All Saints Carshalton
Parish Paper, March 2020
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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 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    
    • 1 March: Choral Evensong
    • 8 March: Meditation before the Blessed Sacrament (new)
    • 15 March: Solemn Evensong 
    • 22 March: Meditation before the Blessed Sacrament (new)
    • 29 March: Solemn Evensong


  • 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 8:30am

  • 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
Special Services in March

22 March:  Mothering Sunday  - service at 10am
We will all be together at an All Age High mass at 10am. This is also historically marked as Refreshment Sunday - a permitted break in fasting mid Lent, so chocolate will be allowed!

29  March: Passion Sunday
This marks the start of Passiontide - which ends on Easter or Holy Saturday. Services at the normal times. 
Days of Commemoration in March
1 March: David (Dewi Sant), Bishop of Mynyw and Patron of Wales (c 601). As you can see, his emblem is a dove (or perhaps pigeon, though the Rector says adamantly not...) He was also a vegetarian
17 March: Patrick, Patron of Ireland (c 460). Traditionally, he used the three leaved shamrock to explain the Triune nature of God

Church News

Service of Confirmation at Holy Communion

At High Mass on Sunday 23 February, we welcomed the Rt Revd Peter Price, who comes from this area and used to walk past All Saints on his way to school!

He was the Bishop of Bath & Wells from 2001 till 2013, before which he served as area Bishop of Kingston. Though retired, he still broadcasts for the BBC World Service, and Independent Radio in London. He is the current Bishop Protector of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship.

See the School News section for more about the service and the candidates

High Mass for Ash Wednesday 
At 8pm on 26 February, there was a High Mass, with the Imposition of Ashes. The congregation of 46 (no mean feat on such a cold and very wet evening) were supported by the choir in singing some of the most beautiful and meaningful hymns we have, including 'Dear Lord and Father of mankind', 'Forty days and forty nights' (to inspire us, perhaps, in our efforts for Lent), and 'Jesu, Lover of my soul'.

In his sermon, the Rector quoted some words from the Pope on the subject of fasting - (not just giving up alcohol or chocolate, though that might be easier!)
Fast from hurting words and say kind words
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
Fast from anger and be filled with patience
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
Fast from worries and have trust in God
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
Fast from grudges and be reconciled
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen

So how did 2019 go at All Saints?

On Palm Sunday each year after High Mass, the church holds its Annual Parish meeting - (this year on 5 April.) Everyone is invited and encouraged to stay for this:  join in while you drink your coffee!

There'll be a report booklet available in church a couple of weeks beforehand so you can read all about what All Saints has been doing in 2019. It'll include information from the Churchwardens, the Treasurer and the Rector, some statutory, some just to inform and entertain. Feel free to ask questions about the reports during the meeting, but they will not be read out individually. 

The main business of the meeting will be to elect the churchwardens, new members to the PCC, and - this year - representatives to the Deanery Synod.

Notices will go up on 21 March to explain this, together with nomination forms for the elections. 

However, before this, we will be updating the Electoral Roll, from 8 to 21 March. The Electoral Roll is a list of all baptised congregants who identify themselves as part of the All Saints family and would like to be eligible to perhaps take a more formal part in the life of the church here at some point. (To stand for the PCC or as a churchwarden for instance, you will need to be on the ER).  

There isn't a membership badge or tee shirt, but it won't cost you anything either! And the number on the ER dictates how many members we can have on the Parochial Church Council who are our Trustees, and responsible for the secular management of the church. 

The details you give will be recorded, but in compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulations, will no longer be publicised. A list of names only will be available to see, on request. Full details will be with all forms, but please ask Fr David if you have questions about this. 
So please consider attending the APCM, joining the ER and perhaps even taking on a more formal role in the life of All Saints - it's often quite fun!

Forms available by the family signing book, on the refreshment table and on the back screen. Please hand in to the Rector or leave in the PCC Secretary's pigeonhole in the sacristy...
Ever asked yourself what a Churchwarden does? Well, in January it was supervising a tanker clearing our drains which had been overflowing down the path to The Woodman....

The photograph above is from the Sutton Guardian on 1 November 2007 - showing three members of All Saints you will recognise, still waiting -after 4 long months - for Thames Water to connect the newly installed toilets...

And in case you were wondering - wait till you got home, or use the facilities in the Woodman or Greyhound. We remain grateful to the team for persevering!

In it for the glory...

At the beginning of February, eight members and friends of All Saints made up a team for the Greyhound Quiz in aid of 'Bearing Hope', raising money for baby loss, at St Helier Hospital.
We are experienced quizzers at All Saints, but this was a little out of our general comfort zone. If I say that the picture round was photos of people who had been in the Big Brother House, you will know what I mean. 

However, against all the odds 'Some Saints' romped home in first place! No prize, just smugness all round - and a great evening!

Photo taken by the Rector

Watch out for our own Quiz Nights - scheduled for May and November. There may not be questions about Big Brother though... 

Easter Eggs with meaning
There are forms in the refreshment area for you to order something from this range - excellent Fair Trade chocolate as well as the Easter story... 


Pancake Party

Shrove Tuesday saw the Rector toiling over hot frying pans all afternoon, producing some 90 pancakes for the Pancake Party - (not sure this was included in ordination training?) 
41 people from all congregations and of all ages - (from the not quite yet born to the over 90's) - together with friends from the neighbourhood, gathered round tables in the church to enjoy those pancakes, (the Nutella option was particularly popular...), with tea, wine or some of the Rector's special elderflower punch. 

There was also a competitive Pancake Toss which some of the young dads - as well as the Rector's son - took part  in with enthusiasm!

A delicious and very successful evening, with over £150 in donations for the Bishop's Lent Appeal. The collecting bucket will remain out for the whole of Lent if you would like to donate but didn't get to the party.

This year the theme for the Bishop's Lent Call is taken from Matthew 19.14

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs’”.
There is more information on the screens & on the refreshment area table

The Bridge and young church

The south aisle screen is full of examples of the things that the children have been doing during the Bridge sessions between services...
And though not strictly services, we have been pleased to welcome two parties of children from Muschamp school as part of their RE curriculum. They came in two 90-strong year groups and enjoyed learning about the Christian faith as practised in their Parish Church.

There is another school booked for March - so if you are around during the day and might like to join the team explaining parts of the church to classes, (script supplied if needed),  please speak to the Rector, or email the church office. You'd be very welcome!
All Saints is now registered with Amazon Smile!
You can help raise money for the church by shopping at 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.
You cannot shop with Smile via your phone/tablet apps, however, it seems items can qualify when you add them to your basket in the app, then checkout via a browser window.

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

Events at All Saints

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee Meeting
For the first time in four years, the next meeting of the Carshalton and Clockhouse Local Committee will be held in All Saints' Church, on Tuesday 17 March, starting at 7:00pm.

Local Committees give residents an opportunity to find out how Ward Councillors take decisions on issues that are directly relevant to the local area.  Residents have a opportunity to ask questions of councillors and officers on a range of issues. There are also presentations on proposed developments.

At the time of writing, the Agenda for the Meeting is still being finalised, but it will definitely have a strong climate change focus.                                                                                                                                      Councillor Chris Williams
Visiting bell ringers
If you hear the bells ringing at 2.30pm on Saturday 28 March, you won't be imagining things. A team of ringers from St Saviours Pimlico will be visiting and ringing in towers in the area. All Saints is included...

If you'd  to take up a new interest, bell ringing might be just the thing.  Speak to Rosemary Lilley, or indeed the Rector who rings as well. They can both be contacted through the homepage Who's Who tab on the All Saints website if you prefer to email.

All Saints School News


                           All Saints School 

Anniversary events update
From the February Newsletter...

Opening the Time Capsule

On Friday 31st January, during our Celebration Assembly, we opened our time capsule that had been placed into the wall in the Nursery 25 years ago. The capsule was opened by our two oldest pupils, our youngest pupil in the main school, along with two members of staff who were working in the school at the time.
They had included:

  • photographs of the school, individual classes and of staff
  • a plan of the school building
  • coins and bank notes
  • a lottery scratchcard
  • a copy of the Radio Times
  • 1st and 2nd class postage stamps
  • a typical family shopping bill
  • a prayer written by a child at the school
  • the SATS results for 1995/6
  • a daily newspaper
  • and a video of school events for 1995/6

It was a very exciting occasion, and interesting to discover that children’s hopes and wishes 25 years ago were very similar to ours today:

  • making the world a better place with fewer wars and fighting 
  • protecting our forests and the unnecessary killing of animals
 A letter dedicated to the children of 2020 mentioned the fact that the children of 2020 may probably be these children’s children and it is true that we have some parents in our school who also attended All Saints themselves.

In one instance we have a member of staff whose grandchildren attend All Saints and it was a special moment when they all stood up in the hall. It is our intention to create a new time capsule with contributions from our current school community, which will be placed back in the nursery wall in July 2020, to be opened by the school in 25 years’ time. 

ECO committee

Interestingly, in the light of the hopes of the children of 1995, the school now has its own ECO Committee where environmental issues are discussed and plans of action put into place.

We are very lucky here at All Saints as we have a lot of parents who are also passionate about our children growing up in a cleaner and safer environment. Our current focus is 'Air Quality' and the next is 'Single Use Plastics'. 



 Confirmation Service, Sunday 23 February

Some 18 children from All Saints school were confirmed by Bishop Peter during High Mass on this morning. The church was full with the normal congregation as well as families and friends of the candidates, to welcome them into the family of the Church. Many folk commented on the lovely atmosphere both during and after the service.  

There were refreshments afterwards, and the collection was in aid of the Bishop's Lent Appeal. 

Bishop Peter thoroughly enjoyed himself (including throwing water at the Rector...) - and was one of the last to leave!


Ash Wednesday service

On the afternoon of Wednesday 26 February, years 1 to 6 came to church for their Ash Wednesday service. The sermon was given by the Revd Hannah Gordon - an ordained priest, and parent at the school. 

As the children left, they were given the opportunity to be marked with an ash cross on their forehead - the meaning of which had been explained during the service. As usual, most did. A lovely, meaningful start to Lent for us all. 

School Values of the Month

This month the children will be exploring the concepts of Friendship, followed by Faith, which is more challenging to understand.

To help them, the whole school memory Bible verse for Faith will be: 

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” 

Hebrews 11:1 

News from Malawi

In 2020 our plans are to:

  • Build a new secondary school at Chipwepwete to open in 2020 – Hope CDSS
  • Provide and resource a reading room at Namende school where there are currently no books
  • Continue to develop the MyGirl and MyBoy reaching more rural schools
  • Develop the computer project started in 2019
  • Assist with teacher training in all the schools we partner with
  • Develop our secondary school sponsorship programme supporting children in district and national boarding schools
  • Develop a sponsorship scheme for students at Hope secondary day school

Photos show the current progress being made in building the secondary school!

From the Archives

From past Ripples...

There are two items below about our local hospitals, but just to remind us what life was like before the NHS was set up in 1948, here is a truly traumatic extract from an article about life in Wallington in the 1920's:

... At first there were large private houses with big front gardens all the way up each side of Woodcote Road, but through the twenties they became nibbled away by nursing homes. Nursing Homes were too expensive for people like us - I had my tonsils and adenoids out on the kitchen table. I can remember having the chloroform mask held forcibly over my face, while I screamed and tried to push it away. Then I woke up in bed, and Mother was spooning something quite unknown into my mouth - it was called ice cream...
The Ripple, January 1995

From readers and friends

A Nature Recovery Network


Further to the 'Wilding' article last month, the Wildlife Trusts publicise that they are working towards a future Britain where nature is a normal part of childhood and where wildlife thrives across the landscape. Where urban spaces are green jungles and seas are bursting with life. Where seeing a water vole or toad is an every day experience. And we all agree with that aim.

Read their proposals for a Nature Recovery Network to put space for nature at the heart of farming and planning systems and to bring nature into the places where most people live their daily lives - and perhaps lend your support. 

Happily, there are increasing numbers of wildlife reserves and green areas, but they need 'joining up' to stop species from becoming isolated, and protect them from traffic. 

To effect this, the UK currently has a small number of Green Bridges. One of the most celebrated spans the A21 at Scotney Castle, Kent in the High Weald Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). Completed in 2005 as part of a dual carriageway by-pass for Lamberhurst, it enabled the historic drive to the castle to be preserved, reduced the impact on local landscape and was soon being used by dormice.

And in central London, a green bridge was built to overcome the fragmentation of Mile End Park by a number of roads and railway lines. Spanning five lanes of the A11, the Mile End green bridge is 25m wide with landscaped parkland. Rainwater runs off the bridge into tanks on either side and is then recycled to maintain the water content of the soil. (See the aerial view above and this is what it looks like when you walk it...)
So even in the most urban of areas, projects are possible. 

Keep It Simple

It’s sometimes difficult to keep pace with all the different years and weeks and days of celebration that are declared by national and international organisations, but 2020 has been designated by the United Nations as the ‘International Year of Plant Health’ to ‘promote healthy ecosystems as key to sustainable development’.  Celebration of the International Year of Plant Health hopes to bring increased global attention to the importance of plant health in solving global issues including hunger, poverty and threats to the environment.  That’s great! – so the Nature Recovery Network proposed by the Wildlife Trusts seems a good place to start. 

But how many people, do you suppose, know what they can do to ‘promote healthy ecosystems’? 

It’s a concept that may be familiar to some readers, but I’d be surprised if it’s one you use frequently in everyday conversation. It’s jargon, the terminology of the environmental lobby. To many of those that the UN are trying to reach, it’s gobbledygook and though there is a website to help us out, I do wonder if members of the public will find their way to it.  So, in the interests of the planet, and to bring increased global attention to the importance of plant health, I’d like to offer a reminder that there is a simple action we can all undertake that will help sustain nature in the places where most people live their daily lives. And that action is:


Personally, I can’t think of an easier or more practical way of supporting plant health and improving ecosystems. It’s one of the single most effective things any individual can do since the multiplicity of life forms that a tree can support is beyond belief.  A sessile oak, for example, can carry more than 450 different sorts of bugs, insects, aphids and caterpillars plus 300 or so lichens, ferns, mosses or algae – and then there is the assortment of bird life and small mammals that nest and feed within tree branches, the livestock that shelter under them, nourished by flowers, fruits, seeds and leaves (or the small children that swarm all over them whenever they get the chance).
As the tree grows and the bark becomes fissured, more opportunities occur for plant life to colonise. Once bits start to die off, the rotting wood plays host to yet more invertebrates in these sheltered microhabitats; even the leaves, once they fall, will decompose gently whilst providing yet another set of ideal conditions for other life forms. It’s not just oaks that make such a fantastic contribution, either; willow, birch, hawthorn, hazel – the list goes on.  And in these times of ash dieback, bleeding canker and acute oak decline, trees – and the things that depend on them – need all the help they can get.

So, with The Tree Council’s annual Tree Care Campaign due to launch for 2020 on 21st March, can I prompt you, and everyone you know, to take action to assist the recovery of wildlife networks? You will be making your own major contribution to life on this planet because, for promoting plant health, nothing comes close to this one practical action. Identify a tree, in a garden, in the street or in a park, and adopt it. Keep an eye on it.  Give it water in drought conditions. Clear weeds from around the base.  

Let the owner know if a branch is broken, or if the stake or ties put in to support the young tree have been outgrown and are damaging it.  Do what you can to make sure your tree thrives and survives, perpetuating the life cycles that are dependent upon it. 

Future generations are relying on you. 

Pauline Buchanan Black

And all the streambeds ... shall flow with water  

Many parts of the country have been suffering from devastating floods over the past month or so, but here in Carshalton we have escaped this sort of damage. However, Mother Nature is still making her watery presence felt...

For hundreds of years, Carshalton was famous for its springs, streams and ponds, but in modern times this water has been used for domestic supply leaving many of the old waterways dry. (For more academically rigorous information, join the Honeywood walk advertised below...)

The recent prolonged (and still continuing!) rains have changed all this - the water table has risen and the springs are flowing again, as these photos show. Above left is the, currently, spectacular cascade in the Grove. The Westcroft canal is also full, and overflowing down the course it used to take to power the mill in what is now Papermill Close.

And thank you to the children who were thoughtfully picking plastic waste out of this one Saturday afternoon!

The above right photo shows it running out from under the footpath on its way, (beneath the field) to join the Wandle. 

Below left is the Grotto water course and right the Hog's Wallow (Carshalton Park) - both being filled with fast flowing spring water. Stand above the brick outlet drains (one of which is now submerged) near the Ruskin Road entrance and you will hear the 'sound of rushing waters' as the stream makes it way (on the left of the photo) down under the village to the Ponds, and on the right to join the Grotto canal.

The same Grotto canal water is flowing under Ruskin and Talbot Roads to fill the course all the way up to the High Street. Bottom left shows it flowing over the little cascade which was part of the only way (a footbridge) across this stream in the past - (the photo on the right from Sutton Archive was taken in the 1870's, before the park was given over to housing and the manor house of Carshalton Place still standing).

It will be sad to see it dry up over the spring, but in the meantime, it's a great source of entertainment to ducks, gulls, model boat enthusiasts, assorted spaniels, and small children  - dog owners and parents not so much...

Other News

From The Royal British Legion following our donation in November: 

"With your kind support of The Royal British Legion you make a huge range of support possible. 

From financial and employment assistance to help with physical and mental wellbeing, not to mention care for older veterans – your generosity enables us to provide so many different kinds of help, all of it having a very real impact on the lives of the Armed Forces community. 


I’m writing to you today because last Tuesday 11th February saw a major milestone: the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Stanford Hall near Loughborough, which has been part funded by the Legion, is now officially open to patients. Stanford Hall replaces Headley Court as the centre for pioneering rehabilitation for wounded, injured or sick members of our Armed Forces. The opening ceremony was attended by Their Royal Highness’ The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and heralds a new era in rehabilitation care for those who have served in the Armed Forces.


The brand new DMRC offers the absolute best in rehabilitation facilities, including the state-of-the-art Royal British Legion Complex Trauma Gym which was built with the donations of kind supporters just like you."

You can read more about the new DMRC on their website below.

On Sunday 29 March, why not join the walk from Epsom Hospital to St Helier Hospital, and support a ward or department of your choice.
  • Free to enter
  • Walk in a pair or a team with friends, colleagues or family
  • Dogs welcome (on leads)
Click on the image above to register...

More info from the Fundraising Team by email at or call: 01372 735261 / 01372 735262

Still time to contribute to the consultation on the £500m Epsom & St Helier hospital proposals

A copy of the questionnaire, the summary and full consultation documents and more detail about events and consultation activity can all be found on the website at
There still time to attend a public listening event to hear information on the proposed options for change, ask questions, as well as give your feedback and response to the consultation questionnaire.
  • 2 March 6:30-8:30pm at Hill House, St Helier, Bishopsford Road, Carshalton SM4 6BL
So go online or go to a meeting, and make your opinion known - it is important and will make a difference...

Consultation closes on 1 April 2020

National & International Days in March

March 21 is World Poetry Day 

"Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind."  
From their website:

So what's your favourite? (I'm afraid mine is 'Jabberwocky').

In the early 2000's, we found that refugee and asylum seeker students of all ages, cultures and countries really enjoyed bringing their favourite, (first language), poems to read out, put up in class, and translate into English for everyone to understand.

Two of the poems in English they really took to were (for those separated from their families) Robert Burns's 'My love is like a red, red rose', and (for those from war zones) the lyrics to Dylan's 'Masters of War'...
(There were commonly up to a dozen different languages in each class so you can see why Jabberwocky didn't feature!)

Poetry really can transcend cultural, religious and national boundaries and speak to us all.
Wat is het toch dat mensen drijft?
Wat is het dat in harten blijft
nadat het koor verstomt?
Het brood dat breekt, de beker wijn?
De eenheid van het samen-zijn?
Het Rijk dat maar niet komt?...
What is it that drives human beings?
What is it that stays in their hearts after the choir has sung?
The broken bread, the cup of wine,
The unity of togetherness,
The Kingdom not yet come?...  

Part of a poem brought in by a young West African war refugee who had been living in Holland for a year before coming here - I can't find the original author for attribution...
If you have a favourite poem you'd like to share, please send it in - together with a translation if it's not in English.
Fair Trade Fortnight 24 February to 8 March
Click on the image to go to the website and find out more

Cinema on your Doorstep - Winter Programme
 Carshalton Methodist Church, Ruskin Road SM5 3DE
This the programme of films on offer up to Easter and includes the annual Film for Holy Week
  • Saturday 14 March 'Downton Abbey' (PG) 3pm & 7:30pm
  • Tuesday  7 April 'Of Gods and Men' (cert 15) 7:30pm - the Film for Holy Week

Tickets and more information through their website, or call the church office 
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

There's much too much to mention, so go to their ticket website to see all their planned events on in March:
Erratum: Apologies for the error in this section last month - and thank you to the two people who spotted it!
The Sutton & Cheam MP is no longer Paul Burstow, but Paul Scully, who was elected in 2015 and has just been appointed Minister for London.
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