All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, October 2019
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Trinity 16 - Last Sunday after Trinity

All Saints is the Anglican parish church for Carshalton village and The Wrythe.
It is a living Church where God has been worshipped for over 1000 years

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 All Saints Church, High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3AG
Regular Services


  • 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 is 6 October)


  • 10.00am Low Mass:     Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays(In the Lady Chapel, enter by the South Door) 
  • Morning Prayers take place Tuesday till Friday, at 9am

  • The church is open for visitors on Tuesdays from 2 till 4pm
  • Wednesdays from 11am till 1pm
  • Thursdays after the service (10:30) until 3pm
  • Fridays from 10:30 till 12:30pm
Both North and South doors will be open
Special Services in October
Stewardship Sunday: 6 October (Services at normal times)
In St Mark's Gospel (Mark 1:16-20),  we read about how Jesus called the first disciples: Simon (called Peter), his brother Andrew, and a little later, James and John. When Jesus called them to follow Him, they immediately left their fishing nets and boats, and followed. They responded to His invitation and were prepared to leave their former lives behind.
"...follow me..."
However, following Christ does not always require us to give up our jobs or leave our homes; people are asked to follow in different ways and an example of this is the two tax collectors, Matthew & Zacchaeus. Matthew left his job for a special, full-time, ministry with Jesus (Matthew 9:9). Zacchaeus on the other hand stayed in his job, but performed it honestly (Luke 19:1-10). Both followed Jesus, but in different ways.

When we follow Christ, He is Lord over all areas of our lives. So even though we may not be called to actually leave our jobs and homes, we are called to leave the world's way of looking at our lives, our possessions and our money. When we follow Christ, we use our time, abilities and money for God's purposes. 

Throughout October, we will be asked to prayerfully and carefully consider out regular giving to the work of God's Church here at All Saints'. On Sunday 6 October, everyone will receive a letter which will:
  • help church members think and pray about their regular financial giving
  • provide information about the opportunities for service at All Saints'
  • give information about how regular planned giving will help our future work here
If you are a member of the congregation at All Saints', please take time to think and pray about your giving. Seek God's guidance and His will on this aspect of your journey with Christ.

With my love and prayers
Fr David.


Patronal Festival, and Rector's Installation: Sunday 3 November
10am, Combined Mass with Bishop Christopher. Do stay for the after Party!

Remembrance Sunday, 10 November
Combined mass at 9:45, followed by the community Act of Remembrance at the War Memorials beside the ponds from 10:45am 
Easyfundraising update 
We now have 18 supporters who have raised nearly £400.  At the moment there is an offer to donate an extra £5 to our cause for every new person who signs up. 

Please use the link below and see if any more of your friends or family would like to join us. The process is easy, costs everyone nothing and in this case, the new joiner does not even have to buy anything for us to benefit!
Thank you!
 Days of commemoration in October
  • 3 October Francis of Assisi, (1182-1226). Like 'All Things Bright and Beautiful', everyone knows St Francis!
  • 9 October St Denys, Bishop of Paris, martyr and Patron Saint of France (3rd century)
  • 18 October Luke the Evangelist
  • 26 October Alfred the Great (847-849) His name means 'Wise Elf', and was King of the Anglo Saxons. He proposed that primary education be conducted in English rather than Latin - which must have been a great relief to the Key Stages 1&2 of the time
  • 28 October Simon & Jude, Apostles
  • 31 October Martin Luther (1483-1546)

The Angel of Christian Charity
On 1 October we remember Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, (1801-1885). He was one of our  greatest social reformers, whose many achievements include the reform of the Lunacy Laws, Child Labour Acts, Factory Reform, the Mines & Collieries Act - (which stopped children and women working underground), the Climbing Boys Act (chimney sweeps), the Ragged School Union and the Suppression of the Opium Trade. 

His memorial is on Piccadilly Circus: a fountain, surmounted by Alfred Gilbert's statue of either Anteros (brother of Eros and Greek symbol of selfless love), or the Angel of Christian Charity. Of course, millions of tourists call it Eros regardless...

The current, 12th, Earl (also Anthony Ashley-Cooper), is a second son and on the untimely deaths of his father and elder brother by 2005, had to leave his life as DJ and music promoter in New York to come home and (as he said at a recent V&A lecture) - start being sensible. He has restored the family seat of St Giles House in Wimborne St Giles, which was built by the First Earl in 1651. The statues (formerly dolphins) in the front gardens had been stolen, but he discovered that the V&A owned the original mould of the Gilbert statue, and had produced a limited run of 10, 9 of which had been sold. The last one ever to be made from the mould  is now in pride of place in front of the St Giles House.

A fitting reminder on Stewardship Sunday perhaps...

Church News

Harvest Festival
22 September
The celebration of Harvest Festival has not been in the All Saints tradition in recent years, so it was wonderful to see some 150 people in the congregation at this 10am combined mass. There were many generous donations of food, reflecting the way All Saints rose to the challenge set by the (albeit eccentric) originator of this celebration - (Reverend Hawker) - of sharing with those less fortunate than ourselves. Donations were loaded up and taken to Sutton Food Bank the day after the service. 

Thank you to all who came, and to those were able to give - especially the smaller members of the congregation who struggled up to the Rood screen steps with heavy tins!

Open House Weekend
21-22 September

All Saints opened its doors to the parish and wider community last weekend as part of the Open House London event. 

We have been doing it for several years but added a few things this year, trying to showcase some more of what All Saints is known for - the beautiful and historic building, our bells, meeting our children's needs, and of course - our hospitality.  As you can see from the photos I think everything was covered! Yet again, every local visitor said how wonderful the church is, and how they had lived in the area for many years but never been inside. 

There were getting on for 400 visitors over the two days, and £360 was donated at the refreshment table. There was wonderful storytelling (from our local author and artist, Helena Vaughan), beautiful art (from the Carshalton & Wallington Art Group as usual), Harvest-themed yoga exercising for children (from one of our young parents), Handbells (from our ringing team), tours of the church and bell tower, loaned historic books to look at, supervised craft activities for children all day,  brasses uncovered, and truly delicious and plentiful home-baked cakes to eat. 

So thank you to everyone for helping to make the Open House weekend such a success - it wouldn’t have happened without you. Thank you to the setters out, the clearers up, the tea servers, the washers up, the meet and greeters, the tally counters, the tour organisers and guides, the bell ringers, the story teller, the children’s craft activity supervisors, the yoga teacher, the cake bakers, the art group, those who came early, those who stayed late, those who took on things outside their comfort zone and everyone from the whole church family who made All Saints so welcoming to the parish and beyond.

Let us know if you have any suggestions for next year using the contact email above, or leave a note in the sacristy. 
For your diary -
Open House weekend in 2020 will be on 19 & 20 September

Diocesan Lay Conference
Two members of the congregation were able to go to this, and report that it was a very worthwhile event. Among the workshops mentioned were one on working with children which is very apposite for the current expanding of Young Church at All Saints, and one on working with the elderly, though perhaps here in Carshalton, the mature members of the congregation are still taking a more than active part in the life of the church!

The Bridge and young church
These children's activities continue to be popular, and now all our helpers have their statutory DBS checks, we are looking forward to expanding and developing Young Church. 
News from Malawi

Great news! 

Mpemba Primary School has once again had the best results in the educational zone with 65 passing the primary school leaving exam.

Fourteen of these children, those with the highest grades, have been selected to national and district boarding secondary schools - some of the best schools in the country. The only way these fourteen children can take up their place is if they are sponsored as they are all from poor families.

Steven Chitekwe, who is starting Form 1, writes ‘Porridge is helping many children at Mpemba Primary including me. When I was in year 2, I went to school without eating until evening. The library also helped us with reading and to get top grades’.

For just £25 a month you could start sponsoring a student, giving them the opportunity of a secondary education which could help change their and their families’ lives.
Please contact Sara at for more information.

The full Autumn newsletter is available in church, or the website gives lots more progress news about the whole range of projects Hope4Malawi are working on.


All Saints School News

Education Sunday, 8 September
The church was very full of congregants of all ages for this service, at which the Head of our Church Primary School, (Mrs Emma Hart Dyke) gave an address, explaining just what her job involves and what our church primary school is all about.  Several people who were there have since commented to me just how inspiring and very informative this address was, so I make no apologies for printing in full. This is what she said.

"Some of you will know me as the head teacher at All Saints Carshalton, primary school, the school linked to this church and I have been asked to talk to you today as it is Education Sunday. I am in my 34th year as a teacher and now in my 20th year of headship.
I have taught in 4 schools during my teaching career. My first school was in Wandsworth when ILEA was still in existence. The others have been in the London Borough of Sutton. My first 5 years of headship were at a junior school in central Sutton and then in September 2005, I became the head teacher of All Saints Carshalton Church of England Primary School, where I am currently in my 15th year. 
I had never worked in a Church school before and a question that I asked myself and am still asked by others is: Is it any different? My honest answer is yes in many ways, but no in others. However it is certainly a very special place to be, and a priviledge.
When looking at my own practice, having been brought up in a Christian family, my approach has not been any different as I have always tried to promote the Christian values of faith, hope and love throughout my working life.
At All Saints my aim has been to ensure the fact that we are a church school is woven into the very brickwork, so to speak. To this end, on entering the school, a visitor should be embraced by our Christian distinctiveness. There is always an interactive display in the entrance hall relating to an aspect of the church year, and the behaviour of the children and adults in the school reflect our Christian principles. As a staff team we are very supportive of each other, teamwork is extremely strong, we make time for each other, we show we care by looking out for each other, we have empathy and try to look for the positive in everything and everyone. We remind the children that we are all made in God’s image: God wants us all to follow his example and flourish in our lives.
Our 9 values, I hope, are embedded into our every thought and action and pervade everything we do. Only last Friday, I was talking to some Year 5 children about having the courage to stand up for what we know is right even if it does not make us popular, and to trust that Jesus is there to help us make the right decision.
We are very fortunate in having close links with Carshalton All Saints church, with Father David (and Father John before him) and consider it to be our Mother church. Our Chair of Governors, Helen Smith, and other members of the governing body (including our clerk to governors) also worship here. Classes visit regularly throughout the year as part of our curriculum enrichment and the school attends to celebrate the major festivals such as: Harvest, All Saints Day, Christmas, Ash Wednesday and Ascension. The children take an active part in these services, by reading the intercessions and the Gospel or leading the service in its entirety, as at Harvest and Christmas. Our Year 6 are also prepared for confirmation each year. 
But we are not complacent, and continue to work closely with Father David to develop our links further with the church. For example, our Year 2 children created an act of kindness display for you last year. Our Year 5 and 6 children have taken part in our Talent project based on the parable of the Talents to raise money for Hope4Milawi, a charity also supported by All Saints church, and last year the children raised a grand total of £2,030.97. We are also very fortunate to be welcoming David Kellett, who has links with Hope4Milawi onto our governing body.
In addition, Father David visits the school each week to lead worship with the Infants and the Juniors alternately. 
Our Worship in school is certainly different from an assembly in a community school. Our worship always begins with:
  • a welcoming piece of liturgy relating to the Trinity with a response from the children
  • we light a candle to represent Jesus as the light of our world and have a special candle prayer
  • we sing a hymn
  • our talk is based on an aspect of the bible and will often relate to one of our values 
  • we have a moment for quiet reflection
  • and we pray -  our prayers always include the Lord’s Prayer
  • our worship ends with a 'sending message' with a further response from the children 
We also have a table on which our candle stands, and which is covered by cloth which changes according to the Church year. I spent my first year at All Saints thumbing through hymn books for possible choices to teach the children and we have developed a large repertoire, many that are also sung here in church; 'Be still for the presence of the Lord' being one of them.
Our school is in the Diocese of Southwark and I take comfort in the support I receive from the Education Board and the heads of other church schools. Headship is not easy as the goalposts are always shifting. You have to be strong, have broad shoulders, have the courage of one’s convictions, remain focused on the priorities for the school and not be overwhelmed by the vast number of initiatives that are constantly thrust at us. We were one of the two founding schools in the Southwark Diocese MAT (Multi Academy Trust) and have been instrumental in shaping it. There were teething problems as there always are in new ventures, but the school is certainly experiencing the benefits: capital works to the building, CPD for staff, invaluable HR and Financial support, and advice and support for staff mental health and wellbeing to name a few areas.
In having close links with our local church and with Southwark Diocese we are immediately part of a community and we try to develop this through community tea parties, lettings, singing in the locality and fund raising for charities, both local and national. Each year our children make presentations to the school on their chosen charity and the school votes. The most popular is chosen and fundraising takes place throughout the year, organised by the children themselves. Last year our charities were Abbie’s Army and Reverse RETT. The children raised an amazing amount, over £4,000!
As a faith school we deal with our own admissions. This is co-ordinated by Sutton but applicants are ranked by the school, similar to the secondary school process. Each year we are vastly oversubscribed for our 60 places. We have strict criteria to follow, faithful commitment to the church being a high one.
One thing I did discover on taking up my headship at All Saints was that Church schools have the added treat of two Inspections! The first is from OFSTED and the second is a Section 48 Inspection of Anglican Schools. We are due both this academic year and as with everything in education, the goal posts have shifted yet again, but are hopeful of very positive outcomes in both.
As a school community, we have been working hard to develop our Vision, which forms the basis of everything we stand for and believe. We have used Matthew 5:16 as inspiration, and this is it:
‘For each one of us to shine as a light believing that we can make a difference in the world...’

Every day as I go around the school, I see evidence of our vision being lived out by the children and staff. Hopefully through my talk today, I have given you a few snippets of life at All Saints and how we are indeed shining as a light and making a difference in the world.
As a head of a church school, I have learnt so much and I have deepened my understanding of the bible, Jesus’ teaching and my faith. I am often asked challenging questions by the children and sometimes have to confess that I do not have an answer. 
Headship is hugely rewarding; I am very proud when staff new and old, tell me that there is something special about our school and how they have developed their own faith during their time here.

It is an exciting role as no day is ever the same, exhausting, and lonely at times as the responsibility of day to day management stops with me.
However, as the head of a church school, I am very fortunate because I don’t have to be alone. I have God to talk to when decisions get tough and I know that if I put my trust in Him, He will help me through those difficult times, and He has.
As chair of the Southwark Head Teachers’ Association, I lead the annual conference with the diocesan director, Colin Powell, which is held in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, and this is a prayer that we have often used during the conference.
I think it sums up everything I try to uphold as Head teacher at All Saints Carshalton and I would like to share it with you now. 
Almighty God

Send your blessings on our gathering
May we listen to your voice, as we seek to build our vision
May we listen to each other, as we share our experience
May we listen to the future, as we draw on the past
Give us the grace to be open to new ways of working
Give us the ambition to extend your kingdom
Give us the imagination to grow forward together
Help us to remember that wherever a child goes, You are there also
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord,


All Saints School, Golden Anniversary 25th September

On Wednesday 25 September at 2pm the church was filled with 420 children (from Reception up to Year 6), their teachers and support staff, as well as more than 100 family members with preschool siblings, and specially invited guests.

(One child was thrilled to learn that she shared her birthday with the school -made her special day even more special! And two year 2 girls were transfixed by the sight of Bishop Jonathan in his gold mitre and robes - just perfect for their Golden Anniversary.) 

The service began in the way all school acts of worship begin - with the lighting of a candle (in this case, a new, oil, candle given to the school by Fr David) and the School Candle Prayer, familiar to all the children.

Lord Jesus
We light this candle to show that You are the light of the world. We come together now to pray and praise. May Your light remove all darkness from our hearts and minds.

The hymns - 'Christ be our light', 'As the deer pants for the water', and 'I, the Lord of sea and sky' - were sung confidently and tunefully by all. Indeed, a member of the congregation commented afterwards on the children's beautiful voices and said he had to stop singing himself in order to listen to them! 

Year 6 children led the prayers, and the readings were from the Chair of Governors, and the Head Teacher. 

A very moving part of the service was when a group of children from Key Stage 1 and then Key Stage 2 shared their personal thoughts about the school - about the caring, family atmosphere of All Saints Primary, the kindness of children and staff alike, the support they had in their learning, and more.

Here's to the next 50 years!

There was a retiring collection in aid of Hope4Malawi - the charity supported by both members of the All Saints family: school and church. It raised £182.47 which will be very gratefully received by the charity. 

And more school news...

SIAMS inspection 

In Mrs Hart Dyke's address on Education Sunday  she mentioned the school was due two inspections this year. Well, one of them arrived ten days later - the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). Very little notice was given, as usual, but the whole school met the challenge positively and everyone was pleased to share the ethos and vision of their school with the inspector. The visit went very well and the result will be confirmed shortly - watch this space!

Sutton Schools Sport Partnership Celebration Evening, 11 September 

This celebratory event was held at Hackbridge Primary school, attended by Tom Brake (who gave out the awards) and local councillors, as well as representatives of all participating schools. One of the local councillors wrote:
"It was really inspiring to have been at the Sutton Schools Sport Partnership Celebration Evening today, especially as All Saints Carshalton featured so strongly in the awards.  It was particularly appropriate that the school was given the 'Respect' award.  In her comments about the reasons for the decision Katie Miller explained that although All Saints students do not always win every competition they enter - although they often come close! - what sets them apart is their "impeccable behaviour" at all times and the respect they show to other competitors.

It was also lovely to see Sue Ewing being given a special commendation (and a big bunch of flowers) for her outstanding contribution to sport in school."

It is indeed wonderful to see the children of All Saints so successfully living out one of their school values - that of Respect - in the real world, no easy achievement in the exciting atmosphere of competitive sport! 

And last, but by no means least:

On Thursday 26th September All Saints School celebrated European Day of Languages. The day started with a whole school Worship which involved staff revealing their foreign language speaking triumphs (or disasters!) through a quiz for the children, followed by the teaching of a whole school Spanish prayer:

Querido Señor

Gracias por todo.

Por favor ayúdanos.

En el nombre de Jesús.



Dear Lord

Thank you for everything.

Please would you help us.

In the name of Jesus,



Each class focused on a different European country, learning simple greetings and fun facts. The older children taught Spanish to the younger children at break time, Years 5 and 6 took part in an interclass European quiz and Mrs Springate told stories and ran language activities in most classes from Year 5 to Nursery. Around the school we saw Swedish flags, Hungarian dancing, a German quiz, Austrian greetings, French conversation and a European lunch menu!


As one child taught us in Worship: "If we speak a foreign language, we can find out more about each other."  We live in a world which faces such immense divisions; surely the more able we are to communicate with, understand, love and respect our neighbours and our differences, the better
we will make it?

From readers and friends

Let's talk about trees again....

Looking out of my window this morning, I noticed how the flowers on the lime tree in the pavement outside have gone brown and the leaves are definitely turning paler.  Down at the end of the road, there are two ginkgos and at this time of year, the prospect of them melting from dark green to butter yellow before dropping leaves to form a temporary mosaic on the surrounding area is one of the compensations for the leaving behind of summer.  I’m sure you also will have street trees somewhere close to your home which tell you the seasons as, if not more, accurately than any meteorological forecast.

Having lots of trees around is something many of us take for granted.  It’s only when a local authority decides to reduce the numbers that things tend to get more heated.  Sheffield Council contracted out the job of looking after their tree stock to Amey plc. Amey than set about cutting down more than 5,500 street trees in five years.  This was in the face of direct action, court hearings and massive opposition from local people - even the Environment Secretary of State got involved. 

Well, there is no prospect of that in Sutton, at least.  The current Tree Strategy for Sutton was launched in 2009 and the Tree Team in the council are firmly behind it.  In fact, local people are also part of the solution here.  I know this, because for seventeen years I had the great privilege of running UK charity The Tree Council, which supports the national volunteer force of Tree Wardens and yes, Sutton has its own network! It’s been centred around the Beddington Park HLF project and its new co-ordinator is Dawn Fielding, who took over in August.  

Like all policies, though, Sutton’s tree strategy is currently under review. In fact, you can read a summary of the main points here. Bill Wyatt from LBS tells us that volunteering is given more prominence in this new strategy and they are looking at options around a volunteer coordinator across the parks and open spaces of the borough. The Tree Wardens at Beddington Park are demonstrating an ability to start to self manage and support the work of the tree officers as well as develop and enhance the trees in the park. You are encouraged to contribute to the draft strategy during this consultation period.

The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently recommended that 30,000 hectares of new woodland should be planted annually, more than double the trees planted last year, so with no extra money, how is Sutton going to rise to the challenge? 

There are lots of important trees in the borough that improve the quality of everyday life in many ways. Reduced windspeeds on blustery days, shade on hot days, air cooling, reducing heating and air conditioning costs and saving energy, which in turn cuts down air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels – I could go on, but you’d fall asleep before I’d even got into my stride.  But you don’t need to hear all the scientific stuff; most of us value trees simply because they are beautiful, uplift the soul and gladden our hearts. And that, at bottom, seems to me to be one of the most compelling reasons to argue that everyone should be able to see a tree from their window. 

Some of you may already have given your time to planting, care or conservation of trees in the borough and so far, more than three and a half thousand trees, of all sizes, have been planted by the Beddington Park HLF project.  But there is still lots more to do.  Hands up, then, if you’d like to see more trees in the streets around where you live? Or in local parks and green spaces? Hands up, too, if you worry about the survival rates of trees because of pests and diseases like Dutch Elm Disease, which took hold fifty years ago and is still holding on, to 2012’s arrival of Ash Dieback that looks set to change the face of the landscape yet again. We may not be able to eradicate some of these threats, but we can do a good job of mitigating their impact. And whilst on our own, we may feel unable to plant enough trees or ensure they survive to maturity, in a network of supported and like-minded neighbours, we can change views!

What do Tree Wardens do? Well, whatever is needed in their community - from planting and caring for trees to leading events for Seed Gathering Season, National Tree Week and Walk In The Woods month.  You don’t even need to get your hands dirty or go out in the rain - raising funds for new projects and helping with classroom projects on trees all come within the range of things that Tree Wardens can offer.  So if you’re ready to join a movement that celebrates in tree cathedrals and promises life beyond our lives, you’re in the right frame of mind to get in touch with Dawn at the Beddington HLF project.  Become part of the action and leave a greener legacy for our children and grandchildren. Go on – future generations are relying on you!
Pauline Buchanan Black has been a champion for trees across the UK since 2001.  She still is.
Notes for links:
Summary of draft Sutton Parks and Open Spaces Strategy 2019-2026:
BBC story on the need for tree planting in the UK:
Sutton Tree Warden co-ordinator Dawn Fielding’s contact details:


Tempus Fugit
   Tempus Fugit – time flies.  Which airport? Which airline? Destination?  What’s the time? It’s time to go, time up, time gentlemen please, times change, departure time, arrival time, time on, time off, time out, holiday time. How often we talk about time! 
Time is ephemeral and fleeting. Scripture reminds us just how fleeting it is: “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” (Eccesiastes 3:1,2). 

         We look back at our childhood and remember the holidays and those long summer days when it seemed time stood still.  But it didn’t – there were still 24 hours in the day. We reminisce and honestly believe that time passed more slowly back then... Of course it didn’t – but that’s the impression which remains with us. Possibly the pace of life was slower. Those long gone days now appear to us as unreal – those were other times. Were we deluded in thinking that we were uniquely free of the onrush of time? Maybe, “when I was a child I spoke as a child, I understood as a child.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)  
Clock maker John Harrison took 36 years to build his famous “sea-clock” for measuring longitude, crucial for the safety of ships on long sea-voyages and he was still calibrating it at the time of his death in 1776 aged 83.

A Chronophage – a revolutionary 21st century clock - sits in a corner window of the library building of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. This clock features a giant time-eating grasshopper. It has no digital numbers, but rather a series of slits cut into the face. This blinking, tail-wagging grasshopper advances the perimeter of the four foot round dial devouring the minutes, reminding viewers that time is fleeting. On the hour, the College explains, the clock “reminds us of our mortality with the sound of a chain dropping into a wooden coffin.” People stop, stare, and gaze in wonder at this marvel of modern technology.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is still to come. Today is where we are. The present crumbles into the past. We do well to learn the lesson of yesterday and to apply it to our life today We sing today’s reality – 

Lord, for tomorrow and its needs 
I do not pray; 
keep me my God, from stain of sin,
 just for today.
Edward  Walsh
And on the same theme, lines from a clock in the north transept of Chester Cathedral:

When as a child, I laughed and wept,
Time crept.
When as a youth, I dreamt and talked,
Time walked.
When I became a full-grown man
Time ran.
When older still I daily grew, 
Time flew.
Soon I shall find on travelling on
Time gone.
O Christ, wilt thou have saved me then?

Henry Twells (1823-1900)

From the Archives

Or rather, To the Archives...

Last month, we took some of our old records to the Sutton Archive, on the advice of the Archdeacon. Some seven (very heavy) bags and boxes were duly listed, packed up and delivered to the library. Not an easy job as previous incumbents were quite cavalier in their recording of years, often just signed as 'Rector' rather their name, or used liturgical days rather than calendar dates - quite a challenge to work out when they were from!

Included were record books of Banns of Marriage, from 1823.

The Marriage Duty Act of 1695 had put an end to irregular marriages at parochial churches by penalising clergymen who married couples without banns or licence. By a legal quirk, however, clergymen operating in the Fleet could not effectively be proceeded against, and the clandestine marriage business there carried on. In the 1740s, over half of all London weddings were taking place in the environs of the Fleet Prison -  couples who wanted to get married quickly or secretly.

The Marriage Act of 1753,  (An Act for the Better Preventing of Clandestine Marriage), popularly known as Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act, was the first statutory law in England and Wales to require a formal ceremony of marriage. It came into force on 25 March 1754.  We were told that a local historian has discovered convincing evidence that Lord Hardwicke was staying in this area when he had personal experience of a case of elopement which ended in a 'clandestine marriage', which moved him to write the Bill.

Our early records quote this Act, with its subsidiary title, on the frontispiece of each volume. 
For your diaries: the always-popular  All Saints Quiz night with Gary Miles will be held on Saturday 23 November. More details next month, but save the evening!

Music at All Saints


The Mayor of Sutton is delighted to announce the
International Choir Tour of
PopChoir Meilenstein & Young Voices  

from our Twinned-Town Minden, Germany

in Concert with our own Sutton Chorale

All Saints Church High Street Carshalton SM5 3AG

Saturday 19th October 2019 at 7.30 pm

Refreshments in the Interval

Entrance FREE

with a Retiring Collection for The Mayor's Charities:
Oaks Way Seniors Centre & Sutton Vision


Presented by: Sutton Town Twinning Association & Sutton Chorale

The Magic Flute
For your diaries so you don't forget to book your tickets for this brilliant event in October!

If you know Carshalton Opera you won't be disappointed with their new production, and if you don't, even small children really enjoy opera done in this accessible, family friendly way - yes, really! 

Use the link below to see their archive photos of enthralled audiences of all ages at previous events, and to book your tickets.

There is also an evening performance for the child-free of course..
And in beautiful Croydon Minster...

From our mailbox

Some quotes from our visitors' book - take a moment to read them for yourself:

Lady from Sheffield, descendent of the Gaynesfords  said 'So glad to see (the church) open!'

And here is a selection of quotes from recent visitors, both during the week and over Open House weekend: 

'A stunning church'
'What a wonderful church!'
'I feel good praying here'
'Friendly and informative tour guide'
'Beautiful, and interesting history'
'What a joy!'
'Still as beautiful as many years ago'

'Beautiful' is the word that most often appears in our visitors' book - and it's nice to be reminded just how special this building we care for is!

Other News

Cinema on your doorstep

Films at Carshalton Methodist Church, Ruskin Road, Carshalton, SM5 3DE 

Admission free; donations appreciated. 
The next showing is on Saturday 19th October at 3pm and 7.30pm  which is Green Book  (Cert 12) as part of the Borough’s celebration of Black History Month. 

For our 23rd November film we will sponsor two of our guides from the 6th Carshalton Guides Unit who will attend a service camp in Mexico next summer to work with local children on a reforestation programme. They will help us show you the new version of Aladdin - (single showing at 3pm) with Will Smith as the genie, in good time for the Christmas pantomime season.

In the evening of 23 November at 7:30pm is a single showing of Fisherman's Friends (2019, Cert 12). A London music executive on a stag weekend signs up a group of shanty-singing fishermen. All donations will support our guides going to Mexico
Honeywood Museum 
The Museum on the ponds next to Festival Walk is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 till 5pm.
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