All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, December 2019
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Advent to Christmas 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
To the schoolchildren who always ask 'Is that real gold?" - the answer is 'yes', but an ounce of gold when beaten into leaf covers 100 square feet. And now explain 'ounce' and 'feet'...

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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  (1 December is our Advent Carol Service)


  • 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
Note: The church will not be open outside service times  
from 23 December till 3 January
Special Services in December

Advent Carol Procession 
1 December 6:30-7:30pm. Led by the choir, (followed by mulled wine and mince pies)

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight
22 December 6:30 -  7:30pm. A traditional carol service by candlelight, led by the Choir (followed by mulled wine and mince pies)

Crib & Christingle
Christmas Eve 3pm, a service specially for the young. (in aid of the Children's Society)

Midnight Mass & Blessing of the Crib
Christmas Eve 11:30pm

Christmas Day 
8am Low Mass
10am  High Mass, with All Age Address

And for your diary

Epiphany Carol Service

5 January  6:30pm

 Days of commemoration in December
  • 26 December Stephen, the First Martyr
  • 27 December John, the Apostle
  • 28 December Holy Innocents
  • 29 December  Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (1170)
  • 31 December  John Wyclif (1384). He championed the translation of the Bible into Middle English, so the common person could understand it when it was read out, even if they couldn't read themselves.  (See how English had changed every 300 years in the extracts below)
Luke chapter 2, verses 9 and 10
And lo! the angel of the Lord stood bisidis hem, and the cleernesse of God schinede aboute hem; and thei dredden with greet drede.
And the aungel side to hem, Nyle ye drede; for lo! Y preche to you a greet ioye, that schal be to al puple.

Wyclif's Bible 1382
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto  them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

King James Version, 1611
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 

But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people'. 

New Standard Revised Version 1989

Church News

Bringing light to All Saints this Christmas!
Why not sponsor one or more candles, which will be giving light around the building for the Carol Service and Midnight Mass? Each candle has 24 hours burning time and will have the details of the donor and their dedication message - in memory of a loved one, or to commemorate an anniversary for instance. You can take them away after Christmas. 
To sponsor a candle, fill in the form in church (one per candle) and hand in to Fr David with your donation - £3 or more would be wonderful. 
If you can't get into church, contact us online. 
Life at All Saints, new gallery of photos

On the screen in the South aisle is a lovely set of photographs of services, (pastoral and worship for all ages), at All Saints. Not just on Twitter!

Festal Mass for the Patronal

and the Rite of Collation & Induction of
Fr David Fisher as Rector of Carshalton by the
Right Reverend Christopher Chessun,
Lord Bishop of Southwark

A very long title for a very happy service! Many members of all congregations joined together to see Fr David formally made Rector and no longer Priest-in-Charge - and though some of the tiny ones didn't quite make it through to the end, they were there for the important bits.

Bishop Christopher gave a sermon on the recently canonised John Henry Newman in which he spoke about moving on and how changes can be painful however right the decision. Newman, for instance, said that on leaving his teaching post at Oxford to join the Catholic church, he knew he would particularly miss the snapdragons that grew in the gardens round his college. (See, there was a point to the picture!)

Incidentally, he is the fifth saint to come from the City of London. He follows Thomas Becket, (born in Cheapside), Thomas More, (born on Milk Street), Edmund Campion, (son of a London book seller) and Polydore Plasden (of Fleet Street).

There was a delicious and plentiful buffet afterwards, provided (and in many cases, cooked by) members of the church. Indeed, although the Bishop necessarily has a very full diary and is not known to be able to stay long after events, he was actually one of the last to leave!

Commemoration of All Souls

This is such a busy time of the year, and another of our special services was that of All Souls on the evening of Sunday 3 November. This was a choral service, with an opportunity for members of the congregation to go up the chancel steps and light a candle in memory of a loved one. Names of those whose friends and families had requested were also read out and the sermon was particularly moving. The closing, comforting words of the service were:
Neither death nor life can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord...

Requiem Mass for Remembrance Sunday 
Sunday 10 November was Remembrance Sunday, and the church was full, as it always is for this moving combined service.

The congregation then moved to the War Memorial by the ponds for the community Act of Remembrance which started at 10:45. The Carshalton and Wallington branch of Royal British Legion is no longer able to organise commemorative events locally, but we are lucky that the local Sea Scouts (Naval Association) lead our ceremony in Carshalton so all went ahead as usual. It did mean however that many more people attended this important and moving public observance, and whole area was overflowing with people of all ages, families, servicemen and women, (both retired and serving), local councillors and even dogs...

For the first time, the service was led by our choir, accompanied on a portable keyboard by the musical director, whose brother played the Last Post live on a trumpet - (this has often, in the past, had to be a recording). 
ECUMENISM – A simple guide       

The term “ecumenism “refers to efforts by Christians of different Church traditions to develop closer relationships and better understanding. In a practical way, ecumenical activities can involve interdenominational initiatives that encourage greater co-operation among Christians and their churches.

Historically, the word was originally used in the context of large ecumenical councils that were organised to clarify matters of Christian theology and doctrine. Ecumenical Councils brought together bishops from around the world. The modern meaning of the words ecumenical and ecumenism derives from this pre-modern sense of Christian unity and the impulse to recreate this unity again.

There are a variety of different expectations of what that Christian unity looks like and how it is brought about. If ecumenism is the quest for Christian unity, it must be understood what the divisions are which must be overcome. From the beginnings of the twentieth century there was a movement among the churches to work towards a fellowship of churches. Today the World Council of Churches sees its role as sharing the legacy of the one ecumenical movement and the responsibility to keep it alive.

Christian ecumenism can be described in terms of the three largest divisions of Christianity, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant although that underemphasises the complexity of these divisions.

In summary, the road to unity is long and full of obstacles. Christians take heart from our common faith in Christ and the call in John’s gospel to be one in Him and love one another as a witness to the world. (John 12 verses 34 & 35)

Ecumenism in action
Churches Together in Carshalton has eight member churches who meet regularly to organise and share events held in different local settings. We aim to encourage our communities to join us in active ecumenism and to be united in the love of Christ.

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All Saints' Choir,  2019

Join the choir as a Choral Scholar - we have vacancies for Alto (male or female), Tenor and Bass singers. 

The scholarships are worth £600 a year, (renewable annually), and are the perfect opportunity for young musicians of 16-20 to develop their singing skills, receive vocal tuition and perform a wide range of music in our fine Grade2* listed church. 

The choir sings at Choral evensong on the first Sunday of the month, the Choral Eucharist on the second Sunday and leads the music at High Mass on the third Sunday. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings in term time.

There are also opportunities for Choral Scholars to earn extra money by
  • helping with the organisation and maintenance of our extensive choir library 
  • assisting with training younger choristers in the Children's Choir (DBS required for over 18's)
  •  experience conducting and playing the organ as well

Please contact the Director of Music, Antony Matthews by phone or email to find out more.
07843 389 432 or

Stewardship Sunday
Thank you to everyone who has returned pledges for Time, Talents or increased giving. Every offer is prayerfully appreciated and you will be contacted about the help you have volunteered to All Saints.

The Bridge and young church
There are lots of exciting new things in the children's area - tables, story books for all ages, a Noah's Ark, and a Crib to play with as well as a tidy bamboo box with drawers full of craft materials. Lots to entertain and inform... have fun!

During Advent The Bridge activities will involve making decorations for the tree in church. There will be angels and bells to create and we would ask you to leave the decorations with us until after Christmas, when you'll be able to collect them.

All Saints School News

Another Inspector calls...

After SIAMS, and to make the set, the school had a visit from Ofsted this term as well!

It was a short inspection at 24 hours notice and the official report has not yet been issued, however the verbal feedback from the Inspector was very detailed and overwhelmingly positive. The school were supported by members of the Diocesan MAT but the children were, as ever, the stars of the day! 

Congratulations to the whole school community who welcomed the Inspector so openly and showed her just how inspiring and successful All Saints is. 


          All Saints Day Service,  Friday 1 November 

The school also have a Patronal Service of course - this year on November 1 - and though it was on a Friday afternoon, all seats were full with many families and friends coming to join in. The children were, as ever, at the heart of the service, reading and singing beautifully.  And as Fr David reminded us, we are all saints, whatever we look like!

   The Junior Carol Service will be held on 17 December at 6:30pm


From readers and friends

And we can't forget about Christmas in our tree series...

National Tree Week ended this year on 1st December and there’s now only one sort of tree that’s going to get much attention for the rest of this month. Yes, the Christmas Tree – but how did dressing branches and decorating the house with greenery become an accepted way of celebrating one of the most important dates in the church calendar? Well, evergreens were used to decorate homes because they retained their greenery at the solstice, which was an important time in ancient beliefs.  It’s no coincidence that as Christianity became the dominant religion, the transition was eased by merging some of these old practices.

Now, the tradition of decorating churches and homes with evergreens at Christmas has become well established, along with decorating an entire small tree.  In these times, though, should we cut down trees to bring indoors? Quite apart from the pine needles on the carpet, is it environmentally friendly? Like so many ethical questions, there are different ways of looking at it. 

Friends of the Earth calculate that up to 8 million Christmas trees are bought every December in the UK alone, many the result of intensive and environmentally damaging farming activity and shipped in from Europe, adding thousands of travel miles to the impact calculation. But if you want to be reassured that your tree has been grown in a sustainably managed woodland and harvested in a way that's not detrimental to the environment, there is a certification system that’s run by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – just look for their logo on the label (this applies to all wood-derived products, not just Christmas trees!) and if it’s grown in this country, especially by organisations such as Forestry England or the Crown Estate in Windsor, you might also look for trees that have been certified by the Soil Association as grown organically and pesticide-free.  

Once you’ve done with a cut tree, it can be recycled, used as mulch or cut and left in a small pile as a bug hotel. Far more Christmas trees get recycled now than even 10 years ago and in past years, Sutton Council has allocated locations or pointed people to municipal tip/recycling centres where Christmas trees are shredded, then used as mulch on plants in parks, on woodland paths or else rotted down and recycled as compost.

Of course, you could choose what is often referred to as a “living” Christmas tree, supplied with some roots intact and potted in soil,,, but the root loss or damage caused by digging, combined with the indoor environment of high temperature and low humidity, inevitably weakens the health of the tree and come Twelfth Night, it will not welcome being returned to the cold outdoor climate. Realistically, the long-term survival rate of these trees can be very low – well, how would you like to be transported from a sunny beach to a wintry day in the garden whilst still in your bathers?  

Then, there’s the plastic tree that will last for years and nowadays, can look very realistic. But these do take enormous amounts of energy to manufacture and their legacy is yet more synthetic waste to be disposed of in the future.  Still, if you've got a fake tree already, keep using it – make it last as long as possible but maybe look into more environmentally-sound options when it eventually comes to replacing it.

What are the possible alternatives? If you look further afield, you may find places such as garden centres and plant nurseries now offer a Christmas-tree hire service – yes, really, but check that it's grown sustainably by again looking for either the FSC or Soil Association logo. They'll often even deliver and collect the tree to save you the hassle and the tree will be properly cared for, so it carries on growing after it's returned.  Or maybe if you have somewhere that can be used as a staged transition location, like a conservatory, greenhouse or shed with natural light, buy a tree with a good root system still intact, treat it with extra care and gradually acclimatise it to the outside world during January.

 Of course, if you already have a container-grown tree of any sort, it might serve duty just as well. Or, like my mother, just bring in a couple of splayed branches cut from the hazel tree during its annual trim: it’s winter, so no leaf drop; they’re flat, so no space loss; and being easy to chip or mulch, go straight back into the environment chain! Whatever you decide, may your Christmas be filled with love, joy and peace – and the smell of freshly-cut greenery.
Further information on Christmas tree selection and care: Royal Horticultural SocietyForestry Commission

From the Archives

In the summer we wrote about taking the Banns books to the Archive, and Lord Hardwicke's Act for the prevention of clandestine marriages - this is the research we mentioned, reproduced with the kind permission of local historian, Andrew Skelton.  The character of Martha Dicey makes a nice counterpoint to the less patrician but more socially respected (and perhaps respectable) Miss Jane Butterfield, 'wife' and accused murderer of Thomas Scawen's brother William. (See Parish Paper, July 2019, available through our website).

Look out for tours of the church and churchyard led by Andrew next year as part of the Museum Heritage Trail programme... 


      Love, duty and respectability in 18th century Society

the case of Martha Dicey nee Scawen

Martha Dicey was born at the end of the 1720s, and was the eldest surviving child of Thomas Scawen MP, of Carshalton and Tryphena, a granddaughter of the Duke of Bedford. She was probably the daughter baptised at Scawen’s London town house, as recorded in newspapers in March 1729.  

When a child she would have been brought up in a number of houses, including Stone Court, her Father’s house in Carshalton, where they were intimate neighbours of the Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Hardwicke, who lived at nearby Carshalton House at that time. As the child of wealthy and extremely well-connected parents Martha could be assured that, in time, a fine alliance would be made for her amongst the aristocracy or gentry, or the wealthy business class.  This choice would not necessarily be hers, as with her own parents an arranged marriage would be negotiated.  But, as events transpired, it was taken out of their hands by a decision that a close family friend thought would bring much trouble to them all.

Mrs Scawen’s inheritance included Maidwell Hall and Draughton in Northamptonshire, Unfortunately, Martha’s grandmother Lady Russell left many debts when she died in 1736 and the Scawen’s decided to sell, amongst other property, their right to present the next Rector at Draughton.  The buyer in 1737 was William Dicey, a prominent printer of Northampton, whose son Edward, in Holy Orders, also became the next Rector at Maidwell and thus would have had direct contact with the Scawens when they were in residence.

At some point Martha and Edward in his official position must have met and developed a friendship, although her parents would have considered him completely unsuitable for a husband. But at the end of 1747 the couple were secretly married at Maidwell church. Remaining apart, Martha returned to Maidwell Hall under her father’s roof. 

Martha’s  immediate and surprising reaction to the discovery of the marriage by her father Thomas in mid 1748 is hinted at in her letter to the nonconformist minister the Rev. Philip Dodderidge; ‘ . . .for when our affair was discovered, [she wrote] I was resolved to go to my husband before my papa knew of it, & when they were gone to acquaint him with it, I knew no way to escape, but that way, for if I went down stairs, I was afraid of meeting my papa, so took my opportunity when I found myself alone, to make that disparate venture, but as it was in a great fright, I blefs God I received no hurt’.  
It is evident she climbed out of a first floor window and presumably down a drainpipe to avoid her father! 
After exposure, the Diceys then appear to have lived at the Rectory in Maidwell, close to Maidwell Hall while a flurry of letters continued between the Scawen’s and their friends Dodderidge and Lord and Lady Hardwicke, in which the friends attempted in vain to mediate between the parents and daughter.

As Lady Hardwicke wrote to Dodderidge in July 1748  ‘I have seen Mrs Dicey . .; she appeared in health and tolerable spirits, and told me that they were going to settle in Northamptonshire, and that they removed their goods from Maidwell; which, I told her, I was glad of, since it was, I thought, the only expedient that could be thought of, to make her parents happy in their own home.  I wish her well, but fear that this one fatal step will make her unhappy for life.’

There is no indication that the Scawens ever forgave their daughter, who as late as 1750 is hoping for forgiveness.  However, as Dodderidge wrote to his wife in July 1749  "Lady Hardwicke’s letter griev’d me not a little, Poor Mrs Dicey Her Mother will Kill her and then go distracted".
Eventually the couple moved away to Walton in Buckinghamshire before Dicey accepted a City of London parish where both are buried. There are few references to them after their marriage but a neighbouring Clergyman at Walton, the Rev William Cole, suggests that Martha Dicey seems to have had the reputation in her neighbourhood of being a bit flighty and thus not particularly popular amongst the Ladies or, as he put it, she ‘appears to be a person of considerable charm, not always kept under control’.

At least one of her male neighbours declined to dine with her when her husband was away, while another neighbour, Mrs Willis, withheld a letter from Mrs Dicey to her son inviting him to go to Walton, after she had found him walking with Martha in the garden early one morning before his mother was up.  

 It is interesting to note that, in the Maidwell parish register against the Dicey marriage entry, a later note states that This marriage is supposed to have laid the foundations of the Marriage Act which was passed in 1753.  
This Act, also known as Hardwicke’s Marriage Act, was designed to eliminate as far as possible the inconsistencies of existing ecclesiastical marriage law requiring, amongst other things, the parents to give consent to the marriage.  Although it cannot be proved, Lord Hardwicke’s intimacy with his friend Scawen’s situation, and his attempts to negotiate between the parties, must have personally shown him the damage that could be created within one family in such a case, and no doubt had a hand in his forming of the Act which bears his name.

Certainly, the scandal of an elopement resounded within the local social scene both at Maidwell and at Carshalton, so much so that, many years ago, after giving a lecture on the Scawens of Carshalton Park, an old man who was a descendant of the Reynolds family of the Culvers - (who were tenants of Thomas Scawen) - told me that there was a story that the Great Gates of the Park were locked by Scawen to prohibit his daughter to elope.  At that time I didn’t know about the Dicey marriage, but it fell into place immediately I saw the marriage entry in the Maidwell Register. There is no doubt that it was a notable scandal about which legends were made and persisted throughout the years into present times!

                                                                                        Andrew Skelton




Photographs of Carshalton Park Gates and House reproduced by kind permission of Sutton Archive

From past Ripples...

We have been sorting through copies of the Ripple and Parish Paper since 1960, culling duplicates and getting them ready for Archiving. Here are a couple of gems we uncovered...

Churchwardens' Rule (for others)
  1. If you open it, close it
  2. If you turn it on, turn it off
  3. If you unlock it, lock it
  4. If you break it, repair it
  5. If you cannot fix it, report it to the churchwardens
  6. If you borrow it, return it
  7. If you use it, don't abuse it
  8. If you make a mess, clean it up
  9. If you move it, put it back
  10. If you don't know how to operate it, leave it alone
  11. If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it
This was taken from the Simeon Lutheran United Church magazine, Gratz, Pennsylvania and published in the December 'Ripple' for 1987 (editor David Ray). The present incumbents agree they transcend denomination, national boundaries and are as relevant now as they were 32 years ago! 
Doorkins inspecting her corbel...

Doorkins Magnificat

In 2008, a stray cat started visiting Southwark Cathedral between Christmas and New Year, waiting at the South West doors each morning for food. After being fed each morning for a few days, this cat decided (as cats do) that the Cathedral is where she wished to live and has been there ever since. She was given the impressive name of Doorkins Magnificat and has been an important and much loved part of the Cathedral community over the years. 

However, due to age related illness, Doorkins has been retired from duties at the Cathedral. She is very well and has taken up residence with a member of the Cathedral staff.  We wish her a long and happy retirement!

The Southwark website and gift shop have lots more information about this saintly and famous feline, and in the same spirit, we attach an article from the Ripple of June 1997 - pace our friends in Churches Together of course!

The Cat Sat on the Mat
or the Doctrine of Feline Sedentration 
"During the General Synod Debate on the Mystery of Salvation my mind wandered. I wondered how the Church of England would deal with the 'cat sat on the mat' if it appeared in the Bible?

First our liberal theologians would point out that such a passage did not of course mean that a cat literally sat on a mat. Also 'cat' and 'mat' had different meanings in those days from today, and anyway the text should be interpreted according to the customs and practices of the period.

...on the floor or not on the floor
This would lead to an immediate backlash from the Evangelicals. They would make it an essential condition of faith that a real physical living cat, being a domestic pet of the Felix Domesticus species, and having a whiskered head, furry body, four legs and a tail, did physically place its whole body on a floor covering, designed for that purpose, and which is on the floor but not of the floor. The expression 'on the floor but not of the floor' would be explained in a leaflet.

Meanwhile the Catholics would have developed the Festival of the Sedentration of the Blessed Cat. this would teach that the cat was white, and majestically reclined on a mat of gold thread before its assumption to the great Cat Basket of heaven. This is commemorated by the singing of the Magnificat, lighting three candles and ringing a bell five times.

Holy Cats Day
This would cause schism with the Orthodox church which believes tradition requires Holy Cats Day (as it is colloquially known) to be marked by lighting six candles and ringing the bell four times. This would partly be resolved by the Cuckoo Land Declaration recognising the traditional validity of each.

Eventually the House of Bishops would issue a statement on the Doctrine of Feline Sedentration. It would explain, traditionally, the text describes a feline quadruped sedentarily superjacent to an unattached covering on a fundamental surface. For determing its salvific and eschatological significations, we follow the heuristic analytical principles adopted in dealing with with the Canine Fenestration Question ("How much is that doggie in the window?") and the Affirmative Musaceous Paradox ("Yes, we have no bananas"). And so on for another twenty pages. 

General Synod would then recommend this report as helpful material for clergy to explain to the person in the pew the difficult doctrine of the cat sat on the mat."

(From the Ripple of June 1997, when Revd Leigh Edwards was the incumbent, and Rosemary Lilley the hard worked editor of the monthly paper. The article first appeared in the Church of England Newspaper but I can't find an author to reference.)

Events at All Saints

Carshalton Frost Fair
Saturday 7 December, 1pm- 6pm

The church will be open again this year for the village Frost Fair (see the poster below). Call in for a hot drink, or come and help meet and greet!

(Email us or talk to Fr David if you would like to help serve hot drinks and mince pies on the day...)

Mayor's Carol Service
Friday 13 December, 7pm
One of the various and different Carol Services to be held at All Saints in December is this one - put it in your diary! 

There will be refreshments and a retiring collection in aid of the Mayor's charities. 
What happened in November

Carshalton Choral Society and Orchestra
Saturday 9 November

The evening before Remembrance Sunday, the some seventy singers that make up Carshalton Choral presented a wonderful evening of pieces appropriate to the season. 

They were accompanied by an orchestra of fifteen musicians, and the musical director was Jonathan P Eyre. 

The concert began with Mozart's Requiem in D Minor, the piece he was in the process of composing when he died in 1791. It was completed on the request of Mozart's widow, by one of his pupils, Franz Sussmayr.

The second half of the evening was the modern requiem Eternal Light, by Howard Goodall, one of our foremost composers, musicologists and broadcasters. 

The very full audience really enjoyed and appreciated the (as always) wonderful singing and playing of the whole ensemble, and many thanks to everyone who set up the church and cleared up afterwards - never a popular activity at the end of an inspiring evening like this!

Their next event is a Carol Service at Carshalton Methodist Church on Saturday 14 December at 6:30pm - tickets in the usual way...

For your diary: Carshalton Choral will be back at All Saints in the second half of Lent on Saturday 28 March (7:30pm) when they will be performing Haydn's oratorio in celebration of the Genesis story, 'The Creation'. Make a note now!

Quiz Night
One of the things I learnt from reading back issues of the Ripple is that Gary Miles has been doing his All Saints quiz nights for some 30 years! In the early days it was called 'Wisdom and Wine' - still an appropriate name...

They were held in the Talbot Road church hall, then the school hall and on 23 November, found a new home in the church building itself. 

Nine full teams did battle with some very tricky and some not so tricky questions - and I know we all learned a lot!

Well done to the winning team - The Clangers - (no prizes for guessing who they are). And thank you to the very hard working catering and raffle organisers, the generous prize donors, and of course to Gary and Sarah for doing the quizzy bit, not forgetting Max who contributed a fun round of questions.

Around £380 was raised for church funds from what was really a very enjoyable social occasion, which we hope will be the first of many such which have not been so frequent since the demise of the Hall. If you have any ideas, let us know, or talk to Fr David. We are making one of our lists!

Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra
The last concert of 2019 was a wonderful run through music from the 60's, 70's and 80's by the young people from across the borough who make up the Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra. 

They started with Star Wars, dropped by David Bowie's 'Life on Mars' and we were treated to vocal soloist, Nikki G, singing some Abba. Next the SYWO Chamber Wind Ensemble performed the first of their sets, then after 'The Way We Were' with trombone soloist Noah Chandler, the first half ended with four Beatles numbers.

After the interval, the second half included Carole King and Earth Wind and Fire, with the Chamber Wind Ensemble performing 'The Chicken' by Jaco Pastorius - my personal favourite!

A medley of Blues Brothers (and who doesn't like the Blues Brothers?) numbers brought the evening to a rousing finale. Note the dark glasses worn by the orchestra in the photo above!

These young musicians never fail to inspire by their wonderful and talented playing, under the directorship of their conductor, Roger Willey, and we look forward to welcoming them back again next year.

Catch their 'Christmas Cracker' at St Andrews, Cheam on 13 December, with the Sutton Youth Symphony Orchestra and guest choirs

Other News

The UN Day of Human Rights is on 10 December
Over 100 people came to the Hustings held in All Saints on Thursday 28 November, chaired by the Rector, so ....
 Don't forget to vote!!
12 December
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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