All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, November 2019
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All Saints to Advent 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  (The choir will be at the All Souls service on 3 November )


  • 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 November
Sunday 3 November 10am
A combined mass for our patronal festival of All Saints, and including - 
Collation & Induction of Fr David as Rector of Carshalton by the Bishop of Southwark 
There will be celebratory refreshments afterwards of course!
(Please note, there will be no 8am or 9am services that day, allowing the whole church to join together for the Induction and Patronal Festival, and All Souls in the evening)

Sunday 3 November 6:30pm
All Souls' service:  
during which there will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of loved ones. There is a remembrance list on the Refreshment table - names you put on this list will be read out that night. 


Remembrance Sunday, 10 November
Combined mass at 9:30, followed by the community Act of Remembrance at the War Memorials beside the ponds from 10:45am 

For your diary

December 1 is the start of Advent, and to celebrate this, Choral Evensong will take the form of our Advent Carol Service at 6:30pm. 
 Days of commemoration in November
  • 1 November All Saints, our Patronal Festival
  • 23 November Isaac Watts, hymn writer, 1674-1748
  • 30 November Andrew the Apostle, brother of Peter. In Orthodox tradition he is the Patriarch of Constantinople, and 'First Called'. 

Isaac Watts,
the 'Godfather of English Hymnody'

A well-earned epithet for this prolific writer of hymns. He was a Congregational Minister and had not been able to study at Oxford or Cambridge university. At the time only Anglicans were permitted to attend. However, his views were quite nondenominational in tone, which would account for why we still love and sing so many of his works.
They include 'Jesus shall reign where'er the sun',  'Joy to the world', 'When I survey the wondrous Cross',  and of course his powerfully moving version of Psalm 90:
'O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come, 
Our shelter from the stormy blast, 
And our eternal home...

A thousand years in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone,
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun....

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day...'

Church News

All Saints’ to All Saints’

Nestled at the eastern end of Loch Rannoch in Highland Perthshire, on the original Road to the Isles and near the local mountain - Schiehallion - is the delightful village of Kinloch Rannoch.  Built mainly by the Government to house former Redcoats after the 1745 Rising, it’s now the largest settlement in Rannoch and a popular tourist destination.  As a family, we’ve been holidaying there each year since 2002, and the local congregation have watched Ceridwen and Owain grow.
Currently, the village has two churches.  The (Church of Scotland) Parish Church is The Old Church of Rannoch, on one side of the bridge over the River Tummel, sitting in a small and well kept Kirkyard and is linked to other Kirks around the glen.  Right on the village square is the Scottish Episcopal (‘Pisky’) Church of All Saints’, occupying a place on one side of the village square.  Built in the nineteenth century by the then Laird of Dunalister, it’s a small, single aisle building.  Pisky churches are not Parish Churches and All Saints’ was built privately to cater for the spiritual needs of varying local landowners; at the same time, the laird built a house (much smaller than the Manse!) as the Parsonage.  As it was, to some extent, a private enterprise (although consecrated by the Bishop of St Andrews), no full-time priest was ever appointed and the congregation has relied on holidaying clergy (known as Chaplains).  As time, passed, the congregation changed to be composed of Anglicans who had
(1) moved from other parts of Scotland and
(2) moved to Rannoch from England because of work or retirement and
(3) holidaymakers. 

For a number of years now, All Saints’ has been part of the Highland Perthshire Linked Charge, joined with Episcopal Churches in Pitlochry, Strathtay and Kilmanvoiag and sharing a Rector with them.  However, the remoteness of Kinloch Rannoch means that holidaying clergy are always welcome to preside at the Sunday Eucharist and stay in the Cottage. 
We always visit during October half term and, for a number of years, we have kept their Patronal Festival on one of the Sundays we’re there; although we were unable to do this year, it was a pleasure to take greetings from All Saints’ Carshalton to the faithful folk of All Saints’ Kinloch Rannoch. 
Many years ago, the Parsonage in the middle of the village was sold, and All Saints’ Vestry bought a small cottage on the West Templar Estate some 2.5 miles outside Kinloch Rannoch, and at the foot of Schiehallion, which continues to house holidaying clergy and their families (such as the Fishers!).  It is a wonderful retreat from the busyness of parish life; surrounded by open countryside and with no street lights nearby, it’s possible to see the Milky Way (straight overhead), hear the wind blowing round Schiehallion and listen to the stags ‘rutting’.  The small congregation at All Saints’ Kinloch Rannoch sent their prayers and good wishes to us for our Patronal.

Stewardship Sunday

On 6 October we marked Stewardship Sunday, being thankful for all that we have been given, and thought about what we could offer in return - by using our talents, time or money to further God's work in the world.

Please continue to return your Pledge forms either by putting them in the collection plate when attending a service, or giving them to Fr David.

Many thanks to all who have completed their Financial pledge and/or Time & Talents response sheet.

The Bridge and young church
Anyone who came to Open House Weekend will have seen the little wooden bells that children were decorating. This very popular activity will be brought back as part of Young Church preparation for Christmas - look out for more news in church!
News from Malawi

Block making at Chipwepwete secondary school

Every 40 seconds a block is made at Chipwepwete for the foundations of the new secondary school.  The foundations for three teaching blocks are currently being laid and will have the slabs on before the rains come at the end of November.

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

Harvest Festival service
Once again the church was full to overflowing for a school service - this time Harvest Festival on Wednesday 9 October at 2:30pm. The children had been collecting donations of food for Sutton Food Bank, and a small selection of these things were brought in to present in church, as we all sang 'Christ be our light'.

This time of the year gives us the happy opportunity to sing the always popular 'All Things Bright and Beautiful'.

Children from Year 6 led the prayers at points in the service, and Fr David gave a short homily.

The infants sang 'He's got the whole world in His hands', and the juniors 'In Christ alone' - both lovely hymns and beautifully sung. 

The whole congregation joined in with the final hymn 'Everywhere around me.'

Altogether a joyful service of thanksgiving in all its forms - prayer, song and gift.


And more school news...
On October 3 the school received the official confirmation of their SIAMS inspection grade - which continues to be Excellent in all areas -
  • the impact of collective worship,
  • the effectiveness of religious education and
  • the overall effectiveness of the school's distinctive vision in enabling the whole school community to flourish
This is no mean feat as the inspection criteria have changed a great deal and are much more rigorous, covering a far wider scope. 
Congratulations to everyone for this very well-deserved achievement!

All Saints 50th Year Celebrations
The service on 25 September started off the school's whole year of celebrations, and there are activities  and events planned for each month.

Already, they have cut golden ribbons on the gates and sung 'Happy Birthday' to the school. October saw a 1960's dress day - sadly I remember those fashions all too well!

More news as it happens...

From readers and friends

Canopies of the Soul
We’re used to the architecture and interiors of our churches being inspiring and magnificent, and All Saints in Carshalton certainly fits that description.  But there are other sorts of churches that have a, well, different sort of take on inspiration and majesty and I’d like to remind you of them today.  You won’t be surprised to learn that they all involve trees.

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi is known for his love of nature and the organic architecture of his Temple de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is testament to that. (See the photograph at the top of the Parish Paper). The supporting structure of the nave is tree-like in form, the trunk dividing into branches with a mass of leaves at the ceiling and, between them, holes through which you can see the sunlight. The sense is of standing in a large wood. Cool and still, amidst smooth, soaring stone trees, staring up into the canopy far above. I thought I knew what to expect when I first went there, but the sheer scale of the undertaking isn’t something that can be adequately understood except through experience. More pertinently, Gaudi’s own words – ‘l’interior del Temple és com un bosc’ – were brought to life in front of me.

That cathedral is a spectacular paean to the glories of nature, but let’s just reflect on two other cathedrals of natural construction; peaceful green spaces, created using living trees to define the traditional floor plan, with wide grassy avenues forming nave, chancel, choir, chapels, cloisters and transepts.

The first of these was planned and planted by Edmond Blyth at Dunstable, in the first half of the last century, as an ‘act of faith, hope and reconciliation’ inspired by his own experiences in World War One, and gifted to the National Trust in 1960.  Special services are held there from time to time: during National Tree Week, I have sometimes visited to deliver the address, appropriately standing at a living lectern on a grassy mound.
The second, begun much later in Newlands, Milton Keynes, is on the line of Midsummer Boulevard – the midsummer energy line – referencing earlier Druid beliefs.  Based on the plan of Norwich Cathedral, (see above),  it was designed by landscape architect Neil Higson. The outline was shaped in earth and planted in 1986, with three species used to establish the character of its component parts.  Four California Redwoods will grow to over 80 metres to form the tower at the transept crossing, and bulb planting is used to great effect to interpret the appearance of sun shining through stained glass windows on to the ground.  If you have the opportunity, do visit these tree cathedrals because just being amongst these wonderful structures we can feel insignificant but, at the same time, uplifted. 

We’re not alone in our respect for these green towering columns; trees have played an important role in many of the world’s mythologies and religions across the ages, represented in a variety of different forms and with numerous meanings. In both Jewish and Christian stories, in narratives that many will be familiar with, a tree sits at the centre of both the Heavenly and Earthly Edens.  The Hebrew tradition tells us that the Tree of Life spreads downwards from above and is entirely bathed in the light of the sun. But in a Norse tradition far removed from this, the cosmic World Ash, Ygdrassil, has its roots in the underworld while its branches support the abode of the Gods. The Egyptian Holy Sycamore, meanwhile, stood on the threshold of life and death, connecting worlds, standing for inexhaustible life.

Let’s not forget that for our ancestors, the tree was a source of basic sustenance – it was a bearer of food, afforded shelter and fuel for cooking and warmth, and supplied wood for making hunting weapons. Without trees, life for our forebears would have been extraordinarily difficult.  It’s not surprising, then, that generations have eulogised and mythologised trees to characterise the core of faiths, formal or informal.  Trees and spirituality are somehow inextricably intertwined in our consciousness – the Prince of Wales even lined the nave of Westminster Abbey with trees for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, (photo above this article). 
No, you don’t have to believe in one, or any, God to feel moved by trees; they sustain and anchor us, regardless of our belief systems.  They offer a protecting canopy, under which we can shelter our souls.

Pauline Buchanan Black has been a champion for trees across the UK since 2001.  She still is.

Photo credits
 At the top of the Paper: Sagrada Familia Photo by Nikhil Dev Chunchu on Unsplash
At the top of this article: Wedding trees, by PBBlack
In the text: Tree Cathedral - The Parks Trust


and while we're on the subject...
The Tree
There is a tall tree near the end of the road where I live. In the early days of Autumn its bright green leaves very quickly change colour and morph into a deep golden tone. Its beauty is such that people stop, stand, and view it. Others, like me come, stop and take photos. Year after year this extraordinary annual spectacle never ceases to amaze and make me wonder. 

It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but seeing the world through others eyes is not always easy. There is a precise moment to take photos of this tree when it’s in its five minutes of spectacular ephemeral glory – a glory soon to vanish as the wind inexorably exacts a toll and leaves a bare scare crow like skeleton.   

So recently I took a digital camera to capture images of a soon-to-disappear spectacle and parked close by. Two elderly ladies chatting outside a nearby house, stopped nattering, looked around as if to enquire ‘what are you up to’?

'Don’t worry I won’t block the entrance to your house, I’ve just come to take photos of the beautiful tree.'

'Beautiful tree'?' replied one of the ladies, 'I hate it – it’s horrible, and it makes a bloody mess shedding those leaves which I have to sweep up every day.'
Although the rebuke stung, I nevertheless stood in the middle of the roadway, and on adjacent pavements all the while taking photos. 

But while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the poet Walter de la Mare reminds us that
“beauty vanishes; beauty passes; however rare – rare it be.” 
Edward  Walsh

From the Archives

More of To the archives...

Also included in our delivery a few weeks ago were the Rate Books for 1890 to early 1895 which showed a list of the Parish ratepayers, and how much their individual rates payable to the Vestry were.

The Vestry was a meeting of the parish ratepayers, chaired by the incumbent of the parish, and originally held in the parish church or its vestry, from which it got its name.

The vestry committees were not established by any law, but evolved independently in each parish according to local needs. By the late 17th century they had become, along with the county magistrates, the rulers of rural England.

In England, until the late 19th century the parish vestry committee were a combination of the current PCC plus local government bodies, (which is, thankfully, now the responsibility of our Sutton Borough Council), as well as other activities, such as locally administering the Poor Law before this was removed in 1834 - (at one point the Vestries spent not far short of one-fifth of the whole British government budget!)
Other local records show that their responsibilities were wide ranging and often onerous - finding work and support for the unemployed, repairing the roads, which was a particular bone of contention as the stone used wreaked havoc on the vehicle wheels of the time, and the roads were ruined by traffic passing through the Parish.

The Vestry also had to enforce law and order, and the local Constable, (elected annually from residents of high standing and who had to serve for a year, unpaid), kept the peace and collected the Rates, amongst other things.

Seemingly spurred on by a particularly frightening robbery at Carshalton Park House in 1827, the Vestry set up a system of watchmen which worked so well the local residents were loth to adopt (at extra cost) the new Metropolitan Police until the 1840's, though it was put forward in 1836. 

The Vestry system was changed in 1894, so these Rate Books were the very last kept.  

Highly recommended reading:
'Community of Contrast, Carshalton 1815-1845'  (2014)
'Living in Carshalton 1865-1880 (2012)'
both by Cheryl Bailey

Events at All Saints

 All Saints Quiz night with Gary Miles will be held on Saturday 23 November. Tickets are now available in church - and there is a sheet to sign, with your food preferences: fish, sausages or vegetarian spring rolls. You can sign up a whole table of 6-8, or come in one's and two's and just join others - this always works for us! You can also book on line, or use the phone number given.

Pay in cash or by card, but try to book as soon as you can so we know whether it will go ahead, and can order the food. 
The event will be held in church this year, and bring your own drinks as usuaL.

Saturday 19 October saw our friends, Sutton Chorale, join together with two choirs from Minden, Germany - (one of Sutton's twinned towns) - for a lovely evening of a wide range of choral music. (In fact, Sutton Chorale had originally been formed to tour Minden!)

The Popchor Meilenstein and Young Voices, Minden gave us a range of traditional and modern music, while Sutton Chorale had a more traditional playlist of Victorian and more modern sacred songs. The grand finale of combined choirs was the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. A wonderful way to end the evening!

The concert was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton, the Deputy Mayor of Sutton, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley. 

Plentiful and very delicious refreshments were provided by the Sutton Town Twinning Association and members of Sutton Chorale. 

All donations at this free concert went to the Mayor's charities for this year:  
                      Oaks Way Seniors Centre,  &   Sutton Vision

Magic Magic Flute!
Another two, wonderful, performances from Carshalton Opera, the church filled with people - I  counted over 100 children at the afternoon event!

The concert was produced in collaboration with Thames Sinfonia and Sutton Music Services, with arrangements by Robin Page. The production was further enhanced by talented dancers from the Del Toro School of Dance.

The performance took the form of story telling, with selected pieces from the opera sung by the amazingly costumed singers. The audience of all ages were enthralled as usual - and we look forward eagerly to next year's offering.

Lots more photos on the website soon - click on the image above to follow the link...

From our mailbox

This year, we collected for Christian Aid at a special Big Brekkie held in church on Sunday 19 May - who could forget the bacon butties!

We have just heard from GoodBox that we raised £268 for Christian Aid at that event.  The campaign raised £18,000 nationally - so successful that it will be repeated next year!

Thank you to all who did the catering, and all who so generously donated.

Other News

Cinema on your doorstep

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

Admission free; donations appreciated. 
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. 
Copies of their Heritage Walk guide is available to buy in church at 30p
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