Parish News

The latest news from the parish

Treasurer’s report for February

Expenditure exceeds income once again this month, although our income has been boosted through a claim for gift aid covering the six months to December 2019. This has not been reported in the figures as confirmation of the amount and receipt of the funds is still awaited.  

The next much-needed fund-raising event is the jumble sale to be held on March 7th. Please help support and advertise the event in any way you can to make it as successful as possible.

Thank you so much for your continuing hard work and support.
Allison Scandrett – Treasurer.

Dates for your Diary

Parish Walk – Saturday 28th March – (Cancelled)

This short circular walk will explore the Crystal Palace Park, visiting the dinosaur lake, the visitor centre, the maze and the Italian Terrace.

We will meet outside of Colliers Wood Tube Station at 10 am, and travel by tube to Balham and then by train to Crystal Palace.

The walk is on paths and the park is on the side of a hill. It is only 2 miles, and should take about an hour.

The Parish Walks are open to all – not just members of All Saints’.

If you 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.)

Roger’s walks are always very enjoyable – so why not give them a try?

Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham & St. Joseph.


in:   St. Saviours’ Church Hall, Grand Drive, SW20 9DL on Saturday 18th April 2020.

10.00 am  – 12.30 pm.

To book a table (£6 each),  please phone 020 8540 2493 or have a word with Jenny.

(to raise funds towards transport for the Walsingham Pilgrimage.)

Please give this event your support!

Items for sale will include cakes,  jams & marmalades, and refreshments.

Lent at All Saints’ (All public services and gatherings cancelled)

  • Ash Wednesday – 26th February.
    • 7.30 pm Solemn Mass, Sermon & Imposition of Ashes.
  • Mondays – (Starting 2nd March)
    • 12.30 pm Lent Lunch, in the Church Hall – (Soup, cheese roll with pickle, & a piece of fruit – £1-50)
  • Tuesdays  – (Starting 3rd March)
    • 7.00 pm Stations of The Cross
    • 7.30 pm Said Mass
    • 8.15 pm Lent Study Group.
  • Thursdays               
    • 11.00 am Said Mass

This year, we will again be supporting the Bishop of  Southwark’s Lent Call, which in 2020 is supporting projects within Southwark Diocese (Sparkfish, The Nicholas Stewart Project and Superkidz) and in the Holy Land (The L’Arche community in Bethlehem), Nigeria (The Kaduna Centre for Christian – Muslim Relations) and our Link Dioceses in  Zimbabwe (Initiatives supporting food security, water supplies, training and infra-structure).

Details about all the projects will be displayed on the pillars at the back of the church from Ash Wednesday.

Please put your donations in the Lent Box, which will be on the table at the back of the church throughout Lent. It will be opened on the Sunday after Easter – 19th April.

If you are a tax payer, please take an envelope to use for the whole of Lent, and fill in the form for the Diocese to claim back the tax paid on your Lent Call donations. (Envelopes should be put in the collection bag as the slot in the box is too small to take them.)

Bishop Jonathan’s Chrism Mass is at 11.00 am on the Tuesday of Holy Week – 7th April, at St. Andrew’s, Holborn.

St Andrew’s Church is in St. Andrew Street by Holborn Circus – a short walk from City Thameslink Station; up St Bride Street and Shoe Lane. (you can catch the Thameslink Train from Wimbledon Station or Haydons Road station.)

Alternatively you could go by train to to Waterloo, and catch a bus to Holborn Circus – either the 341, which goes up Fetter Lane and turns left into Holborn, or the 521.

The clergy assemble with their Bishop at a celebration which focuses on the priestly elements of Jesus’ life and work which he handed on to his Church. The clergy will renew their Ordination Vows and the Holy Oils (the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Chrism) for use in the sacraments of the Church will be blessed.

Any member of the congregation can go to support their priest.

EASTER AND HOLY WEEK 2020 (Cancelled)

  • Palm Sunday – 11.00.a.m. Blessing of Palms, Procession and Solemn Mass
  • Monday of Holy Week – 7.30.p.m. Low Mass
  • Tuesday of Holy Week –
    • 7.00.p.m. Stations of the Cross
    • 7.30.p.m. Low Mass
  • Wednesday of Holy Week – 7.30.p.m. Low Mass
  • Maundy Thursday – 8.00.p.m. Solemn Mass & Watch until Midnight
  • Good Friday
    • 11.30.a.m. – Walk of Witness
    • 1.00.p.m. – Stations of the Cross
    • 2.00.p.m. Liturgy of the Day
  • Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil and 1st Mass of Easter – 8.00.p.m.
  • Easter Day
    • 10.00.a.m. – Teddy Bear Church
    • 11.00.a.m. – Procession & Solemn Mass
    • 6.30.p.m. – Solemn Evensong & Benediction


This year, the price of  lilies has again been kept at  £3 each.

If you would like a lily placed in church at Easter in memory of a departed loved one, please give the money and name of the person to Ann or Jenny  by  Sunday 22nd March but by Sunday 29th March at the very latest.

The names of all those remembered will be displayed in church, on the  Paschal candle.


We would also be grateful to receive donations towards the cost of the Easter flowers.  This money should also be given to Jenny or Ann by Sunday  29th March.           


The revision of our Church Electoral Roll takes place from 15th March – 5th April, after which it will be closed until after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday 26th April.

You must be on the roll to stand for election – as a Sidesperson, or on the PCC – and only those on the Church Electoral Roll may vote at the APCM. But there are no ‘strings’!

If you are a regular worshipper, baptised, aged 16 and over, and are not already on the Church Electoral Roll, you can get a form from Ann Wasielewska, our Electoral Roll Officer, or you can pick one up from the table at the back of the church. (Please complete both sides of the form.)

After the APCM, the number on our roll has to be sent to the Diocese, which gives them an indication of the strength of our church – so we hope that all those entitled to go on the roll will want to do so.

( Those already on the roll do not need to fill in another form – but please let Ann know if you have changed your address. )

Weekend Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 2020 (Subject to cancellation)

Friday  24th  – Monday  27th JULY  2020

The 2020 weekend pilgrimage to Walsingham, led by Fr. Christopher, will take place from  Friday 24th  –  Monday 27th July 2020. We don’t yet know the total cost of the weekend. 

Walsingham’s charges are: – £202 – 50 for adults: £121 – 50 for children aged 5 – 16: under 5’s free (which is the cost of 3 nights and all meals from Friday supper to Monday breakfast: 8 meals in all.) and to this has to be added an amount to cover transport there and back. I will be ’shopping around’ for coach prices – but first I need to have an idea of numbers going, as this will determine the size of coach we require. But I hope it will be not more than £260 – 00 per adult – less for children – (provided our 2 Tabletop Sales do well.)

July may seem a long way ahead, but (as with any other holiday) it has to be booked well in advance, and I have already had to pay an initial deposit of £250 to secure places on the weekend we wanted. So I am asking for names and a £10 deposit per person from those who would like to go. I am happy to receive the rest of the money at any time – in installments, or a lump sum. (I keep careful records!)

We have reserved 25 places, so there should be room for all who would like to go – but 15 of these have already been taken, so if you are interested in going, please don’t leave it too long before expressing an interest. It will be ’first come first served’ – and when the places are filled, I will be unable to get any more.

If you would like to find out what the Pilgrimage entails, have a word with Fr. Christopher, or with one of those who have been on Pilgrimage before. If you have never been to Walsingham, why not think about going this year?

If you would like your name added to the list, please have a word with me as soon as possible.

 Jenny Hardy (Cell Secretary / Pilgrimage Organiser)

The Latest News from our School

“Growing Stronger Together in God’s Love.”

February is the shortest month – and the school was on half term from 17th to 21st – but there still seems to be quite a lot of activities to report.

On Tuesday 4th, the Year 4 pupils walked to Wimbledon Theatre to enjoy `Twist’, an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. The children enjoyed the experience and sang along beautifully.

The Year 1 children travelled to Central London via the tube to visit ‘The Golden Hinde’, as part of their Who Sailed the Seven Seas topic. The children were amazed by the size of the ship and the interesting facts shared by their knowledgeable guide. The children always gain a lot from these enrichment experiences that really do bring their curriculum to life!

Some sporting news: Year 5 and 6 participated in a Tag Rugby event and came first against the other cluster schools! Well done children!

At the end of January, Year 6 participated in a cyber bullying workshop run by Bigfoot Theatre Company. The aim of the workshop was to increase the children’s awareness to online dangers and the impact of how we use technology on each other. The students used drama to help them explore this concept. The children showed maturity and engagement when learning about such an important life skill.

Year 6 also had a visitor from the St. Giles Trust, who gave the children further advice and guidance an how to resist peer pressure and make  good choices as they grow up and begin their transition into high school  later this year.

On Monday 24th, the Year 6 children were lucky enough to participate in a fun fitness event called Rollapaluza. It involved them racing over a distance of 250m an exercise bikes, against a partner, to see who could achieve the quickest time. As you can see from the photos, the children had a ball and it was nice to see them excited about fitness and  enjoying a little bit of friendly competition.

On Wednesday 26th, Fr. Christopher went into the school for their Ash Wednesday assemblies. He began by taking a service for the younger children (Early Years and KSl ) in the Hanover Road hall, then walked up to Haydons where he took a service for the older children. At each assembly, most of the children went up to be ‘ashed’.

All Saints’ welcomes children . . . .

.… and caters for them as follows:

  • Teddy Bear Service –  2nd Sunday of each month at 10 am

              A short service for the under 6’s and their families.

            Older children who come are encouraged to take part by reading the prayers.  Everyone welcome!

  • Junior Church  –  held during the 11 am Sunday Service.

           Mainly for children of Primary School age. The children go into the hall after the opening prayers, for a programme of music, activities and prayer based on Bible Stories.

           They come back into Church in time for  Communion.

  • Older children who come regularly will be encouraged to consider training as Servers, or to join the Choir.

  Also … .

  • Throughout the year, we support our Church School. We welcome them into church for school services. Apart from the end of each term, they have a service in church on All Saints’ Day and for other special occasions.

Each month, the  ‘Parish News’  includes a write-up, often with photographs, produced by a different class each time. In addition, Art Work from the children is  displayed in church for special occasions throughout the year.

If you would be interested in helping with any of our children’s activities, or have any suggestions to make about our work with children, please have a word with Roger.

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