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St John the Evangelist Church North Holmwood Vicar (day off â€“ Monday) Revd Stuart Tanswell ......... firstname.lastname@example.org .........01306 882135 Assistant Priest Revd Leah Kearns ............. .......................................................................01306 886858 Churchwardens: Graham Phillips.................. email@example.com ..........01306 885787 Jane Schofield................... firstname.lastname@example.org ...................07771591457 Reader Gordon Bates .................... .......................................................................01306 884154 PCC Secretary Caroline Lazenby .............. email@example.com.....01306 888141 PCC Treasurer Lynn Jennings..................... .......................................................................01306 882614 Baptisms Jill Spence .......................... .......................................................................01306 876901 Choir Please contact Vicar........ Junior Choir Sandy Newton ................... .......................................................................01306 889384 Flowers Hazel Gibson ..................... .......................................................................01306 886538 Gift Aid and Electoral Roll Jane Collard ..................... firstname.lastname@example.org ..........................01306 876652 Intercessions Janet Chipps ..................... .......................................................................01306 881548 Prayer Chain Sandy Newton ................... .......................................................................01306 889384 Homegroup Co-ordinator Penny Newstead............... .......................................................................01306 885876 Junior Church and C4yourself Jane Schofield................... email@example.com ...................07771591457 Organist John Philpott ...................... firstname.lastname@example.org.............................01306 880126 Magazine Caroline Lazenby .............. email@example.com...01306 888141 Parish Room Iris Edser............................... .......................................................................01306 740757 Readings Gordon Bates .................... .......................................................................01306 884154 Sacristans Steve & Hilary Harris .......... .......................................................................01306 710162 Servers Steve Harris ......................... .......................................................................01306 710162 Sandy Newton ................... .......................................................................01306 889384 Mothers Union Gill Collins............................ .......................................................................01306 885270
St John the Evangelist Church, North Holmwood Sunday services: 8 am Holy Communion 10am First Sunday each month: Family Service 10am Other Sundays: Parish Eucharist 6pm see notices Friday 8.30am Eucharist, and vicar available in church until 10.30am The Church is normally open daily for private prayer from 9am. Please see the Church notice board for details of other services.
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Editorial Even if sport does not feature highly in our interests, the intensity, the emotion and the excitement of the Olympics has touched us all in varying ways. The expected transport problems and the worries over security were ironed out and the professionalism and humility of our sports teams was inspiring. Fantastic action photos in the newspapers were impressive too. I am looking forward to our own Armchair Dufferâ€™s report this month! I hope you have enjoyed the summer weather - rain and sun - and the much lighter traffic on the roads and if you have been away I hope you had a relaxing break. The Spire is back after our summer break and is crammed with information and articles to keep you up-to-date. We look forward to hearing from you! Caroline Lazenby
Dear friends, Like many other people, recently my attention has been on the Olympics. Some interesting statistics were publicised at times. Yorkshire, we are told, would have finished 12th in terms of medals were it a separate country - beating countries such as Brazil, Spain and South Africa. At one point Yorkshire was even above Australia! There are so many ifs and buts in tournaments, but those statistics got me thinking. While Yorkshire would have done relatively well in the Olympics on their own, as part of Great Britain they did so much better. Team GB was made up of people from all different backgrounds, some who were born in Great Britain, some who moved here when young. There were Scottish competitors, Cornish, and everywhere 5
in-between. Young, old, tall, short, thin, not-so-thin – as their sport needed. All were united behind a common cause, and they succeeded. The Church is a strange thing, a diverse mix of people from all kinds of different backgrounds, different shapes and sizes, different interests. We might be able to do OK on our own – but by working together, sharing our gifts, we can do so much more. With that in mind, I’m delighted that Margaret Teale is to begin training as a Pastoral Assistant. The Olympics united people behind a common goal, and appear to have inspired interest in the tournament and athletics in general (Paralympic ticket sales increased rapidly during the Olympics). As Christians, we are united behind a common cause – can we, too, inspire others? Every year at the end of September there is a national Church campaign called Back to Church Sunday – you may have read about it. The idea is that many people have an affinity with the church and would be open to coming along, if only they were asked. Our challenge is for each of us to invite at least one person to come along. Word of mouth is always the best way of getting someone interested in something, as I found out with Natalie continually telling me about the Olympics until I finally watched it for myself! At church there will be invitation cards to take away so that, when you invite someone to church, you have something to give them with the information on. This month we pray that, just as much of the nation was united and inspired by the Olympics, we may be more united and inspired as followers of Christ – and may in turn inspire others. Wishing you every blessing, Stuart
Bible Readings for September 2nd September Family Service
13th Sunday after Trinity Readings to be arranged
9th September Isaiah 35:4-7a
14th Sunday after Trinity James 2:1-10, 14-17 Mark 7:24-37
16th September Isaiah 50:4-9a
15th Sunday after Trinity James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38
23rd September Wisdom 1:16-2:1.12-22
16th Sunday after Trinity James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37
30th September Harvest Festival
17th Sunday after Trinity Readings to be arranged
JIGSAW A group for Mums/Dads/Carers and their pre-school children – from babies to 4 ½ yrs An opportunity for Mums/Dads/Carers to talk to another grown-up! Meet new friends and enjoy breakfast whilst the children play.* Parish Room at St John’s Church, North Holmwood 10.00am – 11.30 am: Now every Wednesday Contact: Jane Schofield 07771591457 *Please remember, the care and safety of the children you bring remain your responsibility at all times – Thank you
Flowers in Church If you would like to help to arrange flowers at St John’s, so that we can have a display (large or small) more often, please contact Hazel 01306 886538. 7
TEAS on the LAWN At St John’s Church Teas and homemade cakes every Sunday afternoon 3 pm to 5 pm until 9th September All welcome – whatever the weather Jim or Jane Edwards 01306 879902
Mid week Eucharist at St John’s Friday Mornings 8.30am Usually followed by refreshments. After the service Stuart will remain in the church until 10.30am for anyone who wants an informal chat with the vicar.
COMMUNION AT HOME If you are housebound and unable to get to church at St John’s, we can arrange for communion to be brought to you at home, by a member of our authorised team of communion assistants. Please contact Stuart 01306 882135.
Confirmation If you would like to learn more about the Christian Faith and possibly be confirmed please speak to Stuart to find out more. 8
BAPTISMS 15th July 2012 12th August 2012 26th August 2012
Grace Amy Pearson Evie Samantha Clatworthy Evie-Grace Stockley Zara-Mae Stockley
WEDDINGS 4th August 2012 18th August 2012
Noel Kennedy and Miranda Wright Philip and Gemma Watts
FUNERALS 25th June 2012 9th July 2012 6th August 2012
David Digance Frederick Wadey Willem Frederik Jan Kleinsmiede
INTERMENT OF ASHES 6th August
Holmwood Mothers’ Union Monday 3rd September 12.30 pm in the Parish Room. Please note change of venue. Contact Gill Collins, 01306 885270, for further details.
Loud and Proud Community Choir The choir launched in April 2009 and has been going from strength to strength. People of all ages are really enjoying singing all sorts of different songs! Come along any Wednesday during school term. We meet at St John’s School, Goodwyns Road from 7.30pm to 9pm. It’s free, fun and friendly!
Guildford Diocesan Day on Prayer Saturday 29th September Christ’s College, Larch Avenue, Guildford. GU1 1JY
Are you interested in learning about different ways of praying? Would your prayer life benefit from an invigorating boost? Would you like to find out what Spiritual Direction is all about? If your answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, why not treat yourself to a day out at the Diocesan Day on Prayer at Christ’s College, Guildford on Saturday 29th September. This popular annual event is open to everyone and all are welcome - you don’t have to be a regular church goer to enjoy what’s on offer. In the light and airy surroundings of Christ’s College there will be a selection of creative workshops to choose from. Subjects such as how to get started and keep going, meditation and Ignatian contemplation will be covered. There will be an opportunity to have a taster session with a Spiritual Director to explore whether it might be something to help you on your journey. The day runs from 9.30 until 4.00pm and costs £6 per person – look out in church for booklets containing full details and a booking form or contact Louise Redfern at Diocesan House, Guildford. Louise.firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01483 790328
Used Postage Stamps Anne Lucas collects used postage stamps for various charities. These can be given to Anne or left in the box at the back of St John’s Church. She is grateful to all those who contribute. She has recently sent another parcel to the British Kidney Patient Association and received a card thanking her and saying that the money raised helps with holidays for children and young people with kidney disease.
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Guildford Cathedral The normal pattern of services is shown. Please check for details. Sundays 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP said) 9.45am The Cathedral Eucharist (Order 1 or BCP 1st Sunday of month) 11.30am Choral Mattins (except for 2nd Sunday of the month) 6.30pm Choral Evensong Weekdays 7.30am Mattins (said) 8.00am Holy Communion 5.30pm Evensong Saturdays 8.40am Mattins (said) 9.00am Holy Communion 5.00pm Evensong Details of special events can be found on the web-site www.guildford-cathedral.org
St Johnâ€™s Home Groups Home Groups are small groups of people who meet in membersâ€™ homes fortnightly on Thursday evenings. Set subjects are discussed in an informal setting with the aim of developing our understanding of Christianity and encouraging friendship networks for mutual support and encouragement. We are starting to look at the letter of Paul to Titus on 6th September. Please contact Penny on 885876 if you would like to join us or for any further information.
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PANTOMIME We will be performing the Pantomime, ‘Pantolunacy’- written for us by James Dark, a supporter of our Drama Group and friend of St John’s in aid of the Community Building Fund on 15th December in the Village Hall. Many of the parts are filled but there are still some parts available for men or women - one requires a Liverpool accent, so if you can do one you’ll be welcomed with open arms, especially if you can sing!! If you are keen to ‘tread the boards’ this Christmas please contact, Jackie, on 01306 887416. Our rehearsals will be, on an occasional basis, on Monday evenings or Sunday afternoons.
COMMUNITY BUILDING APPEAL The target figure has always been a total sum of £300,000. This includes the build cost and all the fees associated with it. The next steps are: A decision to start to build could be taken when the fund reaches £260,000, on the basis that a 10 year mortgage or loan could be taken out on the remaining £40,000 – fund raising forever!
FUNDRAISING AND DONATIONS TOTAL RAISED to end of 2011 Curry Evening Murder Mystery Evening Easter Saturday Teas donations Garden Party at Culver Donations in memory of Neil (2012) Buy a Brick (2012) Donations at Teas by the Fireside Donations in memory of Caroline (2012) Other donations Bequest (further part) OTHER AVAILABLE FUNDS GIFT AID EXPECTED June 2012 OVERALL TOTAL AVAILABLE
£148,258 £500 £606 £74 £1,213 £927 £742 £160 £325 £1,569 £3,500 £50,000 £6,656 £214,531
BUILDING EXPENSES Total Building Expenditure to May 2012
So far we have raised £1,742 selling bricks and these are still available. If you have not yet bought a ‘brick’ for yourself, your family or in memory of a loved one please contact Ann on 01306 885787 or buy one after the 10am service in Church on a Sunday.
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JUNIOR CHURCH The family service at St John’s is usually on the first Sunday of each month. The children and young people play a major part in this service. Sunday 2nd September 10am All-age Family Eucharist Sunday 30th September 10am All-age Harvest Service Sunday 7th October 10am Parish Euchrist with Bishop Ian (not All-age Family Eucharist) For Junior Church dates and more information ring Jane on 07771591457. Junior Church members at St John’s meet during the Sunday service, except on the first Sunday in the month when there is usually the All-Age service. It’s a fun and friendly group where children get to know each other and Jesus, and play and pray together, with crafts, activities, and singing. We would really welcome new people. Parents and carers can either stay with their child or join in the service in the church. From the age of 7 children can join a group called C4yourself where they prepare to receive Communion.
Reading Group The group continues to meet regularly and has lively discussions about the very varied books that we are reading. We meet at the Royal Oak, Chart Lane, Dorking RH5 4DJ at 6pm. If you are interested in joining us we welcome new members and look forward to hearing from you. Our September book is ‘The Lieutenant’ by Kate Grenville. Please contact: Caroline Lazenby at email@example.com 16
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PCC Meeting Tuesday 10th July 2012 Stuart conducted a short service of communion before the meeting began, using a new Eucharistic prayer that was approved by General Synod the previous day for use from September. Margaret Teale is willing to train to be a Pastoral Assistant. All members of the PCC attending the meeting were in favour of the formal proposal that was made by Stuart. The cost will come from the education fund. The need for a visiting-team was discussed, and the fact that Margaret must be supported. Hopefully this is the first step in the co-ordination of a pastoral team. Stuart presented an overview of the last two months in the parish. Jigsaw has been going well on a weekly basis. Children from the school have visited the church. It was suggested that Stuart should put a notice in the pew sheets to encourage parents with young children to move about during the service if they wished and to make use of the space at the back of the church as well as using the Parish Room. A full Treasurer’s report was not presented at this meeting. New accounting software has been acquired. The sale of shares is progressing. Some shares are worth less than it would cost to realise them, so it was decided that these will be donated to the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation. We are waiting for a payment of £21,000 for tax recovered through gift aid. The last meeting of the Deanery Synod was about youth. We also heard more about the breakfast club at St John’s school. Bishop Ian will be with us on 7th October talking about vocations. Harvest will be celebrated on 30th September. The next PCC meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th September at 7pm in the Parish Room. Caroline Lazenby 19
AN ARMCHAIR DUFFER’S VIEW OF SPORT JULY / AUGUST It was quite a surprise to open the newspaper on Monday 16th July and read that Amir Khan was knocked down three times in his fight against Danny Garcia in Las Vegas, so losing his world light–welter weight championship. My guess is we will still hear more of him in the future. On Sunday 22nd July Bradley Wiggins cycled into the history books as he became the first Briton to win the world’s greatest cycle race, ‘The Tour de France’, since it began in 1903 - a massive achievement winning a cycle race lasting three gruelling weeks and covering 2173 miles. What a fantastic, unforgettable celebration of sport the Olympics has given us and it began with the men’s road race which started and finished in London passing through Dorking and followed by nine circuits of Box Hill. Mark Cavendish who was favourite to win finished 29th. On the next day, Sunday 29th July, Lizzie Armistead secured our first medal of London 2012 by taking silver in the women’s road race after battling through torrential rain. The frustrating wait for Britain to win its first Olympic gold medals ended on 2nd August when rowing pair Helen Glover, a PE teacher, and Heather Stanning, an army officer, became Britain’s first women rowers ever to win Olympic golds. Another gold quickly followed when Bradley Wiggins was victorious in the cycling time trial. He won the 27.3 mile race by an incredible 42 seconds. Saturday 4th August 2012 will be a date that will always be remembered whenever Olympics are mentioned in the future — a day when team GB won six gold medals. That splendid athlete Jessica Ennis was crowned Heptathlon champion after winning the final event, the 200 metres, so convincingly. Within 45 minutes Greg Rutherford had become long jump champion, and Mo Farah won the 10,000 metres with a performance that was a masterpiece of timing — the wall of noise as 80,000 shouted themselves hoarse was 20
overwhelming. Earlier in the day rowers Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom James, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory won the men’s coxless four, and Sophie Hoskins and Katherine Copeland triumphed in the lightweight women’s sculls. In the Velodrome cyclists Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott captured the team pursuit gold medal, establishing a new world record. This was the most astonishing day in the history of British sport. 11th August was another Saturday which will remain in people’s memory when Mo Farah joined the ranks of the great athletes by adding the 5000 metres to his 10000 metres victory in a nail biting race. Jamaican Usain Bolt won his third gold medal of the games by anchoring the Jamaican relay team to a 4 x 100m world record of 36.84secs in an epic battle with the Americans. He had already romped home to victory in the 100m and 200m repeating his performance in Beijing four years ago. It would take the whole Spire magazine to capture all the events that took place during the Olympics but the following stick in my memory:• The sportsmanship shown by the British men’s gymnastic team when they were awarded ‘silver’ only to have it snatched away when an appeal by Japan pushed them into the ‘bronze position’. They still regarded winning the bronze medal as a miracle. • The delight on 18 year old Tom Daley’s face when he spectacularly won the bronze medal in the 10m diving. • After losing out to New Zealand and winning a ‘silver’ in the 470 class of sailing Hannah Mills and Saskia Mills shared a tearful embrace and admitted to feeling gutted, whereas Luke Patience and Stuart Bithweel in the men’s 470 sailing class described themselves as “Happy Boys” despite coming second to their Australian rivals. • Alistair Brownlee winning the Triathlon and his brother coming third to claim the bronze. • Equestrian Nick Skelton punching the air when he and his show jumping team won gold. (What a super venue Greenwich turned 21
out to be.) • Sir Chris Hoy, that knight of cycling, winning his sixth gold medal in the Velodrome with a thrilling finish in the men’s Keirin. He can now claim the title of Britain’s most decorated Olympian. • Finally all those athletes (like Julia Bleasdale from Friday Street near Dorking who came eighth in both the 10000m and 5000m) who gave their ‘All’ but never managed to claim a medal but were proud to have taken part. Along with many others I felt quite sad when the Olympic flame was extinguished. [In our last edition we were concerned that the Armchair Duffer might find the Olympics too tiring. He tells us that this was not a problem but we have noticed that his eyes have gone square! Editor]
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Knit One Purl One Save One Knitting Group First Tuesday of every month 2.00pm – 4.00pm in the Parish Room Have a nice afternoon together, enjoying a cup of tea and…..knitting!! All are welcome. For anyone starting up we now have wool, patterns, knitting needles and accessories which have been kindly donated. Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated wool. Every little helps. If you are not able to buy wool we would be very pleased to accept a donation which will go towards the purchase of wool to knit blankets, sweaters etc to go to wherever these items are most needed. Global Hearts for Children, formally Feed the Children, work worldwide to enable vulnerable children and their communities to alleviate poverty through humanitarian relief, promoting health and education, and developing sustainable solutions. As well as working in the developing world, they also address poverty right here in the UK with their successful breakfast club scheme where they provide a nutritious breakfast to children who would otherwise go without. Global Hearts for Children are now recycling • Jewellery Used ink cartridges • Mobile phones fully charged but charger not required • Digital cameras with charger • Sat Navs with charger IPods with charger • Hand held game consoles with charger • CD's' DVD's All unwanted devices should be fully charged (remove all Sim and memory cards) If you have any of these items and cannot get to church with them give me a call and I will pick them up. Margaret Teale 01306 252004 25
… than your Bible Reading notes can give you? The Guildford Local Ministry Programme trains Ordinands and Licensed Lay Ministers over three years of part-time study. The course is modular, so it’s also open to interested learners - maybe you’ve always wanted to explore the Bible or engage with Christian Ethics. We invite you to come and study a module with us to broaden your understanding of the Christian faith and explore new areas of knowledge. You could try: Introduction to the Bible taught from September to November Introduction to Church History taught from January to March Exploring the New Testament taught from September to December Exploring the Old Testament taught from April to June (with a weekend included) Knowledge of Christian Doctrine taught from September to November Engaging with Christian Ethics taught from January to March Or a Short Course: Art Exploring Faith September and October 2012 New Testament Greek Stage 2 January and February 2013 Visit our webpage at: http://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/go/lmp For venue and module fees contact: Steve Summers 01483 790319 LMP Course Principal Paulette Withycombe 01483 790351 LMP Course Administrator 26
‘minister locally – think globally’ Autumn Term 2012 Modules for Auditing Students and Interested Learners Bible Studies Introduction to the Bible Join the LMP Year 1 students growing in knowledge and understanding of the Bible (both Old and New Testaments). An opportunity to examine both traditions in their own right and explore how they relate to expression of the Christian faith today. An eight-week module commencing Monday 24th September 2012 until Monday 26th November (no sessions on 29th October or 5th November) taught by specialist tutors. New Testament An in-depth examination of New Testament texts by specialist tutors together with the LMP Year 2 students. A good follow-up to Introduction to the Bible or if you already have some experience of study. A twelve-week module commencing Monday 10th September 2012 with the final session on Monday 3rd December 2012 (half term week of 29th October 2012). Doctrine Knowledge of Christian Doctrine The study of Christian doctrine on LMP is broad-ranging and covers a spectrum of stances. This module provides an opportunity to evaluate where your theology comes from and critically appraise your beliefs - a challenging Year 3 module taught by specialist tutors. An eightweek course of study commencing Monday 24th September 2012 with the final session on Monday 19th November 2012 (half term week of 29th October 2012). · All sessions are studied at Christ’s College, Larch Avenue, Guildford GU1 1JY · Each evening begins with a short service of Evening Prayer at 7.30pm Teaching begins at 8.00pm · The module cost of £65 will be invoiced after the first session For more information contact: Steve Summers 01483 790319 LMP Course Principal Paulette Withycombe 01483 790351 LMP Course Administrator Visit our webpage at: http://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/go/lmp 27
ART EXPLORING FAITH – A Guildford Diocese Short Course 17th Sept – 15th October 2012 Session 1 17th Sept – ICONOCLASM AND ICONS: The Struggle for Christian Images Session 2 24th Sept – THE MEDIAEVAL IMAGINATION: from the Book of Kells to the great Cathedrals Session 3 1st Oct – CATHOLIC DEVOTION: interior Reflection amid Renaissance and Baroque splendour Session 4 8th Oct – THE PROTESTANT CHALLENGE: Word and Image from Rembrandt to the Pre-Raphaelites Session 5 15th Oct – THE ‘MODERN’ IMAGE: Displaying a Contemporary Faith This short course explores how changes in faith are reflected in art, from the early Christian Catacombs to modern Church commissions. While discussing Art History, we will look at ways in which we might use such different forms of art for contemporary Christian devotion and spiritual contemplation. The course is led by Iain McKillop, who is an art historian, artist and Anglican priest. He lectures widely on the History of Art and his paintings are exhibited in many Cathedrals. Iain is Curate of St Lawrence Effingham and All Saints’ Little Bookham. Availability – open to all interested learners, no prior knowledge is necessary. Places are limited, so once the allocated 20 places are filled we will be unable to accept further bookings. Cost – the cost of this course is £35 and payment must be made in advance. To book and pay, please contact PauletteWithycombe, the Local Ministry Programme Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01483 790351 Venue – this course will run at Christ’s College, Larch Avenue, Guildford GU1 1JY on the allocated Monday evenings from 8pm till 10pm at the latest, with a coffee break in the middle. Access to the College is via the rear car park and entrance. Christ’s College is the venue for the Diocesan Local Ministry Programme which also runs on Monday evenings. If you would like to join the students for corporate worship in the College Chapel at 7.30pm you would be most welcome. 28
MUSIC IN DORKING - SEPTEMBER 2012 by Ian Codd 6th 13th 20th 27th at 1.00, Lunchtime recitals at St Martin’s, free, 01306 876449 6th 13th 20th 27th at 8.30, Watermill Jazz at Friends Life, 07415 815784 8th 9th at 4.00, Marriage of Figaro at Woodhouse, Holmbury St Mary, £40, 07917 778010 The new season of music begins in September with the lunchtime recitals resuming at St Martin’s, an opera at Woodhouse and the weekly concerts from Watermill Jazz. There is a wide range of excellent music to look forward to later in the season - among the highlights are visits by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia, a series of three concerts by the Maggini string quartet, and a performance by Dorking Choral Society of Monteverdi’s great baroque masterpiece, the Vespers. The annual Mole Valley Arts Alive festival will be held in October, and in April the Leith Hill Musical Festival will include music marking the 60th anniversary of the coronation. Please attend as many of these events as you can and support our excellent local choirs, orchestras and other musical organisations. The new season of Thursday lunchtime recitals at St Martin’s begins in September with four concerts. Lunches are available in the Christian Centre beforehand at 12.15 and there is a retiring collection in aid of the William Cole Church Music Trust. Also on Thursdays, Watermill Jazz meets every week at the Friends Life social club in Pixham Lane, featuring a different group of talented performers for each concert. Mozart’s brilliant comic opera The Marriage of Figaro will be performed in the delightful grounds of Woodhouse near Holmbury St Mary. The opera will be sung in Italian, in a fully-staged production with orchestra. There will be a pre-performance talk at 3.30 and a long interval for picnics. There is also a dress rehearsal on 6th with tickets at £25.
St John’s September dates Mon
3 12.30pm Mothers Union 7.30pm Beginners Please
4 2–4pm Knit One, Purl One, Save One – Parish Room
5 10am Jigsaw
7 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar not available after service today
2 13th Sunday after Trinity 8am HC BCP 10am All Age Eucharist World Vision Stall 11.45am Baptism 3-5 Teas on the Lawn
9 14th Sunday after Trinity 8am HC BCP 10am Parish Eucharist and Junior Church 3-5 Teas on the Lawn
1 2pm Wedding
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12 10am Jigsaw
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23 16th Sunday after Trinity 8am HC BCP 10am Parish Eucharist and Junior Church
30 Harvest Festival Back to Church Sunday 8am HC BCP 10am Harvest Eucharist
Friends of Holmwood Common and the National Trust September 2012 Rob Adam reflects on Autumn’s imminent arrival Summer’s almost over and, for me, we arrive at the best part of the year. Admittedly Spring is nice, the fresh colours, the new growth and the promise of what’s to come. Maybe it’s my age, being in the Autumn of my life, but I prefer this time of year. The frantic pace slows, there’s time to relax and reflect on the last few months. An image I often have is one of an old gardener sitting on his garden seat at the end of the day, slowly filling his pipe and looking contentedly at what he has achieved. As I neither smoke a pipe and my gardening skills are non-existent, I’m not sure where this image comes from, but I do know that a bright, crisp morning and the rich Autumn colours spreading through the trees across the Common kindle a sense of contentment not provided by the other seasons. It’s a wonderful time of the year to be out walking on the Common. So much to see. Fantastic fungi, sparkling white hoar-frosts on the Viewpoint, maybe even an iced-over Fourwents Pond. Holmwood has so much to offer. Make sure that you get out and enjoy it this Autumn. News from the Common Himalayan Balsam ... if you see it, remove it! The Himalayan Balsam is now in full flower and setting seed. As reported last month we have made huge efforts to remove as much as possible this year but it is often hidden amongst the bracken and August meant fewer volunteer groups available for working on the Common. Please keep an eye open for the pretty pink flowers across the Common and in your garden. If you are not sure what it looks like then Google will provide links to any number of websites that describe both the plant and ways of tackling an infestation. Please take every opportunity to pull it up before it explosively scatters its seeds over an ever-widening area.
The Friends and the National Trust at local events The Trust will have its tent at the 4Cs Fete in South Holmwood on the 27th August and at the Beare Green Fun Day on 2nd September. Drop in and say hello, find out a little more about what we do on Holmwood Common and how you can help. If you have any questions about the National Trust’s work on Holmwood, please get in touch with Rob Adam, NT Ranger for Holmwood Common: phone 01306 712711; mobile 07901 511359; or email to <email@example.com> Forthcoming Events You may remember that we were forced to postpone last year’s aircraft dig that was scheduled for Heritage Week 2011. Happily the formalities have now been completed successfully and the event is taking place on Saturday 8th September. Saturday 8th September ... Heritage Open Day – Aircraft Dig Your chance to see an archaeological dig of a German aircraft – a JU88A-14 – that crashed overnight on 14th March 1944 at Holmwood Common. Come and see the finds and discover more about its history and crew. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Free and no need to book. Just a short stroll following directions from Scammels car park (OS grid reference TQ 182 464) or Fourwents Pond car park (OS grid reference TQ 184 454). Contact 01306 712711 for more information. Saturday, 8th September ... Leith Hill Tower – Heritage Open Day Drop in to see us any time between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. No additional charges and free if you are a National Trust member. Sunday, 9th September ... Rebuilding the Rhododendron Wood Wall – Heritage Open Day Drop in to see us any time between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. No additional charges and no need to book. Restoration of the Victorian brick wall around the Rhododendron Wood began this year. Come and see the volunteers at work and have a go at bricklaying. If you have any old bricks you would like to donate to the project then please bring them along. 33
Park in the Rhododendron Wood car park, off Tanhurst Lane (OS map ref TQ132428). More information from Ruby Cole on 01306 712711 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Some more dates for your calendar ... Sunday 2nd December & Monday, 3rd December ... Festive wreath making Gather natural materials from Leith Hill to weave a festive wreath. With a real log fire and hot mince pies! Booking essential ... phone: 01372 220644. More details next month. 9th December & 19th December ... Christmas Trees Hunt for your own Scots Pine tree to cut and take home for Christmas. Follow the children's Christmas trail up to the Dukes Warren; join our volunteers at the bonfire; and help with scrub clearance. No need to book. More details next month. Other events are scheduled for various NT properties throughout the region. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events for more information. Join the Friends ... Membership of the Friends of Holmwood Common is open to everyone. To join, please send your annual subscription – just £5 per household for 2012 (plus a donation, if you are feeling generous!) – to: Friends of Holmwood Common, c/o The White Cottage, South Holmwood, RH5 4NA. Cheques should be made payable to “Friends of Holmwood Common” and, if you have one, please include your email address.
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HOLMWOOD VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION VPA Summer Show Weekend 2012 After the soggy summer we’d had, we knew we might need to prepare for the slight possibility of precipitation on Summer Show day. But a spot of fresh summer rain didn’t keep away the villagers, who came to enjoy the exhibits in the Grand Marquee, the Mole Valley Silver Band, Punch and Judy, a glass of Pimms, a spin of the tombola and a big juicy burger. The Ewell Morris Men were out in force, dancing in the Grand Marquee, spilling out across the show ground, then quaffing a pint of ale before jumping back into their vintage bus to move on to the next stop on their Day of Dance. And although the Tug O War was called off, owing to the fact the showground, by now, resembled the end of a heavy weekend at Glastonbury, everyone left with a smile on their face, a stick of rhubarb in their pocket, and the pleasure of having supported this most English of Shows. Congratulations to all the competition winners, whose exhibits made a magnificent display. Following her success in the VPA Spring Show, Sarah Hornsey once again swept the board in the horticultural and home produce sections – hopefully having reenforced her mantelpiece in anticipation of so much silverware. Well done, Sarah! After a quick hose down with a jet washer, we all returned to the Grand Marquee in the evening for the VPA Barn Dance. As usual, the dancing was co-ordinated by the splendid Bona Brill Band, whose caller demonstrated a perfect balance of instruction, patience and humour when attempting to create order from chaos. As the beer flowed inhibitions melted away (our friend from Surbiton joining us at the Barn Dance for the first time was momentarily alarmed at receiving the enthusiastic instruction to swing – thinking that wasn’t the kind of evening he’d signed up for). Similarly, the comedy highlight of the evening was provided by a certain denim clad individual whose skilfully executed half pousette 38
pinioned his partner against a tent pole; an unexpected stroke of luck that he took full advantage of. On Sunday, the sun shone at last, and it was the turn of the dogs to take centre stage. More than 50 dogs entered the 9 classes, with maximum effort in the Olympic themed fancy dress. Those dogs must have been beavering away till the small hours fashioning the astonishing tennis dresses, mini canoes and Olympic torches that they were sporting! As usual, the most closely fought contest was for the fastest sausage eater, with Finn, the 2011 winner, retaining his porky crown, with Briony and Frank Stefan’s dog, Edward, taking the Best In Show Award. And with that, the 2012 VPA Summer Show weekend drew to a close. VPA Autumn Evening – Tuesday 6th November at 7.00pm South Holmwood Village Hall The next event of the VPA year is the Autumn Evening. Alasdair MacKenzie, outreach officer from the Houses of Parliament, will be coming along to speak. And as if that wasn’t enough, a speaker from Dorking Community Orchard will also be delighting us with information about this local project. Everyone very welcome. Ros Treliving
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POLICE NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL MEETINGS Panel meetings are an opportunity for the local community to identify the priorities they would like the local neighbourhood team to focus upon. They also allow the neighbourhood team to feed back progress reports to residents. NORTH HOLMWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL MEETING 7.30pm Wednesday 17th October North Holmwood Parish Room at St John’s Church GOODWYNS NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL MEETING 7.30pm Monday 17th September at the Harvest Church, Stubs Hill PC Jason Woods, PCSO Lisa Cobby, PCSO Rebecca Black 40
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CROSSWORD Across 1 ‘A little later someone else saw Peter and said, “You — are one of them”’ (Luke 22:58) (4) 3 Giving (1 Peter 2:5) (8) 9 They came to Jerusalem seeking an infant king (Matthew 2:7) (3,4) 10 ‘An athlete... does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the — ’ (2 Timothy 2:5) (5) 11 Pacifist, temperance advocate, open-air preacher, leading 20th- century Methodist, Donald — (5) 12 ‘Come quickly to — — , O Lord my Saviour’ (Psalm 38:22) (4,2) 14 ‘The God of Abraham, — — — , the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus’ (Acts 3:13) (5,3,5) 17 Sear by intense heat (Revelation 16:8) (6) 19 ‘It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust — — ’ (Psalm 118:8) (2,3) 22 Goods (Nehemiah 13:15) (5) 23 i.e. train (anag.) (7) 24 Surrounding area (Luke 24:50) (8) 25 ‘Righteousness will be his — and faithfulness the sash round his waist’ (Isaiah 11:5) (4) Down 1 Elegant and creative (Exodus 31:4) (8) 2 ‘Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all — , but we will all be changed’ (1 Corinthians 15:51) (5)
5 6 7 8 13 15 16
‘I... delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your — — — is’ (Colossians 2:5) (5,2,6) Enlist (2 Samuel 24:2) (5) Of the Muslim faith (7) Sharp intake of breath (Job 11:20) (4) Woven cloth (Ezekiel 16:13) (6) Plentiful (Romans 5:17) (8) CIA char (anag.) (7) Paul and Silas stopped him committing suicide after an earthquake in Philippi (Acts 16:27–28) (6) One of the ingredients in the making of incense for the Lord (Exodus 30:34) (5) Episcopal headwear (5) Inhabitant of, say, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia or Bulgaria (4)
Reproduced by kind permission of BRF and John Capon, originally published in Three Down, Nine Across, by John Capon (£6.99 BRF). The Bible version used is NIV.
LONDON CHILD, COUNTRY WIFE By June Broomer Last time we learned more of June’s early life in London. She continues the story… My grandmother’s house was a large and mysterious place, full of big drawers and cupboards, passages and staircases. Everyone lived in the basement which was reached by a flight of stone steps from street level, after entering the garden through two large garage doors set in the high stone wall. Upstairs, on the ground floor at street level, were the parlour and other rooms. Mainly bedrooms, there was also a huge and elaborate bathroom with a massive bath on gold legs, a marble hand-basin and a frightening geyser which roared with flames to heat the water. The lavatory was equally elaborate with a polished mahogany seat and a bowl painted with sprays of roses. I was never allowed in there as it was ‘granddad’s bathroom’. His position in the family obviously entitled him to this privilege, with everyone else forced to use the smelly sink down in the basement. The parlour was a place of fringed drapes, heavy velvet curtains, ornately patterned carpet and a chandelier. There were stuffed birds under glass domes and elaborately patterned Chinese vases on the shelves. Around the walls were pictures of the Smith children – my aunts Pat and Edna, my mother Hilda, my uncles Clarence (Clarry) and Sidney, and one portrait draped in black which was their youngest son Albert who had volunteered to fight in the First World War at the age of 18 and was killed at Gallipoli six weeks later. On Sundays, when visitors came, or when it was Christmas or Easter, everyone on hand pushed, pulled and squeezed my grandmother up the winding stairs so she could sit at the window overlooking the Square. It was a major undertaking which left people panting, not least ‘Lou’ who sank down on the cushions in a near state of collapse and had to be revived by much cooling with a Japanese fan. This was not a delicate undertaking, getting my grandmother to this position, but was carried out with much shouting and 48
swearing, squeals of laughter and mock cries of pain as she was heaved step by step up the dark and narrow staircase. On occasional Sundays, there would be weddings for her to watch at St James’s Church in the middle of the square just across the road. If the hedges round the church were cut low, my grandmother could see everything from her elevated position in the bay window and gave a running commentary about the guests, what the bride was wearing, how many carriages there were, etc to anyone who was within earshot at the time. She never missed a wedding and when, through neglect or by design, the hedges were allowed to grow taller, she made my Aunt Pat go across and see the Vicar and tell him that he was depriving an old lady of her only pleasure in life. Full of guilt, he called on my grandmother to apologise, when she gave him a piece of her mind and said that she had been watching the weddings there for ‘donkey’s years’. Needless to say, the hedge was soon cut to its original size. The rooms on the floors above were let out to a distant cousin who had fallen on hard times. Occasionally, I saw this tall, slim, humble person come down the stairs as quietly as possible and quickly let herself out of the front door into the street, with barely a click of the latch. Any questions about her were brushed aside. No-one seemed to acknowledge her and she existed as if invisible to the rest of the family. If I lingered as she came down the stairs, an arm would mysteriously appear to drag me away to somewhere else. So this was the atmosphere which heralded each Christmas Day. With the place heavily decorated by Aunt Pat and the cooking well on the way, we arrived early to a house which was already crowded with the sons and their wives, Aunt Edna with her husband – another Uncle Sid, my mother and us (my father joining us later, after he had checked that “The Cheese” was secure) and Aunt Pat who was already wearing a paper hat and dashing in and out the kitchen to baste the turkey. There would be eleven adults to feed and only my aunt to prepare everything the day before, although everyone ‘mucked in’ once they arrived. 49
My father came and, sitting round the huge table which was groaning with everything anyone could possibly want, the meal got under way amid congratulations to ‘Lil’, who was christened Lillian Patricia and the name by which she was known to her family. It was much too old-fashioned for the image she liked to convey, so outside her immediate kith and kin, she liked to be known as Pat. Without further ceremony, there was much passing of dishes, serious attention to the food, and huge roars of laughter at some joke or other. As the only grandchildren in the family, we were greatly spoilt by everyone and, although Patricia Edna was sitting on my mother’s lap, we were both passed special titbits despite my mother’s protests. The meal seemed to go on forever and I was allowed to leave and wander off. The grown-ups stayed with their cigarettes, glasses of beer or cups of tea, catching up on family news and general gossip which I found uninteresting. My grandfather didn’t sit with us for this Christmas meal. He always had his food taken to him in his room, on a tray which was formally set out with starched serviette, the correct cutlery, silver salt and pepper shakers and carefully arranged food. This family festive meal was no exception. After a respite, when the left-overs were taken to the kitchen, the dirty plates piled for washing by volunteers before the morning (or possibly in the morning!), everyone went upstairs to the parlour after my grandmother had made the tortuous journey up the stairs. There was a gift for everyone on the tree and present-giving was the first event before everyone called out for my mother to go to the piano and ‘give us a tune’. I used to feel so proud of her as she played anything that anyone asked for, occasionally looking in my direction and giving me a small smile and a wink, to reassure me that I had not been forgotten. Patricia Edna had long gone to sleep on a couch in the corner. The room became smokier with cigarettes and cheroots, people sang more loudly fortified by the port and sherry which was abundant for Christmas only, alongside the cracking of nuts and rustle of chocolate papers. I usually started to feel sick at this time. 50
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As at previous Christmas times, my aunt suddenly rushed in and said urgently, “Dad’s coming down!”. Hastily, my mother left the piano and came to sit with me on the sofa. The women patted their hair in place and the men straightened their ties. We looked expectantly towards the door. It was flung open and my grandfather entered, dressed top to toe in the scarlet dress uniform of a Quartermaster-Sergeant in the Queen’s Regiment. He paused, his waxed moustache bristling, and surveyed his assembled family. No-one moved. No-one laughed. Then he seated himself at the piano and crashed out military marches one after the other as if he was vanquishing the enemy with sound. Everyone knew what would happen next and we all looked expectantly at the door again. There was a commotion outside and the next thing the door was flung open and my mother’s oldest brother, Sidney, marched into the room holding a wickedlooking military sword upright, wearing the spare scarlet jacket belonging to my grandfather. As the music thumped out from the piano, he marched in circles round the room as everyone clapped and cheered. When he reached the door again, it opened with a flourish and the next son (my Uncle Clarry who had only one arm after an accident when he was 12) came in with a tea-cosy on his head, holding a broom instead of a sword, and joining the procession round the room. My grandfather was still playing, with not a smile on his face, but the rest of the room was in uproar with my grandmother beside herself, the tears running down her face. Once more they circled and reached the door, and the next apparition was Aunt Edna’s husband, Uncle Sid, with a sheet wrapped round his shoulders – Arab style – a chamber-pot on his head, and carrying a long lavatory brush. People were screaming with laughter and clutching their sides and Nanny Lou sobbed with happy pain. Just when it started to get out of hand with both Sidneys having a mock fight with the real sword and the lavatory brush, my grandfather slammed down the lid of the piano and stood up. “That’s enough!” he declared, quietly but firmly. The room went 53
quiet. The high jinks stopped. All his sons and daughters said, “Thanks, Dad”. “That was lovely!” or “All the best, Dad!”. He looked around at everyone and said, gruffly, “Happy Christmas” and that was the last we saw of him. People drifted out, I would eventually be put to sleep on a big double bed which my mother would share with Patricia Edna, and everything was over for another year. But never quite! My Aunt Pat was known as a ‘good sport’. She was attractive and voluptuous, had mysterious men-friends, went on Mediterranean cruises, was very popular, and would join in any mischief going. On one occasion, after all the piano playing and marching had stopped, loud screams could be heard from grandfather’s bathroom. Her brothers and brother-in-law had grabbed her and held her down, fully clothed, in the big bath and turned on the water until she was half-submerged and wringing wet. Another time, I can remember, one of her brothers held her still while the others put half a dozen eggs down the back of her dress and then they all pushed her against the wall so that the eggs cracked and the sticky mess ran down her back. All the time, the wives of these married men sat tut-tutting but mainly unconcerned as they drank tea and talked to my grandmother before she was taken to bed. In later years, when things were hard for my mother, Aunt Pat became our Fairy Godmother, visiting regularly with everything from clothes to food, comics to perfume, all obtained from “friends” who were undoubtedly just on the shady side of the law. Despite this, she remained at home to look after her parents while going out to work, until they both died at the outbreak of the Second World War. So our lives were happy, stable, predictable and, for me, with much promise for a future which would see me working in a London City office, at least, or the dream of going on to college to train to be a teacher. Little did we know what was round the corner. (to be continued) 54
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JOIN THE BUNCH Poor little lost grape – can you help it find its way through this maze to join up with the bunch?
CHURCH When someone says the word 'church’ to you, what do you think of? A quiet building made of stone? A busy place with lots of happy people? Somewhere surrounded by gravestones or busy roads? The Greek word for the church – ecclesia – comes from a word that means ‘called out’. In other words, a church is a group of people called by God. The church is not a bunch of stones or bricks, it is a bunch of us! We are all called out to be a part of the Body of Christ and all of us have a job to do. We may not understand what that job is now but we will in time and with help. In the New Testament, in I Corinthians, chapter 12 and again in Ephesians, chapter 4, verse 11, these types of calling or ministry are listed. We may be teachers or healers, prophets or administrators, but whatever role God calls us out to do we are not alone, because God is with us, giving us the strength and the tools to do the job.
What did the green grape say to the purple grape? "You need to breathe"
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North Holmwood Surgery 1 Bentsbrook Close, North Holmwood, Dorking. Tel: 01306 885802 www.northholmwoodsurgery.co.uk
Drs Justin Thompson, Liz Craggs, Natalie Moore, Mark Jones, and all the staff are always pleased to welcome new and existing residents to our Practice. We are a small, friendly, family orientated practice providing a full range of Primary Care services, as detailed below. We offer: Personal Medical Services, Dispensary services for all eligible patients, District Nursing, Health Visitors, General Nursing Clinics with our Practice Nurses, Minor Surgery Clinics, Midwife Clinics, Travel Vaccination Clinics, a Children's Drop In Clinic, Baby Clinic, CBT Clinic, Asthma and COPD clinics, Counselling sessions, INR testing with our HCA, Smoking Cessation sessions, and much more.
If you are still venturing abroad for your holidays, please make sure you are up to date with all your travel vaccinations. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment with our Practice Nurse as early as possible to discuss any travel vaccinations you may need.
If urgent medical attention is required when the surgery is closed, please contact the Out-of-Hours service on 0300 130 1305. Alternatively, call NHS Direct for further advice on 0845 4647. Your local walk-in centre is located in Dorking.
REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS Please telephone the dispensary on 01306 878509 Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 14.30 p.m. to order your repeat prescriptions. You can also order your repeat prescriptions on our website. Our Dispensers need 48 hours. Please note this telephone number is for ordering prescriptions and for any queries on your medication only.