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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 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: 8am 10am 10am

Holy Communion First Sunday each month: Family Service Other Sundays: Parish Eucharist

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.

St John’s Church contact details: Parish Office 01306-868441 Pastoral Line 01306-868941 Church Text Message 0770-673-2222

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.

North Holmwood Community 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) ........... 07712 224681 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

Police ....................................... 101 Mole Valley District Council .. 01306 885001 National Trust Warden ........... 01306 712711 Brockwood 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 .................. 07914 845440 Bridge Club ............................. 01306 882849 Chart Downs Social Club ...... 01306 500310 Drama Group ......................... 01306 887416




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 The next issue of The Spire covers February 2014. Material should be with the editors by 19th January please. Editors: Kirsten Wightwick 01306 743483 Jim Edwards 01306 879902 4 Chartwell Court Grange, 35 Highacre, Dorking RH4 3BF e-mail We welcome articles of general or local interest. Ideally these should be e-mailed in Word format, with illustrations as jpegs or pngs. The editors may amend or shorten material submitted. Articles represent the views of the individual contributors. Some articles and illustrations come from “The Parish Pump”, a national web-site that provides magazine material for churches. We are very grateful to all those who advertise in this magazine and allow us to produce it without charge to our readers; however publication does not necessarily imply an endorsement of the product. Advertising manager: Margaret Teale, ‘Talanta’, 12 Ridgeway Drive, Dorking RH4 3AN Telephone 01306 252004 or email Advertising copy: or telephone Jim Edwards 01306 879902 Proof reading: Jane Coombes Printing: John Daulman, Eileen Daulman, Ann Phillips Distribution: John Daulman 01306 885943 4

Editorial December has crept up on us again, and there’s so much about to happen at St John’s; extra services, the children’s Craft Workshop and Christingle on 21st December, and the Crib Service on Christmas Eve. These children’s activities will be among the last that Jane Schofield is organising. With only a pinch of self-interest, I’ll add that Carols by Candlelight will be rather interesting this year; the Loud and Proud Community Choir will be performing. Kirsten

Dear friends, Welcome to Advent, welcome to a new church year, when the majority of Gospel readings on Sunday services will come from Matthew’s Gospel. And then, a month later, will come another new year – 2014. Two new years in the space of around a month. One focussed on the Church, one focussed on the world. But, with every new year, there is a chance to reflect on what has happened over the last year and the opportunity to imagine what else new might happen in the coming year. So much has happened during this last year, both at St John’s and in the world, but, of course, a major thing for us to remember is enough funding becoming available to start building the new Community Building, which will begin in the spring. This new year, then, brings a new reality, and with it promises new possibilities. As we approach 2014 we journey through Advent as we approach Christmas itself – that time we remember God becoming human, in the person of a small, helpless, baby. Mary and Joseph will have had their own dreams and expectations about the future with a 5

new baby; dreams about the new family life. Dreams, too, about what Jesus might do during his life. As Jesus grew up, there were probably dreams which came true – and things happening that no-one could have predicted. Jesus’ life, though, was part of a bigger plan. God becoming human was part of a bigger plan. A plan which is still working itself out now – as we, too, come to learn more about what happened at that first Christmas. We are so familiar with the Christmas story that it is easy to stop thinking about it, especially when bits of it often begin in September or October. We become immune to thinking about what actually happened. God loved humanity – that’s us, by the way – so much that He was born as a little baby. God loved humanity so much that He was born as a vulnerable, helpless baby. God loved humanity so much that He experienced all that it is to be human. That is the mystery of Christmas – that God was born as a baby, that God experienced what it is to be a vulnerable and helpless child, that God experienced the highs and lows of what life can throw at us. With that new birth came thousands of possibilities – including us being able to have a better relationship with God. As we move into these new years, as we prepare to celebrate anew the joys and miracles of Christmas, may we be excited by the new possibilities that may come. Wishing you every blessing,



BIBLE READINGS FOR DECEMBER 2013 AND JANUARY 2014 1st December Family Service

1st Sunday of Advent Readings to be arranged

8th December Isaiah 11:1-10

2nd Sunday of Advent Romans 15:4-13

15th December Isaiah 35:1-10

3rd Sunday of Advent James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11

22nd December Isaiah 7:10-16

4th Sunday of Advent Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25

24th December Isaiah 9:2-7

Christmas Eve Titus 2:11-14

Luke 2:1-14

25th December Isaiah 52:7-10

Christmas Day Hebrews 1:1-4

John 1:1-14

29th December Isaiah 63:7-9

1st Sunday of Christmas Hebrews 2:10-18 Matthew 2:13-23

Matthew 3:1-12

2014 5th January Family Service

Epiphany Readings to be arranged

12th January Isaiah 42:1-9

Baptism of Christ Acts 10:34-43

19th January Isaiah 49:1-7

2nd Sunday of Epiphany 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42

26th January Isaiah 9:1-4

3rd Sunday of Epiphany 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23


Matthew 3:13-17

Mid-week Eucharist at St John’s Friday Mornings 8.30am Followed by breakfast. After the service Stuart will remain in the church until 10.30am for anyone who wants an informal chat with the vicar.

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.

Traditional Carol Singing in the Royal Oak

15th December 7.30 pm Come and join in!!! 8

Regular events in St John’s Parish Room, North Holmwood: 3rd Thursday of each month 2.30pm – 4pm

TEAS FOR ALL All welcome – 01306 885787

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.* 10.00am – 11.30am: Wednesdays No charge 18th December Christmas Party *Please remember, the care and safety of the children you bring remain your responsibility at all times – Thank you

Holmwood Mothers’ Union Monday 2nd December 12.30pm Lunch at Arnolds, Beare Green, followed by Christmas reminiscences. Please bring a poem, reading or reminiscence to share. Monday 6th January Post Christmas lunch at the Royal Oak, Brockham. Contact Gill Collins, 01306 885270, for further details. 9

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. 1st December 10am Family Service – all those who have been baptised this year are invited, with their families, to collect their baptism shells. 21st December Childrens’ Christmas craft workshop followed by Christingle The craft workshop begins at 10 am with Christmassy crafts and activities for children and young people. At 11.30 hot chocolate and a snack will be served before a short Christingle service in aid of the Children’s Society at 12 noon. Do come along, and bring your friends!!!!! Suggested donation £2.50 Calling all angels and shepherds!!!!!! Crib Service- December 24th at 4 pm By now you will have finished shopping, maybe the sprouts will be already peeled, the gifts wrapped. Come along and take some time to reflect on the real reason for the season!! 5th January 10am Family Service We are currently seeking people to become part of the very valuable team doing children’s work at St John’s. Please contact Jane on or 07771591457 if you are interested. Until a new team is found there will be no special children’s provision (apart from our Christmas events and the family services) at St John’s, so keep a lookout in The Spire for updates. 10


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BEGINNERS PLEASE The St John’s drama group ‘Beginners Please’ has restarted. The meetings are held on the first Monday in the month from 7.30pm. We are a friendly group and would love to welcome new members. 2 December 3 March

6 January 7 April

3 February

CHANGE OF VENUE!! For the next few months ‘BEGINNERS PLEASE’ will not be held in the Parish Room. Jill Spence has kindly offered her home for our December meeting on Monday 2nd December and the January meeting on Monday 6th January will be held at Jackie Rance’s house. All are welcome. Please phone Jackie for redirections: 01306 887416 or 07770 885003. If you prefer please email:



FUNDS Following the news last month that we have been promised a grant of £50,000, we have now received two further grants totalling £12,750, so the total available for the Community Building Appeal now stands at £300,973. Our rough estimate of the total cost of the building is £300,000. This means that we have at last reached our target figure. We are now pressing ahead with planning the work. The architect is currently producing working drawings. These have to be submitted to the council for building regulation approval and to the diocese for consultation. We will then be in a position to go out to tender from builders, which we hope will be within the target figure. When we have selected a builder we can then get final approval from the diocese. If all goes well we should be able to start around Easter 2014.


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

2013 Teas by the fireside Curry Evening Buy a brick Beginners Please Quiz Garden Party In memory of Alan Wood Pampered chef Anonymous donation Others Teas on the Lawn Interest Gift aid due Promised funds and grants Grants

Total £34,458 Total £4,376 Total £8,170 Total £5,952 Total £100,622 Total £13,611

Total available Expenditure Architect Planning Surveys

£225 £700 £285 £65 £800 £1,206 £550 £197 £10,000 £769 £198 £2,089 £2,500 £100,000 £12,750

£ 300,973 £4,953 £1,420 £1,092

Total expenditure

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. 15

£ 7,465

TEAS BY THE FIRESIDE Eric and Iris are again hosting Teas by the Fireside on Sunday afternoons 3pm to 5pm in January and February.

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 has recently given a bundle to Help for Heroes. She is grateful to all those who contribute.

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.

Our knitting is now being taken to Romanian Aid Foundation in Horley. Margaret 01306 252004 Margaret Teale 16


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Our Lady of Walsingham visits Guildford As you are probably aware, a group of pilgrims from St John's journey yearly on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk. Some history is that, in 1061, Mary (the Theotokos or God-bearer but often translated as Mother of God) appeared to Lady Richeldis of Walsingham and asked her to build an exact replica of Jesus’ home in Nazareth. Richeldis was told the measurements, and that she’d know where it needed to be by finding a spring of water - which was promptly found. Over the years, thousands of pilgrims journeyed to Walsingham, including Henry VIII, and countless miracles happened there. At the Reformation, the Shrine was destroyed - by the same Henry who had previously been a pilgrim. Around 100 years ago a new statue of Our Lady of Walsingham was made, based on a medieval seal from Walsingham and, ultimately, a new Shrine was built. There are now two Shrines in Walsingham, one Anglican and one Roman Catholic. Every so often the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham journeys to different parts of the United Kingdom, to be the focus of a pilgrimage outside of Walsingham - which, to be honest, is a long way from anywhere. In recent years pilgrimages have taken place at St Alban's Abbey, Portsmouth Cathedral and Exeter Cathedral, to name but three places. So on to 2014. There will be a pilgrimage with Our Lady of Walsingham at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 22nd February. The statue will arrive at 11.50am for a Sung Eucharist at 12 noon. There is then a lunch break (bring your own lunch or eat in the refectory), before further services in the afternoon. Hopefully there will be a good number of people from St John’s able to attend the pilgrimage. If you want more information, please speak to Jane Schofield or Stuart. There is also a poster in church with more information.


HOMECOMING My time away from home is coming to an end and I am making preparations to come back to North Holmwood. I have spent the last ten months with most of my possessions in store and what I couldn’t fit into the car didn’t go with me. As the nomadic lifestyle draws to a close, I have spent time reflecting on my experiences and drawing on past experiences to put some of it in perspective. The 2013 summer season with the open air theatre was such good fun, working hard on helping to design tickets, doing publicity posters, adverts for local papers, links to websites to promote the concerts, contacting sponsors and dealing with the bands. I worked with the team in the control box for lighting and sound, setting up the dressing room, checking the walkie-talkie radios worked and finally, on the night, being on the gate to chat to the ticket holders as they came in for a ‘magical night out under the stars’. The balmy evenings swelled the numbers and several concerts were a complete sell-out. I had no past experience to help me deal with Christian Community life though. I realise I was naïve in the extreme as to how some Christians operate and finally I came to the conclusion that a small, insular community with no external links to other Christian Communities could easily lose sight of their original intention to serve God. Commercialism, tortuous administration and introspection made it very hard to find God anywhere in a place where ethics were low down on the scale of priorities. This, though, has proved to be a positive experience as my own values are being realigned. My enthusiasm for doing a new, exciting job was predominantly about me and not necessarily about service to God. I was made to shed my ‘false self’ with my desire to prove my success and to start the search for my ‘true self’ where I am happy to serve without any need for praise or reward and to give freely. It could be said the Holy Spirit sent me from home in order to bring me back home in the fullest sense; to become more grounded where forgiveness, kindness and love take priority over material goods, status and power. 20

This is going to be an onward going ‘piece of work’ but the friendship, generosity and kindness of the North Holmwood community is where my home is in all aspects. References:

Falling Upward; Richard Rohr The Return of the Prodigal Son (A Story of Homecoming); Henri J. M. Nouwen Caroline Lazenby

Archbishop of York Visits Egypt The Archbishop of York has spent five days visiting the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Bishop Mouneer Anis invited the Archbishop to preach at the services for the 75th Anniversary of All Saints Cathedral, Cairo during November. All Saints Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese and is located at the centre of a city of 26 million people, in Zamalek. Speaking about his visit the Archbishop said: “All Saints Cathedral is an amazing place, and the prayers for the 75th anniversary celebrations gave such a great sense of the Holy Spirit moving in the Diocese.”

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PCC MEETING 12th NOVEMBER 2013 The Revd Stuart Tanswell opened the meeting with prayers and a welcome. Stuart reported that the organist, John Philpott, would be leaving so that he could spend more time with his family. John’s last day would be on 1st December 2013. Plans were in place to advertise for an organist. Also on 1st December all those baptised during the year were invited to the 10am service for a celebration with their families. Stuart was delighted that the target of £300,000 for the Community Building Fund had now been achieved. Jane Schofield was disappointed that since she had stood down from the children’s work no one was willing to take over even though the parents had been very supportive. The School had finally become an academy run by the Good Shepherd Trust. The breakfast club continues to be a valuable service to the school. Tony Lott, who had worked so hard on the successful applications for grants for the Community Building Fund, had agreed to continue helping with grant applications to raise money to repair the church building. Jim was pleased that new servers had come forward and there was new help with the pew sheets and the magazine. The inspecting architect had carried out the quinquennial review on 30th September but has not submitted the report yet. The roof repairs would be carried out as soon we receive the necessary approval from the Archdeacon. We are waiting for the contractor to start the stonework. Electrical repairs were being carried out as planned. The treasurer said she was worried about the amount of money in the general fund. Lynn reported that at the moment every month we are spending £600 more than is coming in. It was decided to send a letter to all those on the electoral roll and to other members of the congregation explaining the situation and asking if they were able to increase their giving to the church. 22

The fundraising committee reported that a barn dance would be held on 30th November at St John’s School in aid of the Community Building Fund. Packs of Christmas cards were on sale in the church for £5. Graham Phillips, as project co-ordinator, reported on the progress of the new Community Building. He said it had been seven years since Caroline Corry had started the project in 2006. At the five year mark the major hurdle of planning consent had been overcome. Now that the target sum had been reached, thanks to Tony Lott and the fundraising committee, the next phase of the operation had been initiated. A report had been requested from the structural engineer, a design guide had been submitted by the building services consultant, and an existing drainage drawing had been received from Roger Coombes. The information from these reports is being incorporated into the working drawings, which will be submitted for building regulation approval and also to the Diocese for approval. The project would then be ready to put out to tender and the grant of a faculty. It was hoped that building would start in the spring of 2014 and be finished later in the same year. Christmas cards showing all the services and events at the Church would be sent to all houses in the parish. Margaret Teale was delighted at the number of shoe boxes that had been filled to send to Romania. The meeting ended with the Grace. The date of the next PCC Meeting will be held on January 14th at 7pm in the Parish Room.

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This is an updated version of the guide we print each year. We make no apologies for repeating it and hope that it will prove useful in planning for Christmas at St John’s. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Christmas Planning …… What, When and How! Any of us knows the feeling of slight panic when looking at the list of ‘what’s coming up’ at Church. Faced with so many dates, and such variety, the temptation to do nothing suddenly seems very inviting. So here is a guide to the services themselves, so that you can make your own decisions about which ones to attend, or bring your friends to, or miss! No-one could make all these services and there’s nothing to be gained by pretending otherwise. However, there is a considerable amount to be gained by attending some! When you look at the programme of events, though, please bear these things in mind…. If you’ve thought a service wasn’t for you, try it and see – God has a strange habit of getting through to us when we least expect it. If you are away for Christmas, see if you can find out in advance which services are available where you are staying (try the internet: If you are living in a home where most people aren’t involved in Church, it helps them to know your plans. Don’t just dash off to a service at a critical moment in the preparations. If, despite all your intentions, you just can’t make a service, try to have a quiet time by yourself to read the first few chapters of Luke’s gospel – and then to reflect on what this means for you. Now for the guide to December and Christmas special events: Sunday 1st December 10am: ALL AGE SERVICE – BAPTISM SHELLS All who have been baptised during the last year at St John’s are invited to come to this service, with their families, to be “officially” welcomed and to receive their baptism shells.


Sunday 15th December at 7.30pm: CAROL SINGING Again St John’s have been invited to take carol sheets and “lead” the singing at the Royal Oak in an informal setting. Please do come along and bring friends and family!!! Saturday 21st December 10am CHILDREN’S CRAFT WORKSHOP, DECORATING THE CHRISTMAS and CHRISTINGLE Lots of craft activities for children and young people in the run up to Christmas! A happy, messy, sticky and creative time is guaranteed. Activities will include cooking, decoration making, helping to put up the church Christmas Tree and making Christingles. This is a very popular event, so come early. Suggested donation £2.50 per child, to include all resources. The craft session will be followed by refreshments at 11.30am and the Christingle service at 12 noon. Children need to be accompanied. Sunday 22nd December 6pm: CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT If you are looking for an authentic and atmospheric carol service, this is it! We sing favourite carols, and hear again the story of the first Christmas. The service is about an hour long, with traditional eats afterwards. All ages are very welcome. This year we welcome the Loud and Proud Community Choir to take part in the service. Monday 23rd December 10am: DECORATING THE CHURCH This is not a service as such, but it is a Christmas activity. If you would like to help we will be in church on Monday morning. Please join us for some of the time and bring either scissors or secateurs with you. All welcome. If you don’t want to arrange the flowers we can always find you cleaning to do! More details from Eileen Daulman. Tuesday 24th December CHRISTMAS EVE 4pm: CRIB SERVICE The Crib Service is a perfect way of giving young children a Christmas service geared for them. It has everything that children respond to – lots to see (a nativity scene) and lots to sing. It is short – no more than half an hour – but full of meaning. Children love it, and adults likewise. Shepherds and angels are particularly welcome. Help bring the true meaning of Christmas to the final countdown! 28

Tuesday 24th December CHRISTMAS EVE 11.30pm: MIDNIGHT MASS For many people, this service speaks of the beauty and mystery of Christmas like no other. There is something indescribable about going out to church in starlight, and then leaving in the knowledge that Christmas morning has arrived. Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be “Church of England” or an established churchgoer. The service lasts an hour and a half; its message (we hope) lasts longer. Wednesday 25th December CHRISTMAS DAY 8am: HOLY COMMUNION (PRAYER BOOK) If you want a quiet start to Christmas – or if you were brought up on the familiar words of the 1662 service – or if you’re about to set out for the rest of the day – you might like to come to this service. It is a gentle and reflective service using the traditional Holy Communion service of the Prayer Book. The service lasts about 40 minutes. Wednesday 25th December CHRISTMAS DAY 10am: CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION EUCHARIST Children especially welcome. Carols and a real chance to celebrate Christmas! The service is less formal and is designed to be fairly short (about an hour) but still allows time for Christmas praise and worship. Sunday 29th December 10.15am: JOINT CHRISTMAS SERVICE at St John’s A chance for the members of St John’s and the Harvest Community Church to meet together and continue the celebration of Christmas.

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St John’s December dates 2 11am Music and Movement, Mon

Soup and rolls: Harvest Church

12.30pm Mothers’ Union 7.30pm Beginners Please


3 12.30pm Knit One, Purl One… Christmas Lunch


4 10am Jigsaw




6 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am




1 1st Sunday of Advent 8am Holy Communion BCP 10am Family Service World Vision stall


8 2nd Sunday of Advent 8am Holy Communion BCP 10am Parish Eucharist

This is a provisional listing of What’s On. For extra information please check the posters on the notice boards at the back of the church and outside.

9 11am Music and Movement, Soup and rolls: Harvest Church





24 Christmas Eve 4pm Crib Service 11.30 pm Midnight Mass

11 10am Jigsaw

18 10am Jigsaw Christmas Party

25 Christmas Day

12 10am Chart Downs 19 9.30am School Christmas Service Coffee Morning

8am HC BCP 10am Christmas Celebration Eucharist


2.30-4.00 Teas for All

13 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am

20 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am

27 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am


21 10am Christmas Craft workshop 12noon Christingle Service


15 3rd Sunday of Advent

22 4th Sunday of Advent

29 1st Sunday of Christmas 8am HC BCP 10.15am Christmas Celebration with Harvest Church

8am HC BCP 10am Parish Eucharist 7.30pm Carol singing at the Royal Oak

8am HC BCP 10am Parish Eucharist 6pm Carols by Candlelight


St John’s January dates 30 December

6 11am Music and Movement,


Soup and rolls: Harvest Church

12.30pm Mothers’ Union 7.30pm Beginners Please 7 2pm Knit One, Purl One…


8 10am Jigsaw


9 10am Chart Downs Coffee Morning

3 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am

10 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am



5 Epiphany 8am Holy Communion BCP 10am Family Service World Vision stall 3pm Teas by the Fireside

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31 December


This is a provisional listing of What’s On. For extra information please check the posters on the notice boards at the back of the church and outside.




14 7pm PCC meeting



15 10am Jigsaw

22 10am Jigsaw

29 10am Jigsaw

16 2.30-4.00 Teas for All



17 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am

24 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am

31 8.30am Eucharist – Vicar available until 10.30am



19 2nd Sunday of Epiphany

26 3rd Sunday of Epiphany

8am HC BCP 10am Parish Eucharist 3pm Teas by the Fireside

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St John’s C of E Community School and Nursery As I write, St John's C of E Primary School has held its first "Open Day" as an academy and part of the Good Shepherd Trust. We welcomed a record number of parents into our school and they were able to see the children at work and hear a presentation from Donna Wardell about what St John's can offer their children. We have recently hosted two sporting events on our all-weather pitch and look forward to a hockey tournament. We are looking for helpers to serve tea and coffee and "meet and greet" at these Dorking Schools events, so if you would like to become part of the growing band of volunteers at our school, please don't hesitate to contact the School Office. If you want to keep up to date on our activities, we publish a school newsletter every fortnight and this can viewed on the school website The children and staff at St John's send you warmest wishes for a very Happy Christmas! Jenny Crook

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CROSSWORD Across 1 Provisional meeting place of God and the Jews (Exodus 25:9) (10) 7 David’s third son, killed when his head got caught in a tree during a battle with his father (2 Samuel 18:14–15) (7) 8 They ruled much of the west coast of South America in the 15th and early 16th centuries (5) 10 Small deer of European and Asian extraction (4) 11 Seized control of (Numbers 21:25) (8) 13 Terror (Luke 24:5) (6) 15 First World War heroine shot by the Germans in Brussels, Nurse Edith — (6) 17 Stormy (8) 18 A bitter variety of this, together with lamb and unleavened bread, was the Passover menu for anyone ‘unclean’ (Numbers 9:11) (4) 21 Arson (anag.) (5) 22 How John Newton described God’s grace in his well-known hymn (7) 23 Habitation (Isaiah 27:10) (10) Down 1 ‘ — and see that the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34:8) (5) 2 ‘The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as — as a lion’ (Proverbs 28:1) (4) 3 One of the exiles, a descendant of Parosh, who married a foreign woman (Ezra 10:25) (6)


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He escaped from Nob when Saul killed the rest of his family and joined David (1 Samuel 22:19–20) (8) City and lake in Central Switzerland (7) ‘Offer your bodies as living — , holy and pleasing to God’ (Romans 12:1) (10) Pouches carried by horses (Genesis 49:14) (10) One who accepts government by God (8) Aromatic substance commonly used in Jewish ritual (Exodus 30:1) (7) He asked Jesus, ‘What is truth?’ (John 18:38) (6) Are (Romans 13:1) (5) ‘You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will — his people from their sins’ (Matthew 1:21) (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.


MUSIC IN DORKING - by Ian Codd DECEMBER 2013 5th 12th 19th at 1.00, Lunchtime recitals at St Martin’s, free, 01306 742629 8th at 7.00, Martineau Singers at Pixham church, £5 12th at 7.15, Royal Ballet broadcast at Dorking Halls, £17, 01306 881717 14th at 3.00, Ladybirds Choir at United Reformed Church, £7.50, 01306 880160 14th at , 3.30, Brockham Choral Society at St Martin’s church 15th at 7.00, Dorking Choral Society at United Reformed Church 16th at 7.30, Capel Choral Society at Capel Memorial Hall 18th at 4.45, Royal Opera broadcast at Dorking Halls, £17, 01306 881717 In December our thoughts turn to Christmas, and the Dorking musical scene takes on a distinctly seasonal flavour with a number of choirs presenting their Christmas concerts. The Martineau Singers, a small group of local singers, will present a mixed programme of new and traditional carols, joining forces with Martineau Brass. Refreshments and mince pies will be available. The Ladybirds choir, directed by Helena Twentyman, will sing a variety of Christmas music, from well-known carols to more light-hearted numbers such as Sleigh Ride and Jingle Bells. Tea and mince pies will be served afterwards and the proceeds will be donated to local charity the Brigitte Trust. Brockham Choral Society’s family Christmas concert will include Britten’s beautiful and atmospheric A Ceremony of Carols. Dorking Choral Society will present a mix of well-known carols and seasonal music, and will be joined by the beautiful voices of the children of St Joseph’s School choir. Capel Choral Society will hold their Christmas carol concert, to include a buffet supper. December’s lunchtime recitals at St Martin’s church are given by organists Jeremy Lloyd (5th) and Mark Brafield (12th), with a Christmas carol service on 19th. Watermill Jazz is taking its usual holiday during December. 38

The Dorking Halls cinema continues to show live screenings from the Royal Opera House, with broadcasts of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker - always a favourite for Christmas - and Wagner’s last opera Parsifal. This sacred drama, set among the knights of the Holy Grail, runs for about 5½ hours and is a rare treat for opera lovers. You can either pay £230 for the best seats at Covent Garden, or see it live in our local cinema for a fraction of the price! Happy Christmas!

JANUARY 2014 9th 16th 23rd 30th at 1.00, Lunchtime recitals at St Martin’s, free, 01306 742629 9th 16th 23rd 30th at 8.30, Watermill Jazz at Friends Life, £17-20, 07415 815784 11th at 7.30, LPO at Dorking Halls, £12-29, 01306 740619 19th at 3.00, ballet screening live from the Bolshoi at Dorking Halls, £17, 01306 881717 27th at 7.15, ballet screening live from the ROH at Dorking Halls, £17, 01306 881717 The major musical event in January is a visit from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, organised by the Dorking Concertgoers Society, with an exciting programme of Verdi, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky. Their concert begins with the ballet music from Verdi’s Macbeth, after which we hear Dvořák’s violin concerto with soloist Philippe Quint. Although not often heard, the concerto is a fine work with a dramatic first movement, a tender and beautiful slow movement, and a brilliant finale that recalls Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances. Tchaikovsky’s first symphony is subtitled Winter Daydreams; though an early work it has the typical melancholic yearning and rich orchestration of the mature Tchaikovsky. This is a concert definitely not to be missed! There are recitals at St Martin’s church on Thursday lunchtimes, with lunch available in the Christian Centre beforehand. This month’s performers are: Martin Ellis, giving his 151st organ recital (9th), pianist Stuart Thomas (16th), musicians from Reigate Grammar School (23rd), and organist Richard Moore (30th). 39

After taking a rest during December, Watermill Jazz resumes its regular Thursday evening concerts at the Friends Life social club. January’s performers are: Jacqui Dankworth (9th), Brandon Allen sextet (16th), Chris Laurence quartet (23rd), and the Ben Castle quartet (30th). The Dorking Halls continues its enterprising programme of live screenings with broadcasts from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. From the Bolshoi comes Jewels, a triptych that is a tribute to Paris (the French romantic school), New York (Broadway musicals), and St Petersburg (classical Russian dance). The Royal Ballet presents Giselle, one of the most popular romantic ballets, in a beautiful and atmospheric production by Sir Peter Wright.

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Friends of Holmwood Common and the National Trust December 2013

News from the Common Ranger’s Report It’s truly a bountiful year for fruits ... apples, chestnuts, holly berries (not that I’m suggesting you eat them as they are poisonous), fungi and many others. It’s not hard to imagine our early ancestors choosing woodland, such as Holmwood Common, as a place to live. Plenty of materials for making shelters and fires, nuts, berries and other fruits for easy foraging, animals to eat and provide skins for clothing, cover for ambushing your enemies or running away – the list goes on. I’m all in favour of people going out to gather some of Nature’s gifts, for example picking blackberries whilst out for a Sunday afternoon walk is a great family activity and there’s always plenty to find on the Common, but do please remember to leave some for the local fauna. Did you know: the fleshy part of a yew berry is edible but don’t eat the pips! The heavy winds at the end of October brought down a number of branches and trees. If anyone bordering National Trust land still has any of our debris on their property or resting against fences, do please get in touch. The unsettled weather also put paid to our planned charcoal burn so it has been rescheduled for next year ... but the good news is that the Volunteers instead managed to clear a section of the Blackbrook path. Rob Adam, Ranger, Holmwood Common. Circular Trail - update Work on the trail is now complete for this year. Clearly there are still those who would prefer that the new path had not been laid but, on balance, it seems that there is a majority by whom the trail has been warmly welcomed. For us, it was sufficient justification to meet just one lady whose back problems had prevented her from 43

enjoying the walks on the Common that had been part of her normal routine in earlier days. On discovering the trail she is now back to enjoying the outdoors as she can walk without fear of stumbling or slipping. Please keep emailing us with your experiences of how the Circular Trail has enabled you to share in the delights of time spent on Holmwood Common. At the same time we know that there is potential for conflict between different users of the Circular Trail. At this early stage we can only ask you to be thoughtful about the needs of other users ... cyclists please moderate your speed and watch out for walkers, dogs and young children ... dog walkers please control your dogs when there are horses on the trail and, as they say on the posters, “there is no such thing as the dog-poo fairy – bag it and bin it!” If you have any questions regarding the circular trail or would like to get a map please contact Sam Bayley, Head Ranger for Leith Hill & Holmwood Common, on 01306 712711 or via email at Fungus Foray – a great success It took almost half-an-hour to walk the first 100 yards from the car park as Vivien, our walk leader and expert mycologist, directed the group into the undergrowth to uncover a wide variety of fungi that most of us would have otherwise overlooked. Over the next two hours we must have been introduced to at least thirty different varieties, from the obvious Fly Agaric down to the tiniest pin-prick of fungi living on bracken stems. The walk was fully-booked and, as a result, we are happy to report a healthy boost to Friends’ funds to be spent on caring for the Common. Friends’ New Year Walk ... you won’t need wellies this year! Do you remember our struggles along the muddy tracks at last year’s New Year Walk? Well this year we have the solution that will not only mean that you might choose to leave your wellies at home, but perhaps it will be your first opportunity to make a complete circumnavigation of the Common. The walk will start at 44

Fourwents Pond and follow the Circular Trail, stopping at the Viewpoint and various other points of interest. On completing the walk there will be tea and Christmas cake by kind invitation of Mary and Diana Lindon. See below for details. Contact us ... If you have any questions about the National Trust’s work on Holmwood Common, please get in touch with Rob Adam, NT Ranger for Holmwood Common: phone 01306 712711; mobile 07901 511359; or email to . The Friends of Holmwood Common can be contacted via . Suspicious activity on the Common, such as suspected poaching, should be reported to the Surrey Police by dialling 101 without delay. Forthcoming Events Wednesday 1st January 2014 – Friends’ New Year Walk 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Invigorating walk on Holmwood Common to burn off those Christmas calories ... followed by tea & cake to put them back on again! Meet at Fourwents Pond (Blackbrook Road) Car Park ... no need to book ... no charge for FOHC Members (you can join on the day for just £5 per household). Other events are scheduled for various NT properties throughout the region. Visit for more information. Join the Friends today ... Membership of the Friends of Holmwood Common is open to everyone. Joining now, at 2013 rates, will provide membership right through to 31st December 2014. Please send your annual subscription – just £5 per household (plus a donation, if you are feeling generous!) – to: Friends of Holmwood Common, c/o 10 The Orchard, North Holmwood, RH5 4JT. Cheques should be made payable to “Friends of Holmwood Common” and, if you have one, please include your email address.


December As usual December sees us up to our ears in tinsel and glitter; the children are very busy with all things art and craft. We are all very excited about the imminent arrival of Father Christmas. Christmas cards have been made and letters to Santa written. However, the true meaning of Christmas is not neglected and the children are busy practising for their Nativity concert which is staged for the parents on the last morning of term. The staff and committee have also been busy making preparations for this so the children can enjoy a party and maybe even expect a visit from Father Christmas himself as he prepares himself for his busiest night of the year. January Looking ahead to the New Year and next term we are wondering what the weather will bring - will we again have lots of snow and be able to make snowmen? I’m sure most of the children are secretly hoping for this so they can have fun exploring and playing; however, I’m not quite sure how many of the adults are feeling the same! Currently there are limited places available at the pre-school. If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to pop in and see us at the Village Hall, or contact us on the number below. Children can join the term after they are two years old. 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 Pre-School leader, Julia Woollard, on 07931 212006. Natalie Tanswell - Committee 46

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HOLMWOOD VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION VPA Autumn Evening I know it will be very hard to believe, as it is contrary to what any sane person knows to be true, but I can now officially announce that there IS a point to Facebook. An ex-colleague, who usually only shares (with the entire world) photos of her dinner, had posted a link to a really useful and informative guide to Christmas preparations – which I must urge you to watch. “How To Wrap A Cat For Christmas” on youtube shows that you don’t have to just play safe with socks and CDs again this year. Good advice on a similar theme was provided by the speaker at the VPA Autumn Evening. Although bat boxes, hedgehog houses and wildflower seed mix were mentioned, Paul Patton’s top Christmas gift idea for the gardener in your family was a pair of goats. Along with the bacteria, insects, hedgehogs and birds that inhabit your garden, your goats will help maintain the essential balance of all things, and keep your garden functioning in the most productive ying and yang style harmony. I’m hopeful that with a few small tweaks, the goats can be wrapped and inserted under the tree just as easily as the cat. But if not I’ll sniff out the relevant youtube link – and post it on my Facebook page. And with that, the VPA bids you a happy Christmas and invigorating New Year!

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AN ARMCHAIR DUFFER’S VIEW OF SPORT October / November Sebastian Vettel became the champion motor racing driver of the world for the fourth time when he fought his way through the field to win the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Delhi. To celebrate he spun his Red Bull racing car on the tarmac in front of the grand stand, then climbed out and bowed to his car. He now joins those Formula 1 legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher. England’s Rugby League team lost to Australia in their first game for the World Cup but defeated Ireland 42 points to nil in their second game on Saturday 2nd November. England were far too strong for an Ireland team that included seven part-timers. On the same day England’s Rugby Union side managed a crucial 20 pts-13 win over Australia in their first game of the Autumn Internationals. The game was watched by the England World Cup winning team of 2003 who were loudly applauded at half time. Six of the rugby players who took part in the two games mentioned above, three from each code, attended the same school - St John High School Wigan. England’s Rugby League Squad went on to beat Fiji 34 points -12 to earn a place in the quarter finals of the World Cup and there was another win for the Rugby Union team when they played Argentina on Saturday 9th November, but the score line 33pts to 9 hid the fact that England lost all their momentum in the second half. They will not keep on winning if they only play well for 40 minutes of their games. The track cycling World Cup competition started in Manchester Friday 1st November and the British women’s pursuit team, Laura Trott, Eleanor Barker, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King achieved yet another gold medal and also beat their own world record by four seconds. Great Britain finished second to Germany in the final medal’s table with four gold medals, two silver and three bronze.


At Towcester on Thursday, 7th November National Hunt jockey AP McCoy made racing history by riding his 4000th winner, a remarkable feat. He said, “For the first time in my life I feel proud of what I’ve achieved.” McCoy rode in his first race aged 16 in1990 and won the Grand National on ‘Don’t Push It’ in 2010. He was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year later that year. The second best tennis player in the world Novak Djokovic prevented Rafael Nadal, who holds the No 1 title, having the perfect ending to his year by beating him 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the ATP world tour at the O2 arena. The contest was over in an hour and 36 minutes, a surprisingly easy victory for the 26 year old Serb. Twenty year old Spaniard Marc Marquez became the youngest motor cyclist to win the MotoGP world title when he finished third in the last race of the season in Valencia. Sunderland football club were at the bottom of the Premier League due to the disastrous period under their last manager / coach Paolo di Canio. On Sunday 27th October, Newcastle were therefore expected to win the highly charged competitive local derby between the two teams at the Stadium of Light; but under their new coach, Gus Poyet, Sunderland managed to steal a two goals to one win.

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 Dates to be arranged North Holmwood Parish Room at St John’s Church GOODWYNS NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL MEETINGS 7.30pm Monday 20th January, 24th March 2014 at the Harvest Church, Stubs Hill PC Jason Woods, PCSO Lisa Cobby, PCSO Rebecca Black 54

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Friends of King George V Playing Field Parents and toddlers in the Park Every Friday12.30 to 2.30 Free! Everyone welcome At the pavilion on King George V Playing Field Squash and biscuits for toddlers - Tea and coffee for 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. Find us on Facebook: search for ‘Friends of KGV Dorking’

NORTH HOLMWOOD SPORTS CLUB INHOLMS LANE, NORTH HOLMWOOD We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year The Christmas Meat Raffle will be drawn on Friday 20 December, 50p per square, on sale at the bar. The Christmas Raffle will be drawn on Saturday 21 December, 50p per square, on sale at the bar. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Club - £8 Adults, £3 children (5-16) Disco with Cool Effects, Buffet Supper and Raffle, 8pm onwards. January 2014 is membership renewal month – Renew your membership by 31 January 2014 for £22 Family, £16 Single, £7 Junior (under 16), £9 OAP (per person). Memberships not renewed by 31 January will incur a £3 administration charge. Cheques made payable to North Holmwood Sports Club. To enquire about membership email us at or call in during opening hours and ask for a membership form. New membership prices are £24 Family, £18 Single, £9 Junior(under 16), £11 OAP (per person). Our AGM will take place on Tuesday 11 February 2014 at 8pm, come along to support the Club. 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 local venues.


STOCKING DECORATIONS You will need some Christmascoloured felt, a needle and thread, fabric glue, ribbon and sequins or buttons for decoration. Fold the felt in half and cut out two simple stocking shapes. Sew these together with a simple running stitch, leaving the top edge open. Sew a loop of ribbon to the top of the stocking. Now you can decorate the stocking with scraps of felt, lace, buttons or sequins. Glue them on carefully and leave to dry. You could even try writing a name in glue and sprinkling on glitter to cover it. This would be nice to give as a present with a little present or sweet inside or to hang on the Christmas tree as a decoration. You can make them any size you like.

St NICHOLAS Feast Day 6 December St Nicholas was the bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor, in the fourth century. Lots of stories are told of his kindness and generosity. He is the patron saint of Russia, children, scholars, merchants and sailors. One legend tells of his secret gifts to three daughters from a poor family. It is said that he threw 3 purses of gold down the chimney where they landed in the girls’ stockings which they had hung up to dry in front of the fire. This is supposed to be the origin of hanging up Christmas stockings.

How many presents can Santa fit into an empty stocking? Only one, after that it is not empty any more.

Over time the name of St Nicholas changed to Sinterklass and thus to Santa Claus in the Christmas celebrations.

Why is a foot a good Christmas present? Because it’s a stocking filler.



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 Ella Whitaker and Christine Satkunanayagam 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.


CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SURGERY CLOSURE Wednesday 25th December : CLOSED Thursday 26th December : CLOSED Wednesday 1st January : CLOSED

REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS Please telephone the dispensary on 01306 878509 Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00 am and 14.30 pm 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. We would prefer repeat prescriptions are requested before the Christmas period, preferably before the 10th December.

OUT OF HOURS 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 December 2013 / January 2014  
The Spire December 2013 / January 2014