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Spire North Holmwood’s Parish Magazine

St John the Evangelist Church North Holmwood Vicar (day off – Monday) Revd Stuart Tanswell ......... ......... 01306 882135 Assistant Priest Revd Leah Kearns ............. ....................................................................... 01306 886858 Pastoral Assistant Margaret Teale .................. ....................................................................... 01306 252004 Churchwardens: Jane Schofield ................... .................. 01306 885244 Jim Edwards ....................... 01306 879902 Reader Gordon Bates .................... ....................................................................... 01306 884154 PCC Secretary PCC Treasurer Lynn Jennings..................... ....................................................................... 01306 882614 Baptisms Jill Spence .......................... ....................................................................... 01306 876901 Junior Choir Sandy Newton ................... ....................................................................... 01306 889384 Flowers Hazel Gibson ..................... ....................................................................... 01306 886538 Gift Aid and Electoral Roll Jane Collard ..................... .......................... 01306 876652 Intercessions Gordon Bates .................... ....................................................................... 01306 884154 Prayer Chain Sandy Newton ................... ....................................................................... 01306 889384 Homegroup Co-ordinator Penny Newstead ............... ....................................................................... 01306 885876 Junior Church and C4yourself Jane Schofield ................... ................... 07771591457 Organist John Philpott ...................... 01306 880126 Magazine Kirsten Wightwick .............. ... 01306 743483 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.



is produced by St John’s Church for North Holmwood. There are ten issues each year and we make no charge. We deliver around the parish. If you would like a copy delivered please e-mail or phone John Daulman 01306 885943

North Holmwood Community Police ....................................... 101 Mole Valley District Council .. 01306 885001 National Trust Warden ........... 01306 712711 North Holmwood GP Surgery 01306 885802 Community Playlink ................ 01306 740095 North Holmwood Pre-School . 07931 212006 St John’s C of E Community School ................................... 01306 884506 Guiding: Brownies .................. 01306 876428 Rainbows ................ 01306 882796 Scouting enquiries .................. 07941 845296 Bridge Club ............................. 01306 882849 Chart Downs Social Club ...... 01306 500310 Drama Group ......................... 01306 887416

Surrey Hills Dance Centre ..... 01306 883808 Goodwyns Social Club ......... 01306 500614 Karate ...................................... 07970 408260 Circuit training ........................ 01306 711920 Tumble Tots ............................. 07739 517627 Village Hall (Chairman) ......... 01306 883808 Village Hall (Bookings) ........... 01306 500398 Village Hall (Caretaker) ........ 01306 740757 Parish Room (Bookings) ......... 01306 740757 North Holmwood Sports Club 01306 889764 Dorking Golf Club .................. 01306 886917 Ballet classes ........................... 01737 247795 Norfolk Court .......................... 01306 876474 Stanecroft ............................... 01306 876567


Our next issue covers September. Material should be with the editors by 18th August please. e-mails for the production team: Editors: Kirsten Wightwick 01306 743483 Jim Edwards 01306 879902 4 Chartwell Court Grange, 35 Highacre, Dorking RH4 3BF

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Editorial After the tremendous day had by all at last month’s Garden Party, and of course the equally tremendous amount raised toward the community building project, the next great fund raising event is the Pampered Chef evening on Tuesday July 16th. Times and further details can be found within The Spire. Every Thursday and Friday morning 9-10.30 in the Parish Room, proper coffee is served and all are welcome! Plus, Teas on the Lawn have returned. It’s a sociable summer at St John’s. Kirsten Wightwick

Dear friends, In the middle of July we will celebrate two years since my arrival as vicar – how time has flown! Reflecting on this, one of the things which stood out from the start of my time here, back to the infamous “trial by quiche”, is the focus on hospitality in our parish. Above all, we try to be hospitable, enjoying meeting together over things like cake. At the same time, it has struck me that there is no natural meeting place within the parish to meet others for a cuppa – apart from monthly events such as Teas for All, and of course the world famous Teas on the Lawn and Teas by the Fireside (which only run for parts of the year and are greatly anticipated). How we rejoice that it is again Teas on the Lawn season! Because there does appear to be a need for the space to meet with others during the week, we have started trialling a weekly coffee drop-in on Thursday mornings (and now Friday as well) where it is possible to just pop in for a cuppa on the way to the Cabin, or after dropping off children at pre-school, between 9.00am and 10.30am. This is very much a work-in-progress, but so far seems to have been well received. 5

In any parish, or anywhere else come to that, the quality of refreshments can say so much. Contrast arriving at one place with fresh cakes and the smell of real coffee in the air with another place where there is cold tea and little else. What that first impression says can be remarkable. At St John’s we take hospitality seriously, and whatever we do is intended to be our very best. Offering our very best in worship to God, offering the best hospitality we can, all for the glory of God. With this in mind, you may have noticed at some occasions the coffee is a little different – brewing away ready to be consumed. The coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and even sugar, is all fairly traded to ensure that its producers get a fair wage, and allows us to offer the very best in hospitality that we can. Additionally, the disposable cups are now corrugated paper rather than plastic – easier and safer to hold, and better for the environment. So far the practicalities of “real” rather than instant coffee after the Parish Eucharist haven’t been explored fully, but it is in operation for Teas on the Lawn. Understandably, some people might be concerned about an increased cost in using fairly traded products, filter coffee, and more expensive disposable cups. The reality is that many of these products are of a comparable cost to what we have already been using (per cup, “real” coffee can actually work out cheaper), and it allows us to set an example in not exploiting producers in other countries. If there are any thoughts about our hospitality provisions, I hope that you will feel able to speak to me in complete confidence. As Jesus said, “whatever you did to the least of these, you did to me.” We should offer the very best. Wishing you every blessing,



Bible Readings for July and August 7th July Family Service

6th Sunday after Trinity Readings to be arranged

14th July 7th Sunday after Trinity Deuteronomy 30:9-14 Colossians 1:1-14 Luke 10:25-37 21st July Genesis 18:1-10a

8th Sunday after Trinity Colossians 1:15-28 Luke 10:38-42

28th July Genesis 18:20-32

9th Sunday after Trinity Colossians 2:6-15 Luke 11:1-13

4th August Family Service

10th Sunday after Trinity Readings to be arranged

11th August Genesis 15:1-6

11th Sunday after Trinity Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Luke 12:32-40

18th August Jeremiah 22:23-29

12th Sunday after Trinity Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56

25th August Isaiah 58:9b-14

13th Sunday after Trinity Hebrews12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17

TEAS FOR ALL 3rd Thursday of each month St John’s Parish Room 2.30pm – 4pm All welcome – 01306 885787


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St John’s Church contact details: Parish Office 01306-868441 Pastoral Line 01306-868941 Church Text Message 0770-673-2222 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 feedback progress reports to residents. NORTH HOLMWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL MEETING 7.30pm Wednesday 10th July, 11th September North Holmwood Parish Room at St John’s Church GOODWYNS NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL MEETING 7.30pm Monday 19th August, 28th October at the Harvest Church, Stubs Hill St John's School Weekly Surgery (term time only) We have been welcomed by St John's School to hold a weekly surgery on Wednesday afternoons between 2pm and 3pm (term time only). Come along and discuss with one of the local officers any issues you might have. We look forward to seeing you. Main Reception, St John's School, Goodwyns Road. PC Jason Woods, PCSO Lisa Cobby, PCSO Rebecca Black



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JUNIOR CHURCH and C4YOURSELF The family service at St John’s is held on the first Sunday of each month. The children and young people play a major part in this service. The C4Yourself group have been preparing for first communion. 7th July

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After this Junior church is taking a break for the summer but will be back on the third Sunday in September. For more information on other activities please ring Jane on 01306 885244 or 07771591457.

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 – 11.30am: Wednesdays Contact: Jane Schofield 07771591457 *Please remember, the care and safety of the children you bring remain your responsibility at all times – Thank you

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.


ALAN WOOD The first time I met Alan and Pam was here at St John’s, in May 1984; we had moved from Warwickshire to live on the Holmwood Park estate earlier that month. We did not know anyone; all our family and friends lived in Nuneaton and to be made welcome by Pam and Alan and other members of the congregation was so gratifying. As we continued to worship here we began to get to know one another better. My term of office as Church Warden came to an end in 1991, and Alan was elected to take my place working with Wilf, a role to which Alan brought wisdom and sensitivity. Our friendship with Pam and Alan continued, and we were often entertained by Pam at Southwold where we could exchange our travel experiences with Alan to Canada and North America. During the time of Dick Woodger as Vicar the Village School closed and the Trustees of the Village Hall wanted to buy the premises and move from Bentsbrook Road. Alan was most helpful in giving wise counsel and providing introductions which eventually led to the sale and the relocation to the current premises. Alan’s role as Church Warden ended in 1997. He was a very generous man and was already involved in other local charity work to which he gave his time and talents freely and was well respected. In 2003 Alan took over as Treasurer of St John’s Church following the sudden death of Les Higgins, a role he maintained until a spell of ill health and some time in hospital made it difficult for him to continue. Caroline asked me to take over from him until a new Treasurer could be found. As one would expect from Alan, although he had not been well all the books and documents were in perfect order; it made my job very easy to pick up from where he had left off. Alan could always be relied upon for his wise advice, could answer many questions on Church finance and was always a wonderful supporter of St John’s Church here in North Holmwood. 12

As his later illness progressed it became more difficult for him to attend regular services but he was always in our thoughts and prayers. We join with Pam and her family in the sorrow of Alan’s departing. John Daulman

Pam has asked us to include her thanks: For everyone in St John’s Parish I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful and loving support you have given me over the last months during Alan’s illness and then his death. I have been so moved. I have felt such warmth and support from all of you and I would never have believed it possible that I could have been given the strength to carry on during this last dreadful period. And this is thanks to all of you. Thank you all, also, for coming to his funeral and lending me even more courage to face the day that, in fact, you helped me turn into happy remembrance. I miss Alan so much – I feel bereft – and you have all been lovely. Pam

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ROLAND DALLAS Roland Dallas, who attended St John’s in his final years, died on 8th June 2013, at the age of 77, after a long battle with Parkinson's. The suave, retired journalist with a fondness for high church lived a full and fascinating life. Educated at Dulwich College, Oxford University (Lincoln College), Cornell and Columbia School of Journalism in New York, Roland enjoyed a remarkably successful international career as a journalist and author. He joined Reuters in 1963, reporting first from the New York bureau and then the United Nations, where he met his wife, Rita. From New York, Roland embarked on a career as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, reporting from Mexico, then from Brazil, Argentina, Hong Kong, Washington and Rome. He was an intrepid and adventurous reporter. In Brazil, he was blindfolded and taken to interview the kidnappers of the American ambassador in 1969. In Rome, he covered the deaths of two popes in a matter of months, and became an expert on John Paul II, for whom he felt a great affinity. In 1979, he disappeared for months with the Eritrean rebels to report on Ethiopia’s civil war. Roland joined The Economist in 1981, moving first to London and then to Washington to edit The Economist's Foreign Report. The authoritative weekly newsletter on world affairs, printed on blue paper, was renowned for its many insider stories and political scoops. In Washington, Roland founded a lunch club for journalists, attracting guests from George Bush senior to Colin Powell. Later, in 1995, Roland and Foreign Report moved to Jane's, a specialist defence publisher, where he continued to write and report. Roland also found time for books. He wrote The Economist's pocket series on the world and the well-received biography of King Hussein of Jordan (“King Hussein: A Life on the Edge”). When he wasn't tapping away at his computer or type-writer, he loved nothing better than to sit back and listen to his beloved Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert. He was fluent in five languages, and had a special fondness for Italy, where he spent many happy family holidays in Positano, with his wife and two daughters. 14

BISHOP CHRISTOPHER TO RETIRE The Bishop of Guildford, the Right Reverend Christopher Hill, announced on 28th May that his retirement has been accepted by the Queen after nine years in the role. Although he will be ceasing diocesan duties and additional commitments (apart from a planned Walk of Prayer) in September, he will still be involved with his national commitments and meetings that are already in the diary, including House of Bishops and General Synod. The Bishop of Dorking, the Rt Revd Ian Brackley, will lead the diocese while a successor is selected. Bishop Ian has experience in this capacity, having led the Diocese of Portsmouth during its vacancy in 2009-10.

FAREWELL TO VENERABLE JULIAN HENDERSON We have previously reported that the Archdeacon of Dorking, the Venerable Julian Henderson, is to become the next Bishop of Blackburn. A service of thanksgiving is being held for his ministry in this diocese, in the Cathedral on Sunday, 21st July, at 3pm. In order to assist with catering the Bishop has asked those wishing to attend to contact his PA, Mary Morris (

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.

Church grounds We are very grateful to Eric Edser who has been providing the plants around the church for many years, but has now decided the time has come to give this up. Fortunately Terry Teale has agreed to take on the responsibility, but he would welcome offers of a substitute to look after them when he is away in the summer. 15


FUNDS The total raised for the Community Building Appeal now stands at £222,000. We need to raise at least £38,000 more before we can take out an affordable loan for a further £40,000 and thus achieve the estimated £300,000 design and build cost; this will also satisfy the Chancellor of the diocese that we can afford to carry out the project and allow us to obtain formal permission from the diocese.

Next event: Tuesday 16th July 7.30pm Pampered Chef Evening


PAMPERED CHEF EVENING in aid of the Community Building appeal. On Tuesday 16th July there will be a Pampered Chef evening in St John’s church at 7.30pm. For those who haven’t been before, this is a fun and hands on way of seeing the beautiful Pampered Chef cookware range, in an evening along the lines of "Ready Steady Cook". Tickets are just £5.00 to include a glass of wine and nibbles and lots of laughs. Please do come and encourage your friends to come too. Tickets are available from Michelle 07828 854278 or Natalie 07881 626704, or at Jigsaw on Wednesday mornings, the coffee mornings on Thursdays and Fridays, or after church on Sundays.

Community Building Appeal Funds raised: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Total Total Total Total Total Total Teas by the fireside Curry Evening Buy a brick Beginners Please Quiz Others Garden Party Promised funds Total available

£34,458 £4,376 £8,170 £5,952 £100,622 £13,609 £225 £700 £245 £65 £800 £351 £1,236 £50,000 £ 222,261

Expenditure Architect Planning Surveys Total expenditure 17

£4,953 £1,420 £1,092 £ 7,465

Garden Party The Garden Party on 1st June was another great success making a magnificent £1,365.60, mainly for the Community Building Appeal. The individual stalls made: Books £37.10 Bric-a-brac £120.10 Buy-a-Brick £70.00 Cakes £158.40 Children’s Cake Decorating £4.80 Cookery Books £25.00 Lunches £327.67 Other Donation £20.00 Plants £133.68 Raffle £179.90 Teas £63.25 Tombola £140.45 Toys £25.25 World Vision stall £60.00 From the total £60 was sent to World Vision and £70 was added to the Buy-a-brick appeal for the Community Building. Many, many thanks to all those who helped on the day and before, provided raffle and tombola prizes, cakes, plants, bric-abrac etc, etc. Thank you too to all those who came and supported us - without you it wouldn't have been such a success. Our biggest thanks must go to Eric and Iris for hosting the event and working so hard. We were lucky with the weather too!

BRICKS Let’s get our Community Building Built You can help by buying ‘BRICKS’. They cost £5.00 each and your chosen name will be put on the ‘wall’ at the back of the church and then placed in the Commemorative Book which will be kept in the new hall. Buy one for yourself, your friends, family, neighbours or in memory of a loved one. They make great presents. Please fill in the form attached and pass it to Ann in the church or phone 01306 885787. 18


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ST JOHN’S HOME GROUP Our Home Group meets twice monthly in member’s homes on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. Set subjects are discussed in an informal setting with the aim of developing our understanding of Christianity and developing friendship networks for mutual support and encouragement. The current study material is based on the Book of Daniel. Please contact Penny 885876 if you would like more information.


Baptisms 9th June 2113 22nd June 2113 23rd June 2113 Confirmation 9th June 2113

Chloe Louise Rushbrook Peter Teale, Belinda Ellis, Amanda Teale Lucas Daniel Bartlett, James Grant

William Phillips Lee Welton Lisa Cobby

Susan Tanswell Sarah Worsfield

Wedding 22nd June 2113

Graham Chappell and Laura Jayne Webb

Funerals 21st June 2113

Roland Dallas

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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

KnitOne PurlOne SaveOne Knitting Group First Tuesday of every month 2.00pm – 4.00pm in the Parish Room St John’s knitting group meets on the first Tuesday in every month in the Parish Room at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to pop in for a cup of tea. If you can’t knit we will show you …. we have everything required to start you off.

Unfortunately Christian Hope International are now unable to send knitted items to Africa so all of our knitting is now being taken to Romanian Aid Foundation in Horley. Margaret 01306 252004 Margaret Teale 25

Alongside … sheep, sun, buttercups and bluebells My first few weeks in Devon have passed in a blur of learning the systems here, settling into my flat with the beautiful views of the Teign Valley, exploring, getting to know new companions and trying to deal with challenges that have come my way. I have been learning the office routine, reception, preparing adverts for the paper of the gigs coming up, creating posters, tickets and next week I am doing a shop window at the Newton Abbot Tourist Board to display details of the gigs and the theatre. I have walked in our bluebell woods with white wild garlic and pink wild orchids, sat in meadows with buttercups up to my waist, checked the theatre’s control box and dressing rooms and made sure the walkie-talkies are charged up in readiness for the theatre’s auditorium team. Websites have been notified of our location and gigs, sponsors have been badgered for money and as I write with glass of wine in early evening sun I am blessed and ‘O’ so challenged. I hear from my family and dear friends who keep me sane and yet this is perfect. Soon I will know the ropes. Soon I will actively contribute to the dedicated team here. Next week is the Westminster Abbey bash with the royal presence and tonight I have been asked to video the royal speech! I will tell you about that next time. In the meantime the high for me was to watch at close hand the sheep shearing which was stunning. Caroline Lazenby Caroline worked in the Guildford diocese office and was our editor until recently but has now moved away (temporarily) to the Sheldon Community near Exeter.


St Mary Magdalene Church, South Holmwood 175th Celebrations Friday 19th July (from 2.00 pm) to Sunday 21st July Flower Festival Refreshments will be on sale throughout the Festival and there will also be a display of some of the Church Records in the Vestry. Saturday 20th July at 7.00 pm Celebration Concert This concert will feature The Byrd Consort & The Meadvale Singers plus other delights. Entry is free and refreshments will be served in the interval. Sunday 21st July at 10.00am Sunday Service with the Bishop of Guildford followed by a Bring and Share Lunch. 5.00pm Celebration Songs of Praise Wednesday 24th July at 7.00pm Concert by The Kings’ Men Hosted by The Friends of St Mary Magdalene. Tickets £15. Children under 16 accompanied by an adult free. For more information contact Rev Barbara Steadman-Allen on 01306 889118 or Rev Virginia Smith on 01306 885349.

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SHOULD MEN BE ALLOWED TO BE PRIESTS? To some extent this piece is written with my tongue very firmly in my cheek but there is some point to it. The idea is to think beyond the obvious and to challenge accepted wisdom. God is perfect, a statement which nobody could take exception to. Nobody that is except me. There is an idea which goes like this: if God is perfect, then why is creation flawed; surely the perfect can only create perfection? I don’t go along with it but it is an interesting thought and I might think about it at another time. So, if God is perfect then it stands to reason that the Priest, as a sort of representative of God, should be as close to perfect as possible. For the priest to be a man would seem to be perfectly acceptable in a patriarchal society but if we follow a scientific line then we reach a different conclusion. Genetically there is not much difference between men and women. In fact it is only one part of one chromosome that makes the difference. Women have two X shaped chromosomes and men have an X and a Y shaped chromosome. It is that slight difference that allows for the two sexes to develop. The Y chromosome is really an X chromosome with a bit missing. An X with one leg chopped off if you want to look at it that way. Rather more controversially you could say that a man is simply an imperfect or incomplete woman. In other words, by definition, men are less perfect and therefore further from the perfection of God than women. So, why then do we think that it right to elevate the inferior sex to the level of priest and think that the superior (in a genetic sense) sex should be kept in a subservient role? Actually I don’t believe that the gender of a priest or bishop or archbishop is at all relevant, since I don’t think that we can assign gender to God but I do like to challenge set ideas. Maybe all Christians should strive to be iconoclasts. Peter Corry 28

MUSIC IN DORKING - JULY 2013 by Ian Codd 2nd at 8.00, Holmbury St Mary Choral Society at St James, Abinger Common, £15, 01306 730647 4th 11th 18th 25th at 8.30, Watermill Jazz at Friends Life, 07415 815784 6th at 7.30, Reigate & Redhill Choral Society at St Martin’s, 01342 843718 6th & 7th at 4.00, opera at Woodhouse nr Holmbury St Mary, £40, 07917 778010 13th at 7.30, Bookham Choral Society at St Nicolas, Bookham, £10, 01372 375644 27th 7am-7pm, sponsored piano playing at United Reformed Church A few more of our local choral societies are holding their summer concerts this month. Holmbury St Mary’s summer concert is entitled ‘Light, liberation, love’ and it will include Faure’s Requiem, Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals, Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew love songs, and also some music by Benjamin Britten. Bookham Choral Society’s concert is entitled ‘From shore to shining shore’ and it will include traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic. Reigate & Redhill Choral Society will sing Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers, which extols the ideal of world peace and is a sequel to his very popular mass setting The Armed Man. They will also sing Paul Carr’s Magnificat, which was commissioned by the society. Conducted by Peter Farrant, the concert will mark Armed Forces Day. Woodhouse, near Holmbury St Mary, presents a double bill of baroque operas for a summer afternoon. Two comic operas from the eighteenth century - Livietta e Tracollo by Pergolesi and La Dirindina by Domenico Scarlatti - will be performed in the Opera Hall. The gardens will be open beforehand at 3pm and there will be a long interval during which you can enjoy a picnic in the beautiful grounds. Watermill Jazz meets as always, every Thursday evening at the Friends Life social club, with a different line-up of performers each week. And finally, Judith Flint will be doing a twelve-hour sponsored marathon of piano playing, to raise money to pay for the URC’s new piano. Go along and hear her, sponsor her playing, and enjoy breakfast, coffee, lunch or tea as well! 29

St John’s July dates 1 11am Music and Movement,



Soup and rolls: Harvest Church

12.30pm Mothers Union Summer Lunch at Culver 9

3 10am Jigsaw

10 10am Jigsaw

4 9am Coffee @ St John’s

11 9am Coffee @ St John’s

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12 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am 9am Coffee @ St John’s



7 6th after Trinity 8am Holy Communion BCP 10am First Communion Service, World Vision Stall 11.45am Baptism 3pm-5pm Teas on the Lawn

14 7th after Trinity 8am Holy Communion BCP 10am Parish Eucharist 3pm-5pm Teas on the Lawn







2 2pm Knit One, Purl One…


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16 7.30pm Pampered Chef Evening



17 10am Jigsaw

24 10am Jigsaw

31 10am Jigsaw

25 9am Coffee @ St John’s John’s 10am Coffee morning 2.30-4.00 Teas for at Chart Downs Social All

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26 8.30am Eucharist 9am Coffee @ St John’s



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28 9th after Trinity

3pm-5pm Teas on the Lawn

8am HC BCP 10am Parish Eucharist 11.45am Baptism 3pm-5pm Teas on the Lawn


St John’s August dates Mon

5 11am Music and Movement, Soup and rolls: Harvest Church


6 2pm Knit One, Purl One…

1 9am Coffee @ St John’s MU Deanery Day of Refreshment

8 9am Coffee @ St John’s

2 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am 9am Coffee @ St John’s

9 8.30am Eucharist 9am Coffee @ St John’s



4 10th after Trinity 8am Holy Communion BCP 10am All age Service World Vision Stall 3pm-5pm Teas on the Lawn

11 11th after Trinity 8am Holy Communion BCP 10am Parish Eucharist 3pm-5pm Teas on the Lawn






7 10am Jigsaw MU Open Day, London 2pm Wedding Blessing


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1410am Jigsaw

21 10am Jigsaw

28 10am Jigsaw

22 9am Coffee @ St John’s John’s 10am Coffee morning 2.30-4.00 Teas for at Chart Downs Social All

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29 9am Coffee @ St John’s


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18 12th after Trinity 8am HC BCP 10am Parish Eucharist 3pm-5pm Teas on the Lawn

23 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available in church until 10.30am 9am Coffee @ St John’s 24

25 13th after Trinity 8am HC BCP 10am Parish Eucharist 11.45am Baptism 3pm-5pm Teas on the Lawn


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AN ARMCHAIR DUFFER’S VIEW OF SPORT May / June For the first two days of the BMW PGA golf championship at Wentworth the weather was disastrous but fortunately the sun came out for the weekend. On Sunday 26th May twenty year old Italian Matheo Manassero became the youngest winner in the Championship’s history. He said, “The crowd were pulling for the English boys, but they were pulling for me as well. At the end of the day they just pull for good golf and that’s what makes playing in the UK so special.” Twenty four year old Tonia Couch became England’s first individual medallist for diving when she won bronze on the 10 metre platform at the Diving World Series in Guadaljar, Mexico. She was lying fourth in the final round until she got nines and then ten for her last dive. Couch also won silver with Sara Barrow in the 10 metre synchro. It was the same old story for England’s football team when they laboured to a draw against the Republic of Ireland. There was little here to inspire confidence that they will do well in the World Cup next summer. Gordon Banks, England’s goalkeeper in 1966 when we won the World Cup, said we just don’t have the players any more. However they performed much better against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday 3rd June. Though the critics predicted that England would be thrashed by Brazil the final score was two goals each. There was no doubt that England’s goalkeeper Joe Hart kept them in the game with some brilliant saves. Brazil were dominant for most of the game but England showed a resilience which could help them in their remaining World Cup qualifying games. Eighteen thousand fans in the London O2 arena cheered British boxer Carl Foch in the final round of his fight with Mikkel Kessler. After 11 rounds of superb boxing Foch put victory beyond doubt as he fought Kessler to a standstill to claim the IBF and WBA world super middleweight titles.


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On Saturday 26th May Leicester Tigers became Rugby Football champions of England after beating Northampton Saints 37 points to 17 in the Aviva Premiership final. The game was full of drama including the sending off of Dylan Hartley, the Northampton captain and hooker, for swearing at referee Wayne Barnes. The RFU disciplinary panel gave him an eleven week ban which cost him his place in the British and Irish Lions’ tour of Australia. The severity of the punishment signifies the desire of the RFU to reinforce rugby football’s tradition that players must show respect to the game’s officials. The British and Irish Lions rugby football squad have won the first four games of their Australian tour beating the Barbarians 159 points to 8, Western Force in Perth 69 points to 17, Queensland in Brisbane 22 points to 12 and the Combined Country XV 64 points to nil. As can be seen from the scores our schedule has not proved taxing which is a matter of concern as the games may not have given the Lions good test match preparation. At Edgbaston, Birmingham, England’s cricket team beat Australia by 48 runs in their first game of the ICC Champions trophy. England’s captain Alistair Cook commented on the performance of fast bowler Jimmy Anderson who became the top England one day international bowler of all time, “We are very lucky to have him in our side. He keeps getting better.” England then lost to Sri Lanka at the Oval which means that they need to beat New Zealand to reach the semi-finals. By the time you read this the final will have been played. The win against Australia does give some hope that we could do well in the forthcoming tests for the Ashes. The first test starts at Trent Bridge on 10th July. Horse trainer Sir Henry Cecil finally lost his long battle with cancer at the age of 70. Last year the unbeaten colt Frankel, undefeated in 14 races, provided a great final chapter to his career.


Holmwood WI Our speaker at the June meeting was from the Born Free Foundation, founded by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna from the original charity called Zoo Check. It is now run by their son, Will Travers, and based in Horsham. It is internationally known with a worldwide action to protect and free captive animals and monitor the care of any animals held in captivity anywhere in the world, if possible. Growing populations of people throughout the world and their need for homes and crops means that the habitat of wild animals is shrinking and man and wild animals live in closer proximity to each other. Their work includes: Supporting some of the communities in Africa, where there are endangered species, by building Bomas to protect their own livestock from the big cats; supplying mosquito nets to the people; supporting and working with the communities and schools; gorilla protection in Ruanda and the Congo; an elephant rescue centre in Sri Lanka; protecting elephants in many parts of Africa from poaching; involvement in a rabies vaccination programme for European Wolves (only 500 of these wolves are left in the whole of Europe); helping with prevention of animal smuggling from East Africa; helping animals freed from circuses; rescuing dolphins from swimming pools and eventually releasing them to the seas once nursed back to health. The list seems endless. The charity tries hard to keep their expenses down and ensure that the majority of money raised goes to its objectives. Holmwood WI usually meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm in Holmwood Village Hall, Warwick Road, South Holmwood, but our next meeting on 3rd July will be our Garden Meeting at the home of Eric and Iris Edser, at Culver Spook Hill, North Holmwood, 12.30 for 1.00pm. 38

We now have a craft and Scrabble group that meet on the 3rd Wednesday. New members and visitors are always welcome Programme and details from the secretary, Wendy Lloyd 01306 889485 or

TEAS on the LAWN At St John’s Church Teas and homemade cakes every Sunday afternoon 3 pm to 5 pm until 15th September All welcome – whatever the weather Jim or Jane Edwards 01306 879902

Friends of King George V Playing Field Parents and toddlers in the Park Every Friday Free! Everyone welcome A new time of 12.30 to 2.30 At the pavilion on King George V Playing Field Squash and biscuits for the toddlers Tea and coffee for the parents An opportunity for toddlers to play together and parents to chat. The Friends of King George V Playing Field accepts no responsibility for the care of children or for harm or injury whilst using any of the facilities provided. 39

DORKING GARDENERS’ CLUB This year the Dorking Gardeners’ Club are again holding their three flower shows in North Holmwood Village Hall. The Summer Flower and Produce Show will be held on Saturday, 31st August. All are welcome. As well as fine displays of flowers, plants and vegetables there are flower arrangements and junior sections. This year we are going to ask the public to vote for the best exhibit and a small prize will be given to the winner. This show includes a home produce section and a photographic competition. Homemade refreshments are available and a large selection of reasonably priced plants will be on sale. New members are always made very welcome. As well as the three shows, members have the opportunity to visit gardens during the summer and attend interesting lectures and social events during the winter. Membership is £7 per annum single, £9 per annum double and 50p per annum for children. The membership secretary is Mrs Margaret East Churston 18 Bentsbrook Park North Holmwood Dorking RH5 4JN Tel: 01306 884852. For all enquiries about the flower shows please ring Mrs Anne Cole on 01306 740710.

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Friends of Holmwood Common and the National Trust July 2013 News from the Common Ranger’s Report Did you wonder why there was a great big cooking pot in the area next to the Viewpoint recently? The answer is that the Holmwood volunteers undertook their first charcoal burn. This entailed loading a six feet diameter kiln with wood, setting fire to the contents and carefully controlling the burn rate by restricting the air-flow. Charcoal production in our local woods has a long history stretching back several centuries. The material was used by a wide range of people including blacksmiths and gunpowder makers and today there is still a great demand for it, from barbeques to medicine. Assisted by two of the Leith Hills volunteers with experience of the process, the fire was lit just after lunchtime on Saturday, monitored until early Sunday morning when the kiln was made airtight and then opened a couple of days later after it had completely cooled. Much to everyone’s delight, the process produced about fifteen bags of charcoal. Whilst this might not be considered a major success by the professionals, for a first time effort it was considered a great result. Garden Waste A few months ago we mentioned in this column, the problem of dumping garden waste over fences and onto the Common. Not only is this an un-neighbourly act (yes, if you live on the Common the National Trust is your neighbour) but it can also lead to nonnative garden flora being introduced where it is definitely not welcome.


I now intend to become a little more pro-active about this problem. Where I see garden waste being dumped I am going to post a message through the offender’s letter box. Some people may not be happy with this but, hopefully, most will realise that it is better to mulch material in their own gardens rather than dump it in the expectation that somebody else will deal with the unsightly results. Thanks in advance for your co-operation. Rob

Friends’ Working Day – Saturday 3rd August We often refer to the work done by the team of NT Volunteers working on Holmwood Common and so now we have set aside Saturday 3rd August as our Friends Working Day when we hope that many more might be willing to assist with one of our most important tasks of the year: the start of the annual Balsam Bash. We look forward to welcoming workers of all ages: men, women, girls and boys (under-16’s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult) and you may choose to join us for the whole day (10:00 to 15:00) or just until lunchtime (10:00 to 13:00). You will need to bring a packed lunch and we will provide refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits and home-made cake). Strong shoes or boots and gloves are sensible ... and waterproofs or sunblock depending upon the weather! It would be helpful to let us know that you will be joining us ... if only to make sure that we have enough cake ... so please call or text 07768 318124 or contact us via . We can then provide you with details of where we will be meeting.

Holmwood Common Photography Class at the VPA Show There is still just time for you to get out and capture that prizewinning entry to the Friends-sponsored photography class in this year’s VPA Show on 13th July. The subject matter is “Holmwood Common: Dusk”. We look forward to publishing the winning entries in the Friends’ newsletter. Remember to visit the National Trust and Friends of Holmwood Common stands at the VPA Show.


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St John’s CofE Community School and Nursery Wow! The school has been so busy since the last Spire article it is hard to recall all that everyone has been up to! We have had some wonderful class assemblies; Seahorses, the Year 1 class, gave us some wonderful drama and singing showing us “What makes us special”. They delighted a packed audience singing “We’re all in this together” from High School Musical at the end of their performance. The whole school took part in an assembly at the end of “Maths Week”. During the week classes had taken part in many activities in and around the school, many with parents coming along to classes and joining in. The assembly then showed what they had learned throughout the week. Even the children from the Reception class had taken part. Year 5 boys had an excursion to the Wilderness Wood with Eleanor from Learning Space where they made survival shelters, made a fire from sticks and leaves and then cooked sausages and marshmallows (not together!). The centre leader said their shelter was strong enough to last for an overnight camp. The sunny week after half term heralded the start of class swimming lessons which are being thoroughly enjoyed by the children. We then had a whole school trip to Billi Smiles Circus at Meadowbank. The children will be enjoying more extra-curricular activities over the next few weeks including visits to Dorking Museum and Box Hill Activity Centre. If the children aren’t ready for a summer break, the staff certainly will be!


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CROSSWORD Across 8 One of the titles given to the Messiah in Isaiah’s prediction (Isaiah 9:6) (6, 2, 5) 9 International Nepal Fellowship (1, 1, 1) 10 Single (1 Corinthians 7:27) (9) 11 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s seminal book about Soviet prison camps, The — Archipelago (5) 13 Treachery (2 Kings 11:14) (7) 16 Of India (anag.) (2, 3, 2) 19 ‘God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession,like men condemned to die in the — ’ (1 Corinthians 4:9) (5) 22 Follower of a theological system characterized by a strong belief in predestination (9) 24 ‘Put these old rags and worn-out clothes under your arms to— the ropes’ (Jeremiah 38:12) (3) 25 They brought together all the elders of the Israelites in Egypt (Exodus 4:29) (5, 3, 5)

Down 1 The season when kings ‘go off to war’ (2 Samuel 11:1) (6) 2 Simon Peter’s response to Jesus by the Sea of Galilee: ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a — man’ (Luke 5:8) (6) 3 Beaten with whips (1 Kings12:11) (8) 4 ‘You shall not — adultery’ (Exodus 20:14) (6) 5 Encourage (Hebrews 10:24) (4) 6 Service of morning prayer in the Church of England (6) 7 ‘Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for

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you, and — — him in your heart by faith with thanksgiving’ (4,2) Run (anag.) (3) Member of 17th-century party that denied the right of autonomy to the Church (8) ‘We will triumph with our tongues; we—our lips’ (Psalm12:4) (3) Earnings (1 Corinthians 16:2) (6) ‘I rejoice greatly in the Lord that— —you have renewed your concern for me’ (Philippians 4:10) (2, 4) How Paul described Philemon (Philemon 1) (6) Multiple territories under the rule of a single state (Daniel 11:4) (6) ‘You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women,—to Israel’s guilt’ (Ezra 10:10) (6) This month (abbrev.) (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.


Summer term at Preschool continues apace. The children make the most of any dry, warm days playing with the equipment outside. This term our topic has been “People Who Help Us” and we have been learning about the Police, Fire and Medical services and role playing these in our home corner. We continue to run afternoon sessions on a Wednesday and Friday for our older children. In preparation for starting ‘big school’ in September the teaching includes letter and number formations combined with creating artwork and observational drawings. It has been satisfying to see these children develop and grow in confidence ready for their next step along the educational ladder. Pre-school is now offering a Lunch Club on Mondays and Thursdays, where the children can stay for an extra hour and eat lunch together; a nice little social occasion for them and a chance to interact in a different way. Our fundraising ‘Fun Run’ will take place on Sunday 30th June, when the children will be sponsored to complete circuits of the church path and woodland area, followed by refreshments, tombola/raffle and face-painting back at the village hall. The proceeds from this day contribute to the pre-school outing to Ladyland Farm at the end of July. We are still collecting vouchers from Tesco's and Nestle Box Tops, and will keep you updated as to what we buy with these. As always a big thank you to everybody who supports us by donating their vouchers. 50

As the Pre School year draws to a close we say a goodbye all our leavers and wish them good luck with their transition to ‘big school’ in September. There are some places available at the Pre-School from September 2013. Should you be interested in joining us, please call in and see us at the Village Hall, or contact us on the number below. Our hours are Monday to Friday, 9.15am to 12.15pm. If you would like an information pack, or to arrange a visit, please contact the PreSchool leader, Julia Woollard, on 07931 212006. Ceri Dutton Committee North Holmwood Pre-School, Village Hall, Spook Hill, North Holmwood, Surrey, RH5 4EG Registered Charity Number: 1023910


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 during school term. It’s free, fun and friendly!


HOLMWOOD VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION Summer Show Weekend: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2013 Saturday 13th – Summer Show (1-4pm) and Barn Dance (8pm) Sunday 14th – Fun Dog Show (1.30-4.30pm) followed by Songs of Praise (5.15pm) Old School Field, South Holmwood From the top, with feeling! Three, four….. “On the 13th day of Ju-ly the VPA promised me: 12 Morris men jangling, 11 ice creams dripping, 10 blokes a-tugging, 9 warm beers pouring, 8 miles of bunting 7 judges pondering, 6 tubas parping, 5 inches of mud! 4 bulging marrows, 3 painted faces, 2 tombola wins, And a silver cup atop the mantelpiece.” And that’s just a smidgen of what the 69th VPA Summer Show has to offer this year! Enter some exhibits The Grand Marquee opens to receive entries at 8.30am – register in advance by submitting your completed entry form to the Show Secretary by 6.30pm on Thursday 11th July – or just bring your exhibits along on the morning of the Show (excluding Floral Arrangements which must be registered by Thursday 11th) to be in with a chance. The more the merrier so don’t be shy! Make sure all your entries are in place by 10.30am ready for the judging to begin.


Show entry forms – to Peta Rackett at 4 Oakdale, Mill Road, South Holmwood, RH5 4NR by 6.30pm by Thursday 11th July. Contact Peta, or see the VPA website on, for details of classes to enter. Come along and enjoy the Show: The Show itself opens at 1pm, with fun and entertainment until 4pm. Main raffle tickets will be on sale as you enter the field, with separate whiskey and champagne raffle tickets available from roving sellers on the field. The Tug of War competition will take place during the afternoon, with Punch and Judy shows, music from the Mole Valley Silver Band, Morris Dancers and sideshows. And don’t forget to take a turn around the Grand Marquee after 2pm, to admire all the exhibits on show, and stay to watch the cups and prizes presented, and the produce exhibits auctioned off, at about 3.30pm. Get your dancing shoes on: The Barn Dance starts at 8pm in the Grand Marquee – flip flops/wellies as appropriate. Bring your own food and drink to keep your strength up! Barn Dance tickets – email Lorraine at £10 per ticket. Woof woof: On Sunday, the VPA Fun Dog Show opens at 1.30pm for class registration. As usual, there will be a host of classes to enter, as well as an agility course running all afternoon. Come along, with or without a dog, to enjoy the competition and refreshments – there will be burgers and beer, as well as tea and cake. Gather round for a sing-song: Songs of Praise will swing into action at 5.15pm – all are welcome to come and round off the weekend with music and song, led by BSA. Then sit back, and enjoy a well-deserved rest. You’ve earned it! Ros Treliving PS It’s not too late to request a stall to showcase and sell your craft products. Please contact me at for details. 53


With the Summer now upon us there’s a lot going on ... Thursday 27 June – A night of 100 Curries. Our friends at Chilli & Spice are providing the curries. Please select your preferred curry in advance by signing up at The Club. £10 per adult, £7 per child. Saturday 22, 29 June & 6 July – Breakfast with the Lions (& Beer Too!) Come to The Club to watch the three British Lions v Australia Tests and enjoy a hearty breakfast and a pint ahead of kick-off. Doors open at 10am, breakfast at 10.30am, matches kick off at 11am. £7 for breakfast and a pint. All draught beer £2 a pint until the first try, or half time... whichever is sooner. Sign up at The Club in advance. Saturday 13 July 8pm – Singer “Stevo” - A tribute to all the greats ....Swing , soul , Motown , blues , rock n roll , 60s , modern and much more Friday 19 July – Inaugural NHSC Golf Society Day at Gatton Manor Golf & Country Club, Ockley. 18 holes of golf plus full English breakfast with tea/coffee beforehand, £35 per head. The prize giving will take place at The Club in the evening followed by a barbecue. Sign up at The Club or email to book your place. Saturday 20 July, 8pm - The BIG Sports Quiz is back! Serious Stuff! Strictly teams of 4 max. £5 per head. Open to members and also non-members.


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August Bank Holiday weekend is our annual fund raising weekend in aid of The British Heart Foundation and the Children’s Trust (Tadworth). There will be a quiz night and a 6 a-side cricket tournament plus other events taking place over the weekend. Visit our website for more details nearer the time or see the posters around The Club. Don’t forget the Friday Night Meat Raffle, which takes place at The Club every Friday night at 9.30pm. Also free range eggs are available at The Club from Friday evenings at £2.50 a dozen. The Stoolball girls are playing regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.45pm. If you are interested in joining the Stoolball team please contact Shirley Overton at for more information. Cricket Nets are taking place on Wednesday evenings (weather permitting) at 6.15pm. We are currently fielding two teams on a Saturday, so there is always a home match every week. Our Sunday team has quite a few fixtures at home this season also. We are always looking for new players so if you are interested in playing cricket please contact Ian Elliott at for more information. Come along to the Club to support our teams and enjoy the lovely view with a glass of something refreshing! Fingers crossed the rain stays away! To enquire about membership email us at or call in during opening hours and ask for a membership form. Don’t forget that the Club is available for hire for private parties. Please phone 01306 889764 or collect a booking form from the bar. If you are not a member then we will ask you to join our Club to enjoy our facilities. This still works out more cost effective than other local venues. 57



Can you find your way through this maze? Both the exit and entrance on the left hand side.

Today, in this country, it is quite safe to talk about religion. If you want to go to church or Sunday School you can, and if you don’t want to, you are not forced to go. Some people at school or work might poke fun at you for being a Christian but that is all. We can all read the Bible in our own language and are free to ask questions. But it hasn’t always been like this. Over the centuries many men, women and children suffered for their beliefs. Christians were killed by other Christians who argued that their way was the right way and everyone else was wrong. Jesus told us that we must love one another – isn’t it good that today all Christian churches are working together for peace? And isn’t it about time? Nearly two thousand years ago Jesus died for all of us.

Adam and Eve are sitting around Eden when a leaf floats down from a tree. Eve points and says, excitedly: “Look Adam, an invisible man.” What's green, curly and religious? Lettuce pray.

Brockwood Medical Practice

1 Bentsbrook Close, North Holmwood, Dorking. Tel: 01306 885802

The Partners, Jonathan Richards, Justin Thompson, Lucy Rawson, Tamsin Sevenoaks, Robin Gupta; Drs Elizabeth Craggs, Natalie Moore, Allison Wong, Katie Carter, Jennifer Bruce, Sarah Wells; GP Registrars Drs Olujide Soremi, Luma Ali and all the staff are always pleased to welcome new and existing residents to our Practice. Following the merger of the 3 surgeries at North Holmwood, Brockham & Newdigate, we would like to thank all our patients for their understanding over this difficult transition. We now have a number of new GPs and can now offer appointments across all 3 sites.

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, Baby Clinic, Asthma and COPD clinics, Counselling sessions, INR testing with our HCA, Smoking Cessation sessions, and much more. DEFIBRILATION MACHINE We have a new defibrillation machine based at the Practice. All staff have had training in basic life support. This machine can be used for the local community if needed. This was purchased with funding from the British Heart Foundation. It is a life saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest . 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 currently need 72 hours to dispense repeat medication instead of the normal 48 hour turnaround. Please ring reception 01306 885802 for any other queries.

OUT OF HOURS NEW SERVICE The new NHS out of hours service is now live. If you have an urgent medical problem which occurs when the Surgery is closed please call NHS111 by dialling 111 from your phone. NHS 111 is free to call from both landlines and mobiles.

The Spire July / August 2013  

The Spire, July 2013

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