All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, December 2018
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    Advent & Christmas
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. 

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Regular Services


  • 8:00am     Low Mass (In the Lady Chapel, enter by the South Door). 
  • 9:00am     All Ages Mass 
  • 10:30am   High Mass (choir at 2nd and 4th Sundays)
  • 6:30pm     Solemn Evensong 


  • 10.00am Low Mass:     Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays(In the Lady Chapel, enter by the South Door) Note: No Mass on Thursday 27 or Saturday 29 December
  • On Tuesdays in December the church remains open for visitors after the service until 3pm. Both North and South doors will be open.
Please note that the church will not be open for visitors on 31st of December, and from January it will be open on Thursdays instead, starting on 10 January.
Special Services for Christmas
Sunday 2 December Morning services as usual
  • 6:30pm:   Advent Carol Service

Sunday 16 December, 6:30pm:   Nine Lessons and Carols

Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve
  • 3pm:  Crib and Christingle Service A half hour Nativity service suitable for children of all ages
  • 11:30pm: Midnight Mass A traditional Choral eucharist celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus
Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Da
  • 8am: Low Mass A quiet early service of Holy Communion
  • 9:30am: All-Age Mass A sung Eucharist to celebrate the feast

Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day), Feast of St Stephen
  • 10am: Mass A quiet service of Holy Communion

Sunday 6 January Morning services as usual
  • 6:30pm. Epiphany Carol Service
Saints Days in December
14 December: St John
26 December: St Stephen
28 December: Holy Innocents
Carols at Christmas

As you will see, this year we have three Carol services again - Advent (my personal favourite, especially 'Hills of the North, Rejoice'), Christmas and Epiphany

We have here included one of the most popular of Christmas carols - 'Silent Night'. Click on the link to hear it being sung in Bangor Cathedral by the Choir which, incidentally, includes the Rector's daughter, Ceridwen and son, Owain.

The carol was sung in Welsh and German, but in this Great War commemorative year, we have a chosen a German verse.

                May we wish everyone a very peaceful Christmas!
Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!  
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!

>>Listen Here<<
Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

           A prayer for the victims of knife crime

Thus says the Lord:

A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. (Jeremiah 31.15)

Compassionate God,
hear our cries, dry our tears, heal our pain, and give us determination
to work for an end to the violence that takes our young people from us.
Give peace in our communities, peace in our cities, peace to those bereaved
and your everlasting peace to those who have died.    Amen

Church News

Bell ringing for Remembrance Day

We rang half muffled for the 9.30am Mass, and then returned following the service at the War Memorial.  Often we are grateful to visitors from other towers who support our ringing, and at 9am were pleased to welcome Kath Chilcott from Beddington, and Mark Chilcott from Manchester.   

I am pleased to say that the later ringing was carried out by a complete home team: Rosemary Lilley, Gwendolyn Horn, Linda Aldroish, Catherine Stonehewer-Newbold, Chris Stonehewer-Newbold, Rev David Fisher, William Brueton and Chalkie White.
We were delighted that Father David managed to fit the ringing into his demanding schedule that day!      
Rosemary Lilley
On Sunday 4 November, Alex Faircloth, (from Churches Together in Carshalton), visited our graveyard and placed a chrysanthemum on each of the World War 1 graves. 

In the first photo, the grave in the foreground is of Herbert Groombridge (10 September 1918). In the background, Alex is placing a flower on the grave of Frederick Baldwin (1 November 1918).

The photo on the right shows Alex at the grave of Humphrey Pearman, buried on 17 August 1916. (He was buried in an existing family grave hence the headstone is not typical of the Great War ones). 

November is a month of remembering; starting with All Saints’ Day, to All Souls’ Day and moving through to the second Sunday, which is always kept as Remembrance Sunday, being the Sunday nearest 11 November.  Ever since my days as a young chorister at home in Cheshire, Remembrance Sunday has always been important to me and this year, the centenary of the signing of the Armistice, was no exception.  
In this centenary year, and our first in Carshalton, it was particularly moving to Preside at High Mass and to speak about my own Great Uncle – just one of millions who died on both sides.  There was a good congregation and the music from Antony and the choir added to the atmosphere as usual.
However, I was slightly taken aback by the numbers which had gathered at Carshalton War Memorial – all around, across the Ponds, outside the Greyhound.  Rain had stopped and the sun was out – a reminder that light does indeed overcome darkness.  The large number of uniformed organisations present and laying wreaths was a tribute to the Fallen of world wars and conflicts since.  Hearing the cannon fire those miles away in Sutton, marking the Two Minutes’ Silence, brought home to me the reality of the guns stopping across the Western Front a century ago.  
May God grant to the living, grace; to the departed, rest; to the Church, the Queen and the Commonwealth, peace and concord; and to us and every faithful servant, life everlasting.
Rev David Fisher
To celebrate the completion of the re-gilding and repair of the church clock, we include an illustration and extract from The Daily Graphic, of October 5th, 1891 showing the Duchess of Albany laying the corner stone of the new chancel at All Saints. The firemen you can see were part of her escort and guard of honour from the Rectory, (then situated in the middle of the village); it comprised members of the West Surrey Regiment and the Amalgamated Firemen's  Brigade of the district. We haven't managed to secure the services of such an illustrious person to commemorate the clock being back in service, but can I say, the repairs have been favourably noticed.

"The Duchess of Albany visited Carshalton for the purpose of laying a corner stone to the new chancel now in the course of addition to the old parish church of All Saints.  For many years past the accommodation of the church has been insufficient for the growing population of the place called by Mr (John) Ruskin "the prettiest village in England", and the walls and roof have been really unsafe.... The present church stands, it is believed, upon the site of one of the earliest churches built in England and contains in its nave some traces of Norman work...

The town was very gaily decorated with flags, Venetian masts, and mottoes of welcome in honour of the Duchess's visit, and a pretty group were the little girls of a neighbouring charity school, in quaint grey linsey (sic) dresses and crimson cloaks and hoods, who were standing to see the Royal carriage pass...

A very long procession of choristers and clergy had formed at a little distance from the church, and these entered the churchyard, singing 'The Church's One Foundation', preceded by a large brass cross and the banners of the various Church and Sunday School 'guilds'... The service was conducted by the Bishop of Rochester...

After (the service), the Duchess ... went to Carshalton Park, the residence of Captain and Mrs Taylor, who gave a largely attended reception and garden party in her honour. The band of the 3rd Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment played, and Miss Grace Damien sang during the afternoon. 

Original newspaper cutting kindly donated by Steve Attfield, our church clock repair man.

Social events at All Saints

Hansel & Gretel
Sunday 25 November was a very busy day at All Saints as well as the usual services, Carshalton Opera, supported by members of the Sutton Youth Symphony Orchestra and Thames Sinfonia conducted by Robin Page, gave two performances of Hansel & Gretel by Englebert Humperdinck. The pianist was Laetitia Federici.

In keeping with their mission to make opera accessible and enjoyable for all ages, they chose a selection of pieces from the Opera, joined together with narrative so everyone could keep up with the story and know what each segment was about.

The orchestral interludes were interpreted by the wonderful Del Toro School of Dance, firstly as Angels and later as revived 'gingerbread' children. 

Small children at the 3pm performance were particularly enthralled - especially when the singers moved through the audience, appeared behind them or sang from the pulpit while scattering rose buds....

The evening performance was just as successful; one family had driven all the way from Newcastle especially for the event! The performers have had a lot of excellent reviews as always, and by making the music suitable for all ages, many adults also discovered how enjoyable opera actually is. 

And there was of course cake... what more could you ask! The photos (by Michaela Strivens Photography) say it all...
Get involved - Join the Welcome Team!

You may have read the items on Vocation in the previous issue and thought, well that's not really for me, but there are other ways of using your time and talents in the church.

Our beautiful building is visited by lots of people - not just at regular services and for the rites of passage that are often celebrated here - but as a Parish church we are welcoming and open to all, whether they come to appreciate the architecture, sit in quiet meditation or prayer, learn about the christian faith in an Anglican context or just enjoy a concert. 

To do it, we need help from people who know and love the church, and like meeting people - there are lots of opportunities to be part of this.

If pastoral services are your preference, baptisms, weddings and funerals are rewarding and often moving opportunities to support the church; stewards are needed to welcome the congregations, and support the clergy to ensure everything runs smoothly and safely. 

If you like music, we regularly have concerts of a wide range of music - there will be something for you! We like to offer refreshments at these events as well, so help to serve quickly is always welcome.

 If you prefer working with young people, local schools visit at various times of the year, for Carol Services now, and as part of their RE curriculum in the spring. The children are well organised by their teachers and support staff, but stewards are required to welcome, and for building-specific things like the toilets or solving access issues. The curriculum visits need people to support the clergy by giving  a short explanation of parts of the church and answering questions - (usually things like 'Is that solid gold?', or 'Is the building haunted?' - Fr Dave has the answer to this!) 

Finally, if your interest is in the history and architecture of All Saints, there are general open days - currently on Tuesdays, but moving to Thursday after Christmas. We would like to have additional days as everyone who has visited so far tell us how pleased they are to see the church open, and are overawed by the beauty of the building. 

There is already a core group of people doing this, so when you sign up to join the team you will get support and training to help you feel confident in the role that suits you.

For parents of teenagers looking for Duke of Edinburgh Awards opportunities or simply something to put on their personal statements for college, job applications and school achievement records, we would be pleased to see them as well. They will always be responsibly supervised. Arrangements and contact details for under 13s are legally required to be through their parents or carers, but we prefer to extend this to under 18's wherever possible. 

We may not be able to give more money, but a little time is worth as much if not more. We may not all feel a vocation to take an official role in church, but we all have talents that are valuable to God's work. So if you sometimes have time during the day, or in the evening, weekends or weekdays, are interested in music, liturgy, community involvement or local history, there is something for you. And the more people in the Welcome Team, the easier it is for everyone.  

Please sign up via the online link below, or fill in the form that will be available in church and may be handed to you by a member of the social committee. We will not use this information for any other purpose, and you can de-register at any time through the online links or by speaking to the person who gave you the form in church.

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Thank you!
Email from a recent visitor to the church:

Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome to your magnificent church.
We were overwhelmed by the splendour, and the peace. We were struck by how quiet it was, even though it is so near the hustle and bustle of the high street.
We were pleased to find our Grandparents' grave, and putting flowers on the grave meant a lot to us.

With best wishes 

Mary Gent (nee Freshwater) and Andrew Freshwater.

All Saints School News

Remembrance at All Saints School
It was a real privilege to attend the Remembrance Assembly at All Saints School on 9th November.

It was led by Year 6 pupils and included reflections on things remembered and forgotten, as well as prayers, bible readings and poems.  

Perhaps the most poignant and moving part came towards the end when each member of Year 6 walked slowly to position themselves around the hall and hold up their paintings to depict what war meant to them.  The paintings, all done in just red, orange and black, were impressive in themselves but this display, with Amazing Grace playing softly in the background, was every bit as dignified and moving as the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph.  An unexpected and unintentional contribution was made by the men working on the roof. Whatever they were doing sounded exactly like muffled gunfire and added to the atmosphere in the hall.

Each and every pupil in Year 6, and their teachers, should be very proud of themselves. 
Rosie Newton, Foundation Governor

Thoughts from Readers & Friends

Mustn’t Grumble
How would you feel if you had been unjustly held in solitary confinement in a high security prison? And when the charges brought against you collapsed in court and you regained your liberty on being set free and declared an innocent man by the judge – would your emotions be that of burning injustice or thankful gratitude?

I met Abad, a successful self-employed artisan, on the very day he returned home after 18 months incarceration, and greeted him on the street outside his home.
"How are you?"
Given what had happened and the salutary experience of life behind bars his “mustn’t grumble” was a totally unexpected response and took me by surprise.

An anonymous poet reminds us – "don’t make tragedies out of trifles, don’t shoot butterflies with rifles"But this was no trifling matter. Abad’s equanimity was astonishing. From time to time I see him leave for Friday prayers at the Mosque and am edified by his unshakeable  faith in the Lord, and the goodness of mankind. In similar circumstances, I can’t but help wonder what would be my response – would it be “mustn’t grumble" ?

Crossing the car park on my way to the supermarket I spotted him hobbling along with the aid of a walking stick. A great big giant of man with an unruly mop of long, untidy hair and a scraggly beard. His gait was unsteady, walking obviously difficult. Having got what was needed and on the way back to the car, there he was sitting in the open boot of a hatch back car enjoying the warmth of a late autumn Indian summer day.

He greeted me as only West Indian people can with a big smile, and enquired:
“How are you brother?” 
"I'm well thank God, and how about you?"
“Oh chugging along.”
"And what happened to you?"
“Cancer of the bladder, brother, and it was removed so now I have this tube….”
"How do you feel now?"
“Great! and here I am enjoying the warmth from the poor person’s stove. Have a good day.”

I went on my way, all the better and cheered by an accidental meeting, and yet again found myself pondering, as there was much on which to reflect. Mustn’t grumble.

In very direct language, Jesus told his disciples “whoever wants to be my disciples must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” [Mt. 16:24]. In daily life there is undoubtedly a cross of some kind to be carried in the course our comings and goings – be it ill health, unemployment, bereavement, homelessness or whatever. Difficult it certainly is, but mustn’t grumble. Timothy Radcliffe O.P. tellingly reminds us:

“don’t drag that cross, pick it up and carry it.” 
Edward Walsh

From the Archives

In the season of festivity and merrymaking, this first excerpt from a wonderful poem written between 1854 and 1857 by an inmate of Leicester House Hospital for Incurables (on the Wrythe where Carshalton College now stands) tells about the local public houses - you may recognise some of them! 

In the county of Surrey Carshalton's located,
It's just about ten miles from town situated;
It's a neat little village surrounded by hills,
And supports itself chiefly by snuff and corn mills.

It's well wooded and watered, for, go where you will,
You'll find plenty of trees and a rippling rill.
It's a good place for fishing - at least so I'm told-
But I fancy you won't catch much else than a cold.
The Wandle's the river that hereabouts rises;
Its wonderful clearness a stranger surprises.
It runs through the village and down all the lanes,
It crosses the roads and gets into the drains;
It rumbles and tumbles and splashes and splutters
So I've christened Carshalton the village of gutters.
If you wanted to practise the cold water cure,
There's no better place for it near, I am sure.
Near is Beddington Park, going to rack and ruin
Horse racing, they say, was the owner's undoing.
The mansion was built in Elizabeth's time,
To have it shut up seems a positive crime.

And now for the village, and all that is in it,
A descriptive description, I'm going to begin it.
There's a church there, of course, that has many frequenters,
And one or two chapels for those who're Dissenters.
The rector's the Reverend W Cator,
Who at preaching a sermon is a very first-rater;
He divests his discourse of all cant and hypocrisy, -
I can't say so much for all church aristocracy.

There's plenty of places to go to get beer,
As in every village of that never fear.
There's "The Fox and the Hounds", whither hunters resort,
When they've done a day's murder, which they call Christian sport.
There's a drab-coloured "Greyhound", the principal inn,
Where the swells take their wine and get rid of their tin.
There's "The Rose and the Crown", "The Coach and the Horses",
Which the favourite retreat of flymen of course is.
Then there's the "Red Lion", though with age he looks pale,
He's a famous dispenser of porter and ale.
They have got a "Duke's Head", and a "Royal King's Arms",
For those who such curious anatomy charms.
From "The Swan" there's a 'bus starts each day up to town,
At the "Bell Inn" in Holborn they stop and put down.
The fare's but a bob all the way to the City,
And if that isn't cheap, why I think it's a pity.

From George B Brightling's 'History and Antiquities of Carshalton', first printed in 1872, and facsimile of the 2nd (1882) edition published by the London Borough of Sutton Libraries and Arts Services in 1978.
(The photographs are of Carew Manor and St Mary's church in Beddington Park, and the High Street with the King's Arms on the left (it was bombed in 1940) and the Coach & Horses in the centre, with All Saints behind.
Despite its low fares, the coach 
service died with the introduction of the new London railway, Carshalton station opening in 1868. And if you wonder where all that water went to - it's coming out of our taps!)

Next month we go shopping down the 19th century High Street....
Votes for Women!
One of the unexpected and more welcome consequences of the Great War was that women finally got the vote!
The legislation was actually drawn up in anticipation of the large numbers of soldiers who were demobilised and came home in 1918, but who would not have been eligible to vote. The Representation of the People Act, passed on 6 February, extended the right to vote to men aged 21 and over, (whether or not they owned property), and to women aged 30 and over who resided in the constituency or occupied land or premises with a rateable value above £5, (or whose husbands did). 

As a result of the Act, the male electorate was extended by 5.2 million to 12.9 million. The female electorate was 8.5 million. The Act also created new electoral arrangements, including making residence in a specific constituency the basis of the right to vote, institutionalising the first past the post method of election, and rejecting proportional representation.

By November of the same year, women were able to stand for parliament. However, it wasn't for another 10 years and the Equal Franchise Act of 1928, that women gained complete electoral equality. The 1928 Act gave the vote to women at age 21, regardless of any property qualification, which added another five million women to the electorate.

By May of 1929 over 15m women were eligible to vote in what became known as the Flapper Election.

The right to vote may be something we take for granted now, and perhaps don't exercise our rights as assiduously as we should, but this is the year that we particularly remember all those brave women who fought for that right. 

However, women weren't alone in the fight. As long as fifty years previously, (in 1869), John Stuart Mill had published 'The Subjugation of Women', in which he attempted to make a case for perfect equality - talking about the role of women in marriage and how it needed to be changed; commenting on three major facets of women's lives that he felt were hindering them: society and gender construction, education, and marriage. He argued that the oppression of women was one of the few remaining relics from ancient times, a set of prejudices that severely impeded the progress of humanity. And here we still are, struggling with 'glass ceilings' forty years after the first modern Equal Pay Act...

In 1916, Hubert Parry had written 'Jerusalem' as an inspiring and patriotic song for the 'Fight for Right' movement, formed to sustain the resolve of Britain's armies during WWI. In March 1918, it become the 'Women Voter's Hymn' and he gave the copyright to the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, of which he and his wife were keen supporters. In 1928 the copyright passed to the Women's Institutes until it ran out in 1968, inspiring part of the WI name of Jam and Jerusalem...

Many call this musically and lyrically complex work, (composed by Parry for a poem by William Blake), our unofficial National Anthem and it certainly has played an important part in British social history.

Information from various sources, including Wikipedia.
More from our mailbox
Dear All Saints

Thought this issue of the paper was particularly good given the centenary of the ending of WWl. I have a very vivid memory of many of those old boys (from my home town of Cork) who fought in the Great War in the British Army. Come rain or shine, whatever the weather, they would go for their daily constitutional (walk) every day down the Lower Glanmire Road out towards Dunkettle and back again. Those were other times.... EW

Local News

             Sutton Town Twinning Association

As Deputy Mayor, I have the pleasure and privilege of being invited to many events, almost all of them organised by people working in the voluntary sector. One recent event - or, to be move accurate, three linked events taking place on 2-4 November - was organised by the Sutton Town Twinning Association.

It was a special weekend for STTA, as it marked their Golden Jubilee. Town Twinning may not be at the forefront of many peoples’ minds today. The movement started soon after 1945, with the support of mayors and citizens who were passionate that Europe should never again be torn apart by war. Many of the twinnings were between towns that had, until recently, been divided by the conflict.

I had met some of the STTA members earlier in the year, when Marion and I welcomed visitors from Wilmersdorf to All Saints Church in May. The events in November were a mixture of the formal and informal - a reception in the Mayor’s Parlour, the Annual Conference in the Civic Offices, and the Golden Jubilee Dinner at Purley Sports Club.

In its heyday, STTA could boast of over 300 members. Now, it is little more than a tenth of that size, and, in common with town twinning associations across Europe, finds it hard to recruit new - and younger! - members. Like, I suspect, many of you reading this, I hadn’t had any previous involvement with the town twinning moment. But the events at the start of November altered my perspective. As the UK moves ever closer to leaving the EU, the role of our Sutton Town Twinning Association seems more relevant than ever. Listening to residents from our twinned towns constantly underlined how much we share, how much we depend on each other, and how important it is to maintain our close links. So, when ending the short speech I had been asked to make at the Annual Dinner, I said I wished to become a STTA member. And now I am!

Sutton is twinned with six European town: Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, Gagny in France, Gladsaxe in Denmark, Minden and Wilmersdorf, both in Germany, and Tavarnelle in Italy. If you would like to join me in becoming a member of STTA, email me at and I will pass your details on.

The image is of the mural in Sutton showing aspects of each of the five twin towns.

Want to help young refugees, meet people, learn new skills and be part of a great team?  Pathways to Independence are looking for volunteers to join our new Connect project.

This new project has been co-designed with young refugees and aims to increase self-confidence and sense of belonging as part of a community by increasing young refugees' social connections

What’s the role?

Community connectors meet young people for a few hours a week to do activities that increase social connections and confidence.

Examples may include going for a walk to the local park or café, talking about life in England, visiting a local group, playing football in the park, going to the shops, practicing conversational English, sharing local knowledge, finding out about new things in the area, helping a young person to meet other people, help with finding a volunteering opportunity, attending an appointment. As well as being out and about, ‘community connectors’ also spend time with young people in their homes, for example: cooking together, socialising, gardening.

An important part of the role is being a good listener as our young people may have limited English and are often on the challenging journey of seeking sanctuary and dealing with past trauma, as well as being in the asylum system here in the UK.

What skills and knowledge are we looking for?

  • Knowledge of the local community, or confidence and willingness to gain this knowledge.
  • Understanding of the situation of young refugees in the UK
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Practical life skills, such as preparing a meal
  • Basic IT skills to write case notes and keep records updated
  • Ability to adhere to policies and procedures relating to health and safety; safeguarding
We particularly welcome volunteers from asylum seekers, refugees and migrants Language skills are desirable eg Pashtu; Tigrini

What’s the time commitment?

There’s some initial induction and training sessions. Ideally you’ll be able to offer a few hours each week for a minimum of 6 months, or be available for a more intensive period for a shorter time. We’ll aim to fit in with your schedule.

What we can offer you

An amazing opportunity to work with a small dynamic team to make a difference to the life of a young refugee. We give all volunteers a high quality induction, ongoing 1-2-1 support, and provide learning opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and expertise. We provide travel and lunch expenses.

To read more about the work of this charity, including some inspiring case studies and other ways to help, follow this link

  • For an application form / further information please contact Mary Jane Burkett at

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