From the June magazine
The Rector writes
We have just come through two notable seasons.
One of them is absolutely central to the Christian faith - Easter - as it re-tells the story of the last weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, culminating in his Passion, crucifixion, death and Resurrection.Easter is the crowning glory of the love story that is the story of God's creation; an affirmation that God's love is stronger than death and that there is the promise of eternal life for all to claim.
The other season is much more mundane - the season of the Annual Report & Accounts and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). The annual meeting in is two parts. In the first part every parishioner has a vote to elect the two Churchwardens: Dr Donald Yeates and Mrs Sue Roberts were elected.The second part is just for those on the Electoral Roll of the parish. The meeting receives various reports, elects members of the Parochial Church Council and of the Deanery Synod, and appoints the Sidesmen to serve for the coming year.
The final item gives the Rector the opportunity of thanking all those who have contributed so much to the life of the church over the past year, and of looking ahead to the coming year. At this year's meeting, I set out a 5 Year Focus for our parish - five aspects of our Key Areas of Mission on which I would like us to focus for the next five years. They are these:
Developing our music in worship, in both traditional and contemporary idioms, aiming for music that lifts us higher, takes us deeper and draws us nearer to God
- Growing as Disciples
Being, or becoming, intentionally prayerful, making time to spend in God's presence.
Intentionally living out the Values that we have articulated
- Evangelistic Outreach
Focusing specifically on our ministry to children and families
- Community Engagement
Supporting the Leatherhead Youth Project (who do our Youth Work) in the exciting new projects they conceive.
Continuing, under new leadership, the Community Market in the Church Hall on a Friday morning
All of these, and many other aspects of our Mission, require us to have buildings that are fit for the 21st Century. Concept plans have been developed for:
- re-ordering the church itself, reclaiming our beautiful mediaeval church whilst taking advantage of modern technology for ecologically-friendly lighting, heating, and audio-visual facilities
- re-developing the church hall to provide an even better facility to serve the community of which we are part.
If you are already part of our church family, I do hope that you will do all that you can to contribute to our 5 Year Focus. If you are not yet, we look forward to welcoming you.
Compliments of the season!Graham Osborne
The numbers of people attending church this Easter time were more or less the same as a last year. The numbers are - last year in brackets - Maundy Thursday 38 (33), The Last Hour on Good Friday 46 (49), Striking the New Fire 27 (16), Holy Communion at eight o'clock 25 (26), Parish Communion 183 (181).
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held at 8 pm on Wednesday April 30th. The meeting elected Sue Roberts and Donald Yeates to be churchwardens, Sheila Sutherland and Bill Peetz to be assistant churchwardens. Vacancies on the PCC were filled by Anne Thompson, Brenda Peetz, Alison Draper, and Linda Hauxwell. Sheila Cole, Roger Lynch, and Donald Yeates were nominated as Deanery Synod representatives. All of the proposed sidesmen were elected unopposed. The Rector emphasised the importance of the sidesmen's role in making visitors and new church members feel at home. Navin Mehta - chief sidesman said that he'd like to hear from some "younger" parishioners willing to join one of the Sunday teams. The whole meeting thanked Martin Cole for all of his work as a churchwarden and assistant churchwarden and the Rector presented him with some thank you gifts.
Following this meeting, a brief PCC meeting elected Brenda Peetz as parish treasurer and Anne Thompson as PCC secretary. By the time you read this, the PCC will have had a social get-together at the Rectory on Saturday evening May 24th and its first meeting will have been held on Wednesday May 28th starting at 7.30 pm in the parish church hall.
The churchwardens have already had their first official duty outside the parish and attended the Archdeacons' Visitation of Churchwardens and Admission to office event at Holy Trinity Claygate on May 19th. It is a requirement that all churchwardens are admitted to office annually and declare that, having been appointed jointly by their incumbent and the people of their parish they will "serve the members of their church with love and care and represent them before the Bishop and on their Church Council". On a day to day basis, churchwardens are engaged in many light-hearted or serious, uncomfortable or pleasant, easy or difficult conversations and tasks but none comes near to the seriousness of the promise in the Commission and Blessing at the Visitation service.
An immediate follow up is to prepare for an Archdeacon's Parish Visitation. This is the Anglican Church's version of an Ofsted except that it is to check that the churchwardens and PCC are managing the parish church's affairs effectively. Having provided responses to the Articles of Enquiry - eleven pages of information covering finance, fire alarms, notice boards, church registers, bells and buildings, and everything in between we get the actual visitation. This time it will be made by the Rural Dean for the Leatherhead Deanery who will inspect the Church Property Register and log book of repairs, all of the church's silver and gold, our insurance policy, Quinquennial Report, and the Church Accounts. Our schedule is to get this response to the PCC for the meeting on May 28th. So if you see Sue or Donald scurrying around the church or churchyard with a sheaf of papers and a worried expression on their faces, you'll know the reason.Donald Yeates
Notes from the Belfry
On Wednesday 23rd April a quarter peal of Plain Bob Minor consisting of 1260 changes was rung for St George's day, and to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.
Conducted by Ann SteedPeter Ford
A Date for Your Diary
The Welsh are coming AGAIN!
Please keep Saturday 15th November 2014 free as they will be giving their usual mix of Welsh music and songs at 3.30pm in the Parish Church. Tickets are Â£17 (Â£12 concessions) and we shall, as before, be providing them with a meal before they leave, for which,there will be a small extra charge - an opportunity to hear yet more of their lovely voices.We look forward to seeing you there.Frances Presley
Leatherhead Morning W.I.
This report starts with a contradiction as our April meeting was in the afternoon. It was special as it was our 29th birthday, and worth celebrating. We were pleased to welcome visitors from other local W.I. sections.
Lorna Maye, from Mayfield Lavender Fields in Banstead, came along to tell us how this project began. Many people only associate lavender growing with Norfolk but we are fortunate to have an abundance of this fragrant plant almost on our doorstep. Mayfield Lavender Fields is a family concern, run by Lorna and her husband, Brendan. They both previously worked for Yardley, but were inspired to start their own business growing lavender in 2006. Like many businesses it began in a small way, with many ups and downs. Over the years of hard work and dedication this venue has grown in popularity, and welcomes more visitors every year.
Part time helpers are a vital part of the scene, including parties of children, who enjoy catching and disposing of the Rosemary Beetle, an enemy of the lavender crops.
Lora showed us pictures of the lavender fields, a beautiful and colourful sight. To give us an idea of the perfume we were given scented strips of the three varieties which are grown there organically.
It also has a wide range of medicinal uses, and is an interesting ingredient in cooking. While we enjoyed a delicious tea we were able to purchase a range of lavender based toiletries. A fitting end to a pleasant afternoon.
Why not come along to one of our meetings, and see for yourself how good they are. Visitors are always welcome, and the details are as follows: the fourth Thursday in the month (except for the fifth one in May) at 10.15am in Leatherhead Parish Hall, opposite the Parish Church.For any further information please ring L374570.
It was lovely to receive an Easter Card from our link in Victoria, Australia. We reciprocated with sending various items of local interest, including a copy of the Parish Magazine. Members had written a few lines on how and why they became Members. If I missed you this time please let me know your thoughts for our next mailing.
7th May - Thank you Sally for coming along to speak to us, it was very interesting, and gave us plenty to think about. It was good to see members from the Parish Church coming along to hear you.
4th June - Change of programme: we have Sue Hill coming along to give a cake demonstration, which I know will be fun. We will be holding a raffle and bring and buy stall, and the money raised will be sent to the Headquarters "Wheels Appeal", which provides worldwide transport for members to reach rural areas, organises training, and encourages self-help projects for communities. If you would like a lift please call 81142
22nd July - half day trip to Sunbury Millennium Embroidery Centre. Reserve your place. (Please note there will not be a meeting in the Parish Hall during July or August).Jane Summerfield
Pat Weetman and the Market
First it was the W.I. Market, then it became the Leatherhead Country Market. People cook food in their own homes, and sell it for a modest profit. The customers are as loyal as the cooks and those who sell the produce: the same people gather every Friday in the Parish Church Hall.
It's good for those who enjoy cooking, but they do have to spend time every Thursday cooking the stuff, bring it in early, and then come back later to take back what hasn't sold. The real stars of the piece are the helpers, who come in early to set up the tables, clear up afterwards, and then watch their friends chatting whilethey have to stand behind the stalls!
For the customers it is all good news: catch up on the week with old friends: what's going on, who's missing and why, and the opportunity to buy lovely home-made food, jams, eggs, plants and crafts. Conisbee the butcher sends meat, and there's a haberdashery stall - filling a large gap in Leatherhead.
For the last fifteen years all this has been presided over by Pat Weetman, first as Chair of Fetcham W.I., then as chief of the independent country market. Under her aegis standards have been kept every bit as high as before, and she has kept a very firm hold on everything. Her chief welcomer, bouncer and bottle-washer has been her husband Eric, ever watchful and ever protective. Side issues in their lives like cancer and heart troubles have not been allowed to get in the way, in a manner which has inspired all and sundry.
Fortunately, Pat is continuing to cook: cakes, chicken pies, cottage pies, fruit tarts, and in due season, wonderful Christmas cakes!
On Pat's retirement it seemed as if the whole organisation would crumble: helpers who had served for many years decided it was time to go as well. Janine Stagg has stepped in to take on the role of Market Controller with a willing band of helpers drawn from both the Church and the Community. With such an act to follow, she is a brave lady, who deserves all our support.Alison Wright
Surrey is on its Way to Becoming a Fairtrade County
At their meeting on Tuesday 6 May 2014 Surrey County Council passed the following motion:
"This Council welcomes the initiatives by towns and local authorities across Surrey to encourage the use of fair trade goods by achieving Fairtrade status.Furthermore this Council believes that Surrey County Council, as an important consumer and opinion leader, should research, develop and support a strategy to facilitate fair trade wherever possible:
- To promote awareness of fair trade issues and the opportunities for supporting fair trade across the County.
- To work with Surrey Fairtrade and those towns who already have Fairtrade Status to widely publicise the worldwide impact of unfair trade and the opportunities that fair trade provides to sustainable development.
- To encourage the use of fair trade goods, for example products carrying the Fairtrade Mark and products in vending machines.
- To request the Council's venues to stock Fairtrade products in addition to other brands.
- To concentrate on making Council employees, the Surrey public and local businesses aware of the Council's resolution on fair trade."
Many towns in Surrey are already Fairtrade towns in addition to Leatherhead: Addlestone, Dorking, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Leatherhead, Lingfield & Dormansland, Rushmoor, Tatsfield, and Woking. But this step by Surrey means that once we have a flagship employer in the county who actively supports Fairtrade we can apply to the Fairtrade Foundation for Fairtrade County status for Surrey. This will make it the first County in the South East of England to achieve this.Margaret Jones
Diocesan Library - Digital Re-Boot
On Thursday 5th June this year why not come along to the relaunch of our diocesan library, and enjoy a glass of wine whilst you pick up your new membership card. Evensong begins at 5.30pm, and following this until 8pm the library is open to visitors. The entire 4,000 volumes in the library have been electronically catalogued thanks to the efforts of two volunteers from the Cathedral congregation.
Now you can search the catalogue from your home computer and check the availability of a book before you travel in to the library. Go to www.cofeguildford.org.uk/go/res and follow the "Online Catalogue" link.
This hidden gem is housed in Guildford Cathedral and open whenever the Cathedral is - it is a free resource for all parishioners in the diocese. For many years it has been a place for study and reflection where generations of students, studying on the Local Ministry Programme, have rushed to complete assignments under a looming deadline! But whether you are training for ministry or just want to browse, explore and increase your knowledge, come in to enjoy the free Wi-Fi connection and a peaceful study space.The library membership card also provides access to the Diocesan Resource Centre, the companion collection to the library, housed in the Education Centre on Stag Hill. It is there to resource parish ministry and worship for children, young people and adults; and to help schools enhance their RE and collective worship. It also houses a growing collection of Discipleship and Christian nurture courses. Membership cards can be obtained from the Resource Centre during office hours, if you can't visit the launch evening.Louise Redfern
Carers Support Mole Valley
Who we are and what we do: in Surrey there are around 108,000 Carers. They are made up of family, friends, and neighbours, and provide the bulk of unpaid community care to those with a disability or long term illness. Carers save Surrey's economy Â£1.59 billion each year!
Caring for someone else - in an unpaid capacity - is a multifaceted role, one that is physical, mental and emotional. The demands placed on Carers are different from normal family responsibilities. Research has shown that caring can have an adverse effect on the Carer's health and Carers are more prone to depression and stress related illness. Carers are not Care Workers; they cannot clock off in the evening and relax at home, they don't get sick pay or holiday entitlement, and there's no hope of a raise or promotion.
Carer Support Mole Valley (CSMV) is a charity: our three Carer Support Workers offer a free, confidential and independent service including information and advice (such as about Benefits), support for individual Carers, a listening ear, advocacy, training and workshops for Carers.We also organise outings and monthly coffee mornings so that Carers get a break from their caring responsibilities, and they get an opportunity to meet other Carers so that they don't feel so isolated.
How to get help and support: if you are a Carer and need help you can call us on 01306 640212, or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can find us in The Mayflower Centre, Lyons Court, High Street, Dorking, RH4 1AB.
Registering yourself as a Carer with your GP is also important so that he/she can give you the support and help you need. GPs can tell you about services that could improve your life as a Carer, and your value as a Carer will be recognised by the NHS.More about Carers Support Mole Valley: we are one of ten schemes across Surrey and are funded by Surrey County Council and Surrey NHS. You can read more about our support, services and our Newsletter on our website www.mvcs.org.uk
Sisters get Together
Many thanks to Sally et al for organising the first meeting of Sisters get Together. It was so nice to see so many "Sisters" meeting together from the different churches in Leatherhead, although I think The Parish Church was in the majority!
The breakfast and coffee were superb as was the welcome. Judging by the laughter and chatter from different groups it was clear everyone was enjoying themselves.The next meeting is on Saturday morning July 12th, when Jenny Moore from B@titude will talk about the worthwhile work they do. Looking forward to it! See you at Bfree (All Saints) on 12th July!Linda Shepherd
24 Hours of Prayer 21st/22nd June
Yes - 24 hours Praying for the Parish and Leatherhead!!
This is an exciting prospect for our Parish. As you will remember at the Annual Parochial Church Council Graham gave us a bookmark highlighting our 5 priorities. These were done on an open hand.Which finger do you use most? Yes, your index finger and that one is Intentional prayerfulness!! Let us start the year being more Prayerful.
The plans are ongoing at the moment but we are hoping to have lots of different types of prayer. If that is not for you don't be put off - there will be quiet areas for your own prayer. In different ways we shall be praying for the people of the Parish, for the Future, for the Town and all those that live, work or shop in the town. If we band together with a concentrated effort we can claim so many of God's promises.
So put 21st/22nd June in your Diary - Pray about it.Sign up when asked, to make sure there is someone praying all the time. (We may be able to offer lifts.)
More information nearer the time. Any suggestions/offer of help contact S Cole L205720
A summer's evening open garden
You are invited to A SUMMERS EVENING OPEN GARDEN on Friday 25 July from 5 pm to 7 pm at DAVID AND LIZ MEIKLE'S, 12 Crabtree Drive, Givons Grove, Leatherhead. Â£5 per person, includes glass of bubbly, soft drinks and snacks. Plants for Sale and Raffle. All Proceeds to the St Mary and St Nicholas Church Flower Fund.
Please reply to: Liz Meikle, 12 Crabtree Drive, Givons Grove, Leatherhead KT22 8LJ enclosing a cheque (payable to St Mary and St Nicholas Church Flower Fund) for the number of tickets you require, stating your name, address inc postcode, tel no and email address. If you do not have email please enclose an SAE for confirmation of booking.