The Church of this Parish is your church! All of these ways of bringing the community together are brilliant but if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! We lost the Hautboy as a pub/restaurant, just as we lost the village shop and the post office. We have been really united in contesting the Planning Application for Wisley Airfield, and let us hope and pray for a wise and just outcome. In the meantime, do use these opportunities to come together both as a village and as a community. With love

Hugh 3

Parish Clergy Rector: Revd Hugh Grear * Tel: 01483 224136 Email: Rev’d Elisabeth Burke (01932 863886) Church Warden Mrs Sally Pound (01932 400189) *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

Please send articles for the next edition to Andrew Jackson by the 19th of the month preceding publication to CHURCH POSTCODE GU23 6NQ


Take the Bishop of Guildford's Lent Challenge, 2018 The Bishop of Guildford's lent challenge, 2018, will call on those following it to use six words to guide reflections throughout lent, and to donate to the work of the Anglican Communion Fund reaching children with disabilities in Tanzania. Materials can be downloaded from the website or picked up from any church in the diocese. In addition to the Anglican Communion Fund, money raised from the challenge will support the work of the Bishop of Guildford's Foundation, which gives grants to churches engaging in community projects in poorer parts of the Diocese of Guildford. Last year's appeal raised more than ÂŁ20,000 which was shared between the two causes.


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. LENTEN REFLECTION

Led by: Sandy Conway followed by a soup lunch 12.00 p.m. The Canterbury Rooms (Lynda Williams)

CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayer for March 2018 Heavenly Father, we pray for those living in Care Homes, especially those with the added burden of disability. May they not feel isolated or abandoned by their families, but be cared for by kind compassionate staff who are attentive to their needs. Instill in us too a desire to visit our local Homes and befriend the lonely residents there. Amen.


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
KT24 6RL t: 01483 283713


FORTHCOMING SERVICES Sunday 4th March Third Sunday in Lent 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 11th March Mothering Sunday 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Family Service Sunday 18th March Passion Sunday 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 25th March Palm Sunday 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES 6.00 pm Canterbury Rooms Spiritual Cinema – St Martin’s Jesus Christ superstar & a light supper Monday 26th March 7.00 pm Downside

Holy Week Meditation

Tuesday 27th March 7.00 pm St Martin’s

Holy Week Meditation

Wednesday 28th March 7.00 pm Canterbury Rooms, St Martin’s

Passover Supper (nos. limited by tickets)

Thursday 29th March 8.00 pm St Mary’s W.H. Holy Communion 8

Good Friday 30th March 10.00 am East Horsley shops 12.00 – 3.00 pm All Saints’ EASTER SUNDAY 1st April 6.00 am St Martin’s 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’

Service of Witness 3-hour Service of the Cross

Dawn Service Holy Communion Festival Communion *PEBBLES

Sunday 8th April Second Sunday of Easter 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ 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.

The Online Edition of The Parishioner Since we first started publishing The Parishioner on the All Saint’s website (December 2013 /January 2014) there have been 1,846 ‘reads’ and 17,670 ‘impressions’. An ‘impression’ is when a document is downloaded from its source but not necessarily read, so the 17,670 may be the number of time people have visited the website since December 2013. The average time people spend reading The Parishioner is under 2½ minutes. That’s actually pretty good –a video clip on Facebook average viewing time is about 13 seconds! 9

COMMUNITY NOTICES Meet your Neighbours at the Black Swan First Monday of each month Friendly company and chat From 6.45 pm To the right of the bar Complementary nibbles courtesy of the Black Swan CHURCHES TOGETHER WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 2nd March Women’s World Day of Prayer service will be held on Friday 2nd March at 2.00pm in St Mary’s Church, West Horsley. Organised by the Christian Women of Suriname, the title this year is “All God’s Creation is Very Good.” Everyone is invited- not just women- to the service which lasts about an hour, with refreshments afterwards. It would be really nice to see a good number from Ockham there so put the date in your diary (rehearsal Friday 23rd February) and come along if you can. Anyone needing transport please telephone Maureen Pappin, 01932 863020. Ockham Residents Association Open meeting. Wednesday 21st March. Ockham Cricket Club at 7.45 pm. Please come along and hear about our summer fete on Sunday 24th June and the latest on the decision making on the Wisley appeal. Drinks, nibbles and raffle!


Calling all Ockham and Hatchford residents You are invited to a supper at Jane Halliwell’s house Birch House Ockham Lane KT11 1LS 13th April 2018 at 7.30 pm The cost will be £20 per head and all profits will go to Chatterbus to fund free bus tickets to those using the Food Bank in Cobham. This will be a relaxing evening and an opportunity to make some more local friends If you would like to attend please contact Jane Halliwell on 01932 863304 or Advance Notice Ockham Fete 24th June Advance notice – Mikado The excellent company Opera Anywhere will be giving a performance of the Mikado on Saturday October 27th 2018 at 6pm in All Saints’ Church in aid of the Friends of All Saints’ Church Ockham. This is the weekend the clocks change and so there is an extra hour that evening. It will also be half term for many people. Please save the date and come and join us. Tickets are available now from Gillian Lachelin 01483 224 024. Adults £20; under 18’s £10. 11


DOORS OPEN 7.30 for 7.50 start

Please come and support your local village Cinema! £6 entrance and £4 donations for drinks, nibbles and raffle Profits for the Ockham Parish Rooms.


SAINTS’ DAYS 21st March Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, Reformation Martyr If you have ever been caught up in a great event at work, which has gone on to change your own life, then Thomas Cranmer is the saint for you. He was the first ever Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, following King Henry VIII’s decision to pull away from Rome, and set up the Church of England. Born in Nottingham ( A good Nottingham lad! The Editor) in1489, Thomas Cranmer became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1533. He was adviser to both Henry VIII and Edward VI. He helped Henry with the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and along with Thomas Cromwell, supported the principle of Royal Supremacy (where the king is sovereign over the Church in his realm). Under Edward VI, Thomas Cranmer made major reforms to the C of E. He put the English Bible into parish churches, compiled the first two versions of the Book of Common Prayer, and worked with continental reformers to change doctrine on everything from the Eucharist and veneration of saints. But kings and queens, like American presidents, change, and the Catholic queen Mary I was determined to wipe out Protestantism. Thomas Cranmer was imprisoned for two years, found guilty of heresy, and burned at the stake on 21st March 1556. 13





Parishioner mar 2018  

Magazine of the Parish of Ockham with Hatchford & Downside

Parishioner mar 2018  

Magazine of the Parish of Ockham with Hatchford & Downside