All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, January 2020
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Christmas 2 till Epiphany 3

 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  (5 January is our Epiphany 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
  • Please note, the church will not be open outside service times until Tuesday 7 January 
Special Services in January
Epiphany Carol Service
5 January  6:30pm
 Days of commemoration in January
  • 6 January Epiphany The Wise Men will finally end their journey round the church and arrive at the stable - hope you've been watching their progress!
  • 16 January Wulfstan Bishop of Worcester, (1008-1095).  Wulfstan was the last surviving pre-conquest Bishop. He was an early opponent of the slave trade, and - together with Lanfranc - was instrumental in ending the trade from Bristol. (Sadly, it wasn't till 1807 that everyone else felt the same way...) He was also known for the rebuilding of many church buildings around Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester, including Worcester and Hereford Cathedrals, and Tewkesbury Abbey. 
  • 25 January  The conversion of Paul

Church News

Bringing light to All Saints this Christmas!
If you came to any All Saints' Christmas acts of worship, you will have seen sponsored candles shining along the window sills, around the pulpit and above the Crib. More than a hundred lights of personal remembrance, commemoration or thanksgiving were brought to these services... Don't forget to collect yours!

The Bridge and young church

During Advent, the children have been making decorations for the tree - angels, choristers, stars and stables, making the tree a truly congregational effort.

(In fact, the angels were so impressive that a visiting Brown Owl took the idea away for her Brownie pack...)

Events at All Saints

Carols, carols and more carols...
Thinking about the large numbers of people who came to our various community and congregational carol services throughout December, there can't be many left in the Parish who haven't sung and worshipped with us this Christmas!

We started with our own:
The Advent Carol Procession
'From Darkness to Light' -
1st December
This is the service that includes many lesser-known hymns including my own favourite - 'Hills of the North Rejoice' - and sets the mood for the whole Advent and Christmas season. People from different congregations as well as the choir & musical director, did the readings, and the choir sang several beautiful anthems.
The Litany of Light, when candles were lit throughout the darkened church, was particularly lovely. 

this which was followed by
Harris Academy - Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th 
The children joined us on two days: years 4 & 6 on Tuesday and 3 & 5 on Thursday, with a Thursday evening concert for children across the school and families who had not been able to come to the afternoon services. The children sang beautifully, read confidently and were a joy to have in the church.

There were between 130 and 210 school children at each service with more than 100 families and friends in each of the, very appreciative, congregations. (The children's area was very popular, keeping the very smallest visitors occupied...)

The Mayor's Carol Service - Friday 13th 
The Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton, the Deputy Mayor and several local councillors joined a congregation at All Saints for this festive celebration. The choir was Sutton Chorale so the music was wonderful, and we had the rare but great pleasure of hearing Gill Fisher (often occupied with small child supervision) sing a beautiful solo -  'The Apple' (Cecil Cope). The local dignitaries did the readings, and the musical director ended the service with an uptempo Christmas compilation to send us off to the refreshment tables humming. 

Many thanks to all the non-All Saints helpers who served the popular (as ever) mulled wine and apple juice - and there were four types of mince pie to chose from - we sampled them all, just to be sure; oh - just me then... 

Our school started off the third week
All Saints Primary School -  Tuesday 17th
This was for Key Stage 2 children - (the infants had done Nativity Plays for their families - joyous and very well received as always).

Around 200 children with a full complement of families and friends filled the church, and the service included enthusiastic performances by the school orchestra and the Rockin' Robins.  The Lessons were read beautifully by pupils and illustrated by a costumed pageant so even the smallest of family members could understand what was going on!
There was a retiring collection in aid of charities chosen by the children:
Queen Mary's Hospital and The Childhood Stroke Association.

the next evening 
Glenthorne Carol Service - Wednesday 18th  
Another service in aid of school charities and which included not only the very talented pupils of Glenthorne School, but also children from two local primary schools, Abbey and Brookfield, who sang 'Sparkle & Shine' from the film 'Nativity', and 'Little Drummer Boy' (Katherine Davis)

The service included a range of Bible readings, a Longfellow poem (I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day) and the closing part of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. In between the carols were beautiful and polished performances from Year 9 singers, the school brass group, and the school choir 'Audacity'. Around 130 school students attended with around 200 families and friends who filled the church and stayed to enjoy mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.

and we ended up with our own 
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by candlelight - Sunday 22nd 
Another of our candlelit services - (so lovely in the lofty and gilded spaces of All Saints) - was this service, well attended despite the weather...

The augmented choir sang several anthems, and the solo first verse of 'Once in Royal David's City' was beautifully performed by the new members of the Youth Choir, one of whom also did the first Bible reading. The congregation were lit only by candles during 'O come, all ye faithful' and the Ninth Reading.

The carols at this service were among those less often sung, like 'O come, O come, Emmanuel', 'On Jordan's Bank',' See amid the winter's snow', 'It came upon the midnight clear', 'Unto us is born a Son, King of quires supernal' and 'God rest ye merry, gentlemen' - wonderful for those who had attended several carol services already during Advent. 

And in other services...
There were, of course, other Christmas services:

Crib & Christingle - Christmas Eve

Enough said I think...(and in case you can't quite see, 400 Christingles, around 500 in the congregation. It might take a year for the assembly team to recover! And of course the Christingle candles were child-friendly LED lights this year.)

Midnight Mass & Blessing the Crib - Christmas Eve
The church was again full for this traditional service - it was lovely to welcome so many from the Parish who managed to stay up to welcome in Christmas Day.

Low Mass - Christmas Day, 8am
- and many thanks to Mtr Kaz for leading this quiet start to Christmas Day for those who were up early!

High Mass with All Age Address - Christmas Day, 10am
And finally, the main morning service at which could finally be sung - 'Joy to the world, the Lord is come!' Over a hundred people fresh from present opening and before putting on the turkey were in the congregation for this, the last of the main celebratory Christmas acts of worship.

A huge vote of thanks must be given to the members of the choir who have worked, and sung, so wholeheartedly this month - hot lemon and honey all round, and hope you recover in time for the Epiphany Carol service on 6 January! 
Sunday 22 December marked 40 years since the refurbished and rehung bells were re-dedicated by the Rev Leigh Edwards.  To mark the occasion, in spite of a hectic schedule, Father David found time to conduct a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples.   Those of you who read and remembered the recent articles on ringing will remember that a quarter peal lasts around 45 minutes.  
The ringers were Father David, Chris McLean, Rosemary Lilley, Linda Aldroish and William Brueton from our own tower, and we were helped out by Jeremy and Sheila Cheesman and Loretto Puckey from All Saints, Benhilton.  Speaking personally, I was so pleased to mark this landmark date, and we are really grateful to Father David for his enthusiasm and support.  
The party will follow later – on 10 January we are celebrating at the new bar/restaurant at the relaunched Charles Cryer Centre in the High Street, (see item below).
Rosemary Lilley

For those who know about such things, the official record is:

Surrey Association - Carshalton, Greater London

All Saints
Sunday, 22 December 2019 in 47m (11–0–6 in F♯)

1260 Grandsire Triples

1 Linda Aldroish
2 Sheila Cheesman
3 Rosemary Lilley
4 Loretto Puckey
5 Jeremy Cheesman
6 Chris McLean
7 Fr David Fisher (C)
8 William Brueton

After High Mass and for the Fortieth Anniversary of the rehanging and rededication of the bells.
First on 8 bells, treble.

Carshalton Frost Fair
The church was open from 1 till 6 for the Frost Fair on Saturday 7 December, offering a moment of quiet, warmth and refreshment for visitors from the Frost Fair, held as usual in Festival Walk and round the Ponds. 

Over 200 people  - including more than 30 children - came in and enjoyed our beautiful building. The mulled apple juice was very popular and three of the new tables were out and constantly populated with parties enjoying refreshments throughout the afternoon.

Some came to look (or be shown) round the church, children enjoyed the newly-provisioned activity area, and some just came to sit, listening to the Bangor Cathedral choir singing Christmas pieces - (CD courtesy of Father David). 

A lovely, community afternoon, with the last arrivals just before 6pm, and many Christmas service flyers taken away! (Which might well help to account for the increased congregations for our Christmas services...)
 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
(18th - 25th January 2020)

 The joint service organised by Churches Together in Carshalton during that week is being held at the church of the Holy Cross on Wednesday 22 January at 7.30pm.  This will be followed by refreshments and a short AGM of Churches together in Carshalton.  

Everyone one is warmly invited to this service for Christian unity.

All Saints School News

As you can see from the School newsletter on the screen in the South aisle, they have lots of exciting and innovative events planned for their 50th year celebrations. 

The list will no doubt change during the year, but so far they have planned: 

  • Apple tree planting in November (you can already see these along the fences as you walk past...)
  • 'No computers' day in December (really old school!)
  • Time capsule opening and creation in January
  • Planter competition in February (the school have some lovely planters already so this should be a good challenge)
  • Mural in March
  • Quilt or tapestry for the hall in April
  • May picnic
  • June drone - to take pictures of the whole school campus
  • July garden party          

From the Archives

                          The Bynes of Carshalton

One of our notable local families are the Bynes (there is a Byne Road on the Wrythe) who owned part, and then all, of the advowson for All Saints from the late 1500's till the end of the 18th Century. 

They were a wealthy family who made several donations to the church, and were fond of the name Henry - which can be confusing! 

The very rare portrait above is of the second Henry (1629-1697), who is remembered on this wall plaque in the refreshment area. The bequest was eventually subsumed into the Carshalton Educational Charities. 

He also gave half the tithes to the then vicar, his son-in-law, Rev. John Nelme.

Finally, we still have - (and sometimes use) - the impressive silver flagon he gave us in 1673.

One of his descendants, John Carr-Ellison, visited in December to see this, and we have him to thank for the photo of the portrait above.

There are few records left of the Bynes in Carshalton but John is driving the digitisation of the records now kept in the Northumberland archives, (the Ralph Carr collection). There is a possibility that some of the records and portraits may be available to see in a proposed exhibition at Honeywood.

Henry Byne the third (1665-1724) (Brightling calls him The Younger) is now considered responsible for building in 1703 what we now call the Old Rectory, as a more fitting home for the new incumbent: William Hiller, who he appointed on 15 November 1703. (The previous one, Rev. John Nelme, had also been Rector of Beddington and lived in the Portioner's House on the Carew estate). 

This Henry was married in his early twenties, to the young daughter of Henry Herringman, (a publisher and bookseller who who worked closely with Dryden, and who profited greatly by not losing his stocks in the Great Fire - a fate suffered by many of his contemporaries).

Elizabeth Byne sadly died giving birth to her first live child in 1687, at the age of 19. Henry Byne never re-married and, on his death, bequeathed the rest of the tithes to the vicars of Carshalton.
Elizabeth's memorial (below) is in the Lady Chapel, next to the spectacular one for her father. 


From readers and friends


Thinking about Christingle, and struggling to bring my own orange tree into the conservatory for the winter, I was reminded of the Orangery at Carew Manor which was the wonder of its time, and claimed to be the first planting of oranges in England, with seeds probably imported from Spain.

The orchard was walled round, (the 200 foot long wall still remains) and the trees protected with screens and stoves during cold weather.

By the 18th century the trees were 13 ft high, and reputed to produce 10,000 fruit in a season. Orangeries, in the more familiar form of glassed rooms, became very fashionable, but no one else attempted open air cultivation on such a scale, which would likely have been prohibitively costly and time consuming. (Orange trees not only need to be protected from frost, but also require a lot of watering and feeding to fruit well). 

Apparently, Sir Francis Carew's trees lasted for over 100 years, finally perishing in the Great Frost of 1739-40. 

'The Carews of Beddington' by Ronald Michell (Sutton Libraries, 1981) covers all you need to know about this famous local family, and there have been more recent discoveries of the Carew gardens - though not publicly identified, in order to prevent site damage.

Got a book token to spend? 

Southwark Cathedral has a great shop which just can't be resisted... Last time we picked up a book called '10 Second Sermons' by the well-known comedian, Milton Jones. It gives a very personal, humorous and often thought-provoking take on his own faith.

The following is a quote, just to give you an idea and inspire you to get your own copy! 

"Holy means set apart. Not like a set of cutlery that only comes out on Sundays. More like a Swiss army knife - remove a splinter, cut a rope, open a bottle, anytime anywhere. Whatever (He) needs..."

Milton Jones (Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd 2011)



From past Ripples...

Our borough is known for being particularly good at including, educating and supporting people of any age who have difficulties and disabilities; the following is for all those individual people who make this reputation real.

Beatitudes for friends of the differently abled

Blessed are you who take time to listen to difficult speech, for you help us to know that if we persevere we can be understood

Blessed are you who walk with us in public places and ignore the stares of strangers, for in your company we find havens of relaxation

Blessed are you who never bid us 'hurry up' and, more blessed, you who do not snatch our task from us, for often we we need time rather than help

Blessed are you who stand beside us when we enter new and untried ventures, for any failure will be outweighed by the times we surprise ourselves and you

Blessed are you who help us with the graciousness of Christ, who did not bruise the reed or quench the flax, for often we need the help we cannot ask for

Blessed are you when, by all these things, you assure us that the thing that makes us individuals is not in our peculiar muscles, nor in our wounded nervous system, but in the God-given self that no infirmity can confine

Rejoice and be exceeding glad, and know that you give us reassurances that could never be spoken in words, for you deal with us as God has dealt with all His children  
(Author unknown, from the Ripple for December 1989)

All Saints' Choir,  2020

Do something different in 2020 and join us 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

Other News

Happy New Year!

Advent is the start of the Church's New Year of course and 1 January the start of our calendar year  - though that wasn't always the case. The 1751 Calendar Act for the "regulating of the commencement of the year and correcting the calendar now in use" changed us from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, which meant that September 3rd till 13th were removed for 1752, but more importantly that the start of the year was moved from Lady Day (25 March) to 1 January. This made 1751 a very short year, starting in March but ending three months early in December! Hence the dual dates on one of the church memorials (see below, and you can see that there had been confusion for quite some time before legislation finally and formally sorted it out).
Taxes were also due on Lady Day so there was, not unsurprisingly, a bit of civil unrest about paying in March of that short year. As a result, eleven days respite were added and the tax year began on 6 April... which it still does.

Oh, and 23 January is the Chinese New Year 4710, the Year of the Dragon. (We have our own image as well - high up on the reredos...)
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 open again! 
Their website is not yet up and running, but the cafe/bar is open, and if you click on the image above it will take you their event booking page. Nice to see it back as part of our community...
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