All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, January 2021
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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 1200 years

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 All Saints Church, High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3AG

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Services in January
   Regular services, in church and online

9am:          All Age Mass
10.30am:   High Mass

In order to meet COVID safe regulations, there is still a limit in numbers able to attend, so if you'd like to come, please book through the website, call, text or email the church office (, 07402 662 362) to let us know and we can reserve a place for you

6:30pm: Evening Prayer  Please contact the Rector if you'd like to attend in church, and use the South door (in the churchyard) to enter

Low Mass
Tuesday, Wednesday (Common Worship) and Thursday (BCP) at 10am 
Use the South door to enter 

Mattins (morning prayer - contemporary setting)
Tuesday to Friday, live at 8:30am in church. If you'd like to come to this, contact the Rector

Compline (evening prayer - traditional setting)
Every evening, Monday to Saturday live online at 9pm
All orders of service are now on the church website, under Home, Worship Services and click on the button you need. Instructions on how to access the Daily Prayer app are also on that page. 
The church will be closed
from 28 December till Saturday 2nd January 

Christmas Services
All very different this year, but most of them still happened  - I do recall that last year by this time I had been at thirteen carol concert rehearsals and services - with only the Epiphany one to go!

Br Roger,  (a close family friend of the Fishers'), has been visiting and indeed, couldn't leave! Here he is making the most of his time and talents perfecting the wonderful Christmas flower pedestal. So nice to have flowers back at the end of Advent, but Claire made sure we had lovely green displays throughout the month - and Rosemary kept them watered. Thank you to both...

And there was a service of Nine Lessons & Carols of course, though you can see that only the choir and friends from other choirs could attend. Socially distanced, they filled the nave in more ways than one. We hope you enjoyed watching it on line. If you missed it, the video is still there...

You may recall that last year around 500 people filled the church for the Christingle service... this year it was all on line but children were invited to order their packs and make them up with the Rector and our, soon to be in post, curate as they watched from home. And this is how it went for two of our young congregants...

My grandsons couldn't wait and made theirs up straight after breakfast.. helpfully sending a video of themselves doing it to make sure the Rector didn't get it wrong...

Midnight Mass was also well attended despite the current restrictions. Many people from outside our normal congregations came to this, a very traditionally Parish, event. Having just gone into Tier 4, there were those who lost confidence at the last minute, and decided in the interests of safety, not to venture out. And of course the pubs and restaurants weren't open so it was more of a challenge to stay awake till 11:30! However, 113 people watched on line with the some 40 who attended in person. 

And finally - on Christmas Day the church was full to celebrate in person, some of whom brought their Christmas presents to show to the congregation. Guess what the twins had been given? 

The church is also open for private prayer
& visitors

The sign will be out and the North and South doors open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after mass - 10:30 till 3:30pm. (If you'd like to attend mass, come to the South door), and Fridays from 10.30 till 3.30pm

So if you need a quiet space to sit and pray,  experience a time of spiritual reflection or light a candle for a loved one during these very difficult times, or just look round the wonderful building, our doors are open for you.
The Rector writes...

As the COVID restrictions increased over the last few months of 2020, we were regularly assured by many in Governments across the UK that they would work tirelessly to ensure that across the UK, Christmas wouldn’t be cancelled – yes, it may feel different in places with no office parties or pubs open all hours but we’d be able to have our Christmas bubbles so all would be well.  As the rate of infection got worse the ability to see quite as many folk reduced and we were told that Christmas would still be different this year – but not cancelled.
Christmas would indeed feel different – no congregational carols sung, no large congregations (especially the approximately 500 usually at the Crib Service!), no mulled wine and mince pies after some services.
Of course, whatever the Governments of the UK (and elsewhere) can do in law to try and slow down and halt the spread of this virus, what they couldn’t do is cancel Christmas. However different it would feel, across the world the faithful would still gather in churches and in homes to celebrate the birth of Emmanuel, God with us - God’s eternal promise of hope in despair and light in the darkness - in Jesus.  However dark much of this year has been, the knowledge of God with us, Emmanuel, has been a fixed point of hope in the knowledge that God will never abandon us.
The Epiphany and the visit of the Magi from different countries, traditions and religions (which we’ll mark on Sunday 3 January) reminds us that that promise of hope and light is for all people; it reminds us of the inclusive nature of the Gospel, that the love of God is all embracing.  It’s a message which the diverse and varied peoples of the world need now more than ever.
A happy and healthy New Year to each of you.
Your friend and Rector,
Fr David

Church News


And introducing our new priest in training...
   Hello, my name is Francesca Perlman, and I am currently in my final year at St Augustine’s College, where I am training for ordained ministry. I am looking forward to spending January and February with you at All Saints as part of my training, so that I can experience being at a different type of Anglican church.

I am currently based at Christ Church Sutton.  I grew up in this area, and became a Christian when I went away to university. Until recently, I was working as a GP, and in the past I have also worked in public health and research (although I don’t know much about viruses!). I moved back to Banstead about 6 years ago, having lived in London for some time.

Soon after moving,  I started to explore a call to ordained ministry, and I am really pleased to have the opportunity to train.

My main interest in my spare time is music. I play flute and piano, and I enjoy singing plainchant. I also enjoy tennis and travel. I am engaged to John, who I am sure you will meet, and we plan to marry next summer.
I am very much looking forward to being with you in the New Year.

On Monday 14 December, Jonathon, Bishop of Croydon, came to All Saints to conduct the Deanery Confirmation Service.

This had been scheduled for Christ Church in Sutton, but sadly their incumbent fell ill and so, at short notice, we were privileged to host it here. There were two candidates, one from Christ Church and our own churchwarden, Matthew Drayton.

An inspiring service with a small number of people from both congregations there to celebrate with their candidates.  One of whom was Francesca Perlman (see the article above), who will be with us after Christmas.
What else has been happening...
Advent Fair 
On the 5th and 6th of December, the church hosted a craft and art Fair for Advent. It had to be a very low key event so we're sorry if you missed it, but it was very successful (and safe) so will definitely remain on the calendar for next year!

There were 9 stalls selling original art works and greetings cards, and of course table service refreshments. We couldn't have any children's activities but those who came seemed more than entertained by the hot air blowing up through the grills - one lad kept a weighted paper boat spinning for absolutely ages!

The high point of the afternoon was the background music on both days from some very talented young friends of the church. This is Alex playing a range of music - including one piece he'd written himself - and we also had Millie playing & singing, and Maggie playing the piano.

Just perfect! ...and showed all our 350 visitors, (many of whom were new to the church), just one of the other things All Saints excels at. We hope they will remember and come to our ticketed concerts in 2021...

Thank you to all who came, all who brought their work to sell, and particularly to the large number of people from our whole church community who worked so hard each day to keep the event safe, distanced, entertained and refreshed! The event could not have happened without you all.

Sutton Music Masterclass
We usually have students from Sutton Music Service performing their wonderful end of term concerts with us - and we miss them so much!

However, on Tuesday 8 December they held a small masterclass in church. Some of the students were there, some were self-isolating so joined online - which worked very well, (if a bit technically challenging).  

Click on the logo below to enjoy the final performance and be inspired at the trumpet playing of one their young musicians!

Days of Commemoration in January

12 January: Aelred of Hexham, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1110-1167.

In 1143, Aelred was appointed abbot of the new Revesby Abbey,  a daughter house of Rievaulx in Lincolnshire. In 1147, he was elected abbot of Rievaulx itself, a position he was to hold until his death. Under his administration, the abbey is said to have grown to some 140 monks and 500 conversi and laymen.

Aelred wrote several influential books among them Speculum caritatis ("The Mirror of Charity,") and De spiritali amicitia ("On Spiritual Friendship").

He also wrote seven works of history, addressing three of them to Henry ll,  advising him how to be a good king and declaring him to be the true descendant of Anglo Saxon kings.

In his later years, he is thought to have suffered from the kidney stones and arthritis. Walter reports that in 1157 the Cistercian General Council allowed him to sleep and eat in Rievaulx's infirmary; later he lived in a nearby building constructed for him.

Aelred died in the winter of 1166–7, probably on 12 January 1167 at Rievaulx.

Last month we looked at the demanding daily schedule of a monk at Rievaulx - Aelred's days would have been spent in this way, though as we can see, he was given some dispensation in his later, pain-filled years. 

And if you ever doubted the power of redemption and forgiveness, we have the example of St Paul to remind us. 

25 January: Conversion of Paul


Before his conversion, Paul, also known as Saul, was "a Pharisee of Pharisees", who persecuted the followers of Jesus. As he himself says in his Letter to the Galations:  "For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers." (Galatians 1:13–14),

His part in the stoning of Stephen appears in Acts 7:57- 8:3 - not a promising background to his eventual mission to the Gentiles...

Monument of the Month

On the south wall of the Lady Chapel, you will find a magnificent monument to another of our interesting past parishioners...

Henry & Alice Herringman

In full assurance of a Joyful resurrection rest the Bodies of HENRY
HERRINGMAN, Citizen and Stationer of London, and ALICE, his wife, who
by the blessing of God upon their mutual care and industry, acquired a
competent estate in ye space of 20 years. And then came And settled in
this parish, where they lived handsomely and hospitably above 30 year's.
Doing good to their Relations, To ye Parish, To their neighbours, To all
yt knew them. They were married September 29th, 1650, and lived 53 
years and upwards very happily and comfortably together, and Dyed
within six weeks and two days of one another. Hee dyed January ye 15th,
She February ye 28th, 1708, in the 76th year of their age.

George Brightling, a churchwarden, wrote in the late 1800's that: 

This monument is valued at 1,000 guineas

The monument is carved from a single piece of marble, except for the final triangle at the bottom. It is very smoke stained which we like to think gives it an antique charm, especially when considering the four figure sum quoted for cleaning it... And its current value would be around £135k.

Henry Herringman (1628-1708) acquired his 'competent estate' through being a prominent London bookseller and publisher. He is especially noted for his publications in English Renaissance and Restoration Drama and was the first publisher of the works of John Dryden. He conducted his business under the sign of the Blue Anchor in the lower walk of the New Exchange.

Herringman had established himself as an independent bookseller and publisher by 1655 and issued the first edition of Thomas Middleton's 'Hengist, King of Kent' in 1661.  Herringman had a reputation as a rare stationer who actually profited from the Great Fire of London five years later, in which most of his colleagues and competitors lost their stocks of printed books. He was a member of the syndicates of stationers who issued major collections, including Shakespeare (Fourth Folio), Ben Johnson (Third Folio), and Beaumont & Fletcher (Second Folio) 

Dryden appears to have had a close professional relationship with Herringman early in his career, when he served as a sort of general editorial assistant in Herringman's business, perhaps to the point of taking his board and lodging with Herringman. In this capacity as a supervisor and reviser of texts, Dryden may have worked on Shakespearean plays for Herringman.

In addition to dramas, Herringman published a large body of nondramatic literature, including work by John Donne and Francis Bacon. 

Herringman became master of the Stationers Company in 1685. After selling his retail business in 1684,  Herringman became, in effect, the first wholesale book publisher in England and his imprint exists on 532 publications from the time. 

Which is why they lived 'handsomely', 'hospitably' and 'comfortably' during their later, retirement, years in Carshalton!

Note: 'Y' in this script in front of 'e' and 't' is shorthand for 'th' or in the second case 'at'', from the Old English runic þ (thorn) which was used in the same way. Printers would not have had a rune in their font box!

All Saints School News

The children of All Saints have given us this lovely display for the church - thinking about Christingle.

They have also been thinking about people who may feel lonely or sad at Christmas - particularly this year. So they have made Christmas cards and decorations with their specific wishes and prayers for us all.

Please remember to take one as you come into church and read what they have written to you - the messages are very moving and thoughtful...

Thank you to them all!

Above is one of their Christmas cards - and this is one of the wonderful  tree decorations - there are still a few left at the North and South doors so don't forget to pick one up when you are in church!

Thinking of applying for All Saints School, and would like to look round the school?

At the moment, visits are all but impossible. However, there is a new virtual tour available on the school website.

Produced with and for the school by Charlie Carpenter-Darling, (he's the one working the camera at the All Age services...), it gives a real insight into how the school welcomes, educates and cares for its children. The film features Reception classes and staff, as well as Mrs Hart Dyke in one of her last tasks before retiring.

Click on the school logo above to go directly to the tour. You will find everything else you need to know on the Admissions page of their website

Christmas online...

This year the children have not been able to invite friends and family to their usual Christmas productions. This hasn't stopped them though!

Each part of the school has had a chance to perform and be filmed for their families to see. Some of the Carol Service was recorded in church with pupils from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 doing the readings in front of the (beautiful) altar, and three Year 6 ensembles singing in the chancel.

As Governors, we've really missed going into school and enjoying their productions, or attending the Carol service. However I was lucky enough to be there during the recording and I know the families will really enjoy the virtual version!

From Readers & Friends

Dancing – A Doctor’s Story

The BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing spectacular show has grabbed both newspaper headlines and topped the TV ratings.
Choreography is there for all to see as couples dance to the complex Latin musical rhythms of salsa, merengue, pasodoble, cumbia, tango and bossa nova. But it was a Buenos Aires based medical doctor’s account of how to dance in the rain (Como Bailar Bajo La Lluvia) that told of an encounter with a remarkable patient which caught my attention.

“It was a busy morning when at 08.30 this old boy arrived – he was 80 – at A&E to have some stitches removed from a wound in his right hand. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at nine o’clock.

        A check quickly established that he was OK so he was asked to take a seat knowing full well that it could well take up to a hour before somebody would attend him. He continued to anxiously look at his watch, so I decided that - as I was not at that moment treating anyone else -  to examine his wound. I quickly established that it had closed and asked one of the nurses to get the necessary surgical instruments to remove the sutures.

        When removing the stitches and putting on a bandage I enquired if he had another medical appointment. The old man replied telling me he had to go to the Geriatric Department of an old persons' home to breakfast with his wife. I enquired about her health. He told me that she had been there some time and suffered from Alzheimers. I asked if she got upset if he arrived a little late.

        He replied that for quite a while his wife had not known who she was, and that, as from five years back, did not recognise him either. I was surprised and asked ‘and you continue going every morning even though she does not recognise who you are?’ He gently laughed, caressed my hand and answered ‘she doesn’t know who I am, but I know who she is.’

The hair on the back of my neck went stiff, there were goosepimples on my arms and I had to prevent myself crying as he went off. I thought ‘that is the kind of love which I wish in my life.’

True love is neither physical nor romantic. True love is the acceptance of all that is, that was, will be and will not be.

The happiest people are not necessarily those who have the best of everything, but are rather those who do the best they can.

Life is not about trying to survive in a storm but is rather about how to dance in the rain.”      
Edward Walsh
Hope Secondary School will open on 4th January 2021. The main buildings are complete. The head teacher and deputy have been appointed. The government-run school has running water. Resources are in place. It is ready!

This part of poor, rural Malawi now has 50 new secondary school places a year. Fifty talented children will have access to secondary education which they would not otherwise have had; this will help them to lift themselves and their families out of the poverty trap. The nearest secondary school is no longer two hours walk away; it is on their doorstep. There is space on site for further classrooms and teacher housing so in time it is our hope that the school will have 100 places a year.
It was amazing to see motivation visibly rise in the top year children at Chipwepwete, the local primary school, as they saw Hope literally rise out of the ground over the last 9 months. Despite schools being closed and no access to online learning at home due to Covid, these students visited the primary school library and attended exam practice sessions. They sat their government entrance exams in October and will hear their results in December. We hope to see many of them at Hope in January, along with pupils from other local primary schools.
One challenge that many of these children and their families face is insufficient funds to pay for fees, uniform, exercise books and other educational resources. This is why we are seeking sponsors to support students at Hope. Sponsorship will support individual students like Patrick, whose father died and whose mother cares for him and his 3 younger siblings. Sponsorship will also help to resource the school for all students, enabling them to thrive. For more details, please message us at
Working with our local partner Fisherman’s Rest and local builders, 4 classrooms, 3 teacher houses, 2 toilet blocks, an administration block and a science block have been built. One of the double classroom blocks is currently unfinished as the roofing materials were stuck in Mozambique! We hope it will be completed before the December rains.
Your gifts and support this year have made a huge difference to children in Malawi, enabling us to build Hope Secondary School at Chipwepwete, whilst also continuing with our other programmes.

Thank you for your partnership. 
Next Steps For Hope Secondary School:
  • Furnishing and resourcing the science block (laboratory, computer room and library) with desks, shelving, equipment and resources.
  • Electrification of the school: either solar or grid. Currently the grid is over 3km away. Electricity is significant for development for lighting, phone charging & computers.
  • Landscaping – road, entrance, football pitch, netball court, rain run off.
  • Security – wall, gate and cameras.
To enable us to do this further development, Hope4Malawi requires additional funding. Please consider donating so that we can continue to develop and resource the school to provide a great learning environment for the pupils at Hope. 
Please send your gift to Hope4Malawi, 26 Northey Avenue, Cheam SM2 7HR
Selecting a Headteacher

Last month we spent two days, with the Ministry of Education, interviewing candidates for the head and deputy teacher roles. The calibre of the candidates was impressive and our first choice candidates accepted the roles. Three weeks later they visited the school with us. They loved the quality of the buildings and the layout of the site and have since been back to meet local people and organise moving into the teacher housing.
However, a school is not just a set of buildings; it is a well-resourced place of learning with great teachers, and adequate equipment and resources. The government are committed to provide experienced teachers and Hope4Malawi has provided initial resources including desks and chairs, stationery, and text books so the school can begin well in January. Our current funding has enabled this building and resourcing.

Steven the Headmaster (right) & Douglas the Deputy (left)


Other News

If you give to the church using contactless, your Gift Aid contribution can now be collected on each donation. Just follow the instructions above - (it's really very simple, even I had no problem) - and you can keep track through your account page.
Then, whenever you tap the GoodBox terminal to donate here at All Saints, (or any other charity collection point, museums being a case in point), your 25% Gift Aid will be claimed from HMRC and passed to the charity concerned. If you are a taxpayer, please sign up!  Isn't technology wonderful, and in this instance, also very cute...

Other painfree ways of giving...
You can help raise money for the church through For every pound you spend on Amazon, the church gets a donation of 0.5%.

Although you will be prompted to login on Amazon Smile, you can use your normal login details (and your normal delivery address billing details & prime membership are automatically available).

Please remember that the Church’s full name for charity law purposes is: The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of All Saints, Carshalton. 

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

And if what you want isn't on Amazon, you'll find that easyfundraising have arrangements with a huge range of retailers - including John Lewis & Marks & Spencer. If you set up their auto-prompt facility you will be amazed at just how many retailers are part of the scheme. Donations are small but every little counts!

    Advice and Information from Sutton Council

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