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Church Flowers

We aim to have at least one flower arrangement in church each week, but we don't take money for flowers from general church funds.

If anyone would like to donate an arrangement in memory of a loved one, or for any other reason, please write your name in the 'flowers donated by' box for that week on the Flower Rota (on the board by the door), and give the money to Ann or Jenny. Money towards the cost of flowers can also be placed in the 'flowers' slot in the wall safe. (As a guide, we usually need to spend about £15 on flowers for the High Altar, and £10 on those at Mary or Joseph, which are smaller - although if you want specific flowers they could cost more.)

Flowers are now arranged on a Wednesday when the working party meets so that there will be more people about and no problem with keys for access. (Please note that there are no flowers in church during Advent or Lent)

Church Working Party

The Wednesday Working Party has been going for many years - ever since a small group of 3 or 4 decided to meet on a Wednesday morning to tidy up the church garden and (later) to carry out simple maintenance tasks around the church. Since most of the work was done outside, inside was quiet, and the group seldom met when it was raining.
But recent weeks have seen a change.
Nowadays, if you were to wander in on a Wednesday, you would find it a hive of industry. Work in the garden continues (weather permitting!!) - there is always grass to cut, shrubs to prune, weeds to pull up, rubbish to remove .... - and the 'simple maintenance' carries on. But it doesn't stop there. In the church, you would find a small group dusting or vacuuming, while others are cleaning brass in the hall. And from September, we hope to be joined by flower arrangers (see Ann's 'Flowers at All Saints' above.) The only thing you wouldn't find is silence! Nobody works on their own - the work seems far less of a 'chore' when others are around!
The working party runs from 9.00 am to 12 noon - some can only spend an hour, others spend the morning. Some come along every week, others just come when they can. However short the time - every little helps!.
But it's not all work. There is also a social side. Around 10.30 am we all 'down tools' and retire to the hall for a cuppa (tea or coffee) and a biscuit, a sit down and a chat. There's no 'clock watching' - we simply return to our work 'as and when'!
If you find yourself free on a Wednesday morning - why not come along. Many hands make light work - so the more, the merrier! Everyone is made very welcome, and I'm sure you'd find something you could to do.

P. S. When we have a Working Party, and after Jumble Sales, we often have bags of rubbish which need taking to the dump. Rather than leave it to one person every time, we could do with a rota of people we can call on. If you have a car, and would be willing to take rubbish to Garth Road from time to time - especially if you could take it during the week - please have a word with Chris.

July Finances

Income: - £5191.48

Expenditure: - £5591.25

Our expenditure has not been too heavy this month and I hope to be able to pay a quota, but will delay this until I see the bank statement to ensure that we do not go overdrawn.  I have also put in a claim for a tax refund on our giving which will help towards paying this.

We had a very generous donation of £2,000 - 00 to start off our hall roof fund. The roof is leaking very badly in wet weather but we have no hope of getting a grant or a loan unless we are making an effort to raise money ourselves.

The cream teas afternoon was very successful considering the weather, and our thanks go to everyone who supported us.

The Kentucky Fried Chicken Quiz Evening was not financially so successful but it is important that we have a variety of social events to suit all ages in the congregation.

We hope that our Sponsored Walk on Bank Holiday Monday will be well supported and the weather be kind to the walkers. The money raised from this is for new seating in the church.

It is a constant struggle for us to keep our church alive but my thanks go to all for your constant support in keeping us solvent.

Ann Wasielewska - Treasurer

Dates for your Diaries

Fr. Christopher was ordained priest by the Bishop of Southwark on 23rd September 2007, so this year will be the 10th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

He will be marking this anniversary by celebrating Mass at All Saints' on Saturday 23rd September at 12 noon.

Fr. Christopher has been a great support to us at All Saints' ever since his ordination - as Curate, then Assistant Priest, and now he is our Parish Priest. In fact, he has been with us since being ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Kingston on 1st October 2006. We have a lot to thank him for!

So, make a note of the date in your diary - and hopefully a number of you will be able to come to the service on 23rd September.

Our Harvest Festival Celebrations are on Sunday 24th September

As last year, there will be a Harvest Lunch in the hall at 1.00 pm - a  hot meal, followed by a cold dessert and a cup of tea or coffee. The  cost will be £6 - 00 per person. (£3 for children under 16). One glass  of drink provided. So make a note of the date in your diary.

There will be a list to 'sign up' from the beginning of September


On Friday 29th September our 'Open Church' will be a Macmlllan Coffee Morning. Please give it your support. Put the date in your  diary - then come along and bring your friends, neighbours etc.


For the past few years, we have had a sponsored walk to raise funds for a special project rather than for general church funds. This years walk, which will be led by Roger, will be taking place on Monday 28th August (which is the Bank Holiday). It will be raising money towards replacing some of the chairs in the church.

So make a note of the date in your diary, then come along, and bring your friends (the more the merrier!!)

And the walk itself........

This year's sponsored walk will be a local affair. It will be a walk of two halves.

We will meet at the bridge outside Sainsbury's, (Merton High Street), and will begin by following the River Wandle up stream.  We will pass Abbey Mills and Dean City Farm and continue through Morden Hall Park, Ravensbury Park and the Water Meads. By a slightly different route, we will return to Morden Tube Station.

The River Wandle is of industrial historic interest and now an area for wildlife and nature. The walk will continue from Morden through the Merton Park area. We will walk along the footpath by the side of the tube station, through Kenton Gardens, St. Mary's Glebe Lands and cemetery to St. Mary's Church. Hopefully the Church will be open. If so we can look around the interior. We will then continue to John Innes Park and the Rutlish School. From here we will return past St. Mary's and along the Merton Park Green Walks to South Wimbledon Tube Station where the walk will end. As well as the nature interest of the parks and open spaces of this part of the walk there is the social and architectural history to enjoy.

We will start the walk at 10.30 am. It is about 6.5 miles, along level footpaths and pavements. There are toilets in Morden Hall Park, Morden and John Innes Park. With stops to enjoy our surroundings and a longer stop for lunch (bring something to eat and a drink) it should finish about 2.30 pm.

This year, we will be raising money towards replacing some of the chairs in church with benches, which will make it easier for us to seat all the children from our school when they come for services. We want them to feel welcome in the church. (mission action.)

Sponsor forms are now available on the table at the back of church. We are inviting people to sponsor the group, rather than an individual walker, so even if you are unable to walk, please take a form to collect sponsors for those who can. The new seating should prove of benefit to all - not only the school!

A map of the walk will be available at the back of the Church nearer the time.

The original idea of a walk in the Hampton Court area had to postponed due to rail travel disruption throughout August because of development work at Waterloo.

New Church Seating

In this month's magazine you will have mention of several events to raise money towards this project - including income which has been transferred to the Reserve account as it has been raised for this purpose - so you may be wondering why we are raising money for this
when our expenditure exceeds our income each month, so we have not been able to pay our quota.

It is not intended to replace all the chairs - some are still in good condition - but we need to address the problem of seating our expanding Church School, who come in for services two or three times a term. We want them to feel welcome. (Mission Action!) The proposed idea is to replace one section of seating with wooden benches (with backs) that will be in keeping with the rest of the church and won't spoil the beauty of our building. Hopefully we will all think this beneficial.

The Church Garden

On two Sundays during May we ended the service with a procession out to the garden to sing the Regina Coeli in front of the Mary statue, so it may not have escaped your notice that there have been one or two changes in the garden this year.

The seats, which were removed last year because they had become rotten, leaving people with nowhere to sit, have been replaced by two hardwood benches. At the end of 'the path to nowhere' (as some people call it), a splendid statue of St. Francis now resides.

The latest addition is a small fern garden - four ferns, which have been bought from donations to the church in memory of Nola Armstrong  The money was to be used for flowers in church or in the garden - but as flowers with pollen brought on her hay fever, it was decided a plant without flowers would be more suitable. (We wanted to get something lasting in her memory rather than spending it on flower arrangements which only last for a week or two.)

The makeshift plastic fencing alongside the level access path into church has been replaced by a wooden one - a vast improvement.

The garden is there to be used - somewhere to sit and talk to friends; or a quiet place where you can go if you want to be on your own to think or to pray.

We hope the garden will be treated with respect - it is not a playground, but many children like having a quiet area - so they can be encouraged to use the garden, but in the right way.

During the summer months, it is hoped that the Rosary Group will meet in the garden on the first Sunday (weather permitting!)

Social Evenings

In order to raise funds towards new chairs for the church, Jane and Rita are organising a monthly Social Evening for church members and their families and close friends. There is Pool, Table Tennis and Table Games (if you have any games you would like to play with friends - feel
free to bring them) or you can just sit and chat over a drink. Come for just part of the evening if you prefer.

The charge is £2 a head (school children £1) which includes a cup of tea, coffee or squash, and a biscuit. Other items are on sale.  You may bring a bottle - but you must take it away with you afterwards.

They will take place in the church hall, fortnightly in the summer, from 7.00 - 9.30 pm.

Light Lunches in the Hall on Mondays


Following the success of the Lent Lunches, the Monday Pensioners asked whether they could continue - but to raise funds for a specific Church project. So all profits will go towards getting new chairs for the church. Open to all - you don't have to be a member of the club to come along.

Mondays in All Saints' Church Hall - come for 12.30 / 12.45 pm

A mug of Soup, A Roll with Cheese and Pickle, and A piece of Fruit - all for £1 - 50.

Church Open on Friday Mornings

All Saints' Church is open on Friday mornings from 9.00 am - 12 noon.

Tables are set out at the back of the church and Tea and Coffee is available for those who want somewhere warm and dry to sit and chat. This is also an opportunity for people to come in and sit quietly or to light a candle - and there is a prayer board by Mary for any who would like someone with a special need remembered in our prayers.

A board outside Church lets people know the church is open - but we also rely on word of mouth, so please help us 'spread the word'. And if you are free one Friday - why not come along.

   Walsingham News

Now that Fr. Christopher has been licensed as our Parish Priest, it is hoped that we will resume the meetings of our Walsingham Cell at All  Saints' on a regular basis.

As Fr. Christopher is a Priest Associate of Walsingham, he will be taking over from Fr. Michael as our Cell Superior.  Fr. Christopher hopes to celebrate Mass followed by a Cell meeting on  one Saturday every other month, starting at 12 noon.  The first of these will be on The Annunciation of The Lord, which is on  Saturday 25th March.

You do not have to be a member of The Society of Our Lady of  Walsingham, (which makes you a member of the Cell) to come to the  meetings, so it is hoped many members of the congregation -  especially those who regularly come on Pilgrimage to Walsingham -  will feel able to give it their support.

If anyone is interested in joining The Society of Our Lady of  Walsingham, just let me know and I can give you a copy of the leaflet  which tells you about it, and includes the application form.  There is also some information about Walsingham on the round tables  at the back of the church.

Jenny Hardy (Cell Secretary.)


The 2018 Weekend Pilgrimage to Walsingham, which (all being well) will be led by Fr. Christopher, will take place from Friday 27th - Monday 30th July 2018.

At least 15 of those who went this year have said they would like to go again next year. If YOU would be interested in coming on the Pilgrimage, please let me know as soon as possible.

The names of those wanting to come will be put on the list on payment of an initial £10 deposit per person. It will be 'first come, first served', because once all the places have been taken, I will be unable to secure any more.

At this stage I don't know exactly how much the weekend will cost as Walsingham will send me their charges in December, and I will be 'shopping around' for coach prices rather than relying on the firm we have used for the past few years.

The cost will cover transport there and back and all meals from Friday supper to Monday breakfast - 8 meals in all.

July may seem a long way off, - but if you pay the £ 10 deposit to reserve a place, and put by just £5 a week between now and then, you should have saved enough to cover the cost when the time comes.

Jenny Hardy (Pilgrimage Organiser)

News From All Saints' School

Sainsbury's Active Kids 2017

During this campaign, the school collected a total of 52,524 vouchers. With these, they have been able to order large quantities of PE Equipment and Playground equipment for both sites. This probably won't arrive in school until the first half of the Autumn Term - but when it does, it will be put Into use as soon as possible.

Thank you to all who helped them achieve this great result.

The end of another school year!

On Thursday 20th July the whole school, plus a number of parents, came to church for their annual Leaver's Service. The hymns sung - Be Bold; Colours of Day; One More Step - were chosen by the leavers, and the four prayers read by the House Captains.

The first part of the service celebrated achievements throughout the year. Value Certificates were presented to one child from each class (Nursery to Year 6) for Endurance, Reverence, Creativity, and Peace (being a peacemaker; staying calm.) - and also Teacher's Choice Certificates - for a child the teacher thought had done exceptionally well in something through out the year. (eg Star of the Year).

After this, thoughts turned to those who would be leaving at the end of term - not only children from year 6, but one or two children from each year group from Nursery to year 5, and a number of staff. Every leaver received a certificate, and all children in Year 6 were also presented with a Bible.

We trust everyone at All Saints' School will have a happy and safe holiday, and we wish all who are leaving 'Good Luck for the future'.


Our journey throughout All Saints' School has been really exciting. We have been on many educational adventures and have made many new friends - All Saints' has become like a second family to us!

Coming to Nursery for the very first time was an exciting and nerve-racking experience for all of us. We were really shy at first, but then we got to know the teachers and our class. In Reception, we had a lot of fun learning through play. Our teachers were very understanding when we got things wrong and step by step they helped us learn how to read and write. Near the end of the year, the whole school went to the beach and had such a fun day!

Next was Year 1, when lots of new people joined, and we met our new teacher called Mrs Lander. During our life in Year 1, we started to learn our times tables, and I've got to tell you ... it was pretty toughl

During Year 2, we moved up to Haydon's Road where we learnt about the rainforest and London. Near the end of Year 2, we had to do Key Stage 1 SATS. The test were really hard, but we all passed and we were prepared to enter into Key Stage 2 ...

We were really happy when we finally moved up to Key Stage 2. We did many mind-blowing lessons, like learning about the Tudors and going to the Natural History Museum. At the museum, we saw the dinosaur exhibit, which was really fun and we also saw a robot T-rex that acted like it was alive - Year 3 was a really fun year!

Year 4 was a really interesting year. We got to learn about tennis, which was a great sports skill to have and we even visited the Wimbledon stadium, where we had our own personal tour around the tennis courts. The most  exciting part though was having swimming lessons as one of our P.E. curriculum activities.

Year 5 was a great experience because we went on a week - long trip to an incredibly exciting residential called Kingswood. At Kingswood, we had lots of fun activities all around the place. In addition, we learnt about the Anglo-Saxons which was really fascinating because they lived a lot differently than what we live today.

Lastly, Year 6 ... this was our most exciting year ever! We did lots of incredible things like going to Kew Gardens and much more! It has been a sad year because we are leaving All Saints' and moving to secondary school. All the teachers have helped us to pass our SATS which we are really grateful for.

We are really going to miss this school and we'll treasure the memories for ever.

By Jessica, Alex, Abilash and Esther (Leavers 2017)

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