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Ockham with Hatchford and Downside Newsletter CHRISTMAS 2017 AND NEW YEAR 2018

Christmas Cheer Cold and frosty morning? Train strikes? Queues on the A3? Nothing on the telly, and no reception on your phone? Prices going up? Bah humbug! When Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem, there was no public transport, and no streetlights to light the way. There was no Airbnb to find them a room in an overcrowded city. There were no police officers on patrol to protect them from the bandits. There was no NHS working round-the-clock ready to help with midwives, pain medication, and a Special Care Baby Unit. No nappies. No formula. No supermarkets stocked with safe food. No toilets and toilet paper! And certainly, no stocking at the end of the bed! The NHS has saved my life not once, but many times. When I see police officers at Waterloo, I’m grateful. My money is kept safe in a bank. My neighbours are friendly, the Rectory is warm, the supermarkets are full, electricity available at the flick of a switch, and as for clean water‌ - I am so grateful for all these wonders that Mary and Joseph could not even dream about. We get holidays, mulled wine, presents, and turkey (even if we are obliged to have Brussel Sprouts as well).


So, come and thank God for this wonderful world! Ding dong merrily on high, in heaven the bells are ringing - and the Ockham ringers will chime out in response. The heavenly choirs are singing joyfully, and our choir will join in. Christmas may be a time for giving, but for me it is primarily a time to say thank you to the one who has given all this to us, and above all has given us Jesus, who the apostle Paul calls “the perfect image of the invisible God�. So, my advice this year, let Christmas gratitude drive out any hint of bah humbug!

Merry Christmas! Hugh


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

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RECTORY HOME GROUP Meets at the Rectory every fortnight on a Tuesday evening at 8.00 pm where we study, share thoughts, laugh, and pray; all are very welcome.

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.


CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayer for December 2017 and January 2018 At this time of Advent and Spiritual celebration, we pray to almighty God for the Grace to truly live out our Christian Faith, caring for the lonely, and sick and troubled people around us. May we make time to be alongside them in their needs, bringing them God’s love, hope and light in their darkness with our practical help. Amen. God our Father and Creator, renew in us all a sense of Unity and Peace, conscious as we are of the divisions and tensions that exist. We pray that you would reconcile all Christian Churches, heal our prejudices, and help us to celebrate your boundless love and forgiveness, so that we can grow together to bring a united Christian message to the World. Amen.

FOODBANK The Cobham Food Bank still needs our support especially at this Christmas-tide, 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. Thank you for your support. The Revd Renos Pittarides, Rector of East Horsley The Rectory
Ockham Road South
East Horsley
Surrey KT24 6RL t: 01483 283713 6

FORTHCOMING SERVICES Sunday 3rd December Advent Sunday 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 10th December 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’

Second Sunday in Advent Holy Communion Parish Communion *PEBBLES

Sunday 17th December 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’ 4.00 pm All Saints’

Third Sunday in Advent Holy Communion Parish Communion *PEBBLES CAROL SERVICE

Sunday 24th December Fourth Sunday in Advent CHRISTMAS EVE 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES 4.00 pm Downside Crib Service 5.00 pm Downside Carols in the Chapel 11.00 pm All Saints’ Midnight Mass Monday 25th December 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’


Sunday 31st December First Sunday of Christmas 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am ST MARTIN’S Joint Service of Holy Communion preparing for the New Year 7

2018 Sunday 7th January Epiphany 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 14th January Baptism of Christ 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 21st January Third Sunday in Epiphany 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion*PEBBLES Sunday 28th January Candlemas 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Family Service Sunday 4th February 2nd Sunday before Lent 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 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 re-join the congregation after Communion to share their activities with all.


CHILDREN AND CHRISTMAS GO TOGETHER Christmas is such an exciting time for children, so we have a variety of services for children of all ages and their families during this time. Family Carol Service at 4pm in All Saints Church, Ockham on Sunday 17th December. The children are invited to come dressed as shepherds or angels and sing Away in a Manger in a Nativity tableau to begin the service. Crib Service 4-4.30pm on Christmas Eve in St Michaels Chapel Downside. This is very popular with our little children as they help us tell the Christmas story. Come early to ensure a seat. Carols in the Chapel 5pm on Christmas Eve in St Michaels Chapel Downside. Make time to celebrate with this short service of carols and readings. Led by our young people and enjoyed by all those who come. Christmas Day at 10.30am All Saints Church Ockham. Our Family Services are always very special – ALL our children love to come and there is no need for parents to worry as there is space to walk around and engage actively with the worship. We are never too old to hear the Christmas story so please come and help us make Christmas special for you. Any enquiries to Elisabeth Burke or Hugh Grear. 9

CAROL SINGING AROUND OCKHAM Tuesday 19th December at 5.45 p.m. Ockham Parish Rooms. This is an invitation to join in the village Carol Singing. We leave at 6 to walk around the village to sing well known carols. For any of you new to the village, we walk between the houses, ring your door bell, and sing a carol and rattle a collecting tin! Sadly, we cannot reach all parts of the central village in an evening, but we do our best! We would love to have some more children sing with us and hopefully the earlier start time will enable more young people to join us for all or part of the evening. We will be collecting for the charities supported by Ockham church which are the Rainbow Trust in Leatherhead which supports families with a seriously ill child and Christian Solidarity Worldwide which defends the right to practise any religion or none at all around the world. If you are joining us, please try to wear something reflective and bring a torch. Carol sheets are provided. We finish at the Parish Rooms for mulled wine/hot chocolate and mince pies. Do join us or listen out for us singing! Jenny Milligan 01483 225073




FROM THE REGISTERS FUNERALS SALLY HOLMES On 14th November a service was held at Randalls Park to celebrate the life of Sally Holmes who died on 27th October 2017. Sally was a much-loved member of our congregation at All Saints’ along with her husband Martin both of whom were part of the bell ringing team. Sally was passionate about helping, especially where children were concerned. She was one of the first to be on the Pebbles team and always made sure there were activities for the children to do. For many years she wrote a Nativity play for our Carol Service, arranged for a donkey to lead us on Palm Sunday and lent her ponies for the fete. Sally’s motto was ‘Never walk on by whatever the consequences’ and so it was no surprise that the family chose the story of the Good Samaritan to be read at her funeral service. Sally was generous with her time, her home and her possessions and her family have received many letters of appreciation from people she helped. Our thoughts go out to Martin, her son Jim and his family and all Sally’s many friends. CANDY HALEY Candy’s service will be at All Saints on 8th December at 11am. Candy was a faithful member of our congregation at St Michael’s Chapel and will be greatly missed.


I found Alpha to be quite a revelation. I learnt a lot - about how people come to believe in God, and much than I've known before about Jesus's life, Christian worship, and the Bible. I feel that the course directly helped me clarify and strengthen my convictions and I made peace with my views sometimes differing a little from others'. The experience was much enhanced by the genuine and gentle comfort shared with those experiencing Alpha with me. I've had my occasional doubts as well as nagging question marks regarding certain aspects of my religious convictions and I've sometimes been a little embarrassed about my lack of theological knowledge supporting my Christian worship. The Alpha course felt inclusive and didn't seem to depend on me feeling particularly religious beforehand. Certainly, it wasn't a course about indoctrination or trying to force particular views on me (which I'd perhaps feared a little). Phew - what a relief. I still feel that I'm in a better place now than I did before I'd done the course - even 8 months on. David Boothby


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 Complimentary nibbles courtesy of the Black Swan Saturday 2nd December CHRISTMAS TABLE TOP FAYRE FREE ENTRY Please note CHANGE OF DATE Ockham Parish Rooms 11am to 3pm Christmas Gifts, bric a brac, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Lamps, Bags, Crafts, Bakes, ALL SORTS! Come along for the best HOT CHOCCY with whippy and marshmallows and sparklies IN TOWN! Mince Pies Coffees Teas Fun and Chats and Festivities Contact Jan Lofthouse ( for a table provided for you to sell, at £10, Share a table! Please come along. All in aid of the Parish Rooms Thursday 14th December CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING Parish Rooms 11am to 1pm Surrey Wildlife Trust Tutor, provides the raw materials Willow, conifer, holly - You can bring your own decorations Leave with a lovely hand-made Christmas Wreath Arrive 10.30 am for coffee hot chocolate, the best in town! and mince pies for donations. Places now very limited £15


OCKHAM PARISH ROOMS Book these lovely Parish Rooms for your events, from £9 an hour, contact the Caretaker on our Parish Council Web Site. All proceeds help to run the Rooms for our Parish. There’s a kitchen, car parking, conveniences. Ockham Parish Council Second Tuesday in the month Ockham Parish Council 8pm Parish Rooms, all welcome


We have had a busy term here at St Matthew’s - all the children settled into their new classes quickly and got to know their new teachers. There have been many exciting learning activities taking place both indoors and outdoors, including trips to a castle and the Natural History Museum, Tring; and outdoor learning with an Elmbridge Countryside officer, where they learnt about animals and their habitats in our local area. The children enjoy our school buddy system where older children look after the younger children and they look forward to buddy playtimes each week. They are focusing on being responsible, our term’s value, so that they are responsible friends and responsible learners. We always start our year with lots of maypole dancing so that we are ready to perform at Cobham Heritage Day, and we had a great turn out at this event in September. We enjoy being part of our wider community and like to take part in community events with our children and families – this broadens our learning opportunities and reminds us of the importance of community and working with others. We have taken part in recycle week as a whole school, learning lots about how to recycle and why this is so important when caring for God’s world. The children made some fantastic models out of recyclable materials and thought about trying to buy things that have less packaging. They went home and reminded their parents to reduce, re-use and recycle as much as possible. We had our harvest festival assembly for parents in October and collected many non-perishable items that were then 17

donated to Cobham Food Bank. The children sang songs that celebrated our wonderful world and that gave thanks for all that we have, praying for those who are in need. We have celebrated our uniqueness as individuals during our antibullying week – ‘All Different, All Equal’ and the children have been working together in teams to show how unique and special everyone is – we even displayed this visually by wearing odd socks! In October we had a ‘Wear it Pink’ day to raise money for Breast Cancer and in November we did a sponsored super maths challenge to raise money for the NSPCC. We really appreciate our link with All Saints Church and enjoy Rev Hugh and Rev Elisabeth coming in to school to do a weekly assembly – the children like the Bible stories and acting, and are enthusiastic to take part each week. In September we took part in Education Sunday at All Saints, celebrating St Matthew and our school – it was lovely to see so many of our school families in church and the children taking part in the service. Last week we brought along poppy wreaths made by the classes to the Remembrance Service and parade at church, and I was very proud of all the children who took part in this service. Our new venture for next term is to use our new raised beds for growing vegetables. I have a fantastic team of parents who are helping to make this happen by digging, weeding, and sourcing manure and topsoil. If you can help in any way, please do contact me at the school – we are in need of more top soil and perhaps a regular helper or two to help keep our area weed free and productive. Best wishes, Kathy Hutt Head Teacher 18










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