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All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, April 2019
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               Lent and Easter
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. 
The common dog violet, so invasive in small gardens but modestly beautiful in its natural habitat, in this case - Carshalton Park. A common that is frequently full of dogs...

Welcome to your monthly Parish Paper


As the bells rings out to mark Easter Day this month, we thought a special Bells edition would be a good idea.  Scroll down for several articles and a short recording of our own bells in action, just to remind you!
 
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Regular Services

Sundays

  • 8:00am     Low Mass (In the Lady Chapel, enter by the South Door). 
  • 9:00am     All Ages Mass 
  • Between 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 April, Passion Sunday)

Weekdays

  • 10.00am Low Mass:     Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays(In the Lady Chapel, enter by the South Door) 
  • On Tuesdays, the church is open for visitors from 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
Special Services in April
  • Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent: 12:30pm 
  • Palm Sunday 14 April: Combined mass at 9:30am, followed by APCM. All Welcome
  • Maundy Thursday 18 April: 8pm. Mass of the Last Supper, followed by silent vigil before the Altar of Repose, until midnight
     
  • Good Friday 19 April:
    • 9am. Stations of the Cross - suitable for children
    • 10am. Mass of the Pre-sanctified & Veneration of the Cross, followed by an Ecumenical walk of witness at about 11:45 to the Memorial Garden for a short service at 12 noon
       
  • Easter Eve Saturday 20 April: 9pm. Vigil and First Mass of Easter
     
  • Easter Day Sunday 21 April: Services as usual
Major Saints Days in April
 
  • 23 April:
    St George, Patron Saint of England, c304
  • 25 April:
    Mark the Evangelist
Christina Rossetti, poet. 1830 - 1894

Christina Rossetti is probably best loved for her two carols - 'In the Bleak Midwinter', and 'Love came down at Christmas'.    

However, another of her moving poems is often chosen at funerals.

          Remember me when I am gone away,
          Gone far away into the silent land;
          When you can no more hold me by the hand,
          Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

          Remember me when no more day by day
          You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
          Only remember me; you understand
          It will be late to counsel then or pray.

          Yet if you should forget me for a while
          And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
          For if the darkness and corruption leave
          A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
          Better by far you should forget and smile
          Than that you should remember and be sad.

She is honoured by the Church of England with a feast day on 27 April, though she has never been canonised. 

Church News




Appointment of Associate Priest (Vicar Designate) of St Barnabas Sutton
 by the Bishop of Southwark
 
We are pleased to announce today, the 24 March 2019 that the Reverend David Billin, presently Associate Rector at Carshalton, All Saints in the Diocese of Southwark, has been appointed Associate Priest (Vicar Designate) of St Barnabas Sutton. This is a House-for-Duty post. Further details (including time of the Service) will follow in due course.

Many congratulations to Fr Dave on his new appointment - it is richly deserved.  We wish him every success in his new parish and our thoughts and prayers go with him. However, we are all very sad to lose him and are grateful for his unselfish service here at All Saints over the years, particularly during the recent interregnum. 
 
... at last!
 
The other red-letter news is that contracts have been exchanged on the new Rectory, with a planned completion date of Friday 29 March. Easter being the busiest time of the year, Fr David may not be able to actually move in till the end of April, but look out for news of a House Blessing and celebration soon after!
 
The Bridge

In Lent, The Bridge group are collecting the footprints of members of the congregations - please join in! They will draw round your feet and add them to a long strip of paper which, in Holy Week, will lead across the church to the foot of the Cross....

Help is available for those of us who find it hard to reach our feet nowadays...
 
APCM Sunday 14 April 
 
On Sunday 14 April, there will be a joint mass at 9:30, followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.

All are welcome to stay and hear what has been happening in the church over the last, very busy, year. There will be brief reports from the Rector, the churchwardens, the Treasurer and a Deanery Synod representative.

There will also be the election of churchwardens, as well as members of the PCC- there are four PCC vacancies this year.  (The election of Deanery Synod reps is due next year and there are currently no vacancies). The PCC meets about six times a year, and if you are interested and would like more information about what is involved, please ask a member of the clergy, or the PCC secretary. 

Additionally, we will be confirming the sidespeople and stewards for the coming year. We are always happy to welcome new people to these teams, particularly for the All Age service, so if you would like to join us, please talk to Keith Bell (sidespeople), Janice Scott (stewards), a member of the clergy, or email to Social Saints using the link at the top and bottom of this newsletter. 

If you signed up to the Electoral Roll in March, you are eligible to nominate, stand for election and to vote. Please look at the notices on the screen at the back of the church for further details and nomination forms.  (If you missed the deadline to put your name on the Electoral Roll this year, you can do this at any time after the APCM).

Nominations for churchwarden may be received up till the start of the meeting, those for the PCC up till the day before - please follow the instructions on the board for what what to with your form when completed.
 
Marion Wiliams, PCC Secretary

Spring Cleaning for Holy Week
 
On Saturday 6 April, we will be getting together a working party to clean the church ready for the Easter services. (The new heating system has spread a lot of dust which you have probably noticed...) Equipment will be supplied but it would help if you came with your own dusters and spray polish. There will be a lunch for us all afterwards.

So, come to the 10am mass to fortify you, and then stay on to dust and vacuum. Or come anytime after 10:30 - we will be very pleased to see you!

Please let Fr David, Fr Dave or any of the PCC know if you think you are joining us, for catering purposes.
 
News from Malawi
Marks of Mission and our Lent Appeal
 
On Sunday 17 March, David Kellett gave the day's sermons on following Jesus’ example of grace, love and character - as seen in Jesus’ sorrow for Jerusalem (Luke 13:31-35). He encouraged us to grow in these three things in our lives. 
 
He also explained how the Five Marks of Mission, adopted by the whole Anglican Communion, give a picture of what grace, love and character look like for us in terms of who we are and what we do. We are exhorted:- 
 
  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, challenging violence of every kind and pursuing peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, sustaining and renewing the life of the earth
 
David also reminded us about the Lent Appeal for All Saints -to provide a child with school lunches for a year. This is one of Hope4Malawi’s projects – a charity which also takes teams of people on mission to Malawi each year to do bible teaching and share the good news of Jesus.  David, who has been to Malawi twice, told us that some of the children in the villages he visited only have one meal a day, and that is the school meal provided at school by Hope4Malawi. It only costs £12 to provide this essential meal for a child for a whole year. Hope4Malawi provide school lunches for 3,200 children each day at three primary schools in rural Blantyre; Mpemba, Chipwepewete and Namende.  

The impact of providing school lunches is that more children come to school, attendance improves and children are able to concentrate better at school because they aren’t as hungry.  David thanked those who had already given, and reminded us to look at the literature on the table in the north aisle and prayerfully consider whether we too can help the project by our gifts - time or money, and also prayer.


Sara Goodman, (trustee of Hope4Malawi), has just returned from a challenging trip to Malawi.  She writes:

‘During our first week we experienced torrential rain for four days which caused rivers to burst their banks, fields to be flooded and houses to fall down.  At one of our partner schools, one of the temporary classrooms fell down and because the river burst its bank, the pupils could not get to school for several days.  We were able to rehouse 20 staff members who had lost their homes and provide another 50 families with plastic to protect their homes from further storms.  It was humbling to see how the communities came together to pray and to help each other.

The area that we were in, just south of Blantyre, was thankfully spared the landfall destruction of the cyclone the following week although the southern part of Malawi was devastated, and many lost their lives or their livelihoods. Crops have been ruined in 14 districts in the southern part of Malawi, as well as homes.’  


Teams from Hope4Malawi’s partner organisation in Malawi, Fisherman’s Rest, are helping to repair boreholes and water points which have been damaged in the floods and assisting communities to return to their villages.  If you would like to give to the relief and rebuilding in Malawi particularly please give at:
 
https://mydonate.bt.com/events/hope4malawifloodrelief/489898

A team from this area will be going to Malawi in August to support the work of Hope4Malawi and doing a variety of things. If you would like to explore the option of joining the team then please contact David:

 dkellett1@btinternet.com or 07591 931488
David Kellett, Sara Goodman
http://www.hope4malawi.org
 

Music at All Saints

     A Family Opera Gala - Sunday 24 March 

The church was full again for another popular event from Carshalton Opera.  The programme included well known pieces from Donizetti, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Mozart, Bizet, Offenbach, and more modern pieces from Gershwin and Cole Porter.

The choir from All Saints School, (conducted by Bethany Britt), took part scenes from Carmen, with great confidence, enthusiasm and musicality. There were many pre-school children in the audience, and they were all - as usual - engrossed. 

Tea and artisan biscuits were enjoyed during the interval - a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Make a note in your diary for their next performances: 

Music for a Midsummer’s Evening  
 
A Fundraising Event on Friday 21st June 7.30pm
Including: Britten Folk Songs, Manuel de Falla’s ‘Siete canciones populares españolas’ & Villa Lobos ‘Bachianas Brasilieras’ no. 5
Tickets £20 from Honeywood Museum, to include a glass of wine and nibbles

And two performances of The Magic Flute (Mozart) on Sunday 20 October at All Saints -  family friendly in the afternoon and a performance for adults in the evening. More news as it is released... 
 
www.carshaltonopera.com
      Music Through the Years

On Tuesday 26 March, we were treated once again to an inspiringly accomplished performance from the young musicians of the Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra, whose concert we enjoyed so much last year.

This programme included pieces from Shostakovich, Brahms and Prokofiev as well as lighter, more modern works by Ralf Uhl (Prelude for You), Ernesto Lecuona, (Malaguena), Astor Piazzolla ('Oblivion', with wonderful solos from Holly Payne on flute, Sarah Sanusi on Clarinet and Gina Hazel, saxophone) and Bill Conit (Gonna Fly Now).  

Five members of the Philharmonia Orchestra supported them, and played two selections alone - Three Sea Shanties (Malcolm Arnold), Polotsvian Dances (Borodin), Humoreske (Zemlinsky) and Beethoven's Fifth Bossa Nova (Terence Greaves).

The programme had been carefully chosen to enable all parts of the orchestra to show their expertise - the percussion section was particularly active - and the full audience really appreciated the amazingly high level of musicianship exhibited by all these young musicians, many of whom - if the past is anything to go by - are set to have successful careers as professional musicians.

This is also the first season for Sutton Music's new Head of Music Service, Gareth Gay, who is no stranger to All Saints, having previously been head of music at Glenthorne.

We thank them for a wonderfully entertaining evening and very much look forward to seeing them all again.

For details of their upcoming summer programme,  as well as their individual ensembles and music schools, visit their website. 

https://suttonmusicservice.org.uk


... in full rehearsal mode

All Saints School News


In their Religious Education classes, Year 2 have just been learning about giving and its importance in the Islamic community.

The children then thought about how they, too, could contribute not just by raising money, but by giving their own time, care and commitment. They thought about how kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul. 

In the church you will see this display, surrounded by some of their individual messages. Beneath is a jar with more messages - please take one, they have been written for you.  In this way, they can share kind words and help make a difference in our community.
 
And in other news...
 
On 28th February the All Saints School helpers were treated to a ‘Thankyou’ afternoon tea.
We were very well looked after by a band of attentive Yr 6 pupils and the two school choirs provided a perfect musical interlude.  I was particularly impressed with how well the little ones coped and their ability to remember all the words.  Afterwards the ‘waiters’ joined our tables for a chat which gave the opportunity to find out a bit about them and what they hoped for when their time at All Saints was over, especially as the secondary school offers were due the following day.  My only regret is that I omitted to get the autograph of the young man who plays for Chelsea Under 11s as I could well be seeing him on TV in the future.

With such good company, lovely singing, and Mrs Brambles’ delicious cakes it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.  Our thanks to Mrs Hart Dyke, her staff and excellent pupils for inviting us.
Rosie Newton


On Wednesday 6th March, the church was filled to overflowing with the children, staff and families for the school Ash Wednesday Service. It was wonderful to see so many people taking part in this service to start off Lent. Children did the readings and led the prayers with their usual confidence and the hymns were beautifully sung by all. Alex from Year 6 accompanied on the piano with wonderful expertise.
In these uncertain times, particularly in eastern Africa, the closing hymn can be a great comfort to us all:
 
"No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand."

 
And as the congregation filed out, most asked to be 'ashed' - well done to Fr David and Fr Dave with their bowls of palm cross ash!
 
 
Last month, you will recall Fr David led a service of blessing for the new Spiritual Garden. The latest school newsletter tells us that the children, despite the weather, are already making good use of the space for a variety of activities.
 


It's that time when Year 6 await the news of where they will be going in September. Well, the wait is at last over, and congratulations are due to everyone for getting a place in a secondary school they chose. So relax!
 

Finally - the school is exploring the value of Faith at the moment.  In the Year 6 Showcase Book, they record this: 

"We learnt about Abraham and the faith and trust he had in God. 
We thought about a promise we found it hard to keep and what helped us keep that promise"

 

Thoughts from Readers & Friends


What’s A Live Church?
 
At a recent general synod meeting in London, the Church of England dropped a centuries-old requirement for all churches to hold weekly Sunday services. The synod voted overwhelmingly in favour of the change and while it was headlined in the Church Times, the news also percolated to the broadsheets.
 
Numbers attending C of E’s Sunday services dropped again last year from 740,000 in 2016 to 722,000 in 2018. Speaking at King’s College Chapel in 2014 the subversive playwright Alan Bennet suggested that by “taking a leaf out of the government’s book the Church of England too should be run solely for profit, parsons given targets and made to turn up at Epiphany with statistics of souls saved….” Whilst the novelist pokes fun by modernising the rules governing daily church life, the move purpose was to bring canon law into line with practice.
 
I have long been interested in the architectural reuse of churches once they have been declared redundant, obsolete and/or are no longer required or fit ecclesiastical purposes. Recently while rummaging through papers I came on a long forgotten flier:

What’s A Live Church
 
A live church has parking problems; a dying church doesn’t.
 
A live church has lots of noisy children around; a dying church enjoys quiet and peace.
 
A live church often changes the way things are done to do things better; a dying church doesn’t need to change a thing.
 
A live church dreams greater dreams for God’s Kingdom; a dying church has nightmares.
 
A live church invites people to risk involvement and new ideas; a dying church plays it safe and never risks anything.
 
A live church supports world mission; a dying church says: “Charity begins at home.”
 
A live church uses its traditions and buildings to serve God and people; a dying church uses people to serve its traditions and buildings.
 
A live church is filled with tithers; a dying church is filled with tippers.
 
 A live church forgives and seeks forgiveness; a dying church never makes mistakes.
 
A live church looks for challenges and opportunities; a dying church looks out for problems and dangers.
 
A live church evangelises; a dying church fossilises.
 
 Edward Walsh 

From the Archives - all about Bells

One of the most important and appreciated public 'faces' of All Saints are the bells which ring out over the village every Sunday and on special occasions. These are the first of a series of articles about them...

Before you start - listen here to remind yourself what they sound like.

This is an extract from the 25th Anniversary ringing.  It’s a short piece of Stedman Triples which must have been recorded in 2004, and includes a bit of a ringing hiccough too, which I guess makes it all the more human!
This is a picture of the ringers taken in the summer of 1980.
It includes Roger Cady’s son, Jonathon, (second left), and Lesley Page, (front row centre).  

Our Bells: 1804 – 1979
 
The bells we ring today date from 1804 and 1840.  A new ring of 6 was ordered from Mears and Stainbank in Whitechapel in 1804, and tradition has it that they were first rung to celebrate Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar.  Two trebles were added in 1840.  These were cast by C Oliver, a Mears and Stainbank employee whose idea of moonlighting was to cast a few bells on the side.

Sadly, the wooden frame was always weak and by the end of the century the “go” of the bells left much to be desired. Gillett and Johnson, bellfounders of Croydon, had condemned the frame and fittings by 1930, but the bells continued to be rung off and on, and even in the early sixties the Beddington band rang several brisk quarter peals (lasting around 45 minutes).  However, one night in 1963 it all proved just too much and, during the ringing, the tenor gudgeon broke, leaving the bell mouth upwards in the pit with its wheel demolished. (The tenor is the largest bell, then weighing around 12 cwt).

With a local band of only one person, and considerable reconstruction work needed on the tenor fittings, there was little prospect of anything being done, until in 1969 the church was left a legacy by Miss Dorothy Collett, to be used for restoring the tower and bells. The Whitechapel Bell Foundry put the bells back into ringable order to enable a check to be made on tower movement. The bells were then lowered and stored in the church, the old frame removed and the building work carried out, including the installation of a concrete ring beam.

By now inflation was galloping along, the available funds were nowhere near enough to pay for the new frame and the work on the bells, and it looked as though things would grind to a halt.  At this point the Surrey Association Belfry Restoration Committee, masterminded by the indefatigable Bob Cooles, took an active interest.  (Bob is still as busy today, having been the ringing adviser on the DAC for the last forty or more years).  In 1977 we set up a charity, the “Friends of Carshalton Bells” to raise the money to complete the job.  

This was when I first stepped through the doors of All Saints.  Our Treasurer was Bill Wedge, I was the secretary, and Jill Hale was the driving force.  With the help of the late Dr Ian Smith, we obtained a great deal of support from Carshalton Rotary Club – one of our joint activities was raffling a mini.  I remember it cost us about £2,000 to buy the car, (of course covered by the ticket sales) and it was won by the late George Blanks of Elwyns.  Other fund raising events were jumble sales, sponsored swims and at least one Auction. The Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers gave us what was then a landmark grant - £1,000.

In order to save money, the bell foundry allowed us to carry out the rehanging ourselves, under the supervision of one of their professional bellhangers for the trickier bits.  Thus ringers from various parts of Surrey and South London threw themselves enthusiastically into the work, which got under way in September 1979 with the goal of getting the bells ringing by Christmas.  All went smoothly and the dedication service took place on 22 December 1979, conducted by the Rev Leigh Edwards who always keenly supported the project.  We were delighted with the go and the sound of the bells.  In the retuning, a certain amount of metal was shaved off the bells resulting in a very slightly lighter ring with a somewhat higher pitch.

Over the next few months, with the help of ringers from neighbouring towers, we trained a new band.  This included Lesley Page, who recently passed away at the age of nearly 100, and Jonathan Cady, the very bright older son of Roger.  Jill Hale’s two daughters were ringers, as were the two daughters of her fellow churchwarden Norman Longley.

In May 1980 we hosted the Surrey Association’s centenary AGM.  Carshalton was an appropriate choice for this, as it was in the King’s Arms, (which stood in the High Street a hundred yards from the church), that the Surrey Association was founded in 1880.
 
Rosemary Lilley March 2019
English Church bells - an explanation

That great national treasure, the late Sir John Betjemen, mentioned bells in several of his poems, notably the role of bells calling people to worship, whether across country fields or in an urban setting.  Bells have been used for this purpose for centuries, not only in these islands but across Christendom.  However, how bells are rung in Britain is vastly different to the way they are on mainland Europe.
 
In the Middle Ages, most parish churches would have had at least one small bell, to call to prayer, announcing the Angelus during the day etc (there was also the use, even during World War Two, of them being used to signal an invasion).  Often cast in open pits in the ground in fields near the church, they were hung on a simple axle with a rope attached; this allowed the ringer to sound the bell but gave no control.  

However, in the couple of centuries preceding the English Reformation, adaptions were made by adding a quarter wheel to one end of the axle, which allowed the bell to swing a little more; this progressed to being a half wheel and finally a whole wheel.  Having a whole wheel allowed the ringer – by pulling harder each time - to gradually increase the angle the bell swung at and, therefore, the ‘gap’ between each strike. To stop the bell swinging more than 360˚(and the rope just winding around the wheel), a wooden ‘stay’ and ‘slider’ were added, which in effect is the parking brake for the bell.  Hung in such a way, it’s possible for one person to easily ring a bell of over a ton in weight.

Two photos of a model, showing how a bell is hung; the wooden ‘stay’ is pointing upwards and the ‘slider’ can be seen in the first photo, underneath the bell.  The rope can be seen coming off the wheel and going through the floor of the bellchamber, to the ringing chamber below.

As how bells were hung developed, so did how they were cast.  Bell foundries sprang up all over the country (it has to be said that this style of hanging bells wasn’t really found in Scotland, and there aren’t a huge number of ringing towers there or in either Wales or Ireland).  The method of casting bells became more accurate, with inscriptions becoming more artistic.  In addition, it became possible for bells to be tuned to a musical scale (so a ring of eight bells are tuned to an octave). Bells could now be rung round the octave, starting at the top and going down the octave; this became known as Rounds. Calling two adjacent bells to change places (the order in which they ring) is known as Call Changes; by calling a certain sequence of changes, different sounds are made.  
 
In the 17thcentury, a Cambridge master printer by the name of Fabian Stedman, who was a ringer, having learned whilst apprenticed in London, wrote two books on ringing, specifically on Change Ringing.  With Richard Duckworth, he published Tintinnalogia in 1668 and in 1679 alone he published Campanalogia.  Change Ringing is where all of the bells follow the same path, but each starts in a different place, the order changing automatically at each ‘stroke’ or pull of the rope; the style of bellhanging and change ringing is what has become peculiarly English in character, which we’ll look at next month.
 
 Fr David
Additional notes from the Archives
 
There were bells at All Saints long before the 19th century. In 1552 Edward VI was advised to carry out an audit of church property. A report from Carshalton in response showed that many effects had been sold to fund 'the reparacions of the steple, the bells and other necessaries".

Later church records show repair work carried out in the early 18th century, and the churchwardens' accounts for 1793 record "Lyon and Lamberts Extravagant bill for work done at the bells: £12 10s 6d".  

More tellingly, the ringers, (or more commonly entries about 'ringing liquor'), appear regularly in the parish accounts, such as the entry in 1704 of a publican's 'bill for drink for the ringers for 3 years' of 5 guineas.

For special occasions they were, however, given cash and in 1805 the ringers were paid an unprecedented £1 6s for ringing the new bells to celebrate 'Lord Nelson's Victory'.  These new bells that Rosemary talks about cost £412 13s, but the parish sold the old bells for £295 9s 7d plus one guinea for the clappers.                                                   MW
                                                                                                                                                     

  'From Medieval Manor to London Suburb'  A E Jones, 1965

Hanging in the Ringers' room is this list of rules and regulations drawn up in 1893 by the then Rector, Victor Seymour.

The highlights include the banning of liquor, smoking and strangers in the Belfry, and hefty fines for absence of 1d up to 6d for Easter Day, with a whopping one shilling penalty for swearing or behaving improperly....
 
The Full Peal, Thursday 28 March

On Thursday 8 March, people all over the village, (as well as visitors inside the church), were treated to a wonderful 2 and three quarter hour session of bell ringing from the Kent County Association, as they successfully completed a Moulton Surprise Major full peal of 5,088 changes. 

The ring was composed by D F Morrison No 2580 (Gadebridge Surprise Major) and the ringers were:
Stephen Davis, Shirley McGill, Elizabeth Barnes, Phillip Barnes, David Kirkcaldy, Adam Brady, John Keeler (Captain) and David Grimwood. 

Many thanks to them for this inspiring experience - and well done!
 
Now we see as in a glass, darkly....

Last month, my son went to Japan and visited the Shinto shrine of Meiji Jingu. Shinto is Japan's original, ancient, religion. It has no founder and no holy book but values harmony with nature, and virtues such as 'Magokoro' - a sincere heart.

Meiji Jingu is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his Empress, Shoken, who died in 1912 and 1914 respectively and who both wrote poetry in the traditional waka (13 syllable) form, leaving more than 100,000 of these Imperial poems to their people. At the shrine you can buy one of their (sealed) Omikuji or poem drawings, which they hope to be relevant to the person for whom they are intended. This is mine:

"The mirror is a simile for the human heart which, reflecting as it does all man's emotions and appetites, should be as clear and as honestly responsive as the mirror itself."                                                         MW
From our mailbox...

We have received email from Richard Wright, once a regular worshipper at All Saints, whom some of you may remember. He is currently writing a book on the clergy of All Saints, so has been doing a great deal of new research on the history of the area. We hope to be including some of his thoughts in later issues and look forward to reading his book when it is published.
 

Local News

Cinema on your doorstep – our coming winter films 
Films at Carshalton Methodist Church, Ruskin Road, Carshalton, SM5 3DE 
Admission free; donations appreciated. 
www.carshalton-methodist.org.ukfacebook.com/CarshaltonMethodist Church


MARY MAGDALENE
Tuesday 16 April.  Single showing at 7.30pm 
Our Film for Holy Week tells the story of Mary of Magdala, a small village on the shores of Lake Galilee. It is based on the gnostic gospel of Mary, found outside the Bible. Mary is attracted by the charism of the teacher, Jesus, and determines to follow Him. 2017 film. 
Certificate rated 12A.
 
Honeywood Museum 
 
The Museum on the ponds next to Festival Walk is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 till 5pm. 
 
https://friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/exhibitions.html
 
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