All Saints is the Anglican parish church for Carshalton village and The Wrythe.
We welcome everyone to enjoy our traditional worship, strong musical tradition, long history, and the building's beautiful interior.
After Pentecost we move into Ordinary Time, and the liturgical colour is green which may be why a former Rector of my acquaintance used to call it the cricket season!
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8:00am Low Mass (In the Lady Chapel, enter by the South Door).
9:00am All Ages Mass
Between & after the services, 'The Bridge': activities for the young
10:30am High Mass (choir at 2nd and 4th Sundays)
6:30pm Solemn Evensong (Choral evensong on 7 July)
10.00am Low Mass: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays(In the Lady Chapel,enter by the South Door)
Evening Prayers take place Tuesday till Friday, at 5:30pm
On Tuesdays, the church is open for visitors from 10:30 till 12:30, and 2 till 4pm
On Wednesdays, the church is open for visitors from 11am till 1pm
On Thursdays, the church remains open for visitors after the service until 3pm. Both North and South doors will be open
Major Saints Days in July
3 July Thomas the Apostle - also known as Doubting Thomas
6 July Thomas More & John Fisher, both martyred in 1535
22 July Mary Magdalene
25 July James the Apostle
30 July William Wilberforce (1759-1833), Olandah Equiano (1745-1797) and Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846) All instrumental in bringing about the Abolition of Slavery Acts of 1807 and 1833
There has always been a strong musical tradition at All Saints, and the Rector and the Director of Music are now developing a youth choir. On offer to all young people in the area is the opportunity to experience professional music training, and sing at services and events at All Saints, as well as elsewhere in the borough. There are already some enthusiastic new recruits, but if you know any child who might be interested, get in touch with Fr David or Antony Matthews.
On 1st June, three people from All Saints attended the Confirmation service at Holy Saviour, Croydon. Ivy was baptised and confirmed. Daniel was confirmed, and David was received into the Church of England.
Special thanks must go to Fr Dave Billin who prepared us and organised us very well. It was a great service officiated by Bishop Jonathan and attended by many. We hope this might be an encouragement to others in the church family to also take the next step in their journey of faith with Jesus.
21 Years Young!!
This year marks the 21st anniversary of Fr David’s Ordination as a Deacon (and 20th to the Priesthood); he was ordained Deacon in Chester Cathedral by the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, Lord Bishop of Chester, on 28 June 1998. To mark this anniversary, there will be a celebration Mass on Saturday 6th July at 3pm, at which Fr David will preside and the preacher will be the Venerable Paul Davies, Archdeacon of Surrey (there will be refreshments afterwards).
All are warmly invited to this celebration!
(Please note, there will not be a 10am Mass that day).
Fr Dave's Licensing at St Barnabas
On Thursday 20 June, some fifty members of All Saints helped to swell the very full congregation in the beautiful church of St Barnabas to support Fr Dave as he was licensed to his new post as Vicar Designate. Bishop Jonathan spoke on the feast of Corpus Christi - a rarely celebrated and in some ways challenging holy day, and conducted the licensing. Also in attendance was this year's Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Muhammad Sadiq, who, with the churchwardens, was one of the several people who welcomed Fr Dave to St Barnabas and wish him well.
The augmented choir was in fine voice, with Antony Matthews on the organ, and Fr Dave's favourite hymns were sung with enthusiasm by all.
The service was followed by refreshments at the back of the church - and a wonderful, home baked (always the best kind in my opinion) celebration cake.
We also wish Fr Dave well and all our prayers go with him as starts work in his new church - I hear rumours about a failing boiler which which will no doubt make him feel at home straightaway!
The Fishers have finally moved into their new home, the address of which is:
10 Beeches Avenue
020 3952 0485
The Bridge and young church
Young members of the All Age congregation getting involved in the
Pentecost service at 9am
And for Trinity Sunday - delicious cupcakes decorated in three colours...
'Refreshing Church' Conference
On Saturday 14 September at St Bede's School, Carlton Road, Redhill RH1 2LQ, the Croydon Episcopal Lay Conference for 2019 will be held from 10-4.
This is planned as a day for lay people, with a key note address from Paula Gooder, theologian and Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, who will speak about church in the New Testament.
(Fr David notes that: Paula Gooder and her husband are friends of ours - she taught me Old Testament at college and ended up marrying one of my contemporaries (was in Oxford with him last week)! She’s a really engaging speaker and will be worth listening to!)
There will be workshops, worship, refreshments and a closing address from Bishop Christopher, and costs £10 per person, which includes lunch and refreshments
The topics include:
pastoral care as a church
the relationship between church and schools
overseeing church finances
being a Christian parent
relationships with those of other faiths
nurturing children in faith
healing and wholeness
For details, please see the leaflet on the screen at the rear of the church, but for more information and help with booking, email email@example.com, or call her on 020 8256 9633.
Or book directly through https://refreshing-church.eventbrite.co.uk
Marion Williams, PCC Secretary
Another kind of music festival
For fans of live choral, orchestral, classical, church, organ, jazz and all sorts of world music (this time, Indian), theThree Choirs Festival for 2019 is hosted by Gloucester Cathedral from 26 July till 3 August.
If you've never been, it is highly recommended - a week long festival of exceptional music of many types in venues in and around the city with big choral set pieces in the hosting Cathedral of course, performed by the combined Cathedral choirs of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester.
The group of well-known musicians most identified with this Festival are Elgar, Howells, Parry, Tallis, Delius, Finzi and Ralph Vaughan Williams - who wrote original works for the events, had works premiered there and conducted at performances in some cases. One of the early festival organisers was Herbert Whitton Sumsion (1899-1995), who managed 11 festivals in Gloucester from 1928 till 1967.
A few weeks ago, we went to Temple Church to hear the Choristers and Youth Choir perform a range of wonderful choral pieces - the outstanding one being the setting by Sumsion of Psalm 107. So, remembering the anniversary of the D Day landings in June, the sad increase in boats of refugees making their way across the Channel, and the season when we often holiday on, by or over the sea, it seemed appropriate to include it.
They that go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business in great waters; these men see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.
For at His word the stormy wind ariseth, which lifted up the waves thereof.
They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep: their soul melteth away because of their trouble.
They reel too and fro, and stagger like a drunken man: and are at their wits' ends. So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, He delivereth them out of their distress.
For He maketh the storm to cease, so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad, because they are rest; and so He bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.
Psalm 107: 23-30
If this is your kind of music, go to the Temple Music website and see their programme - the concerts are held in the beautiful Temple Church, or the wonderful medieval Middle Temple Hall, and because they are heavily supported and sponsored by members and friends of the Temple, the tickets are not expensive.
Being blown away...
And while we are talking about wind and wild weather, a recent visitor to the church told me he had gone to Mill Lane school, so I asked if he recalled anything of his time there. He said his only memory was, as a small child, waiting at the end of the afternoon for his sister who went to Camden Road school. While he was standing on the corner outside The Sun, the wind was blowing so strongly that he was frightened he would be be blown away! A memory that has lasted the best part of 80 years while remembrances of the classroom have clearly faded!
(My son had the same reaction during the Great Storm of 1987 when he was with me on the top floor of the (then unroofed) Whitgift Centre, being entertained by the sight of pigeons flying backwards, and with his buggy hovering off the ground!)
News from Malawi
You may have noticed that the table has been updated with the latest newsletter and information about current events in Malawi. There are two main projects - the first being for solar lamps - there is a sample one on the stand in front of the banner so you can see what it looks like. Sara has asked me to pass the following on to you:
Lighting up a child’s future
In rural Malawi children don’t have light in their homes to read by. By 6pm the sun has gone down, it’s dark and there is no electricity in their homes.
We would like to provide more solar lamps for Mpemba, (one of Hope4Malawi’s partner schools), so the children can borrow a lamp when they borrow a library book. This will help the younger children learn to read, and the older children study better for their exams.
Please help us provide solar lamps for Mpemba, each lamp costs £10 and will make a huge difference in the children’s ability to read & learn.
And don't forget, a team from this area will be going to Malawi in August to support the work of Hope4Malawi through a variety of activities. Look out for a list of practical items they are collecting to take with them - you may have something you can contribute. And if you would like to explore the option of joining the team, please contact David:
Every year, the PTA treat Year 6 to a visit to The Lion King.
Here are a few excerpts from some of their lovely 'Thank You' letters. (I make no excuse for including so many - I can only apologise for not publishing more!)
"I am so thankful that we got to go to the Lion King play! It was so amazing and it was my first time watching a play at a theatre."
"Writing a thank you letter is the least that we can do for such a wonderful day out... Thankyou for creating a moment that I will never forget."
"I have never been to the theatre before but you have given me the chance to, so thank you!"
"I really enjoyed going to my first ever theatre. Every single Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed it."
"My favourite part of the play was the music because it was so loud and amazing!"
"The acting was amazing, the dancing was impeccable so was the singing, scenery and costumes. It was the best show ever."
"The Lion King performance was actually very helpful in terms of information that we can apply to our own production, which is coming up later this term. The biggest thing that I had to take from it was the fact that all roles share the same importance. All of the dancers in the background, as well as the side characters, performed so wonderfully and the show would NOT be the same without them. EVERY ROLE, no matter how many lines each actor had, was so important and special. This is a good thing to take into consideration going forward to doing our Year 6 production."
"After watching The Lion King I know what to apply to our production. How loud I need to be. How confident I need to be and how happy I must be. Because it needs to sound and feel real."
"So without you guys taking us to the Lion King we wouldn't have been able to see one of the best musicals ever."
Clearly a fun, entertaining, inspiring and indeed educational day out - all that fundraising was so worthwhile!
We have many baptisms at All Saints, but last week the church was used for a slightly different version of the service when Year 2 came to baptise baby Michael (also known as baby Jesus from the school crib).
There were ‘parents’ and two ‘godparents’, and Fr David led the classes through the main parts of the service, explaining the meaning and importance of each. The children were enthralled, joined in with enthusiastic and accurate answers to Fr David’s questions and gave the right responses in the right places (not always the case in baptism services where the congregation aren’t used to Anglican rites). A wonderful way to spend the morning!
I hear a rumour that year 2 may be back for a ‘wedding’ before the end of term - which should be just as ‘engaging’.
From readers and friends
The month of June, the one just gone; I remember it being called Flaming June as a child, the one that was traditionally very hot. I have just written that sentence on the same day as the main line to Victoria is closed due to flooding!
June is also Pride Month, and has been since 1970. I will admit, I was never even aware of until recent years.
“Gay pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution. So, instead of wondering why there is not a straight pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one.”Anthony Venn-Brown
June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969 in New York.
First, let me tell you about Anthony Venn-Brown, quoted above. Born in 1951 in Australia to a strong Anglo-Catholic family, it was natural for him to join the church. In his early twenties, with a growing awareness of his own sexuality, he joined a Baptist Church and underwent various ‘conversion therapies.’ Australian society of the time viewed homosexuality as a mental illness/perversion and it was a criminal offence.
As an evangelical preacher he did very well, being lauded for several far-reaching projects. As a person, I wonder at the turmoil I presume he endured inside. I am reminded of a quote by Henry David Thoreau about the sadness endured by most men who live a life of 'quiet desperation'.
In 1991, aged 40, Venn-Brown comes out as a gay man and quits the church entirely. It is still a full three years before the law no longer considers him a criminal for his sexual orientation.
Now let’s fast forward in time to about 2010, here at All Saint’s and we have a regular guest preacher with us as he completes his training. The Rev. Steve Browning. He is known for his dry wit and insightful sermons. When you got to know him, he was here for a couple of years, on and off, he would probably have introduced you to his (now) husband Andrew. Both of whom are excellent people. Homosexuality in the UK had already decriminalised by about forty years for men when I first met him. (For women, of course, it never was illegal!)
Which, zipping forward though time again, brings us to the beginning of June this year. What you will find amongst the rain, is a rather amazing programme on BBC Two called Pilgrimage.
Eight well known personalities undertake a pilgrimage to Rome. All with differing beliefs and faiths. Actors Les Dennis and Lesley Joseph, professional dancer Brendan Cole, comedians Stephen K Amos and Katy Brand, Olympic champion Greg Rutherford, Irish Eurovision Song contest winner Dana and television presenter Mehreen Baig. With backpacks and walking boots, they stay in basic hostels, sleep in shared dorms and follow the ancient 2000km Via Francigena. They go over the Alps and through the vineyards of Tuscany with the end goal of reaching Rome.
In the final episode, the celebrities were offered an audience with the Pope. Stephen K Amos initially refused the meeting. He is quoted in the press… "I've been quite vocal in my criticism in certain aspects of the Catholic Church. I thought a private audience meant you go and see him; he blesses you and you leave. I couldn't in all conscience go and do that, it's not me."
Amos only agreed to attend if he could ask the Pope questions. The Vatican said Amos could ask anything he liked.
This is the transcript of the meeting.
Amos - “I lost my mother, three months ago I buried my twin sister, who were both very religious. So, me coming on this pilgrimage, being non-religious, I was looking for answers and faith. But as a gay man I don’t feel accepted.”
His Holiness – “Giving more to the adjective than the noun is not good. We are all human beings and have dignity. It does not matter who you are, or how you live your life, you do not lose your dignity. There are people who prefer to select or disregard people because of the adjective. These people do not have a human heart”
From the Archives
A local murder mystery
Like me, you might be taking a murder mystery or courtroom drama to read on holiday - here is an account of something that happened locally to start you off...
In 1774Thomas Scawen(then Lord of the Manor in Carshalton Park, see the extravagant gates pictured below, which have since been sold to America and grace the Long Island College of New York State University), died and was succeeded by his son James. The following year the family name gained considerable notoriety as a result of the death of Thomas' younger brother, William, who lived in the hamlet of Woodcote in the south east of the parish.
A Miss Jane Butterfield was charged with murdering him and the case seems to have been one of those which appeals specially to the popular taste and gets treated as a public entertainment. In this spirit, TheLady's Magazine, (or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated Solely to Their Use and Amusement),for August 1775 carried a very full report of the trial.
Miss Butterfield, who would nowadays be called either a housekeeper or indeed a partner, was accused of poisoning Mr Scawen, with whom she lived, by administering corrosive sublimate - mercuric chloride - a substance historically used as a treatment for syphilis before antibiotics, and also in photography. The charge originated in the suspicions of a Cheam doctor who was called in to cure Mr Scawen's chronically ulcerated arm. From the excessive salivation of his patient and complaints that everything had a brassy taste, the doctor concluded that this was a case of poisoning. After a second opinion had confirmed this opinion, William Scawen was removed to the doctor's house where he died a few days later. Before expiring, he deleted Miss Butterfield's name from his will.
Jane was arrested by the Bow Street runners and is reported as having been taken to "Fielding's Place". In 1775, Sir John Fielding, the blind magistrate and half-brother of Henry Fielding, the novelist, was presiding at Bow Street.
The prosecution evidence was mainly scientifically unsubstantiated opinion from expert witnesses, including some about quack medicines Mr Scawen was addicted to - for instance a rheumatic tincture sold in St Paul's churchyard by Mr Harris, a bookseller.
Jane Butterfield's statement was read out by a clerk of the court, because she pleaded inexperience and emotional distress.
This statement focused on her own story (as reported in the Lady's Magazine) that "at the age of fourteen she was seduced from her parents by a member of her own sex and brought to Mr Scawen; that, through a variety of artifices, she was prevailed upon to continue in his house, and that the circumstances broke her father's heart." She confessed that "Mr Scawen had spared no expense in perfecting her education and that he had shown so many instances of friendship and kindness to her that she tenderly loved him and had, by a conduct of many years, convinced him of her affection and gratitude. She declared that she had been treated by the whole family as Mrs Scawen and was received in the neighbourhood in the same character."
The jury, after a quarter of an hour's retirement, found her not guilty. The Lady's Magazine noted that on her arrival at court she was warmly greeted by a number of fashionably dressed ladies who attended the trial - which seems to bear out her account of her social position.
No post mortem was done and no poison found on the premises.
(Sadly, we don't know what happened to Jane after her release - one can only hope the 'fashionable ladies' continued to support her in more material ways).
Six years after this trial, James Scawen sold his inheritance and the family disappears from the local records. This was most likely, not because of shame of the scandal, but rather by the heavy burden of debt he had inherited from his father, Thomas. In 1778 his Carshalton property was put in trust for sale and the following year mortgaged for £40,000, which was foreclosed in 1782 and the property sold for a mere £3,625. James Scawen was buried in the churchyard in 1800.
As published in 'From Medieval Manor to London Suburb' (A E Jones)
Music at All Saints
Carshalton Opera and the Friends of Honeywood
'Songs of Summer'
On Friday 21st June at 7:30pm, some 30 of us (full capacity) gathered in the beautiful billiard room at Honeywood Museum for a very intimate recital of a range of music including eight of Britten's folk songs, Spanish traditional songs, pieces from Villa Lobos, two works by Debussy, 'The Swan' by Saint Saens,ending with 'Summertime' from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
All were carefully chosen to be appropriate to the time and place - overlooking the ponds on a summer's evening. They also played to the strengths of this very talented group of musicians - Maggie Cooper, (soprano), Elizabeth Andrews, (cello) and Keziah Thomas who played a very ornate, wonderfully gilded, harp.
Refreshments were served in the garden room and out in the garden itself - a lovely evening and we look forward to seeing Carshalton Opera back at All Saints in October for 'The Magic Flute'.
Please see below for details of other events at Honeywood this month - they sell out very quickly so book early. Tickets are available from the Museum but be aware they cannot yet take card payments.
From our mailbox
'This is a beautiful church run by lovely people. They have regular concerts such as opera and symphony orchestra. It's welcoming to everyone.' BK
'Friendly welcoming church. Brilliant opera concert on Saturday afternoon.' MH
and five recent 5* reviews...
Taken from our church Google account - so glad visitors enjoy the church and the events they attend here.
Public drop in and meeting in the church
The London Borough of Sutton is seeking the views of residents and interested parties on the “Carshalton Village Conservation Area – Draft Character Appraisal and Management Plan”.
What is a Character Appraisal and Management Plan?
The Character Appraisal evaluates what is special about Carshalton Village, highlighting those areas of exceptional character and those areas in need of improvement. The Management Plan provides guidelines on how the good elements should be protected and the not-so-good elements improved.
The guidelines include specific guidelines, such as on school buildings, Grove Park and the River Wandle, and general guidelines, such as on development, public houses, shopfronts and open space.
There will be a public event at All Saints Church, Carshalton on Thursday, 4 July with a drop-in session from 6pm and a meeting from 7.30.
The next showing is on Saturday 20 July, programme to be announced. Visit their website for details as they come out.
COFFEE MORNING – SATURDAY 13th July 10am – 12noon. Admission free ‘AN UNEXPECTED TREASURE – PART TWO’ Further tales from the oldest senior school in Sutton which opened in January 1884
Our returning guest speaker, Sue James, is a teacher and archivist at Sutton High School.
Records show the school as a microcosm of both local and national events which provide a unique glimpse into the past.
Sue’s talk begins at 10.30am.
The Museum on the ponds next to Festival Walk is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 till 5pm.
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