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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.

May Finances

Income: - £1928.53

Expenditure: - £2843.94

Church Hall Fund: - £1272.75

The P.C.C. approved the purchase of 10 stacking benches, at a total cost of £768.43, which will provide much needed extra seating when the school comes in.  This has been paid for with money designated for new church seating, and is in our Reserve Account. They can be neatly stacked in the space beside the organ when not required. We are also hoping to purchase some more comfortable' chairs that will be acceptable for a Faculty, and which can be placed around the church where required.

We have had a very quiet month with income and expenditure generally balancing out and no unexpected outgoings.

By the time you get the magazine we will have had our Summer Fair, which I hope will have been very successful and enjoyable as everyone has been working so hard towards its success. We do rely on the Christmas and Summer Fairs to enable us to pay the Quota and our general expenses.

This will be my last Treasurer's Report as I feel the time has come for me to hand over the job. I am not a trained accountant and it seems to have got more complicated as time goes on (or is it that I am wearing out!). My thanks to everyone for theirsupport over the years, especially Jenny who always remembers the things I have forgotten.

I am going to continue administering the Gift Aid scheme so will still feel involved in the Church and hope I can still be useful in other ways.

My thanks to you all for your constant support.

Ann Wasielewska - Treasurer.

Our Church Hall

Those of you have been in the church for several years may remember that, shortly after Fr. Michael arrived we had a problem with the hall floor. Following 'in depth' investigations by our architect, we were told that our present hall, built in the 1950's would only last for another 10 years. That was 14 - 15 years ago, so it has done well - but the time has now come to give serious thought to replacing it, as without a church hall many of our present activities would suffer.

I'm sure those who have been in the hall and had a good look round will have noticed the deterioration. The hall is still safe - but for how much longer? But building a new hall costs money - which is where you come in.

We already have £2,200 in the fund, and as far as possible money from the hall bookings will be kept towards this, but these days, before we can apply for any grants, we must have raised up to half of the money ourselves and this figure written on the application form. (It's one of the questions they ask.) So we are looking for ideas to raise money towards the building of a new church hall.

Those who have attended the church may remember some of the ideas that have been successfully tried in the past - a mile of l0p's; coffee mornings in peoples homes; 'time and talents' to name but a few. But would any of those bring a response these days? We need ideas that will receive support from the present congregation as well as the wider parish - or perhaps there is something you would be willing to organise or do. Please give this some thought, and if you have any ideas (or thoughts on the matter) have a word with Fr. Christopher or one of the Churchwardens.

Dates for your Diaries

Parish Walk - Saturday 9th June.

Richmond Riverside.

We will meet at 10 am outside of Richmond Station.

We will walk along the river Thames to Terrace Gardens then up to Richmond Hill to enjoy the view. We will return to the river side through Terrace Field and continue past Petersham Meadows - look out for the Belted Galloway cattle. We will continue towards Ham House, crossing to the other side of the river by Hammerton's Ferry,( There is a small charge for the ferry).

We will return passing Marble Hill Park, with a detour to visit the grotto, Richmond Bridge and Twickenham Bridge to re-cross the river by Richmond Lock. If the trees and leaves allow there will be a view across the Old Deer Park to the Pagoda in Kew Gardens.

We will return to Richmond Station past the remains of Richmond Palace and across Richmond Green.

The walk is on level paths by the river with a climb up through Terrace Gardens. There are places for refreshments and toilets on the route.

The walk is 4.5 miles and should take about 3 hours.

If people wish, we could extend the day by visiting Ham House and Garden. A entry fee or membership of the National Trust needed.

If you intend to come or have any questions please speak to Roger. (Walkers can just turn up for any parish walk on the day - but if you hope to be walking, it would be an idea to always let Roger know beforehand - especially if you will be travelling to the meeting point by public transport - so that he doesn't set off without you.)

Teddy Bear Church

On the Second Sunday of each month at 10.00 am there will be a short, 30 minute service for the Under 6's. The service will be a mix of stories, prayers, songs and dance. The service themes will not necessarily be the same as the Mass of the Day, but will explore aspects of a Christian life - love, witness, forgiveness, Bible Stories, etc. ....

Everybody is welcome to join us - you do not have to be under 6, and you do not have to bring a Teddy Bear - you just need to be full of joy, and young at heart.

The first service will be on Sunday 10th June, and every second Sunday of the month after that.

(If you know any families with young children please tell them about the service and encourage them to come.)

K.F.C. FAMILY QUIZ  Saturday 7th July in All Saints' Church Hall

The Quiz will start at 6.00  and finish about 9.00 pm

Cost will be £7 - 00 per head for 2 pieces of chicken with regular fries or £3 - 00 per head for those who will not be eating.

Get together a Team of 6 - 8 : Come along and join in the fun.

For further information, please have a word with Patrick.

The food has to be ordered in advance - so there will be a list at the back of the church for people to 'sign up' if they are coming. You will find it out on the table from Sunday 17th June.

CHURCH SPONSORED WALK 2018.

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 will be taking place on Monday 27th August (which is the Bank Holiday), and will be raising money for our (much needed!) new Church Hall.

Details of the walk have not yet been finalised, (hopefully they will be before the July magazine comes out!) but it promises to be another enjoyable day. We walk at a leisurely pace, and the route should be suitable for all. Past walkers have said that it is always an enjoyable social occasion even in 2015, when we walked for at least some of the time in the rain!

GDPR and our Prayer List

GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulations) came into force on 25th May 2018. These new regulations mean that we can only include the name of a person on our Prayer List in the weekly sheet and on the website, if we have written consent from the person himself or herself.

Their consent can be hand-written, printed or sent bye-mail, but it cannot be given by someone else on their behalf (although I understand that the written consent can be passed on by a third party.)

Publicly praying for those whose names have been added to the Prayer Board in Church can continue.

So for the time being NO names of those in hospital, in special need, or in long standing illness / need will be listed in our Prayer List until we have their written consent for it to be included.

So if you have given us a name for our prayer list and they still need our prayers, please obtain their written consent and hand it, in an envelope, to Fr. Christopher or to Jenny.

Social Evenings

When it began, the Family Social, was very successful, but recently numbers have dwindled. We discovered that this was because, at the end of a busy week, the Family Social ended too late for most of our children. So following discussions at the Social Committee, the time has been changed. The Family Social will now take place from 5.30 - 7.30 pm on the First Friday of the month, during the summer months.

We realise this may be too early for some of the adults who came to play table tennis or pool/snooker - but if there is a demand, there is no reason why the tables can't be left out for adults who come at a later time. So just let us know!

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

Fr. Christopher hopes to celebrate Mass followed by a Cell meeting on one Saturday every other month, starting at 12 noon

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.)

WEEKEND PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM 2018

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

Another busy half term came to an end on Friday 25th May, when the school closed for the half term break. The previous week, the Year 6 children completed their Key Stage 2 SAT's tests. They had three papers for Maths (1 Arithmetic + 2 Mathematical Reasoning) and three for English (1 Spelling, 1 Reading and 1 SPG - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, mostly tested by answering questions.)

With their SAT's out of the way, the Year 6 children have several things to look forward to before they leave All Saints School at the end of term. Volantis and Cygnus will each will be going to The London Transport Museum (on separate days - to go all together would be too much!), and at the end of June cycle training has been arranged for Year 6. Finally, in July the Year 6 leavers will be going to Southwark Cathedral to attend one of the services for children who will be leaving a Southwark Church School at the end of the summer term.

In past years, the Year 6 children have come into church to help Lin and Chris lay the Corpus Christi Carpet - but this year's year 6 has unfortunately missed out, as Corpus Christi fell in Half Term. From the calendar on the school webslte, (which I trust is correct) I see that two other year groups have visits this term as part of their topic work: Tucana and Chameleon (the Year 1 classes) went to the RAF museum in May, and Centaurus and Delphinus (Year Z) will be going to the V & A Museum in London. The Year 3 classes (Phoenix and Equuleus) will be taking part in a Romans in Londinium workshop in the school hall.

During the Summer Term, each class (including the Nursery Classes) does a Class Assembly, to which the parents of the children in the class are invited. One or two have already taken place, and the rest are in the next half term. The class assemblies are a lovely way for the children to share their learning with families. They will culminate with the Year 6's leavers assembly at the end of term.

ADVANCE NOTICE.  ALL SAINTS' PRIMARY SCHOOL SUMMER FAIR

to be held on the Haydons Road site on Saturday 23rd June  12 noon - 3.00 pm

This year, to further improve the links between school and church, All Saints' Church will again be running a Cake Stall at the Fair, with the profits split 50/50 between church and school. If you would be willing to help on the stall, or to make some cakes to sell on it, please see Jenny.

(further info. will be given in the weekly sheet nearer the time)

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