All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, February 2020
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Candlemas to Lent 1

 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  (2 February is Choral Evensong for Candlemas)


  • 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
Special Services in February
Farewell to the Venerable Chris Skilton, Archdeacon of Croydon
Sat 1 February  6:00pm at Emmanuel Church, South Croydon.
Archdeacon Chris has been a good friend to All Saints, and we are all warmly invited to this, his retirement service.

Deanery Confirmation Service 
Sunday 23 February, 10:30am
Days of commemoration in February
  • 2 February: Candlemas To celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Luke 2, 22-40). In the US and Canada it is also known Groundhog Day - and extension of an old superstition that if the weather is cold on Candlemas, winter will continue for some time... 
  • 23 February: Polycarp Bishop of Smyrna, (69-155).  Irenaeus and Tertullian record that Polycarp had been a disciple of John the Apostle, and Jerome says that John ordained him as Bishop of Smyrna. 

Church News

New Services at All Saints

Sunday evening worship
Following a recent discussion at PCC and from the start of Lent (Sunday 1 March), there will be a change to the Sunday evening monthly pattern of worship, particularly regarding the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

(Choral Evensong on the 1st Sunday and Evensong on 3rd and 5th Sundays will remain as now).  

On 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, there will be a Meditation before the Blessed Sacrament, interspersed with a few readings, prayers and simple chants, (often from the Taize Community), lasting 30-40 minutes. 

 This will be a gentle service, offering the opportunity for quiet, personal prayer.  The readings etc will be linked in to the liturgical season.  People will be able to stay for the whole service, as now, or come and go as they please.  

Choral Evensong on the 1st Sunday of Lent will be on Sunday 1 March (which is also, of course, St David’s Day!).


The Bridge and young church

These are the current displays in The Bridge area - with the new banner - below which are drawings of the children being 'baptised' in the River Jordan.

Below they have written their names as part of the very fabric of All Saints church.

This area is very much appreciated by all children who visit the church - as drop ins, for pastoral services, music events, carol services, and indeed as part of a parish school Year 1 RE visit - (which was a bit unexpected!) We get  kind comments of appreciation from families on a regular basis...

Thank you to all who help make our children's activities so interesting and inspiring. 

All Saints' Choir,  2020
The observant will notice that the upright piano has disappeared! This lovely instrument, which was kindly given by a past member of the congregation, has been for a long time quietly sitting, sadly rarely used, at the west end of the south aisle.

The good news is that it is has been tuned and given a new home in what used to be the copier and general dumping corner under the Fellowes monument. This area, (behind the children's information screens), has been cleared out, cleaned up and is now the long-needed Choir Vestry, complete with music, seating and piano.

So we now have a keyboard instrument in every part of the church - and all in regular use. 

Take a look - but watch out for the trunk of the Christmas tree on the floor - also waiting for a new role. Watch this space!
All Saints is now registered with Amazon Smile!
You can help raise money for the church by shopping at For every pound you spend on Amazon, the church gets a donation of 0.5%. Although you will be prompted to login on Amazon Smile, you can use your normal login details (and your normal delivery address billing details & prime membership are automatically available).

Please remember that the Church’s full name for charity law purposes is: The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of All Saints, Carshalton.
You cannot shop with Smile via your phone/tablet apps, however, it seems items can qualify when you add them to your basket in the app, then checkout via a browser window.

To make life easier, you can also use this link to support us:

Events at All Saints

And for your diary...

Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra  
Thursday 26 March, 7 pm

If you came to the concert on 26 November last year, you will know just how enjoyable their performances are. If you didn't - come along in March and be inspired by the playing of these talented young local musicians!

Tickets available on the door or through their website, and there will be a bar...
More details of the programme as they are released.

Doves and Pigeons ...
In the middle of January, some 90 Year 1 children from Muschamp school visited All Saints again as part of their RE curriculum. This year they had the children's church activity sheet to give them things to look for, one of which is the dove of the Holy Spirit (left) - to be found on the 'ceiling' of the font. They were much amused by the attempts of our, then resident, pigeon to act the part...

(The pigeon has since been safely tempted out by a team of ushers armed only with mince pie crumbs...)

Goodbye, and thank you for all you've done....

Last month we said a sad farewell to Janice Scott, who has been a committed and active member of All Saints for many years, (see below for just how many!)  Janice and her husband, Charlie, have moved to Leatherhead, but we hope she'll keep in touch.

Most recently we have her to thank for getting the windows cleaned - and how wonderful it was when the sun could once again stream in without benefit of cobweb curtains!

Even the windows that are difficult to reach, and even harder to see were not left out! And the drone which checked nothing had been missed was particularly entertaining for those of us in church that day...

Greetings from Leatherhead
Charlie and I finally moved from our Edwardian house in Wallington, first into a temporary flat with our stuff in storage, and then (just a few days before Christmas) into our newly built house in Leatherhead. Life was hectic: we had to unpack; get curtain rails, toilet roll holders, beds, and light fittings fixed up; find a space for things following our attempt at downsizing; celebrate Christmas after a fashion (without knowing how to use the new oven and microwave); getting to grips with the under-floor heating system and burglar alarm; and having the grandchildren to stay FOR A WEEK, all at the same time. Recovery has been slow, but we're getting there.

I was proud and happy to be a member of All Saints Carshalton for 42 years, where we were married and had our three children baptised. I saw many changes in that time, and no doubt there are, and will be, more plans to keep the church flourishing and growing. So I send everyone love and good wishes for the future, and of course I shall continue to receive your news via the Parish Paper...
Janice Scott
More thank you's...

The retiring collection at the Christingle Service was for The Children's Society and we have received a letter of thanks from them for the £455.42 donated. 

And the British Legion have also written to thank you for the £51.82 raised for the Poppy Appeal this year. (The letters are on the refreshment area for you to read.)

Many thanks to everyone who gave so generously to these appeals. 

All Saints School News


This term one of the nine School Values that the children are concentrating on, is that of Hope. They have been putting their own inspiring Leaves of Hope on a willow branch 'tree'.

And the current whole school memory verse is:

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 
Romans 8:24


                All Saints Magazine Club, 2019 

All Saints School have a Magazine Club which meets (often at lunchtimes) to type, edit and publish articles by children across the whole school. The result came out to parents in January. 

I just can't resist sharing this with you - just one of many interesting and entertaining pieces of work produced through much hard work by the children. Well done to all who contributed in some way... 

                               Down behind the dustbin, I met a dog called Mia.
                                         "What are you doing?" I said.
                                         "I'm getting some food," said Mia.

                              Down behind the dustbin, I met a dog called Molly.
                                        "What are you doing?" I said.
                                         "I'm only being silly..."

                                                         Written by children from Year 1


On Saturday 18 January, Fr David conducted a Blessing of Animals ceremony - unusual though not unprecedented at All Saints -  in which a family puppy was blessed.  A lovely service for the family from our school and their new member...

News from Malawi


The Hope4Malawi information table was dismantled before Advent, leaving only posters on the church screens, and articles in the Parish Paper to keep you up to date. However, we are still partnering with the work of this charity and a member of the congregation is joining the team going out in the summer to continue on-site help with the ongoing projects. 

After Easter, there a couple of events planned at All Saints when we can learn a lot more about the work and how it is progressing, through presentations and talking to those who are involved.  Also, how we can continue to help in a range of specific and essential ways, whatever our situations. There will be an evening event in April and a coffee morning in June - more news later.

In the meantime, we'll continue to publish bulletins here about our friends in Malawi - or you can go to their website. Their main project is to the complete the secondary school ready for a September start. It is currently at the foundation stage so your prayers would be welcome!


From the Archives

From past Ripples...

In today's world, appearance has become overwhelmingly important.  A member of the congregation recently commented that there had a been a couple of young men at Midnight Mass who stood out by their appearance and behaviour - definitely not churched, she thought, but not uncommon at this service.  However, she changed her mind as she noticed that they clearly knew the liturgy and joined in confidently with little reference to the service sheet. I, too, have jumped to similar conclusions  - and we have both learnt not to judge books by their covers!  In the same vein -  

What do Christians look like?

"He doesn't look like a Christian", the woman said. I wondered, what does a Christian look like? And, perhaps differently, what should a Christian look like? I could see the woman's point; I have certainly never seen a Christian looking like the colourful punk in question. But does that mean he can't be a Christian?

We would all say, theoretically, of course he could be - our faith and forgiveness of sins does not depend on how we look. Nevertheless, few of our churches would know how to handle this particular youth if he walked into one of our Sunday services. 

If we were all to get together and try to thrash out amongst us what we thought a Christian - male or female - should look like, we would probably come up with something like the following:
Respectable, nicely dressed (neither dreary nor provocative), inoffensive, tidy, with nothing bizarre or unexpected about their appearance or behaviour.

However, when we look at the Bible, (which is after all should be our pattern for all things), what were godly people like?

They were like David, dancing before the Lord wearing only an ephod; they were like Esther, who underwent 12 months of cosmetic and beauty treatments.
They were like Moses, both stern and radiant; they were like the children of Israel, marching round the walls of Jericho and shouting (now there's strange behaviour for you!)

They were like Stephen, telling the spiritual leaders of their hypocrisy; they were like Mary, a humble girl accepting the will of God, and Deborah, leading her people to war.

They were like John the baptist who wore clothes of animal skins, and they were like Joseph, who had all the trimmings of a great leader in Pharoah's court.

They were like some of the disciples, who abandoned their jobs at the drop of a hat; they were like Mary & Martha, both of whom were spiritual people in different ways. But none of them were dull, predictable, boring, narrow or even respectable.

So let's break out of the mould of what we think a Christian should look like, and look instead at the biblical pattern of godly people in all their glorious diversity and individuality.
Gail Lawther, Editor "Christian Woman" reprinted in the Ripple, September 1985

 The Old Rectory - A Respectable Parsonage House

Last month we mentioned the Byne family building the Old Rectory, and have had several positive responses to the article. If you are interested in local heritage and would like to be involved, why not join the Carshalton Old Rectory Association - (CORA) -   and help support their work to save this important building. They also publish a monthly newsletter - Rectory News - which has other articles of local, historical interest. Click on the logo below to go to their website...


From readers and friends

This beautiful painting is called 'Wilderness Island Winter Rain', by Neal Vaughan, a local artist whose daughter is a member of our Young Choir.

Greetings cards using his paintings are on sale at Calladoodles in the village, or click on the image to go to his website and see more of his work.

Wilderness Island is the Wildlife Reserve at the end of Mill Lane - a truly magical place for walkers, twitchers, dogs, small children... and artists.


Going back to nature...
In 2015, the National Trust had 4.25 million members - who knows how many now! Parents of young families, the retired, wildlife enthusiasts, walkers (with and without dogs) and heritage architecture enthusiasts, amongst others, enjoy visiting these properties and parks that are so carefully restored and cared for.

Many of the buildings are stately homes that survived the widespread demolition of country houses in the 1950's - mainly for financial reasons (Death Duties introduced in 1894 being, not surprisingly, the fatal blow in most cases), though social changes helped. The estates were no longer the provider of employment for local people and the huge losses of young men during the two World Wars were also a major factor in making these estates no longer viable. 

In Carshalton we are lucky to have several open parks which were once the private property of the rich but now enjoyed by everyone, so we have been protected from some of the adverse effects of the replacement of parkland by farming and industrial development. Sit in the Lady Chapel for instance, and you will hear the singing of small birds in the churchyard. Indeed all over this area, the parks and local Wildlife Reserves along the Wandle may make us think that nature is flourishing. 

In this area, we have lots of trees, both old and newly planted; for example, the fruit trees that have appeared in the Grove, between Talbot and Ruskin Road and even along the school fence.  Interestingly, a recent study identified 118 oaks in England with girths greater than 9m, making them around 900 years old - most in parkland on aristocratic estates. However, only 97 of the same age have been recorded in the whole of the rest of Western Europe.

And as for birds, anyone over 60 will remember turtle doves, flocks of sparrows, and even nightingales which are now rarely heard anywhere in England. Most songbirds don't survive their flight across Europe, (they are a culinary delicacy in some countries), and when they do get here there is little suitable habitat left for them. 

However, with intensive agricultural techniques resulting in cheaper produce, large expanses of marginal land throughout Europe are no longer financially viable for farming. Huge areas of the Alps, Pyrenees, Portugal, central Spain, the former east Germany, the Baltic States, the Carpathians, northern Greece, Poland, north Sweden, north Finland and the Balkans are being abandoned - as are parts of Scotland and the Northern Isles.

Young people are leaving their remote villages and moving to the towns. And the effect of this abandonment is what is now called re-wilding. Nature moves back in in all her stunning diversity - perhaps the Gaia Hypothesis in practice.

The Government also now sponsors managed schemes in this country, and for a personal and truly inspirational account of what this means, 'Wilding' by Isabella Tree is a highly recommended read. And of course the National Trust have their own wilding projects:

Thankfully, everyone is more environmentally aware now. We may not have large estates, but no current garden makeover programme is complete without its wildflower meadow area, and bug hotel. Native plants are encouraged, and indeed some imported plants are no longer freely sold or grown in this country. But to be honest - it is so much easier not to fight your green space - the garden always wins in its decision of what will grow and what will not...)

(Even I have a bee house, and a bird table which is regularly being cleared this winter by blue tits, sparrows, blackbirds, starlings and robins - as well as (somewhat less welcome) squirrels, magpies and pigeons.... 

So plant your wildflower meadow area, put up your birdtable, construct your bug hotel - join in!

Further reading:
Wilding, Isabella Tree 2018, Picador
Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth, James Lovelock 1979 - though this is, of course, still an active debate

The photograph is of the cascade bridge in the Grove, early one very cold morning in January

Other News

If you came to our Open House London event, (or are just a regular shopper in Calladoodles), you will already know one of our local artists and authors - Helena Vaughan. What you may not know is that she also does workshops for schools, so if you think your school would enjoy one of her inspiring storytelling, literacy, or art skills sessions, just email her to get further information...
(She will be back with us this September for Open House on 19 & 20 September - make a diary note now...)

The consultation on the £500m Epsom & St Helier hospital proposals is now live

A copy of the questionnaire, the summary and full consultation documents and more detail about events and consultation activity can all be found on the website at
There are also a series of public listening events to share information on the proposed options for change, answer specific questions from the public to increase understanding of the consultation and proposals, as well as invite and listen to feedback and encourage people to respond to the consultation questionnaire.

For Sutton, these are:
12 February 1-3pm at the Phoenix Centre on Mollison Drive, Wallington SM6 9NZ
2 March 6:30-8:30pm at Hill House, St Helier, Bishopsford Road, Carshalton SM4 6BL

So go online or go to a meeting, and make your opinion known - it is important and will make a difference...

Consultation closes on 1 April 2020


LGBT+ History Month 

We all work to be more inclusive in this country - partly because of legislation, (although those laws are in themselves an expression of public feeling) - but there are areas which remain challenging for some.

I used to have to conduct surveys where applicants were asked to state their sexual identity and orientation, which I was never comfortable with asking. It didn't seem to be relevant to education and work opportunities, particularly as many of my refugee and immigrant students already had names which didn't give any clues and sexual discrimination  was way down their list of things to worry about.  I wasn't alone in feeling that such very personal issues were none of my business, however well-intentioned the asking. 

But there is a form for this. (There always is!) It's called an Equality Impact Assessment, and is much like a Risk Assessment used for school outings. You look at anything planned and think through what impact it might have on people with different needs, lifestyles, abilities, responsibilities, social constraints, cultural and religious requirements - the list is long - before you go ahead. And it works. The very act of careful consideration is effective.
So while we may well not have any right (or indeed inclination) to pry, assume or judge, we do have the responsibility not to thoughtlessly offend, discriminate or exclude. Mindfulness - (another Thing) - and sensitivity is all that is required, especially in areas which may be outside our own personal experience.  

School children are often asked to imagine what they would feel like in a given situation - perhaps we need to keep on doing this...

Cinema on your Doorstep - Winter Programme
 Carshalton Methodist Church, Ruskin Road SM5 3DE
This the programme of films on offer up to Easter and includes the annual Film for Holy Week
  • Saturday 8 February: 'The Children Act' (cert 12) 3pm and 7:30pm
  • Saturday 14 March 'Downton Abbey' (PG) 3pm & 7:30pm
  • Tuesday  7 April 'Of Gods and Men' (cert 15) 7:30pm - the Film for Holy Week
  • Saturday 22 February ' The Sorcerer' (live performance of a comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan) 7pm for 7:30pm

Tickets and more information through their website, or call the church office 
Sutton is one the boroughs shortlisted for London Borough of Culture, 2023.
There will be opportunities to support the bid, but in the meantime, click on the image and sign up to receive the Sutton Cultural Service newsletter for regular events and activities for all ages near you!
Honeywood Museum 
The Museum on the ponds next to Festival Walk is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 till 5pm. 
Copies of their Heritage Walk guide is available to buy in church at 30p

Cryer Arts
The Charles Cryer Centre in the High Street is now officially up and running!

On the evening of 24 January they held a Gala Opening, with drinks and canapés flowing freely, in the presence of the Mayor of Sutton and both the local MPs - Paul Burstow and Elliot Colburn, as well as a goodly representation of councillors and local officers among the throng who filled the bar area, and then the theatre.

Cryer Arts put on a most entertaining Variety Show - giving a taste of the many different types of production, concerts, gigs and comedy evenings which will be on offer on a regular basis.  The performers included students from Sutton Music Services, a local choir, a band, comic magician, a BGT solo singer, and a nationally recognised comedian. 
Their website is now accessible in preview format - and is looking good. The food comes recommended by several parishioners who have dined there, and because one of the partners is The Hope, expect real ales. Click on the image above to go to the site...
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