All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, June 2019
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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. 
Pentecost, also known as Whitsun, is generally taken to mark the birth of the early church.

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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 on 2 June)


  • 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
New services...  

You'll notice from the article below that Fr David is conducting new prayer services which may fit in with your busy week, giving you the opportunity for a time of quiet prayer and spiritual respite.

For the period between Ascension (30 May) and Pentecost (9 June), from Tuesday till Friday, there will be Morning Prayers at 9am, and Evening Prayers at 5:30pm.

On an ongoing basis after that, Evening Prayers will take place, again Tuesday till Friday, at 5:30pm.

Speak to Fr David in church if you think you'd like to come. Enter by the South Porch and the services will held in the Lady Chapel.
Major Saints Days in June
  • 8 June
    Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath & Wells, hymnist,  1711
  • 11 June
    Barnabas the Apostle
  • 24 June
    John the Baptist
  • 29 June
    Peter & Paul, Apostles
Another hymnist - Thomas Ken 1711
Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

Redeem thy mis-spent time that's past,
Live this day as if 'twere thy last:
Improve thy talent with due care;
For the great day thyself prepare.

Let all thy converse be sincere,
Thy conscience as the noon-day clear;
Think how all-seeing God thy ways
And all thy secret thought surveys.

A hymn popular, at least in the past, at school assemblies.  Thomas Ken (and our head teacher) clearly shared Shakespeare's opinion of school pupils: 
"...the whining schoolboy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school..."
(As You Like It, possibly first performed in 1603)
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. 

Please get in touch with Antony to talk about this inspiring new initiative.

Church News

A very kind and much appreciated card and flowers brought in by friends from the local Moslem community on the news of the recent massacres of Christians in Sri Lanka. 

But I say to you,
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.     
Matthew 5:44

The history of the early church in the New Testament is full of references to persecution, and indeed, the spread of the church was in large part due to these persecutions. Our church calendar is marked by days dedicated to Christian martyrs from ages past. And we might be tempted to think that the serious and widespread persecution of Christians for their faith has been consigned to well-known points in history. We would be very wrong. The Bishop of Truro was recently asked to carry out a review into global Christian persecution today  and here are some of his harrowing findings: 

..."widespread evidence showing that Christians are by far the most widely persecuted religion" and that religious persecution is a "global phenomenon that is growing in scale and intensity".

 "Research consistently indicates that Christians are the 'most widely targeted religious community'. Acts of violence… are becoming more widespread [with] an increase in the severity of anti-Christian persecution."
The persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa has reached such a "vast scale" that it is coming "close to meeting the international definition of genocide".
"The eradication of Christians and other minorities on pain of the sword or other violent means was… the specific and stated objective of extremist groups in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, North-East Nigeria and the Philippines."
"An intent to erase all evidence of the Christian presence was made plain by the removal of crosses, the destruction of church buildings and other church symbols. The killing and abduction of clergy represented a direct attack on the church's structure and leadership."
"The main impact of such genocidal acts against Christians is exodus. Christianity now faces the possibility of being wiped-out in parts of the Middle East."
Open Doors  (  reports that "approximately 245 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution or worse – 30 million up on the previous year."

We live in a sheltered country, protected by law from discrimination and persecution. That isn't to say it doesn't happen, but it not seen as right, and we can seek legal redress. As an anglican community we are further protected by being the established church and so part of the very fabric of the country, and the way it is governed. However, one thing we are not protected from by law is much more insidious, (but perhaps eventually more lethal), and that is apathy, which is down to each one of us to address.

Anyone who is not for me is really against me; anyone who does not help me gather is really scattering.          Matthew 12:30  (Good News translation)

Read the Bishop's full report:

International Refugee Day June 20

World Refugee Day 2019 is on June 20th. This is an annual event, held on the same date each year, and 2019 is the 19th year of the event, run by the United Nations Refugee Agency, to state that the world supports and stands with refugees. The event is about raising global awareness of global responsibility for refugees.

World Refugee Day honours the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster.

For information and inspiring stories visit the website:
Thy Kingdom Come is the initiative of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York which started in 2016 as an invitation from them to the Church of England, and has grown into an international ecumenical call to prayer

Specifically, it focuses on prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost; as Archbishops Justin and Sentamu say this year, 

“After the very first Ascension day, the disciples gathered with Mary, the mother of our Lord, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.  That is why through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit.”
Apart from use across the Anglican Communion, Thy Kingdom Come  is used by a wide variety of our ecumenical partners, and is commended by the leaders of the Roman Catholic, Methodist, Coptic, Baptist, United Reformed and Orthodox Churches, amongst others.
Church House Publishing (the publishing arm of the Church of England) has produced a booklet for Morning, Evening and Night Prayer based on Common Worship: Daily Prayer.  I will be using this in church between Ascension (30 May) and Pentecost (9 June), and you’ll be very welcome to join me (or indeed at any other time) for Morning and Evening Prayer!  This is a good opportunity to pray for continued growth at All Saints’, both numerically and in faith.
There are copies of the booklet available in church and it is also available online at    
Fr David
21 Years Young!!
This year marks the 21stanniversary 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 last Sunday at All Saints
Sunday 12 May was Fr Dave Billin's last day with us at All Saints before he moves on to his new incumbency at St Barnabas. The church was filled at each service with congregations all wishing him well, and thanking him for all his hard work, unfailing service and pastoral care during his time with us since 2006. 

After High Mass was a Parish lunch with plentiful food and wine - and a wonderful cake decorated with images of a steam train and wild fowl, both well known passions of Fr Dave! He will be very much missed by everyone at All Saints though he will not be far away in a neighbouring parish so we are confident links between the two churches will grow.

And as a fitting end to the day, a quarter peal was rung for Fr Dave before Evensong - the formal details of which are below:
All Saints’ Parish Church
Carshalton, Greater London
(Tenor : 11-0-6 inF#)

On Sunday 12 May, 2019
A Quarter Peal of Stedman Triples   (1260 changes)
  1. David Wallis
  2. Catherine Stonehewer-Newbold
  3. Rosemary Lilley
  4. Chris McLean
  5. Kate Wills
  6. Patrick Wills
  7. Jeremy Cheeseman
  8. Fr David Fisher
Conducted by Jeremy Cheeseman
Rung prior to Evensong, and as a farewell compliment to  Fr Dave Billin, Associate Rector at All Saints Carshalton.

 On Thursday 20 June at 7:30pm, the Licensing of Revd Dave Billin as Assistant Priest (Vicar Designate of St Barnabas) will take place - all are welcome and encouraged to attend this very special service.
- St Barnabas Church, 37 St Barnabas Road, Sutton SM1 4NS -

And Fr Dave writes...
Mystery surrounds my move to All Saints thirteen years ago. After my licensing I met, on various occasions, the Rector, the Area Dean, the Archdeacon, the Area Bishop and the Diocesan Bishop, all of whom denied having suggested it. That leaves the Archbishop of Canterbury and God!
I was introduced to the congregation at All Saints on 15 October 2006 as a training curate, two weeks after I was ordained Deacon. The high church rites here were very strange to me, because I came from a low church background, so I spent much of my first year observing them, as well as getting to know lots of new faces and names. Many of those people have since gone to their reward. 
In the years that followed I have worked about 20,000 hours, presided at 1,905 services, and preached 986 sermons. I’ve made and mended countless things, lost some hair, gained some weight, and drunk a lot of tea.
I particularly enjoy the 8am Low Mass; sometimes the only sound from outside is the honking of geese, which could have been heard in any of the last ten centuries of worship here. The calm of Low Mass contrasts with the All Age Mass that follows it, because toddlers are rarely silent and anything can happen. As people come up to receive communion the adults are like islands in a sea of children who move about happily like a fluid among them. We give them all a blessing, but it is often impossible to tell whose children they are.
The pause between the All Age and High masses provides a welcome opportunity to recover a sense of order. The High Mass is meant to run like a well-rehearsed liturgical dance, but nimble footwork is sometimes necessary to get it back on the right track. It all works fine so long as the clergy and servers agree what track they should be on.
The presiding priest is expected to sing solo during the services. I had been singing in choirs since childhood, but singing solo exposes hiccups, croaks and uncertainties that a choir can hide. Fr John devised a little game of requiring the president at High Mass to find the pitch for the Lord’s Prayer before the organ came in; with practice I could get within a tone of the right key.
I will miss many features of All Saints, especially the people, the musical tradition, the sense of historical continuity, and the beautiful surroundings. I am very grateful for the kind comments you have made, and the cards and gifts I have received; there are too many for me to reply individually. Thank you!
And I was challenged to provide a poem:
The trivial round, the common task,
would furnish all we ought to take.
But now and then it’s good to mark
occasions with some wine and cake.
When came the time to say goodbye,
your kind remarks encouraged me.
I’m sad to leave, but know that I 
must leave the past to history.
Like many who have come and gone
through All Saints’ last ten centuries
I cherish still the love that shone
through people at its services.
Though you and I are called to serve 
in pastures new and changing days, 
we’ll meet again in heaven above
to worship God in endless praise.
Fr Dave Billin

The Big Brekkie

We all enjoyed the Parish lunch so much on May 12, that it was repeated on Sunday 19 May in support of Christian Aid.

Bacon butties, pastries, tea and coffee were on tap for free, but everyone showed their appreciation by donating to this year's Christian Aid appeal. The charity has found that the traditional street distribution of envelopes during the week wasn't giving enough opportunity to donate, (particularly as more and more people just don't use cash any more), so have been looking at different ways of engaging with people and enabling their support. 

As part of this programme, they supplied a contactless donation unit which we have been using in church. The good news is that we will be holding on to this after the appeal, (at a reduced purchase price), so future occasional visitors to the church for sightseeing, pastoral services or musical events, will be able to donate to the church in this way as well.  

For regular congregations of course, planned giving through standing order with Gift Aid is so much more valuable to us. There will be news about stewardship later in the year, but in the meantime please talk to Fr David for information about how it works. (There are forms available in church). 
New Rectory update
As this edition is being prepared, the final bits of work to the new Rectory are being finalised.  The Fishers will move in over 3rd and 4th June and there will be a House blessing and House warming a little later.  Confirmation of the Rectory phone number will follow!

The Bridge

Latest Gospel based craftwork from ‘The Bridge’ - members of All Age & High Mass congregations coloured themselves in ready for the fishing boat!

PCC news

The Electoral Roll is open again for registrations so if you are new to All Saints, or missed the deadline before the APCM, you can now fill in an application form which you'll find on the screen at the baptistry end of the church. Please give your form to a member of the clergy, or leave it in my pigeonhole in the sacristy. 

You may be wondering why you should indeed join the Electoral Roll and the answer is that nowadays it's seen as a formal indication of commitment as a lay person to All Saints. It entails no responsibilities beyond that, but you do have the right to join the PCC and vote at the APCM and thus the opportunity to be involved in the secular management of the church. 
Marion Williams, PCC Secretary

 More about the Bells

How bells are hung in the UK (and particularly in England) with a full wheel, stay and slider has had an effect on what can be done with a set of bells.  A set of bells is not a ‘peal’ but a ‘ring’ – so our tower houses a ring of 8 bells.  A ring is tuned musically so a ring of 8 will be an octave (ours are tuned to F#). Fabian Stedman, (the Cambridge printer mentioned last time), also had an interest in mathematics and began to apply his interest in maths to his interest in bells, developing what became known as Change Ringing.  This is where the sequence in which the bells ring changes at each pull (or ‘stroke) of the rope; each bell can only move one ‘place’ at with each pull.  A very simple combination is called Plain Hunting and Plain Hunt on 7 would be:
Number 1 (the ‘Treble’) is marked in red, starting from 1st place (called ‘Leading’), moving into 2nd place, then 3rd place and so on; each bell is doing the same thing, following the same pattern, but starting at a different place.  When this is rung at All Saints’, number 8 (the ‘Tenor’ bell) rings last each time.  Some methods, such as Plain Hunt, are very simple but others are not!  
All methods have names – a ‘surname’ indicating how many bells and a ‘forename’ for the specific method. The next stage onwards from Plain Hunt is called Plain Bob; if rung on different number of bells it’s called:
5 bells              Plain Bob Doubles
6 bells              Plain Bob Minor
7 bells              Plain Bob Triples
8 bells              Plain Bob Major
9 bells              Plain Bob Caters
10 bells            Plain Bob Royal
11 bells            Plain Bob Cinques
12 bells            Plain Bob Maximus
The maximum possible number of changes is determined by the number of bells; so on 7 bells, it is 5040 changes (1x2x3x4x5x6x7) and this takes about 3 hours to complete. Whatever the number of bells involved, a full peal must contain a minimum of 5040 changes.
Most methods are named after places, Fabian Stedman has a method named after him, and other standard ones include Grandsire (pronounced Grandsir), Oxford, Cambridge, London, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire.  Full circle ringing tends to be limited to Anglican churches and there are far more in England than Wales, Scotland and Ireland.  There are ringing towers in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  
I hope that my articles and those by Rosemary may have sparked something of an interest – if so, do speak to either of us!
Fr David  
News from Malawi

May Update... 
The total collection for our Lent appeal now stands at a fantastic

This will feed 34 children for a year! Thank you again to all who have taken an interest in our brothers and sisters in Malawi, and made donations towards the feeding programme: it will make such a difference!

As we moved into the national Christian Aid campaign during May, the Malawi table disappeared but is back out again with more news and updates on the  progress of projects in the villages.

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. If you would like to explore the option of joining the team then please contact David: or 07591 931488
David Kellett, Sara Goodman

All Saints School News

The School Vision

The whole school community has continued to work on this to make sure it clearly reflects the faith based ethos of All Saints Primary in a way all ages can understand. The core is inspired directly by a Bible verse, and leads to the 9 values that children work on to express this vision in their everyday lives.

For each one of us to shine as a light, believing we can make a difference in the world...                 Matthew 5:16
  • Love: Nurturing a love of learning and life in all its fullness
  • Faith: Believing that everything we do, we do with the Lord by our side
  • Courage:Being sustained by developing independence, determination and resilience to succeed
  • Respect: Caring for ourselves, others and the environment as responsible global citizens
  • Peace: Promoting Christian ideals through worship, and live by their example
  • Hope: Aspiring to be the best that we can be
  • Trust: Knowing that we are not only valued by what we do, but who we are
  • Friendship: Upholding kindness towards everyone we meet
  • Forgiveness: Understanding the importance and having the strength to forgive and be forgiven

We all appreciated the Kind Words in a jar that year 2 gave to the church as their expression of Friendship!

Using the Spiritual Garden

You will remember that last January, the Rector was invited to open and bless the Spiritual Garden at the school.

It has been put to good use since both as a formal part of lessons and informally at lunchtime.

This is the large and evolving, display in the hall which shows some of the things the children have doing in this space. 

As the weather improves the plants have really started to flourish, and anyone who came to vote in the EU elections will have walked past it and seen for themselves how lovely it is becoming.


On Saturday 29 June, there is the PTA Summer Fair. The school Gardening  Club is having a stall, and would be very grateful for any donations of plants to sell with their own produce, in aid of school funds.  

If any of you are keen gardeners and have plants to offer, please get in touch directly with the school, or speak to Fr David 

From the Archives

Mary of Walsingham
The village of Little Walsingham in Norfolk is often referred to as ‘England’s little Nazareth’, as a result of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in the village.  It was founded in 1161 by Lady Richeldis, who had a vision of the Virgin Mary, who told her to build a replica of her house in Nazareth.  

Between then and the Henrican Reformation of the 1530s, it became a major place of pilgrimage and the site of an Abbey under the care of the Augustinian Canons.  At the suppression of the abbey, the image of the Virgin Mary disappeared and all that remained were the ruins of the abbey buildings.

However, in the late 19th century, the Roman Catholic Shrine was restored in what is known as the Slipper Chapel – a mile outside the village, where pilgrims would traditionally remove their footwear for the final ‘holy mile’ into the village. 

As a result of the Roman Catholic initiative, the local Vicar decided to do likewise, and set up a statue of Mary in the Parish Church in Little Walsingham.  

Subsequently, in 1931, it was moved out of the church into a purpose-built Holy House, which is at the centre of the Anglican Shrine to this day.

We  have recently been given this new statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, which will now be near the entrance to the Lady Chapel, on the votive candle stand.
There is an interesting and close link with Carshalton – the Vicar of Walsingham, who set up the Anglican Shrine, was Fr Alfred Hope Patten (1885-1958).  Fr Hope Patten served three curacies, the last of which before moving to Norfolk was as Curate in Charge of the Good Shepherd, in the parish of Carshalton!
Fr David
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"Thank you for the exciting and most interesting parish newsletter this month. Onwards and upwards"                                                       Helen S


Music at All Saints


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 29 June, programme to be announced. Visit their website for details as they come out. 
Honeywood Museum 
The Museum on the ponds next to Festival Walk is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 till 5pm.
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
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